I originaly posted this as a blog post, but it is probably best suited as a discussion:
So Buddy has really never had a problem with eating his meals until recently. We switched him to the adult kibble a few weeks ago and since then have noticed that he is not very interested in the food. We currently feed him VeRus Adult Chicken/Rice formula and the puppy food we used to feed him was VeRus Puppy Chicken/Rice formula. We chose this brand per the advice of our breeder and it has been great up until now.
We feed Buddy 2x a day, once in the morning, and once in the evening. We make him do his run of tricks, then he gets his meal as a reward. Now when we put the food down and tell him to take it, he sniffs it and usually walks away or just sits there. We started using time constraints and giving him 15min to eat then taking the food away per the advice of our breeder. I should mention that he has thrown up a couple times now, so I am wary about having him miss a meal (he has never missed a meal), so I usually end up putting the food back down for him and he usually eats it 30min-1hr+ later. He has thrown up two times now, both times really early in morning. It has been clear yellow in color. I have read that dog's tend to do that when they are anxious about a meal and their stomachs start producing extra bile.
I find it strange that he is acting this way in regards to his meals. To help "entice" him to eat, we started adding in a half tablespoon of Kong Butter to his food, and then its game on and he eats his food immediately. Is this bad? We really don't want to have to continue to do this, but again we are worried about him getting sick if he doesn't eat. We have also tried adding a little warm water to the kibble, but that only helped for a few days.
His behavior has been perfectly normal, even while recuperating after his neuter last Friday. He is the same happy, crazy dog as he has always been.
Could there be some underlying issue that we are just not seeing, or is he just being picky?
Let me say again that he is always SUPER excited when it’s time to eat, but as soon as that bowl hits the ground he doesn't want anything to do with it.
We would really appreciate your advice!