Posted : 10/14/2009 9:38:35 AM
I'm a tough love kinda girl too.
But do make sure you dog's teeth are ok. That might have something to do with it....
That said, some dogs just refuse a meal occationally... Nothing much you can do about it..
It's highly possible she just isn't that hungry. You know how sometimes you don't feel like having a "full" dinner, but would rather just have a cup of soup or a salad instead? But of course, if someone put a big piece of chocolate cake down in front of you, it would be hard to resist and you'd probably clean your plate :)
My dog can be a picky eater, so I tend to "rotate" his food by buying switching brands or flavors each time I get a new bag of food. I know he appreciates it, because he usually picks out the "new" kibble when I mix it 50/50 and spits the "old" kibble out on the floor. Such a spoiled bugger! Anyway, if you think she may be getting bored with her food, you can always try getting a different brand or flavor of puppy food. Like switching from chicken to lamb and rice, or something like that.
In the meantime, don't worry too much or succumb to the temptation to fill her bowl with goodies to make her eat (that will just encourage her to be picky). If she misses more than the occasional meal, I'd say a vet checkup is in order. Otherwise, if she doesn't eat, just take her food away and feed her again at the next mealtime.