In the last month or two Brae has really started to lose motivation for food. He still loves treats! And he does eat. But he already wasn't the most food motivated dog, and it seems that motivation has decreased even more. Here are some examples:
-Used to love pork skin rolls, eat them immediately, and finish them in one sitting (albeit slowly). Then used to eat them if I played with him first. Now won't touch them at all.
-Loves raw bones. Now will leave even more gristle and marrow on them than before.
-Used to love playing with his food toys (we have a variety). Now will only work on them with a lot of coaxing, and inconsistently finish his kibble.
I'm pretty sure some of it, like the kibble situation, is partly my fault since he probably wants me to goad him into eating. But I'm worried about him losing weight since he's already very trim. Here are some photos that show his current body condition:
You can sort of see that his last rib or two is already visible. I LIKE keeping him in peak condition and I don't want him to get fat. But I don't want him dropping below what he is now either. He's 75# and I used to feed him 5 to 5.5 cups of food a day, pretty much his whole life. When he dropped to 73# (which could have been a just-that-day thing, admittedly), I increased it to 5.5 to 6 cups. Maybe that's what's causing him to be off, and he doesn't need that much? Maybe now that he's 2.5 yrs his body doesn't need the same amount of calories to maintain?
I'm sure I can get him to eat if I mixed kibble with wet or fed out of a bowl instead (maybe... I've seen him turn his nose up to that), but I really like the enrichment provided by food toys. Then again, it's not enriching if he's not enjoying them... But I guess he's at a point in his life where he's settling quite nicely. Whereas in the past I really, really appreciated the food toys making him work a little harder.
Anyways, I'm not super worried as if it's a medical problem. It's not, as everything else about him (stool, coat, energy, etc.) is exactly the same. But I'd love to hear anecdotes if you've had/have a dog who is not super food motivated too.