✷ Flash back to the days of the Fussy EaterPosted: March 17, 2012 Filed under: March 2012 | Tags: acana, bored, dog, Dog steals a baguette, eater, eating, Fish4dogs, fussy, habits, methods, nutrigel, overcome, pickiness, puppies, solution, The Saturday Pet Blogger Hop 23 Comments
Isn’t it a joy to see your pup enjoying his or her meal? :) I smile every time i hear Popcorn crunching her kibbles away. But she wasn’t always like this. Popcorn was once a fussy eater. But thanks to the advice from several vets and doggie grooming centers, Popcorn now munches on her kibbles quickly without much hesitation. She’s also showing greater interest in her food. :) ♥
… How Popcorn eventually overcame it :)
Popcorn’s Experiences with Fish4Dogs Puppy Food
These were the things I’ve tried in the past to encourage Popcorn to eat, perhaps you’ve tried them too.
(1) Mixing Food Motivators like shredded chicken, treats, and Nutrigel into her main food
(2) Grinding the Food Motivators before mixing them into her food
(3) Grinding the Kibbles and Food Motivators together
(4) Drizzling some water onto the kibbles (i thought that because she was teething, softening her kibbles may encourage her to eat)
(5) Coaxing her
(6) Changing the type of food
(7) Mixing around different Flavors (Fish, Chicken, Lamb, Brush Tail)
(8) Visiting the vet
(9) Asking for advice
(10) Researching Online
Unfortunately, some of these methods were not always as effective as i hoped. Popcorn’s fussy eating habits resurfaced every 1 – 2 weeks.
So how did Popcorn overcome it?
ッ 15 Feb was a day of shopping! ❤.❤
The person at Pet Lovers suggested to us to use the 15 minute hunger method for dogs that are picky eaters. This involves serving the food bowl to your dog every 15 minutes until he or she eventually learns that the food will become less tasty by the minute, and they also become hungrier, so the hopeful reaction is that they eat up their food when given.
☛ Who’s a f＿＿ eater? o.O
We saw the sweet vet Dr. Kim again today. :) She was great. Poppy seems to remember her, her tail wagging, mouth like smiling. :) ❤ We talked about Popcorn’s diet and eating habits. Yup, I’m going to heed her advice to have Poppy know who’s boss (she agreed with the assistant at Pet Lovers too!). She said that with poodles, it’s mostly a mind game. They are easy to train, but they can also train their owners easily. Haha. sounds about right there…
☸ 22nd February 2012: Pit Stops at the Food Bowl: Fish Kibble Experiment
This post is a record of the amount of time Popcorn took to eventually start eating her first fish kibble, until the time she finishes with most of her happy fish meal. The following experiment relies on the 15 minute hunger method, and is done without tasty food motivators like venison, brush tail, and chicken.
Seeing Poppy chomping down her food today reminded me of the struggle we once faced and overcame. :) Way to go Poppy! We’re very proud of you :) ♥
♛ Highlights of the day
♘ I carried Poppy on my shoulder (gave her a shoulder ride) while i fetched some fried rice, and a whole bunch of condiments from the kitchen today. :)
♘ Popcorn dragged her blue cushion back and forth across the living hall several times today (something like this)
♘ Daddy said Popcorn performs a Welcome Ceremony like the Traditional Lion Dance whenever he arrives home :D
♘ Poppy heard Rex barking outside and woke up to see what was going on. :D
♘ Poppy pee-ed at the sleeping area of her crate because there was poop on her pee-pad and she didn’t wish to dirty herself
♘ Popcorn M. Baomihua has joined Facebook!!
Tee-hee. You made me smile so much today. ❤
❤ This is my very first time participating in Pet Blogger Hop! A Big Giant Thank You to Pet Blog Hop hosts! Nothing like a great place to meet new friends :)
I love the video of the baguette!!! Great stuff!!! What a cutie!
xoxo Chloe and LadyBug
:) yup i love it toO!
Hey Popcorn, Jet here. Oh food is good, glad you are enjoying yours more now… Mom gave us the 2 yolks from hard boiled eggs and a few string beans today in addition to our kibble. We’re big veggie and fruit treat eaters. We had a few mulberries right off the tree the other day.
Hi Jet! :) Oh mulberries……. I would love to try some of that..! :D Veggie eaters! Mommy just gave me celery the other day, check me out –> i’m munching away~ :} https://fluffypopcorn.com/2012/03/13/%E3%83%85-its-a-fruity-day-in-march/
Hey Popcorn, Jet here. You really did a number on that celery stick. Mom only gives us cut up tidbits! One thing… careful about the stringy stuff; you may think it’s dental floss, but, it can get tangled up in your insides!
Oh No! I guess Mommy didn’t know that. O.O oops. Thanks for letting me know, i’ll be running along to tell her now. Thank gooodness nothing got tangled up inside. o.O Paw hugs! ♥
Hey Popcorn, we all learn from each other, Mom didn’t know either until someone shared with her. Remember, no grapes, citrus, onions or their family members, chocolate… hmm… can’t think of the other stuff right now… High paws right back.
Sure thing. Thank you Jet :) You’re such a friend, looking out for me. LOVE ❤ Oh.. so is a bit of Celery okay for me?
Absolutely… quantity is variable depending on your tummy… it’s the size of the tidbits to avoid that stringy stuff!
Oooo. oki-dok. :D Glad to know that Celery ain’t gonna be confiscated for good. I really like those green things. :D Thank you Jet for following up with my questions. You are real sweet :) ♥
Hey Popcorn, my pleasure… ask your human to give you some carrots, you’re gonna love ’em!
Ooooooo Carroots? :D Sounds uber yummy! Carrots it will be! Yay! Thanks Jet, go get some carrots yourself! ♥ *munching*
Hey Popcorn, Mom’s at work right now, however, when she gets home… you betcha!
Did you get some carrots yesterday Jet? ^.^
Hey Popcorn, Jet here. Not only did I get carrots, JJ and I enjoyed sweet red pepper, celery (tidbits), cucumber, and jicama! (it was Mom’s salad making day!) YUMMY…
Wooohh Salad Making Day?! Sounds like a pawsome event to have at home! Mommy should really try that sometime! Sound uber yummy! I’m gonna bug her now. tsk. :P
I highly recommend that Popcorn. Let me know if you need my Mom to guide your Mom… My Mom is the Kitchen Counselor after all!
Sure, Thanks Jet :) Mommy will visit your Mommy’s Kitchen Counselor Blog too :) Does it have a section on doggie cuisine? :D
Not yet, she’s contemplating it though!!!
She does put doggie cuisine and food info in her newsletter on occasion. Feel free to have your Mommy sign up @ http://www.thekitchencounselor.com :) Mom says thanks for the support!
Sure thing Jet and Jet’s Mommy. Anytime! :D You know my mommy is into cooking too :P She’ll definitely be trying out some of the recipes! Yums!! I’ll keep a look out for doggie food business in Kitchen Counselor and highlight them to Mommy! Ooo, I can’t wait for it Jet! :D
Thanks Popcorn, you are indeed a great K9 little bro! Quite supportive too, may I mention! Mom has a crazy Kitchen Counselor week coming up… so, let’s see what goes on.
Oki dok! Beep me okay brother Jet! I wanna see! :D