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By 8/13/2009


rowdy's not great about eating his food. he starting turning his nose up at it about 4 months ago, and since then we've switched over to another brand to see if that's what he had issue with... apparently not, b/c he's still quite peculiar about when he'll eat it.

so i just tasted a bite, just to see what we're working with and it tastes like ass. awful. his treats smell delicious. meatful and hearty - something you'd want to eat.

is your dog's food appealing at all? -not to you, but just in general. does it smell good? have some meatiness about it? anything to appetize the dog?

photo from flickr isolano

43 comments

  1. We got a free sample of NuTrish, Rachael Rays dogfood brand which is suppose to be quite healthy. Our dog usually eats a little bit of her normal food here and there, but she gobbled the NuTrish down in seconds. I didn't try any myself (although I did taste a milk bone once, very gritty >yuck<), didn't smell too strong either, maybe try that.

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  2. try using this website for dog food, we have had really good luck with it:
    http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/
    the good foods on it can be hard to find, but our standard poodle gobbles them up!

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  3. My dogs are allergic to chicken and grain, so I feed them either an all fish food or lamb and fish kibble. It smells horrible. Like yesterday's salmon. yuck.

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  4. We used to do a combo of meaty wet food and dry food for Digger and Boyd would have to be held back from inhaling all of it. He munches on plain dry food and doesn't seem to mind too much. I'll keep you posted on Chloe's preferences.

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  5. We feed our dogs raw food. They love it. You can buy pre-packed frozen meals that are a combination of fruit, vegetables and meat. They grind up the meat, bones and all, so that they are full of calcium. You usually get this in your better, healthier pet stores. I was finding it too expensive so for a while I was going to the butcher and getting the chicken backs and scraps that they were just throwing away. They would give them to me free in a big box that they had frozen. As the pieces thawed I would bag them and put them in my freezer. This became too gross for me!

    Now I have found a Meat Processor who I get organ meat from. He has them pre-ground and frozen in 1lb cubes. I buy a 10lb bag for $8.00. My dogs love it. I will also add veggies and fruit that are just a litle past their prime from my fridge or garden. Just add an egg once in a while for calcium. Super economical and definitely awesome for your pet. They are carnivores after all!

    Hope you find something that works for Rowdy.

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  6. He may be snacking on cat turds, cat food, and table scraps. Leave out a token amount of dry food and don't worry about it. If he's begging for people food, you'll have to put him out of the room during meals; that's unacceptable.

    I'm stuck with Evo wet because of allergies. It smells of death (all meat). Hill's Z/D dry is what I throw down for munchies. It has a neutral smell and taste. It's easy to sweep up, too. Shit costs $90 for a 28 pound bag, so I made sure it was good.

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  7. HAAHAAA! you are fucking whack-a-doo!!! i love it.

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  8. We have a schnauzer who is picky about her food too. She finally settled on a mix of Nutro Lamb & Rice and Science Diet Dental Food (which sounds random, but its what my Mom's schnauzer also eats so that's why we tried it). She LOVES those big dental pieces...takes them out particularly and then plays with them for a minute before eating them. Crazy dogs

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  9. Our lab mix was a really picky eater who would just randomly not eat meals. We'd have to "trick" him into eating. (My husband would actually get on the floor and pretend to eat the food so Potter would eat it before he could!) Anyway, we eventually switched him to a grain free diet because of allergies and started feeding him Taste of the Wild High Prairie Canine Formula...he LOVES it! He gobbles it up now.

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  10. when i lived in england for a summer, my boss fed his dog this strange concoction of carrots and lettuce and... i don't even know what else. i know it was cooked though. their dog could not get enough of it.

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  11. our dog is a pug and essentially one giant allergy, he loves Newman's own- it's free of corn and additives, and proceeds go to anilmal charities, he eats it like we're giving him bacon... dogs are weird.

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  12. hilarious. My brother tried a nathan's doggy treat once. he has some serious stomach issues after that. Our dogs love anything that isn't their food. they even enjoy boiled plain boiled rice and chicken. They eat wellness; which, according to the label and the price is really good for them. i don't think they're starving.

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  13. The mixing-dry-food-with-canned trick usually solves the problem.

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  14. i just wanted to tell you that i think it's so awesome that you tasted a bite of rowdy's food! i have a cat (whos food i've never tasted - maybe i will tonight), can't help on tasty dog foods.

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  15. Lulu's food smells so bad that it can make me retch, particularly when I open a fresh bag. But she's like kelly's dogs and has to eat fancy rx only kibble. She loves it and begs me to feed her at 4am.

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  16. I have Ringo the Schnauzer in Australia and our vet said he can just live off dry food. So he eats science diet biscuits and that is about it. He has the occasional treat (say every two weeks) of a fresh bone, or uncooked chicken wing and sometimes he gets a little left over meat from our dinner but he 99% of the time lives on the science diet biscuits. Maybe it is a schnauzer thing but he does not scoff his food down like other dogs. He grazes and he never seems starving. The science diet biscuits for medium breed make his teeth really white and he does not have that doggy bad breath. Not sure if Rowdy will like these....

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  17. We have a grand dog that comes for extended visits sometimes, an elderly pit bull that can be an emotional eater it seems..wont touch her food when in the house alone, only when we're home, and sometimes just gets too lazy to eat i think. She's not underweight, but can go long periods not eating. But I've bought a couple of different brands of additives for her dry food that I use when I notice a dry spell and it causes instant bowl cleaning. I forget the brand name now but it comes in a plastic squeeze bottle, and says it's a vitamin/antioxidant product, smells/looks like potent gravy, different flavors. I've found it at a high a end doggy boutique near our house, and also a large grocery store.

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  18. Our dog will eat anything. A-Nee-Thing. We tried moving him to a brand of wholesome organic something-or-other food when we first brought his home from the kennel, but his delicate system seems to prefer Purina Pro-Plan, and our budget definitely does.

    Haven't tasted his regular food (because it already smells like ass, so I can imagine how it tastes), but a nibble of his Trader Joe's peanut butter treats confirmed they taste like peanut butter teething biscuits. Not that I'm planning to dish them out with ice cream this weekend, or anything.

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  19. Have you tried Halo? We think it's the least disgusting and at least you can see the veggies in it. Burks seems to love it.

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  20. I have a dog who also turns her nose up at food. We've found that the Purina One with Shredded Bits is her favorite - but only the lamb and rice variety, she hated the beef and rice. Good luck - don't worry too much though, says my vet, Rowdy will eat when he's hungry (that's hard to do though as the pet parent, I know).

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  21. Ha! That's awesome that you tried it.

    My schnauzer (half standard & half mini- weird i know) eats Hills Prescription Science Diet ZD. This is a special formula because of his delicate digetstive system (ugh.) Anyway, he LOVES it. We mix a few tablespoons of canned food with the dry food and he cannot get enough. Prescription Science Diet has a lot of forumlas and all of the ones we have tried have smelled very good. Though i have not tasted any, the canned food smells and looks like pate.

    The downside- they are only available at a vet and they cost a small fortune.

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  22. my dog won't touch her food unless i sprinkle parmesean cheese on it, with a touch of olive oil. maybe she thinks she's in tuscany (why not) olive oil good for her coat and a little cheese good for the soul.

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  23. You ma'am are hilarious and such a treat to read everyday.

    I make these biscuits for dogs and someone(we will call her mom to protect her identity) usually will steal a couple to try when she's over.

    3 cups Minced fresh parsley
    ¼ cup Finely chopped carrot
    ¼ cup Grated Mozzarella cheese
    2 tablespoons Vegetable oil
    2¾ cup Whole wheat flour
    2 tablespoons Unprocessed bran flakes
    2 teaspoons Baking powder
    ½ cup (To 1) water

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease 2 baking sheets. In a small bowl, mix the parsley, carrots, cheese and oil. In another bowl, stir together the flour, bran and baking powder. Add vegetable mixture and stir well. Gradually add 1/2 cup water. Mix well, adding more water if needed to make the dough moist. Knead for 1 minute. Roll the dough to 1/2-inch thickness. Bake 20 to 30 minutes, or until biscuits have browned. Cool on a rack. They'll harden as they cool. Store in an airtight tin. Makes about 36 biscuits

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  24. When my funny little daughter was 2 she used to snack on dry cat food. I think it was Meow Mix. She would crunch down on a piece and say, "Mmmmm, salty".

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  25. I feed my dog raw food as well. Our philosophy is that if you're looking for chicken, etc to be the first ingredient on your dog food, why not just feed him chicken?

    A friend at the dog park had this raw food manual that I've been following for the past 6 mos. Higgins gets raw chicken (complete w/ bones which make his teeth so clean he looks like an over-bleached celebrity), veggies, and muscle meat-livers, hearts, etc. His coat is tremendous, his breath doesn't stink, and he's super-psyched to eat every day.

    My thoughts are that most people are moving to more organic, whole, unprocessed foods because it's absolute shit for us to eat. Why would I give my dog the equivalent of doritos every day for breakfast?

    Just a thought, don't want to be preachy. Maybe offer Rowdy some people food (just as long as it's not too salty, oily, etc) to mix it up and prevent boredom?

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  26. I feed Mattie Wellness Fish and Sweet Potato -- its got a good bit of fish oil so it prevents the schnauzer bumps (rowdy will get them eventually, too). I mix it up with no-sodium green beans (vet recommended because she tends to be a big gal, as you know) or a little bit of wet food (can't remember the name) that is 100% chicken. I switch it up for her highness so she doesn't get bored.

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  27. Oh, and I've noticed that if I feed mattie wet food that is not 100% meat, she gets really, REALLY gassy -- like, run you out of the room gassy.

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  28. I have a schnauzer too, and he eats on his own schedule, which is never when I think he should eat. However, we have used Eagle Pack Holistic Select-Anchovy, Sardine & Salmon Meal w/ Oatmeal. It smells just like fish, which is sort of gross, but Ollie loves it. All the fish oil is great for schnauzer skin, which can be sensitive.

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  29. dog food smell = yucky! especially when they are chomping right near you and its all you can smell...and dog eating noises drive me bananas. I have two chihuahuas that I love as long as they are not eating...

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  30. my two dogs LOVE their Canidae dog food - it also keeps their coats super shiny!

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  31. Turns out our springer spaniel loves fish. We feed her Nutro Natural Choice Herring meal, rice and potato. It has improved her skin and coat tremendously.

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  32. We have to feed our goldens a prescription food that smells kind of stinky but they LOVE it. Dogs that board with us for training usually refuse to eat their food b/c they want our dogs' food. We use a freeze dried raw meat powder on top of finicky dog's food to entice them to eat. It usually works like a charm. Email me if you would like me to send you a sample...

    here is the link to the company that makes the powder. the small beef niblets are great training treats too. i call them 'crack treats' for obvious reasons.

    http://www.animalfood.com/

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  33. I used to feed Bunny the Trader Joe's Holistic Organic stuff, but she eventually stopped eating it. now I just buy whatever, but I'd like to find something that I like buying (if that makes sense).

    also, my dog is a trash compactor and eats everything from tomatoes to carrots to corn cobs...you name it.

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  34. Wrigley the Pug only ate her dog food when she was super hungry until.... I bought Kibbles and Bits, yes cheapo Kibbles and Bits!
    We now have an issue with her waking up at four in the morning wanting more food! Yikes!

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  35. Our doxie likes to turn his nose up at his California Naturals dog food, but he'll chow down on it once we drizzle some beef or chicken broth over it (I'm ashamed to admit I warm the broth, too, for ultimate gravy goodness) or once we mix some plain yogurt in. He LOVES yogurt.

    I feel like I should be of the mindset that he's a dog and he'll eat when he's hungry, but I have become one of those people who caters to my dog's tastes. It's so easy to mix a little something extra in, and it brings him such delight!

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  36. Where did you find that photo? I love it, and I'd like to use it on my blog, with proper credit given to the photographer. I do this thing every Wed. where I post cute pictures of doggies. Any help would be appreciated. My email is heychicka(@)yahoo.com.
    And you can visit my blog here:
    http://thatlovelyblog.blogspot.com

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  37. have you tried adding canned green beans to his food? get the low sodium, store brand kind and mix it with whatever dog food you have. our dogs love it!

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  38. we just have one dog, and her eating habits are all over the place. sometimes she eats as soon as I feed her, sometimes she doesn't touch her "breakfast" until 9pm. I guess she just eats when she's hungry. the only time I can count on her to eat two meals a day is when we're dog sitting -- if she doesn't eat her food it will get eaten by someone else!

    btw -- we tried out different brands, but it didn't really make a difference. she's on lamb-and-rice only now because she has a sensitive tummy.

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  39. our dog used to wander around and take hours to eat...so we switched him to timberwolf organics and he did really well--it actually smells like food. and there are maybe 6 different blends, so you can rotate them around. it's not cheap, but you end up needing to feed them so much.

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  40. Raw food is the way to go whether you make it yourself or find a local producer.

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  41. Have you tried Enova EVO? It's very protein rich, and dogs seem to love it. Plus, it was one of the few dog food brands not affected by the tainted food coming from China, since they source all of their ingredients from the US.

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