dog scared to eat

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  1. suewhite

    suewhite PetForums VIP

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    Anyone got any ideas on how to get a dog to eat she is a foster dog and she will not eat although she seems to want the food on the plate she walks round the plate and tries to get food but shakes as if she is really scared,she then sits down in front of the food staring at it,she will sit for an hour looking at the food until I take it away dont know whether I should leave it down but scared one of the other dogs will pinch it,I know she has had a very bad life of abuse but just want her to eat,she is ok health wise loves walks been checked by vet,any ideas at my wits end,this is not just food plate but also water bowl :eek:hmy:
     
  2. simplysardonic

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    Poor girl:(
    Will she take food if you try feeding her by hand? At least if you do this it will be a start to build up her confidence
     
  3. Johnderondon

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    Some things to try...


    Try handfeeding.

    Change the plate for a bowl.

    Remove the plate and put the food on the floor.

    Leave her alone with the food.

    Change feeding/watering location.

    Multiple water bowls.

    Good luck. Lets us know how it tuns out.
     
  4. suewhite

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    She is fine if you put the food straight on the floor she will eat it also if you tip the water on the ground she will drink,I"ve been through every plate and bowl but no luck,if you speak to her softley she will hand feed but flinches all the time,it would have helped if I knew what had happened to her,but she will be rehomed so really want to try and sort this out in all other ways she can be quite a bossy dog:confused:
     
  5. RachyBobs

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    My collie is a nervous wreck with everything. The things we relised triggered it were

    Her collar tags touching the bowl, we took the tags away and put them back on after her meal. Also she used to avoid the bowl by walking around it so to combat the fear we put a piece of steak fat in the bowl and she couldnt resist and had to go near it to get the fat, she used to run to it and then run away but after so many times, she eventully relised that the bowl wont hurt her.

    As he is a foster you dont know his background he may of had a awful experience with his food bowl..

    This is also a good method

    Put the bowl near him.
    Feed him 2 small treats
    Take the bowl away
    Give him no treats.

    Keep repeating this until he gets the idea.

    Also try feeding him from a plastic bowl instead of a plate the noise of the kibble may worry him x
     
  6. leashedForLife

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    i would feed her in a crate -
    she needs to learn to eat from a bowl at some point, and now is as good a time as any! ;) no adopter will want to throw dog-food on the floor, and that is neither sanitary nor safe for the dog, given what we use to clean floors, what we walk in + bring home, etc.

    give her 30-mins of peace to attempt eating each meal, UN-interrupted; as there are other dogs, do not let them bug her in her crate. just give her time; she should be eating a normal portion for her size in approx 5 to 7 days time, and she will not starve in that time.
    re water, i would make it available all the time; if she is crated at night, hang a puppy-sized bunny bottle on her crate, and MARK the water-level before she *goes to bed* with masking-tape, so that U know what she drank.

    learn how to estimate her hydration-level by picking-up a hump of skin over her shoulders, and count the number of seconds before it is invisible + flattens out, merging with the body smoothly.
    if she is well-hydrated, her skin will be well-lubricated under the dermis + very flexible; it will snap down + leave no fold whatever. the more dehydrated she is, the LONGER the skin stays folded, and the HIGHER that fold remains, as the opposed subdermal surfaces glue to one-another.

    with the other dogs modeling how to drink + eat from bowls, she should get past this pretty quickly. if at any time U are worried about her hydration, sub-dermal hydration by creating a pouch of water under her skin, will keep her hydrated for several days, while she learns to drink from a bowl. the vet can do this, and show U how to do it at home, if need be.
    cheers,
    --- terry
     
  7. rona

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    Have you tried all possible commands to release her to eat. There may be just one word that she associates with being allowed to eat.
     
  8. suewhite

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    Thanks for that as this dog is a collie,my own dogs are collies and I know they can get weird ideas at times but never with food they are so greedy:D
     
  9. Johnderondon

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    If she handfeeds then I would go that way until her confidence is better. If you handfeed by taking food from the bowl you should be able, over time, be able to coax her closer and closer until she's taking from your hand in the bowl.

    How long have to had her with you? Will she drink overnight?
     
  10. suewhite

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    Hi Rona yes have tried she just seems scared as if she is doing wrong,OH now sits on floor with her and encourages her but as she will be moving on (I think!!OH getting very attached to her)would like to sort this out as dont want her returned she"s been through enough:)
     

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