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Making The Switch
Posted 24 December 2014 - 11:08 AM
- Jordann, SurraTazy, Ridallrup and 4 others like this
Posted 24 December 2014 - 11:41 AM
Welcome!! Whats your Rotties name? Usually dogs are started on chicken backs or quarters, especially for large breeds like yours. But just watch closely to make sure she doesn't start gulping them once she gets the hang of eating them. It may also take a good many of them to get enough to make a meal for her, so quarters or backs would probably be better for that reason also.
Ask any and all questions you can think of, and so you know, we do love pictures!
- SurraTazy, Ridallrup, VitezEreD and 2 others like this
Posted 26 December 2014 - 07:56 AM
Posted 26 December 2014 - 10:40 AM
Sometimes you just have to go with tough love. Just offer the food at each feeding time, and if it's not eaten do like you did, and take it up until next feeding. Try not to cook it to any degree, or "sugar coat" it. That will cause more pickiness. A healthy dog will always eat, and you are not "starving"her either. She is the one who chooses to eat or not.
You are doing fine, be patient! Sometimes it's a waiting game.
Posted 26 December 2014 - 08:10 PM
When I initially switched my two dogs to raw, it took them 3 straight days of tough love for them to cave. They've never been that picky since. They were a tad thin for a few days but in the long run it was worth the wait.
Posted 27 December 2014 - 07:22 AM
Make sure you don't show any frustration or emotion or say anything at all. If you make it a big deal or show emotion, you can actually make her feel nervous or uneasy about the new food, which will make the switch harder for her.
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Posted 28 December 2014 - 04:57 AM
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Posted 29 December 2014 - 08:36 AM
Posted 29 December 2014 - 09:06 AM
One of mine didn't like the texture or the feeling or something of chicken, initially, but he ate it because he didn't want the other to get it, but he tried to stay difficult ... It lasted two days, I think.
Here's to hoping she will accept the next meal, without giving you guys grief!
Posted 30 December 2014 - 02:17 PM
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Posted 31 December 2014 - 02:24 PM
Everything seems to be ok she ate dinner last night and breakfast an dinner today. She's getting the hang of things and figured out to step on the chicken and rip it into pieces. She's doing a great job chewing her bones and not just swallowing the whole thing. This afternoon I brought her outside and threw her a back and I went about my business and kept an eye on her and she crunched it all up and ate everything. How do I post pictures to this thread? Those are the best part.
I tell you what... The picture thread on the forum I started my raw feeding journey on a few years ago was the tipping point for me. I'd read and done my research but I just needed that last little push to finally just DO IT. It's true what they say. A picture's worth a thousand words. Seeing all those dogs happily munching away on their raw meals was just so much better than reading words on a page.
I'm glad your Rottie is finally starting to get the hang of it. Tough love isn't fun for anyone and, knock on wood, I haven't had to do it for a LONG time ( I don't know if anyone here remembers when Dude wouldn't eat the day old bull calves we got from our local co-op). It went on for nearly a week. He'd just pick at it, eating MAYBE a few ounces every night and then just turning his nose up at it. That was... geez... 2-3 years ago?
I love Rots. I had one as a kid. Big girl that was often mistaken for a male. She was a very sweet dog
Posted 31 December 2014 - 05:37 PM
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