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Old 11-26-2012, 03:19 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I think a lot of malts prefer to eat off the floor or flat surface! Obi also loves to play with his food when i throw a few pieces on the carpet for him to "attack." just experiment with different types of bowls and plates. Some dogs do not Like the noises that certain bowls make.

Obi used to eat out of a stainless steel bowl on a small elevated stand, but he highly prefers these really tiny ceramic bowls that we use for small side dishes or sauce. it barely holds 1/4 cup and easy for him to eat from and placed on his placemat on the floor. I wouldn't worry about Gucci starving- just play around with different bowls until you find one she likes. Just avoid plastic or other materials that are prone to bacteria/mold.
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Old 11-26-2012, 03:44 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Wow! I can't believe so many malts are the same way. I really thought I was going to be in some serious trouble spoiling her, but I guess it's pretty common.
Like I said, when I am not there, she will eat. I just want to try to get her used to the "schedule" eating so I can get her on a potty schedule.
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Old 11-26-2012, 03:54 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Once they get old enough to stop free feeding, I set the limits on eating. Food goes down twice a day. It stays down for 20 minutes. What itn't eaten gets picked up. Once they figured this out, they eat very nicely in the alloted time.
That's what I do. I never had an eating issue with Lady or now Bailey.
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Old 11-26-2012, 06:44 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Lola was the same way for about 6 mths she would eat off my hand or if I put the food on the floor. I tried every bowl imaginable she wasnlt having it. I tried a paper plate and she would eat off that. Now she will eat off dinner type plates. Still doesn't really like bowls.
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Old 11-26-2012, 06:48 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Huh, both my boys hated bowls at first too. Hmm maybe I should try the little glass plates, how cute would that be?
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Old 11-26-2012, 08:02 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I wanted to add that if you can get Gucci on a meal schedule rather than free feeding it will really help with the problem you are having with potty training/pooping.
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:26 PM   #17 (permalink)
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We do two scheduled meals here too. And Marj is right--scheduled feedings help so much with predicting when they need to pee/poop, so it's definitely something to consider if you're having problems with housetraining.
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Old 11-27-2012, 02:56 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Thank goodness!! My husband thinks I'm crazy when Bella won't eat unless I feed her from my hand, only sometimes will she make me do this. Usually Monday & Tuesday when I have gone back to work after the weekend. I also told my husband that I didn't think she liked her bowl, now that I know I'm not crazy I can go home and say "I told you so" LOL!!!!
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Old 11-27-2012, 03:56 PM   #19 (permalink)
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When Sophie very first came home I hand fed her, she really wasn't eatting much, which I know is normal when a fluff is in a new place. But I would give her a few pieces and each time put the piece closer and closer to the bowl, then many pieces in my hand with my hand in the bowl, and eventually I took my hand out and now she eats fine by herself.


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