I was worried that she wouldn’t like pork hearts because we had to starve her out for 2 days to get her to eat chicken and liver, BUT…as soon as I opened the package of frozen hearts she started eating them. I let her eat about half of one, they are super rich, so she’s getting a few necks tonight as extra bone just in case, but I am sooooooooo happy that she likes them!!! I hope she likes the tripe mix I got her too :3
Just as a reminder…please don’t starve your animals because they won’t eat ray. Try putting some peanut butter on raw chicken to get them to at least taste it. Be persistent, but never ever starve your pet.
How would you feel if your parents starved you for two days because you wouldn’t eat broccoli and you couldn’t do anything to help yourself?
Thanks for your concern lol but a healthy dog wont starve itself when there is food available. I used the phrase “starve her out” not completely literally, but as to your analogy about my parents feeding me - I could do something to help myself, I could eat the damn broccoli ;)
It is perfectly acceptable for a dog to go over a day without food. Some people practice weekly fasting where once a week they do not feed their dog for a day - I do not. My dog has fasted herself while food was readily available for multiple days (4-5) when going through other life stress and she always eats eventually. So I apologize, starving is the wrong word - I’ll just stick with “tough love” because it’s impossible to starve something when there is food right there.
You also don’t know my dog. She is incredibly picky, she is incredibly smart…and she likes chicken. She just didn’t want to try it in the past because it was not the same chicken I was eating. If every time she didn’t want to eat something I doctored it up and tried to make it more delicious, she’d figure that out so quickly and literally refuse everything until she gets her favorites. ^_^
oh, and the two days looked like this: offer chicken for 25 min, if she didnt eat it, take it up put it in the fridge. Do that 3 times a day. so I tried to feed her 3 times a day, she politely declined a few times. It’s not like I just took everything away and was like HAHAHA STARVE BITCH YOU’LL EAT IN A FEW DAYS.
I wasn’t trying to argue and I apologize. I don’t know your dog, you’re right, but I do know that most animals are very picky. If I were to hand you a plate of some food you had never seen before, food you didn’t even know was food, and expect you to eat it or not eat anything without being able to literally tell you that, you would starve. You would starve because you would think that your regular food is coming. Most animals, when faced with new foods, will wait because they know that you’ll most likely cave and give them their regular food. That has happened to me with every single pet I have ever transitioned to raw. And yes, I did cave and give them their regular food because I can not morally allow myself to let my pets go without.
However, they are all now successfully eating a completely raw diet (although it took a few of them months to get there), without me ever having to give them some ‘tough love’. I completely understand why you did what you did, and am not trying to blame or attack you. I just want others to be aware that there are alternatives to with-holding food.