My wife and I have a very cute 6 month old female pembroke named Leena.  She is very energetic and playful (sometimes TOO playful for her playmate Parker - a 6 year old golden retriever). She is also a pretty healthy weight (about 19 or 20 lbs already) .However, she is very picky about her food.  Some days she will only eat one meal (1.5 cups of her food.  The bag reccommends about 3.5 - 4 a day).  She did just get over a parasite and severe dehydration (we are glad we did not take the vet's advice and instead took her to a 24hr pet hopital.  It probably saved her life).  Anyone have any tips on getting her to actually "enjoy" her food?

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Comment by Emily Trupiano on July 22, 2011 at 9:36pm
Yeah never go by the bag. I don't know about puppies but my adult corgi gets 1 cup a day, with some treats here and there.
Comment by David Whitehouse on July 21, 2011 at 3:16pm

My corgi weighs about 32 lbs.  He only gets 1.5 - 2.0 cups per day.  I mix in canned carrots, frozen green beans or canned pumpkin to fill up the bowl.  If I gave him the choice, he would eat non-stop!  He is a real chow-hound.   When I rescued him he was over 35lbs and too heavy.  The green bean diet has really helped.  He is MUCH more active now at his lower weight. 

 

 

Comment by Erin S on July 21, 2011 at 2:20pm
The best recommendation that I can give you is to go for a more Corgi-friendly vet. Our Marcus is a big boy at 34 pounds, and initially, I was freaking out at the fact that he was getting about 3 cups of food a day. But our vet is very familiar with Corgi weight-related back/joint issues, and it really makes me a lot more confident about things. Some days Marcus doesn't eat his breakfast, it seems like he is specifically less likely to eat when he hasn't been getting as much exercise. Nowadays he's down to two cups a day for most days, but if we take him to the park or we do a longer walk, I up it a bit. I really try to base how much I feed on how much exercise he is getting. 

One thing that I did add to his dinner feeding was the Proportions Stews/Harvest Mixes. He loves chicken, so he'll always gobble down his dinner, and lick his bowl clean at night. I think in his little head, he feels like he's getting something similar to what we eat. It is a bit more pricy than just feeding straight kibble, but he absolutely loves it, and I would rather pay more up front on a good, healthy food than spend it down the line when he gets ill from eating something not as good.  http://www.smartpakcanine.com/sites/canine/landingpgs/proportions.aspx
Comment by Geri & Sidney on July 21, 2011 at 3:54am
Sidney is 4 and only gets about 1/2 cup of food once a day (a mix of kibble and a little bit of canned), with a few treats thrown in during the day. He's a very slooow eater, he'll pick out the canned food first and then slowly nibble on the kibble. More often than not he's still got a few pieces of kibble left on his dish at dinnertime the following day. It used to stress me out until I came to learn that he won't starve himself. I second what the others are saying about getting the better quality food. We finally found one that Sidney likes: Natural Balance Alpha Dog.
Comment by Roger/Laurie on July 21, 2011 at 12:28am
Both of our corgi's basically stopped eating from 6 months to a year.  They ate very little but were happy, healthy pups. When the oldest one did this we were very worried parents,  But a year later when our second corgi did the same thing we relaxed "a little". At around a year they both remembered they were welsh corgi's and started wanting to eat us out of house and home. They get 1/2 cup of dry twice a day, with some green beans.  They complain all the time, but they are happy boys at a good weight.
Comment by Bradly and Jenny Boesen on July 20, 2011 at 11:26pm

Thanks everyone for the info and reccommendations!  It puts my wife and I's mind ad ease!

Comment by Melissa and Franklin! on July 20, 2011 at 10:06pm
Just an example of why you don't follow the feeding guides on the bag....Taste of the Wild that I feed Franklin recommends feeding 2 cups of food a day for a 30 pound dog, Franklin is currently 30 pounds and I give him 3/4 of a cup a day and he has maintained the same weight (even gained a tiny bit) since at least March. At 6 months old I think 1 1/2 cups is perfectly fine and you may find yourself even cutting back a bit from that as she grows a bit older. I think its time you seek out a new vet. He doesn't sound like a real stand up type of guy! Also, Franklin used to chow down for the first 1 1/2 and ALL the vets at my office I worked at always teased me about starving him because he was skin and bones. Like Sam said, he started filling out when he was close to 2 years and has since gained about 6-8 pounds (now he looks like a corgi and not skin and bones)
Comment by Bradly and Jenny Boesen on July 20, 2011 at 7:21pm
My vet, hate to say it, is kinda a jerk.  He acts like the puppy has too much loose skin and always questions whether or not I feed her enough.  "I appreciate that you want to keep your dog thin, but feeding is very important," is what he said... like we don't give her enough to eat or something. My wife and I try, but, as I have said, sometimes she refuses to eat.  Even with loose skin, she is of a healthy weight.  Based on what everyone here has said, I think I won't expect as much eating out of her and may trim feedings down to twice a day.
Comment by Jane Christensen on July 20, 2011 at 6:47pm
My pups all got about 1.5 cups per day maybe a little more. The warm water and letting it sit a bit is a great idea. I have some that can't wait to get their food and others that eat very slowely If she's the only dog...I would leave it down for her. Definately feed at least 2 X's per day. I feed all my dogs a handful (1/2 cup) 3 times a day. We love Taste of the Wild and the better the food the less you have to feed and less poop:) Good luck with your new addition and so sorry things had to start out so dramatic!
Comment by Jane Christensen on July 20, 2011 at 6:47pm
My pups all got about 1.5 cups per day maybe a little more. The warm water and letting it sit a bit is a great idea. I have some that can't wait to get their food and others that eat very slowely If she's the only dog...I would leave it down for her. Definately feed at least 2 X's per day. I feed all my dogs a handful (1/2 cup) 3 times a day. We love Taste of the Wild and the better the food the less you have to feed and less poop:) Good luck with your new addition and so sorry things had to start out so dramatic!

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