MY DOG WON'T EAT IN THE MORNING

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I have two dogs that I feed at 6 a.m. before I leave for work. Unfortunately, one isn't interested in eating at such an early hour and prefers to continue sleeping. However, if I leave her bowl out for her to eat later, the other dog will be more than happy to vacuum her food the minute I leave. How can I entice my "non-morning" dog to eat in the morning? Special treats don't seem to interest her at all

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May 13, 2020 1:23 AM

Like people, dogs are individuals, and some are just not hungry in the morning. I suggest you offer food to both of your dogs, leave it down for 10 to 15 minutes, and then pick up their bowls and put them away. Feed them again in the evening, and again give them a few minutes to finish their meals. If you do that, one of two things will happen - either your dog will learn to eat when the food is served, or she will continue to turn up her nose at her morning meal. If that happens, it's actually fine - she can eat enough in one meal.

May 13, 2020 1:26 AM

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Well, obesity is a major problem with dogs in most places, so make sure you're not feeding your dogs more than they can use. Depending on breed type, you should be able to see your dogs' "waists" from above them, and see what's called a "tuck up" from the side. The amount of food recommended on kibble bags should be considered as a suggestion only - some dogs need far less, and athletic dogs might need more.

May 13, 2020 1:28 AM

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Sometimes senior dogs can stop eating because of age-related problems. Too often owners assume a senior dog won’t eat because he/she is getting old when in reality the problem could be something that is easily remedied. For example, a senior dog can have dental problems which make it hard for him/her to eat his/her ordinary food. He/she may be hungry and want to eat but the food hurts his mouth. Just a suggestion regarding the problem you're facing with your dog that won't eat in the morning.

May 13, 2020 1:32 AM

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Is that the time you've been feeding them since you bought them?


A change in routine can upset many dogs and make them stop eating. If you change the time you feed your dog, change the time you take walks or potty your dog, or make serious changes in your household such as adding a family member, a dog can easily stop eating.

May 13, 2020 1:37 AM

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Watch the dog to make sure she/he doesn't need to be sick.

When a dog's tummy is empty it accumulates yellow acid / bile. It seems to make them not want to eat and it usually occurs in the morning.

Put the dog out and watch and if she/he is eating grass or being sick then that is the problem.

May 13, 2020 1:40 AM