Location: Co. Durham, UK
Joined: Jan 2005
Is There Really No Such Thing As A Fussy Dog?
I'm interested to get opinions on this as Oscar has always been what I would term "fussy" and also to get some advice.
Oscar has always been a bit faddy, he has in the past gone through phases where he doesn't want to eat certain foods. He's not keen on liver but will happily eat it if it's still relatively frozen with some raw egg mixed in. He will eat most minced meats, but again they have to be partially frozen.
He went through a phase where he didn't want to eat chicken wings, even though he's been fed them since he was only a couple of months old. Eventually after the wings had been reproduced at a couple of consecutive mealtimes he ate them and has continued to since then.
Now then, to the point!
I recently ordered pheasant carcasses and Oscar simply doesn't want to know (Isla loves them but there's nothing Isla doesn't love when it comes to grub!). I've gone through the whole "leave it down for 15 minutes, then remove and reproduce at the next mealtime" etc, which has worked for all other problems with his faddiness, but with the pheasant he just won't eat it. It's gone back into the freezer 3 times consecutively, but in the end I gave in and gave him something differently the next mealtime.
So, could it be a case that Oscar simply doesn't like Pheasant? I've know some people believe that there is no such thing as a fussy dogs, only soft hearted owners who pander to the dog. But is it possible that some dogs might have a preference to certain foods? After all I hate onions, absolutely loath them, but if you offered me nothing but for several days I'd have to eat in the end as I'd be bloody starving! So yes, I think if I left it for several days Oscar would eventually eat the Pheasant out of pure hunger, but that would mean the same battle everytime he was fed it. And do I really want to force my dog to eat something just to make my point?
I just want to make it absolutely clear, when Oscar has refused to eat I've never replaced it with something different to get him to eat, he's always done without until the next mealtime.
As it stands at the moment Oscar was offered the Pheasant for Breakfast and again this evening and it's now back in the freezer for tomorrow!
Tbh I'm not keen to push it much further than this as to me it feels like refusing it for three meals is a sign that he genuinely doesn't like it, rather than hoping something better comes along.