Posted : 3/22/2006 10:42:31 AM
well, if you really want to feed dry food, your only option is "tough love". Put down your chosen dry food, wait 15 minutes, pick it up. Repeat until he eats it. Don't worry if he choses not to eat for several days, it won't hurt him.
Dry food is really not the best choice for a dog, and dogs know it. Most dogs in my experience dislike dry kibbles of any type and only eat them out of intense hunger and lack of anything better. Wet foods, especially a variety of fresh wet foods, are much better for dogs. If I were you I'd look into feeding a quality canned diet, or home-cooked or raw. I personally never even try to feed dry kibble by itself due to fears of bloat. I always mix it half and half with wet foods, usually home-cooked stew or raw diet ground up. If you mix it well it's quite difficult for dogs to only eat the wet food.
Just feeding a wet diet should not cause diarrhea. If the pup has loose stools on one particular brand of canned food, try switching brands.