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I just got back from out of town. My 8 year old Italian Greyhound was left with a friend who had two other dogs for a week.<br><br><br><br>
My dog is a carnivore. I've had him two years and I'm not changing his diet, so this isn't about diet, but if you're uncomfortable don't read further.<br><br><br><br>
Since coming home he hasn't eaten his kibbles. I feed him raw bones and meat a few times a week. He ate some chicken. But has stuck his nose up at his kibbles.<br><br><br><br>
Last night he skipped supper, and isn't eating his morning meal. Both I have taken away and will try again tonight with supper. He doesn't seem to be sick. He used to love this food. I'm thinking maybe he's acting up because he liked his baby sitters food better.<br><br><br><br>
Should I leave the food there for him to eat? Should I take it away, with the message, you don't eat right away you starve, so that sooner or later he'll eat? Should I skip the fresh meat until he starts to eat his kibble again?<br><br><br><br>
Again, I apologize to the ethical veg*ns out there, but this is not a diet debate, but about his behavior. Thanks.<br><br><br><br><img alt="" src="http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid49/pae4cc3371897362857c64aebf3b5e925/fcb59dd2.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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Tweety, dont be concerned yet<br><br>
try mixing in some kind of wet food or treats with his kibble<br><br>
a day without food is no problem<br><br>
dogs are like kids, they get upset when their parents go out of town and leave them... they worry youre never coming back<br><br>
i would suggest leaving his food out for him during the day<br><br>
and when you feed him dinner time, stay with him while he eats<br><br><br><br>
i used to work at a dog kennel, so we would have to deal with this behavior a lot while they were there and also we would get questions from their human companions when they would go home upset<br><br><br><br>
just give him lots of love! and extra play time and walks<br><br><br><br>
i have a 12ish year old dog that does this often (as i go away often) when i come home, i break up biscuits in small pieces and mix into his food.. he usually tries to pull the biscuits out but ends up getting hungry from eating them (its like us humans with carbs.. once you eat a little, you get hungrier)<br><br><br><br>
you just want to make sure eats something<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
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i wouldn't suggest taking the food away. sometimes if they think the food might get taken away if they don't eat it right away they'll get in the habit of gorging and making themselves sick. when i had a dog he used to do that, made us wonder what his previous owner had been doing.. he'd eat a full bowl of kibble in one gulp and then throw up. we had to learn to feed him smaller amounts more often so he wouldn't get sick but he never did slow down.<br><br><br><br>
i'd say just leave some dry food out and he'll eat when he gets hungry. most animals aren't stupid enough to starve themselves to the point of illness. tempt him with treats now and then, if he takes one out of your hand try putting another one into his food dish and see if he goes for it. who knows, maybe once he sticks his face in the bowl he'll go for the food too.<br><br><br><br>
but yeah i wouldn't be worried yet
 

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Thanks for the responses. I did take away his first meal after about 20 minutes, in case he was acting up and hoping for something better. I presented him with his evening meal which he ate like normal. If I thought he wasn't feeling well I would have left it. Thanks for your input again, next time I'll just leave it.
 

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That's what I do too Tweety. I feed my dogs three times a day....and their food is down for 20 minutes....unless of course by the end of the 20 minutes they are still eating....then I just leave it until they walk away. But if they haven't eaten it after 20 minutes, I just put it away. I do this mostly because dogs have to go "potty" about 15 minutes after they've eaten and I need to take them for a walk afterwards.<br><br><br><br>
I'm glad to hear that he's eating again. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> That is such a cute picture of him!
 

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its good to hear he is eating again<br><br>
told ya not to worry!<br><br>
he is a cute dog<br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
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Hi tweety-<br><br><br><br>
I don't know how similar IG's are compared to G's (other than the obvious, size and whatnot), but when I came back from vacation, my dogs (2 G's) were acting really dumpy too and not eating, I think it just takes some getting used to, and getting back to the old schedule. With mine, not sure if it was more about, not being sure where they were going and the stresses of going away or what. But after a couple days they were their happy selves again. Most dogs have abandonement issues, mine especially, moving from their mom's to the trainors to the track to the foster to my house and then staying for a week at a vacation home. It takes it's toll on them emotionally. Just love him up when you get back(if you go away again), and give him a couple days. They bounce right back. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 
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