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So I feed both my dogs about 10am every morning. My hubby's dog I feed Blue Buffalo. My dog I have to feed her Science Diet Sensitive Skin. She has some food allergies so vet wanted me to feed her that to see if it worked and it did. She used to be fed Blue Buffalo too but she was chewing at herself and causing raw spots above her tail. Once we switched, her coat started to shine and hair came back. She has been fed Science Diet for going on 2 years now. She loves it! However, lately she will eat the bowl down to about half, pick the bowl up in her mouth, dig a hole, flip the bowl of food into the hole and burry it! After I got tired of doing that, I started tying the bowl to the fence so she couldn't carry it off. Then when I went out, the bowl would be full of dirt from her obviously scooping dirt up in her mouth and covering the food. Why is she doing this? She isn't sick or acting any different besides this out of the blue behavior. This has been going on for 2 weeks now and the expensive food is going down the toilet. Both dogs have separate kennels outside they get fed in and neither dog ever gets to go into the others kennel.
 

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A change in eating habits is the first sign of many illnesses in dogs. Take her to the vet.
 

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There was a similar problem with a guy's dog that i knew long time ago... The dog stopped eating and there was no apparent reason for it. It went on for week, the dog would eat a little then stop eating..... But how he got to solve the problem was by giving the dog a lot of exercise and then giving him the food. This guy use to go out with the dog and do jogging and running and all that, and the dog started eating again. And one more thing, never ignore such behaviors of ur dog... they can get worse.. Or they mite even be due to some kind of illness... I am no expert just wanted to share.. and wud like to see what others believe... and yes do get ur dog checked again. :)
 

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Don't feed right after running your dog, that's asking for bloat. Wait at least an hour for them to settle down, just in case.

If the vet can't find anything wrong, then feed a bit less than usual. Stay there, put the food down and wait. If she eats, fine, if she does anything else, just pick up the bowl and take it into the house. Try again next time. I had a foster that would flip the bowl, toss the kibble around and then eat 2 bits, then come back and pick at it.... meanwhile there was kibble everywhere that she didn't eat! So I started doing that. I removed the bowl as soon as she stopped eatinig, tried to flip the bowl, or if she walked away or moved to paw the bowl. Next day she had no issues eating and tried the same thing a few times after that, lost her meal and was fine ever since.

You could also look at what is in the science diet and find something with similar ingredients, if the blue buffalo for example was chicken and wheat and the SD is lamb and rice, find another food that is lamb and rice that is a bit different and try it (no idea what is in either...).
 

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I agree that it would'nt hurt to bring her back to the vet just to clear her of any health issues due to the lack of appetite.

It could also possibly be that she isn't all that interested in that food anymore, perhaps she is bored of eating the same food for 2 years in a row, or perhaps there is something in that food not agreeing with her. She might be a bit of a resource guarder, hence why she buries or hides her remaining food.

My Shiba does this occasionally, he eats 99 % of the time, but sometimes he has these odd days where either he doesn't like what i'm feeding, or perhaps he just isn't that hungry. The meals are different each day as I feed raw, and sometimes a bit of kibble, but once in a blue moon if he chooses not to eat, he tries to bury it or cover it. I will eventually take it away, but the odd thing is is that he's fed usually on the kitchen floor, and its hilarious because there is nothign to bury or cover his food with, yet if he doesn't want to eat, he 'pretends' to dig at the floor, and nudge an invisible blanket or diert over his food and walks away from it.

Start with a vet exam, and if otherwise nothing comes up, try a different food and see if it intices her to eat. Its just me, but I don't trust what vets recommend when it comes to food and diet, they aren't well educated in this department and the Hill's Science Diet stuff they sell is what they are more or less told to sell, its not really that great of quality of food at all. You can easily find foods that may agree with her and work with her allergies for similar or cheaper price.

Good luck!
 

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There was a similar problem with a guy's dog that i knew long time ago... The dog stopped eating and there was no apparent reason for it. It went on for week, the dog would eat a little then stop eating..... But how he got to solve the problem was by giving the dog a lot of exercise and then giving him the food. This guy use to go out with the dog and do jogging and running and all that, and the dog started eating again. And one more thing, never ignore such behaviors of ur dog... they can get worse.. Or they mite even be due to some kind of illness... I am no expert just wanted to share.. and wud like to see what others believe... and yes do get ur dog checked again. :)
 

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She gets walked 2 hours at 6am, gets fed at 10am (so she has 2 hours after her walk before her meal), dog park at noon (2 hours after she eats) about 3-4 days a week and another 2 hour walk at 6pm. Plus all the play time she has with her "brother" in the back yard, kids and training sessions. So she is getting plenty of excersise. I will call my vet and see what he says. I mix egg (which I made sure she wasn't allergic to) in her food twice a week and she will gobble it up like no ones business, so it maybe just because she is tired of the same ol food.
 

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Very well could be.. you can research lots of foods knowing what her allergies are and go from there. www.dogfoodadvisor.com seems to be a decent site to get food info from, lists ingredients, etc and compares food qualities and what not. If you can afford the science diet, I am positive you can afford a food that is MUCH better quality for the same price or less. If you are able to find a few varieties that she could tolerate, you can always try rotating between different brands or flavors for variety and to ensure she doesn't become disinterested in her food. Variety is good for dogs, as it is for humans.. we probably wouldn't be that well off if we ate the exact same thing every day, twice a day our entire lives and IMO same goes for dogs. You are what you eat :)
 

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Dogs can eat the same thing for 20 years with no ill effects :) And, with most brands of dogfood, variety isn't necessary... unlike with people.... completely different metabolism and requirements... However, I do rotate foods with my dog about every 2 - 3 months for my own purposes. ;)

1. While waiting to talk to your Vet, could you feed your dog 1/3 of a portion, until she eats it, then repeat twice?
2. I know it may be unappetizing, but dirt on the food shouldn't hurt a healthy dog.
3. If a dog eats dirt, than can be pica, possibly indicating a vitamin/mineral deficiency.
4. Burying food is protection (doubtful) or a desire for the food to soften (or rot). ???
5. Rather than an egg every other day, you could try 1/2 an egg or a full egg every day ???
6. Since you said egg was an issue, that might indicate protein or fat. It sounds like Science Diet may have a higher fat content than Blue Buffalo (or a different type of fat that results in the better coat). So, if Science Diet has more than a couple of percentage points LESS protein than Blue Buffalo (for example 20% vs. 26%), she might want a little more protein ??? just guessing....
 

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There are dozens of high grade premium brand foods out there. Many are grain free which is where a lot of dog allergies come from.

If you have identified your dogs allergy trigger, then swop to a food without that trigger.

We have switched our dogs to Earthborn Coastal Catch and the change in their appetite and coats is remarkable.

If she still leaves food, take it away. What is her weight like? Is she telling you that you are feeding too much?
 
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