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    We are currently feeding our puppy Iams puppy chow large breed. Thats what the breeders were feeding the puppies and the first 5 days she ate it, but she would want to try and stop eating after a few nibbles. Then yesterday she didnt eat any at all. In the morning I did do treats before meal time for training so she is interested and when I noticed she didnt eat, only time she gets a treat is when she goes potty and that is one treat. She didnt eat last night and also not eating this morning. She dont seem sick because she still runs around like crazy and barks at the cats. We trained this morning but instead of treats I used the dog food and she would eat that. Didnt seem to happy about it though.

    Is it the food that she dont like or did I spoil with treats when we did a short 3-5 minute training session 3 times a day?

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    It's probably both. Iams is not very good food, and unfortunately basically all grocery store brands are not very good. Check out this website that reviews dog food: http://dogfoodadvisor.com/ Most of the Iams line seems to have 2/5 stars--you could probably do much better for the cost. Since it is mainly corn based, it doesn't surprise me that your dog doesn't seem to like it. What breed is your puppy? I have a small dog so someone else should be able to suggest foods appropriate for your dog.

    If your dog continues not eating for a long while though, you should of course consider seeing a vet about it.

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    My dog was on Iams when we first got him. He was never all that bad about not eating, but he does eat MUCH better now that he is on Blue Buffalo. Blue has a better smell which i'm sure the dogs like and it has a few different flavors. I get a new flavor each time I get a new bag and Porter acts like its the best thing in the world each time. If you can you should get your puppy on a better food. Also you shouldn't train before meals. I feed Porter at 4:30am and train later around 11am. He also doesn't like his dog food for training treats

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    When I rescued Greta ( my Mastiff) she would pick at food. They had her on Purina dry and Ole Roy wet ( gulp , double gulp) ..the shelter has limited resources . Anyway , I got her home and switched her to Innova. I still had to really entice her , and mix in some healthy home cooked stuff to get her to eat. The the whole buyout with Innova caused me to switch to Blue Buffalo Wilderness ...and I tell you , they eat it with such enthusiasm. Dry. No extras.

    I have heard several people claim the same thing..that dogs seem to LOVE BB . And it is a very healthy high grade food. I have a 90 pounder and 150 pounder here..we go through 2 50 dollar bags every 3 1/2 weeks or so , to give you an idea of cost. Actually , if you are feeding just one large dog..figure half that. My 90 pound dog does great of 4 dry cups per day. The 150 pound Mastiff eats 6 .

    Good luck with your pup!

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    Oh yeah, we have to get a new 50 lb bag around every 3 1/2 weeks too. Porter is around 100 lb and he eats anywhere from 4-6 cups a day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TStafford View Post
    My dog was on Iams when we first got him. He was never all that bad about not eating, but he does eat MUCH better now that he is on Blue Buffalo. Blue has a better smell which i'm sure the dogs like and it has a few different flavors. I get a new flavor each time I get a new bag and Porter acts like its the best thing in the world each time. If you can you should get your puppy on a better food. Also you shouldn't train before meals. I feed Porter at 4:30am and train later around 11am. He also doesn't like his dog food for training treats
    I agree! When I first got my pup he was on Iams. After doing research, I found out that Iams is terrible for dogs! I switched Axel to Wellness food and he gets a lot more excited about meal times! I would definitely give switching to a better brand a try!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kafkabeetle View Post
    It's probably both. Iams is not very good food, and unfortunately basically all grocery store brands are not very good. Check out this website that reviews dog food: http://dogfoodadvisor.com/ Most of the Iams line seems to have 2/5 stars--you could probably do much better for the cost. Since it is mainly corn based, it doesn't surprise me that your dog doesn't seem to like it. What breed is your puppy? I have a small dog so someone else should be able to suggest foods appropriate for your dog.

    If your dog continues not eating for a long while though, you should of course consider seeing a vet about it.
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    Re: Iams questions

    I lost a pet to Iams during the melamine contamination incident a few years ago. It was horrible. The poor boy went down so fast that I KNEW he'd been poisoned, only I also knew that there was no way he could have gotten into anything. We spent a lovely three days giving him IV fluids at home in hopes that his kidneys would start functioning again. We also gave him painkillers because he was in such discomfort. On day four we finally admitted defeat and had him euthanized. The day after he died the news broke. I now boycott any of the companies involved in that recall. Obviously they outsourced their production, and obviously they weren't paying attention to quality control when they did so.

    Here's a link to recalled products: http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/petfoodrecall/

    Interestingly, Blue Buffalo has a product on the list, while Purina doesn't.

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    Sorry to hear about your loss bartleby. I will keep that in mind. I actualy switched to Purina Pro Plan selects because of the lack of wheat and soy and bi products. Its amazing on how much food Iams says to feed a puppy but pro plan says to feed lot less.

    Iams says for 10lb puppy at 6-11 weeks old to fee 2 1/4C a day. Pro plan says to feed the same type of pup 2/3-1 3/4 between 1-1/2 month to 3 months. Since I dont want to waist the iams. how much should I mix the 2?

    Omg I just did a quick test and put a small tiny bowl of Iams puppy large breed chow and she wouldnt touch it. Then I did the same with pro plan and she gobbled it up. I then mixed her amount and she ate it all up cuz of the pro plan I'm guessing.. Crazy.
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    I would just mix them starting with a small amount of Pro Plan and mostly Iams then increasing the Pro Plan until the Iams is gone. That will help your pup adjust to the new food. I'm glad she's enjoying her food more now!

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