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Eating habits

My 10month old is currently on Purina Pro Plan and doesn't eat like he should. He gets plenty of exercise and I give him 2 cups in the morning/ 2 in the evening and sometimes he'll finish his meal and sometimes he'll only eat half of it in the morning then not touch his evening meal at all or vice versa. Sometimes he'll go a day or two with only eating a mouthfull literally. I always give him ample amount of time to eat before I take it back to put it in the container. I've tried other food(TOTW, BB etc) to see if maybe it could be the food but he does the same thing with the others as well. Last month I had ran out of his monthly heartworm preventative in which I had to go back to his veterinarian for more so I figured i'd load him up and take him with me and see what the vet has to say. The vet checked him out and said that it was normal at this age(9mos/80lbs) and that he'll eat when he's hungry.... I grew up raising dogs when I was younger and i've NEVER had a dog that would pass up a meal. Any suggestions?
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keep trying we went thru so many different kinds of kibble till he was happy ojin totw and a bunch of others that were 4-5 stars and he didnt really like it.

then we got royal canin and he devours it its an okay kibble but were still getting ready to switch him over to raw so it will do until were 100 percent ready to switch.

one thing you can try is pour a couple spoons of hot water and stir it looks nasty as hell
but the dogs love them it worked for almost every knd of kibble we got riko
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Thanks! I've tried that before but with a little bit of milk and sometimes he'll still do the same thing. I guess i'm going to have to continue the hunt for something he'll eat
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It's perfectly normal, especially in adolescent males. Don't worry about it. You ARE making it worse however by catering to him trying different foods, adding things to it, and leaving his food down too long. My advice, stick with one food, take it up immediately if he doesn't finish or turns up his nose at a meal, then skip his next meal entirely so he's more hungry the next time around. If you train them to eat well as puppies they will eventually start eating better with maturity. If you continue to enable them to be poor eaters as puppies though you can battle it the rest of their lives.

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Yep, Silas went through a similar phase when I got him at 8 months old. His weight was fine, I got "mean" similar to what Julie says, and that went away fairly quickly. Now as an adult, if he picks at his food or skips a meal, I call the vet - something's not right.

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Yep, Silas went through a similar phase when I got him at 8 months old. His weight was fine, I got "mean" similar to what Julie says, and that went away fairly quickly. Now as an adult, if he picks at his food or skips a meal, I call the vet - something's not right.
"mean" hahaha....I'm going to continue working with him then
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