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Old 17-02-2017, 06:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I appear to have taken on a fussy labrador, this is new territory for me!

It came to us recently as a 2 yr old on Arden Grange, which he ate initially and then if hand fed. I switched to Hills which again went down well but again he's turning his nose up. I don't want to go down the route of switching all the time. I did leave down and take up and leave him until his next meal and he did then reluctantly eat it.

Anybody had experience with a fussy lab?
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No sorry ours are very over the top greedy.

Just wondering what does he look like physically, does he look a healthy shape for his age or would you think he is skinny/middling/overweight.

I am wondering if he is still feeling unsure if he has only just arrived with you, also have you had a chance to have a vet check to make sure he is fit and well.

If all is ok then I would not put pressure on to eat, and if healthy would not try hand feeding, just put down food you know he has eaten previously and lift it after 10/15 minutes if he has not touched it, rather than wait 8 hours for next feed I would repeat 4 hours later, also not make an issue about it, just lift food and repeat again 4 hours later.

I am a meany mum and feel they will eat when hungry if fit and well.

Good Luck, I do feel for you as its very unusual for a Lab to not eat everything .

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I totally agree with "Fiz" (June)

Give the fella time to settle in. Some years ago I took on a very young puppy farm ex-breeding bitch, she didn't understand regular meals and, most importantly, the bowl of fresh water 😪 I watched her "like a hawk", my Vet said she was OK and eventually My little Dilys settled in ❤️

By the way?? what's his name?? and, also, well done You for taking on another rescue 😀

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Yep give him time.
Luna used to leave food back around a year old. She was about 5kg overweight which for a dog now 20-21kg is a lot. Bless her she tried to tell me!

Now she believes she is starved though. ....
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Hi,
His name is Ozzie. He's a small slim labrador, chocolate. He's very affectionate but still following everyone about if they move out of the room. Hopefully he'll settle and gain more of an appetite.
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He has now developed a proper Labrador appetite! Maybe it was settling in nerves after all! He still doesn't inhale his food like our previous lab but he clears his bowl every meal now
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Just thinking about this again maybe he was only used to having 1 meal a day and suddenly found he had 2 meals a day or vice versa?
Luna when a little pup was free fed so the bowl of food was always down for them to graze on through the day so initially assumed this was how it worked with us until about a week later! I just used to lift it up after a while then add it into the next meal or distribute it as training treats.
It is a relief when they are 'normal' for what we expect so
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