I used to be dog man in my local pet store and SO many people go through this stage. Before I say anything about its probably not an issue, but I have a few questions.
DO you feed him kibble? I know you feed him chicken but is that with kibble or with other foods? and this leads on to A) what brand of kibble or B) what other things?
As he is getting older and more active he might for example like a little more red meat in his system, lets see what you come back with.
AS of now how often a day does he eat? is the bowl out all day or do you have set meal times? Also do you handle his food before you give it to him, or do you try to avoid it by using tools like scoops, knives tongs etc?
What kind of dog is he and what size? How much food do you feed him (per day, per sitting, however you want to quantify it but preferably in weight) and how much exercise does he get? also slightly weird one but revealing, does he smell? (in his coat or his flatulence)
Like i say its really nothing to worry about all dogs go through this stage, some grow out of it others don’t, it could well just be that he will stop growing so much now and doesn’t need so much food and energy. There is a small chance he is missing something in his diet, but from your caring messages I’m sure you have already checked that he does, either way im happy to double check.
It may also be that he is getting enough food and nutrients from what he does eat and has found his own balance. Dogs are good with this, no matter how much we train them at the end of the day they are still dogs and generally act on impulses like hunger, no hunger no food. Two things you can do there, A) reduce his food, B)increase his exercise. If he is losing weight you could try adding a little something to his food.
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Hmm I dont know what kibble is 🙂 he isnt getting any dry food. we had that before we started the beef and chicken, but he just shoved the bowl around and hardly ate so we changed. and it worked great a couple of months untill now.
Like a month back or so he had some allergic reactions to red meat that we were giving him, thats why we changed to chicken 🙂 He got bumps in his face etc swell up. So I think hes allergic to that 😛
As of now he has eaten 2 or 3 times since last week. We have left the food out a bit. But now im offreing him food and if he doesnt eat it by a few minutes, im removing it. and see if that works.
He is a mix of shar-pei and labrador, weighs around 24-25kgs.
The “sausage” is 500g, half for breakfast, half for dinner. Its in this plastic and i just squise the food out into his bowl, dont fiddle with it. But he has now started to walk away from the bowl when he see me getting it, hes totally avoiding the bowl now. When he fancy some food he just shuvs the bowl around, then doesnt eat and walks away.
He smells nice, allmost like a puppy 😛 no strange or new smell to him. Hes coat is better then ever since we started with vitaminoil and chicken. Hes poo has been a bit hard since we started on chicken, and he does not poo alot per toilettime probably cause he absorbs most of the food compared to dry food, where he poos a ton! i mean a TON;) He has had diarea a few times the last few days, i guess cause he hasnt been eating so hes tummy is starting to empty abit. Im suprised he is still pooing since hes hardly eaten.
We have tried adding alot of things to his food, but he doesnt wanna eat from that bowl anymore. I put his food on the floor the other day and he ate it in 2 seconds. I tried it again yesterday and he was trying to shuv the floor lol, like he does with his bowl.
He gets 3-5 walks aday usually around 15-30 minutes each. If its bad weather he usually gets 3 walks, with one trip to the garden to pee if he needs to. once or twice a week we vist the neighbour and he and this retriver plays for an hour or two.
He has been acting up a bit these past few days, not so much towards me. more to my bf. like dont wanna listen, more playful and wild, nibbling on his hands and shirt etc.