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Old 06-04-2013, 06:23 AM   #901
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I have an appointment to be interviewed by a dog on Thursday. She is part of the service dog program and did not finish her training to become a seeing eye or companion dog, so they have to place her with a home. I called the lady and she set me an appointment to come meet the dog on Thursday. So I am thinkin.... How does one dress for a dog interview?..... Bathe in bacon grease and keep a pocket full of doggie treats handy? She has been placed with two other homes where she went on a hunger strike and refused to eat, so I am definitely looking for a way to get her to transition to a new environment easily. Any ideas? Pass em along before Thursday please.

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IMHO, some people don't feed their dogs good food. Or they change the food all the time. I get Blue Buffalo from amazon.
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Old 06-04-2013, 10:42 AM   #902
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I have an appointment to be interviewed by a dog on Thursday. She is part of the service dog program and did not finish her training to become a seeing eye or companion dog, so they have to place her with a home. I called the lady and she set me an appointment to come meet the dog on Thursday. So I am thinkin.... How does one dress for a dog interview?..... Bathe in bacon grease and keep a pocket full of doggie treats handy? She has been placed with two other homes where she went on a hunger strike and refused to eat, so I am definitely looking for a way to get her to transition to a new environment easily. Any ideas? Pass em along before Thursday please.

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recently the Howdy had tummy problems and didn't want to eat. this was along with a back problem & yeast infection (Howdy Brau!)

meds were to be taken with food, so we had to get him to eat. someone suggested soaking his kibble with some low-sodium beef or chicken broth

it worked & 3 weeks later, his tummy, back and skin are all much better

good luck with the interview. wear what you would normally wear. Charlie P's advice works well in most situations; Relax, don't worry. but save the homebrew for after
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Dogs can be very strange animals when they decide to boycott food. My 2 Aussies, Barley & Blue, were doing Vulcan mind games with their food, when I first got them.

They had been used to eating out of a common bowl (Barley first, as he's bigger) and Blue second, but I saw this as a problem since Blue was overweight (He'd chow down all he could once Barley was gone). It took me 2 weeks to get them to eat in separate bowls, because at first all they would do is secure their bowl and protect it by growling. Not too cool.

Finally I decided to throw a 3rd dog in the eating order, namely, ME. I'd give them their food once I was nearly done eating, and that ended up working well. Barley still eats first (out of his own bowl) once I've started having my own dinner, and once Barley is done, Blue will eat his food out of his own bowl.

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Old 06-04-2013, 02:00 PM   #904
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IMHO, some people don't feed their dogs good food. Or they change the food all the time. I get Blue Buffalo from amazon.
I tried blue buffalo at first but the pooch didn't care for it as much. Ozzy gets wellness core and does really well on it.
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Find what the training program feeds, and buy that. At least for the first month or so, and then if that works, you can gradually transition to a QUALITY food of your choice.

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I can't imagine my dogs ever boycotting food! Our chocolate lab was a rescue dog and he chows down every meal as if its his last. We've had him for 3 years and noting's changed...

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Nature's Logic is what my dogs settled on.

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This is Dixie. You have to be careful with beer glasses around her. You leave them unattended, she will entitle herself to a free sample, which is usually as much as she can get until you catch her. She will do the same with wine, margaritas, and other alcoholic beverages, except whiskey she seems to avoid whiskey.

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Abbey here is very finicky about eating. We feed her Castor & Pollux Organix and she seems to really like it, when you she decides to finally eat. As far as beer and other alcohol she also seems to have no interest in an unattended glass.



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I have an appointment to be interviewed by a dog on Thursday. She is part of the service dog program and did not finish her training to become a seeing eye or companion dog, so they have to place her with a home. I called the lady and she set me an appointment to come meet the dog on Thursday. So I am thinkin.... How does one dress for a dog interview?..... Bathe in bacon grease and keep a pocket full of doggie treats handy? She has been placed with two other homes where she went on a hunger strike and refused to eat, so I am definitely looking for a way to get her to transition to a new environment easily. Any ideas? Pass em along before Thursday please.

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She also may have been upset in the change of lifestyle. She was probably used to the program and going out and doing stuff and working. Suddenly transitioning to just being around the house and not doing anything can do that to a dog, especially working breeds. If you're going to take her, I'd try to have her with you as much as possible and go do stuff with her. Don't expect her to be a yard dog.
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