Picky Pyr - what to do food?

by Michelle
(Nashville)

I have a healthy three year old pyrenees rescue. He is just a picky eater. We settled on Blue Buffalo limited ingredient because he has a sensitive stomach. The vet recommended culturelle probiotic and at night he gets a pepcid AC. As soon as the temperature dropped, he's gone back to his very picky ways. I add a little bit of canned to the kibble and that mostly helps. At night he might get a few cheese sprinkles. But it's really a joke. I guess I don't know the breed well and he is a rescue but it would be nice to have some continuity to the diet. He eats about 1 1/2 cups of kibble a day. I stopped giving 2 cups because it was just wasted. Today, he hasn't eaten breakfast but will eat some turkey meat if the pills are in there. Someone suggested turkey baby food and I put that on his kibble and he ate it. It's kind of a struggle.

I had a lab mix before and there was never an empty dog bowl. Very puzzling.

Comments for Picky Pyr - what to do food?

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

Dec 09, 2016
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Picky eater
by: Donna

Your Pyr isn't picky. The food just has nothing to offer.

I would suggest you do some research into raw and kibble. Raw is not difficult to feed once your get into it. It's a species appropriate diet, as well. It's great to see the zest with which your dog eats once they get the hang of it.

I suspect your dog loves the kibble when you first open the bag. After that, it's same old. That's because the fat with which it is sprayed becomes rancid.

Would you want to eat the same dried food day after day?

Here is some information for you:

http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2013/04/01/raw-food-diet-part-1.aspx

http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/kibble-never-a-good-option/

How kibble is made:
http://truthaboutpetfood.com/how-kibble-is-made/

Starting your dog on raw:

http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/a-handy-guide-for-starting-your-dog-on-raw-food/

Dec 09, 2016
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Not raw
by: Michelle

The pet therapy group does not allow dogs who eat a raw diet.. other suggestions?

Dec 10, 2016
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
sensitive soul
by: Anonymous

The most important sentence was probably your first...'we have a healthy Pyr'. It's obvious from your post that you care a lot. He's a lucky boy to have you.
Consider the comfort & trust factor of his mealtimes. You will not 'spoil' him if you sit on the floor with him and hand feed for a time. You will not spoil him if you feed him human food mixed in with the kibble. You are sharing and that's what matters to him. Try to make mealtimes about togetherness, trust and about how much you care about him. Let go of your anxious 'will he or won't he' thoughts...Pyrs are very sensitive souls, so he knows already that you are anxious about the food. He isn't, and he feels yours but doesn't know why you are. So every morsel you offer him should be about the love you feel for your boy, not about how much he's taking. He's always going to chose for himself the where, the when and the what...so the most important factor is for you to make sure you deliver his dish with a heaping helping of love, every time. I'm in the habit of running my hand along our Pyr's body and giving a pat on the rump when he comes to his dish. Perish the thought I should forget...I get that 'look'. Oh, sorry. Go back for a hug and a pat, and he settles to his meal. For him, this is an integral part of it.
Takes time, I know. You will come to love those tiny moments within your day, with your dog. Your Pyr will change things up many more times as you go along. Ours has decided just lately that he would much rather eat outside, on the balcony, thank you very much. We've had him from a pup. I know by now that he may well make another decision for himself at any time. But always give him a hug and a loving pat as I put his meal down for him. He's our first Pyr, too. And, as you say, a very different experience from the Labradors we too had before. He will change the way you think about a lot of things. Enjoy the ride! You will never be the same, once your life has been graced by the presence of a Great Pyrenees.


Dec 10, 2016
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Picky Pyr
by: Darlene Hickman

Our Misti is 9 years old in March ( no one thinks she is going to be 9) Misti has always been feed Raw with some kibble. Always a very high quality kibble and she gets picky too BUT she never ever leaves her Raw food that is always consumed.

Try the raw diet as for probiotics we give her probiotic yougert which she looks at as a treat but it clears up any bouts of diahrea and settles an upset tummy.

Misti eats more in the winter than the summer but as I said she never ever leaves her raw that is always eaten

Good Luck

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Great Pyrenees Questions.









Breaking News

  1. Maremma /Great Pyrenees puppy

    Aug 21, 17 05:25 AM

    Is it normal for my puppy to poop soft stools all day?Thats what the breeder told me.

    Read More

  2. Heath Issue

    Aug 20, 17 07:47 AM

    My pyranese keeps getting sore's on his groin area. We have had tests done and the vet cannot tell me what is causing them. We checked food, treats etc,

    Read More

  3. A New Fan

    Aug 17, 17 07:02 PM

    We live in the country. Life flows with the rhythm of the natural world around us. It's beautiful and quiet. A new neighbour has moved in across

    Read More

  4. This is the situation, Sandra

    Aug 14, 17 02:09 PM

    I’ve started to write this several times to say what she meant to me and our rescue efforts. I just can’t seem to accept that she’s no longer at the end

    Read More

  5. Milo the annoying

    Aug 11, 17 05:13 PM

    Milo discovered how to open the cabinet and his food bin to lay on his side and gobble as fast as he can . And then fall asleep with his head in the food

    Read More

  6. House Training

    Aug 08, 17 06:09 AM

    I rescued a female Pyrenees 3 years ago when she was 3. She has bad separation anxiety. We have to crate her when we are not home or she will pee and poop

    Read More

  7. Charlie

    Aug 07, 17 04:37 PM

    DOB: Approx. May 2015 Companion dog Other dogs: One other high-ranked (confident) dog may be suitable Children: Over 10 years old Cats: Good Partial

    Read More

  8. Bella

    Aug 07, 17 04:31 PM

    *ADOPTED* Bella (now Lily) came in and went out and was adopted quickly. Belle is a very sweet girl of two years old. She has spent her short life tied

    Read More