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My 2 year old male cockapoo Monty has never been that excited by his food. We've been through the majority of what’s considered the upper market foods, such as Hills, James Wellbeloved etc.

I'm not sure if this is our doing as when he was younger we used to just leave his food bowl out and he'd graze on it throughout the day. Then when we started going to dog classes they said that this was bad for the dog and to keep to set meal times.

So we then started to remove the food bowl after 30-60 minutes each evening after we put it down. We did this for some time, but Monty just didn't eat or if he did only a small amount of it.

We went to a local pet shop where they sell some food for fussy eaters. It's just loose and sold by the kg etc. We started to add this to his James Wellbeloved, with a splash of water and warmed in the microwave. Someone told use that warming it brings the smell out and may encourage him.

He did show more of an interest so we decided to leave the bowl down over night. By the morning it is usually empty. This is what we've been doing for some time now.

But the issues I'm faced with are as follows:

1. The pet shop food we add is rubbish!! Full of random things (even plastic!!!)
2. If we leave it out overnight our new puppy wants to get at it
3. I want Monty to bite my hand off at the thought of his food\meal time!
4. I want to be feeding both dogs the same in the long term (a good dog food, currently in mind is Orijen)

This afternoon I'm going over to Kennel Gate to get some Orijen for Monty.

Fingers crossed he likes this one!!

Any tips on how to get Monty eating and boost his eagerness around meal times??

Rich
 

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Yes, all is going well thanks, Oscar is fine. Monty is starting to play a little with him. Although it does just tend to be a game of chase!!

I did think that Monty would start to eat when we got Oscar. But like Wilf, Monty will just stand and watch Oscar eat his own then move onto Monty's food.
 

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Thanks Jules\Helen,

I like the look and the theory of the raw meat\bones etc, I'm just a fan of the dry foods for convenience.
I may get some and give it a try, but I'll probably only give it to him as the occasional treat.
Monty isn’t losing any weight either, the issue is the worry that he hates the food we’re giving him really.
Rich
 
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