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we are having feeding problems with our 2year old mix breed.  He is 1/2 shihtzu, 1/4 bichon &  1/4 poodle.  We will start out good on a bag of dried food and after the 2nd bags will not eat any more. I've tried others and the same thing happens.  We did make the mistake of giving him some table food (good lean meat) mixed with dry food and that worked for quit a while.  He now doesn't want any dog food but all people food.  He recently saw the Vet and is in good shape.  Should we withhold all at once or try to cut him back gradually?  I'm at a loss of what to do.  He is a very good dog.  doesn't bother anything inside or out.  When we tell him no he listens.  Any suggestions?

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Hi Carolyn,

Sorry for the delay in writing.

You are not alone in this.  In fact, many times dogs that are given the taste of our food don't like to go back to eating theirs.  Here is what I suggest.  Get yourself a good nutrious dog food; I like the foods at www.pipschoice.com or www.frrco.com/120855
Follow the suggested feeding chart for pets in proper weight.  Divide the daily serving into two potions.  At the first feeding of the day, put down the food and if your dog is not done eating after 15 minutes, pick it up and wait until the second feeding time.  This is not a cruel thing to do, the fact is your dog will learn to eat when he is given his meals.  You will find that it does not take long for your pup to eat his food.  
I give my dogs treats of people food but never as a meal with their own food.  

Hope this helps you and your dog.  Remember, dogs will never starve themselves, they will eat when they are very hunger.
Susan Potts
Www.spottsgrooming.com  

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I am a professional dog groomer and can help you with your dog's grooming needs. I also love to study pet foods and can help you with choosing a good food for your pet. Nutrition by supplements for health is also a topic I enjoy talking about.

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Over 17 years for professional dog and cat grooming. Nearly five year combined of studying pet health and nutrition. Four plus years as an independent field representative with Flint River Ranch pet food and three plus years as a representative in the HealthyPetNet business featuring Life's Abundance dog and cat food, treats, vitamins and grooming care products. Over two years as a distributor for NuVet Plus pet supplements. Teaching clients and giving nutritional support to help with their pet's well being. Owner of Spotts Grooming and Holistic Pet

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The Healthy Dog, Spotts Dog Care

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On the job training as a brusher/bather for one year. Basic groomer for three years. Certificate groomer from Groom Expo 2004 Home studies of Groomer In A box and continuing education at groom expos through out the country.

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17 years of grooming clients, Pet food and supplement customers through out the United States and Canada

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