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New dog won't eat out of bowl
cyndamo posted:
We just adopted a new dog and he will not eat out of the metal dog bowl. He will eat out of our hand though. He drinks water out of a glass bowl. The bowls are from a previous dog but I washed them twice before I put some food in it. I mixed some wet food into dry food and I also just put dry food in. I am not sure what to do with him since we have only had him 3 days. He is four years old and previously was only an outside dog. He has had 3 owners in his life...
rohvannyn responded:
He might be nervous about the smell of the bowl, the sound of the food being poured into it, or the way the metal looks. Try putting a layer of paper towels or newspaper in the bowl, then filling it with food. That might make it different enough that he will eat. Later, you can take the paper out. Good luck with your dog! Worst comes to the worst, you could get another ceramic or plastic bowl.
dianer01 responded:
I thought I was the only one with this problem. We found a Chihuahua in the desert a few years age. She was about 6 months old and would not eat out of a bowl either. Looking back she may have never eaten dog food or out of a bowl. The first few days we would pick the kibble out of the bowl one piece at a time until she would tire of this "game" and stick her face in the bowl and eat. She is a great eater now and we have not had any other feeding problems. We only feed dry food.

I wouldn't worry too much as long as the dog is eating.
cyndamo responded:
Thank you all for your help. I put his food in a very shallow porcelain tart pan and gave him a few bits and he is eating great now! I am going to try to get him to eat out of his own bowl now...I need my tart pan back!!
atti_editor replied to cyndamo's response:
Glad to hear that he is doing well! Thanks for letting us know


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