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28 May 2010 @ 01:42 pm
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Alright, so as per my previous post, we brought Ozzy home on Mother's Day. And he'll eat just fine...but only if the food is on the floor (He ate out of a food bowl at his foster's house. But when he wouldn't eat out of the bowl, I tried a plate. And he won't do that either. Only if the food is on the floor.) and if I'm sitting next to him while he eats. We've already bonded quite well and he's already very attached to me, as I him, so I'm just wondering if he's too attached.

Me sitting on the floor with him started because we had to switch his food when we got him because he has dry skin. The rescue said that they were about to switch his food the next time his foster ran out of food, but I adopted him before that happened. But anyway, they said they believed he had a food allergy, so we had to switch him to a no grain food called Natural Balance L.I.D., the flavor is Fish and Sweet Potato. But anyway, I hand to give him a couple pieces from hand the first few times to encourage him to eat the new food. So it resulted in me sitting by him.

I don't mind sitting by him, he doesn't take that long, but I just wanted to know if this is something I should be concerned about. Same with the food on the floor. The only reason that really confuses me is because he ate out of a food bowl just fine at his foster's house.

Any input would be appreciated! :)
 
 
 
Nancieeicnan on May 28th, 2010 06:02 pm (UTC)
My Boston has weird eating quirks too. If food is on the floor he'll eat it whenever but he usually only eats from his bowl if someone is in the same room. More then likely if you ignore him he'll learn to eat when he's hungry, Bostons typically aren't the kind of starve themselves breed. If you get really worried you can always pour a little gravy over his food or an egg, that's good for the coat anyway.
(Anonymous) on May 28th, 2010 06:14 pm (UTC)
At least mine isn't the only one. But he won't eat from a bowl or a plate, even if I'm there. He will only eat from the floor and I still have to be there. I tried to ignore him but I was getting a little worried because it seemed like it just would not go in there and eat, no matter what. And I want him to eat, so I don't want to just ignore him. His food will sit there all day if I don't go in there with him to eat.

I've heard the egg thing and want to try it, but I don't want to interfere with his new diet right now, so I haven't tried it yet. :)
Ericaohboy09 on May 28th, 2010 06:16 pm (UTC)
Ooops. That was from me. Guess I wasn't logged in. lol
miserable, arrogant old bat: jimcottonmanifesto on May 28th, 2010 06:02 pm (UTC)
do you feed him specific meals, or do you free-feed?
Ericaohboy09 on May 28th, 2010 06:10 pm (UTC)
I tried to feed him in the morning and evening but since he won't eat unless I'm there with him, it's resulted in free-feeding. It's not that big of a deal to me if the free-feeding continues because I'm a stay-at-home mom, so whenever he has to go out, I can let him out. I just wasn't sure if it was normal or even healthy if he only eats off the floor and if I'm with him. :)
miserable, arrogant old bat: jimcottonmanifesto on May 28th, 2010 06:12 pm (UTC)
i don't think either of those things matter as long as you're not like tied to one place in order for your dog to get adequate nutrition.

my one dog used to pick her kibble out of her bowl, drop it onto the floor and THEN eat it. she grew out of that. :)
Ericaohboy09 on May 28th, 2010 06:15 pm (UTC)
Ok, good. :)

And I had a dog that did that too! I always thought it was cute. But she would eat whenever, wherever, with or without me. lol
Karol Ann Moorekam0520 on May 28th, 2010 07:52 pm (UTC)
my dogs are piglets, so they have never had a problem with eating. But, the food on the floor thing is fine. The vet actually told us to do that for Molly because she eats SO fast she was making herself sick. We started just throwing it on the kitchen floor and it makes her search for it so she had to slow down eating. When we got our puppy, that's how he learned to eat. We have switched them to separate bowls now (because molly the pig gets food jealous) and they're fine now. So look at it as a plus that he's eating slow! lol
Jennylittlesunflower on May 29th, 2010 12:31 am (UTC)
When we brought Gambit home, he ate kibbles off the floor. He was terrified of any and all food dishes and would bark at them until we put his kibbles on the ground. He also wouldn't eat if we weren't there.

It took a while to get him used to the food dish. We would show him a treat, like a beggin' strip, and then break it into tiny pieces and put a few of those pieces on the bottom of his dish and then put the kibbles over it. Or we'd use a piece of chicken, just a few tiny pieces, but he knew if he wanted the treats he'd have to go INTO his dish. I would sit next to him and talk softly to him and stir the kibbles with my fingers and sort of try to tempt him. Eventually he got used to the dish and would even stick his nose in there.

As far as only eating when you are there, that was harder for us to break. He still sometimes likes me to sit with him when he eats, if he is feeling upset. But we were very regimented regarding food time. He ate twice a day at the same time every day. It got eventually so that his little internal clock would tell him it was dinner, and he would be super ready to eat. Eventually, he was so intent on dinner, I could creep away and he stopped noticing.

As long as Ozzy is eating, there's no concern. Once he's really into his food, you can try creeping away when he's almost done, then halfway done... but I don't think you have to worry at all.

Wanda Richelieu of Re Duh, O Ran Gie, and Yelloshortdariwanda on May 29th, 2010 03:10 am (UTC)
Mine used to scarf down his food when I first adopted him from the rescue. But lately, he's been ridiculous with his eating (I guess because he knows he gets consistent amount of food everyday). Now I have to be hovering around the kitchen, hand feed, or toss the food to the floor to get him to finish his food. I have to watch him anyway because I have two other dogs who eat faster than him and will steal his food if they get a chance! :D

He might not even like the fish formula. Mine wasn't too keen on it!