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Taste of the Wild seems to be a popular choice.
I was thinking about switching my 13 week old off of his current food to something with no grain.
I gave him a sample of the Pacific Stream formula (fish) and he did not want to eat it. The lady at the food store told me that he may not like it. I have a sample of the High Prairie that I will try next. The one thing that I noticed about the TOTW that he tried, was that it seemed very hard or crunchy. I was wondering if he may not like the food being so hard. Maybe it doesnt matter to him at all.
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john_wi said:
The one thing that I noticed about the TOTW that he tried, was that it seemed very hard or crunchy. I was wondering if he may not like the food being so hard.
Sometimes I'll add some water to his kibble. Our breeder does that, but she does it more because sometimes she feels her dogs aren't drinking enough water. I use TOW and it does seem crunchy! But the water softens it up without making it mushy. Just a thought.

We give our guy the Wetlands flavor. I'm wondering if he'd like the High Plains better...it's just that we started him on a chicken protein when he was a pup and just continued along those lines. He's currently going through another finicky phase where we're lucky if he'll it one of his meals for the day. We once tried a fish formula and Loki would not eat it at all either!
 

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Good to know about the water!
I have him on a lamb and rice formula now. I have a sample of the High Plains that I will try.
I am hoping that he will like BOTH of the High Plains and Wetland formulas.
 

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will those with more experience enlighten me a little further on this not eating business...I have no problem giving a dog the flavor it likes, but I buy a bag and he won't eat it, then is the bag wasted $$ ?

seems like if he won't finish his meal in say 10-15 minutes, it should be pulled and he gets a fed at the next schedule time. ...will his hunger level not kick in? we've done that with our kids (human that is) and it works no problem. if they are hungry they eat if not they don't (note that allowing them snacks only encourages them to not eat at dinner...sounds mean, but they eat at meal time which is the best food for them).

or will his hunger seriously not catch up with his need for calories? which leaps me to a conclusion-ary question...are they high maintenance / picky eaters to where the above won't work? we're awaiting the arrival of a litter for our pup.
 

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john_wi,

My 12 week old female loves TOTW Wetlands formula, but I am changing her to something else because she is not tolerating it well. Of course she doesn't even chew it...just gulps it down, especially when I add yogurt to it. I am a huge fan of TOTW and when Reba gets older I am sure that I will try it again. Just wanted to let you know about my experience with my puppy.
 

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I fed totw for four months, bison venison formula my dogs did very well I recently switched to something else for varitey.One is not doing very well... soft stools.i am going to switch them to another brand.the blue with life bits is good for one but I need one that is good for two.back to the drawing board
 

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Cornbread said:
will those with more experience enlighten me a little further on this not eating business...
Wish I could enlighten you. Our guy is 18 months and stalling at 48 pounds. He goes through phases of eating both his meals...this lasts for about a week. Then, we're lucky if he eats one meal a day. We've switched his food countless times. He'll love it for about 3 weeks, and then we're back at square one. I hope someone else has an answer to this!

Cornbread said:
seems like if he won't finish his meal in say 10-15 minutes, it should be pulled and he gets a fed at the next schedule time...are they high maintenance / picky eaters to where the above won't work? we're awaiting the arrival of a litter for our pup.
We put down the food for 20 minutes and take it up if he doesn't eat it. It might take a day or two for him to get hungry enough to actually eat a whole meal (and he's really active...runs every day). From what I read, V's are definitely picky eaters. But it could be individual, since not every V owner has this problem.

I did want to add that as a pup, our guy hoovered his food so fast we had to get a Buster cube to slow him down...I now wish we had that problem!

Maybe I should post a new thread...but I'd love to hear anyone else on this issue!
 
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