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Old 02-05-2012, 01:33 AM   #1
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I have a 9mnth ols Border collie and we are best friends.I have allways been home with her and she was happy and healthy. A month and a half ago I started working fulltime and she now stays home with my father when Im at work. Sincve I have been at work her personality and eating habbits have changed, she lies around all day doing nothing except looking down the driveway waiting for me to come home and as soon as I do she is full of energy, however this is not my biggest concern....she has also stopped eating since I have been going to work...she wont even eat when I come home. What am I to do because its costing me a fortune in vet bills as Im so worried.

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Welcome Shontelle, glad that you have joined us though I am sorry to hear you are having troubles with your dog. You mentioned you have taken her to the vet about her eating, what did her vet have to say? Was he able to rule out any medical problems? What was her life/activity level like with you before you went to work full time? Is she getting sufficient exercise and stimulation while she is at home with your dad? Has she ever exhibited any separation anxiety issues before?... and is doggy day care even a few days a week an option for her?
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Old 02-05-2012, 10:52 AM   #3
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If the vet gives her a clean bill of health then she's just being picky. My Vinnie is kinda like that. During the work week he is GREAT about eating -- because he's on such a routine but on the weekend he prefers to stay in bed with his mama than eat his breakfast --- sometime he won't eat till like 11am or even 2pm.

I've been told before that if they do not eat it within 20 minutes of putting it down, you pick it up and don't give them anything till the next meal. Thus you are becoming the leader and telling them when they need to eat and not on their time.

(I haven't done this as I dont' see Vinnie not eating at a specific time an issue --- im sure trainers would argue with me)

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Shontelle, welcome to the forum. Renee94, I don't think any trainer would give you an arguement over feeding time. It's a personal choice and your lifestyle. When I worked full time, my dogs were on a schedule. They were fed first thing in the morning and as soon as I got home from work. Some people free feed their dogs. Others don't. All three of mine would be the size of a barn if I let them free feed. My vet recommends feeding dogs twice a day, so that's what I do. I only work 2 days a week now, but my dogs still have the same feeding times. They just got used to eating at a certain time, and then going ouside to do their business. I've been trying to get them to understand that Saturday and Sunday is called the weekend, and we should sleep in. So far, I haven't been able to train them that.

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Hi Shontelle, welcome to DF!

Assuming she has no medical or digestive issues causing her to have problems eating, I would say she is suffering from some anxiety at you being gone - perhaps she is not showing this in ways such as barking, howling, pacing or being destructive, but she is fretful, and has lost her appetite?

If she is healthy, she won't starve herself - she'll grab a mouthful of food here and there, even if not very enthusiastically. I have quite a nervous, over-anxious working dog who has boundless energy too, she's always been a fussy eater but finally settled into a reasonable routine about a year ago (she's 4 and a half). She's too "busy" to eat a whole meal in one sitting, she can't stand still long enough.

Could you tell us a bit about her feeding regime, now you are working? Does she get any exercise during the day when you're away? Do you walk her when you get home?

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Hi Shontelle, welcome to DF!

Sorry to hear that you have this problem whit you doggy

I not sure what to say about it ,i will live it whit the people who have an experian about this but i hope she will get back to her self soon.
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Hi Shontelle and to Df I have a picky eater too and it can be very hard work especialy if you get stressed by it! Please no more visits to vets as in this case it's not necessary at this stage You could try this before you go to work have some quality time with her take out or a quick walk and then feed her (can your father feed her in the afternoons? And also take her out for another walk?) What time do you come home if it's not too late say 5:30pm then feed her when you get in and again spend some quailty time with her! Good luck and let us know how you get on!
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Please no more visits to vets as in this case it's not necessary at this stage
I'm sorry Bigboy, I have to disagree with this. None of us here are in the position to discourage anyone from taking their dog to the vet's, as we don't know the dog. Further, a visit too many is much, much better than a visit too few (even though I know it can be very expensive)...

Shontelle, surely the dog has eaten something in this time? When, what, and how much can you get her to eat? Thinking about her age, is it possible it's time for her first heat as well, further complicating her behavior?

How is the relationship between your dog and your father? Do they do things together or do they just hang out in the same house? If they're not doing anything, it may help if you could get her to bond better with your father through some activity. BCs like to work and think, is she being challenged enough? Best time to feed a dog is often after they've "been to work", dogs like to work for their food.

But most importantly, how is her health?

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Please note that the OP posted this question over a month ago and has not returned to the forum since. Please check the dates of threads and posts before replying as it is likely that after this much time the OP has obtained the information they sought.
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So sorry! I just saw it in the list of "latest discussions" and didn't check the date of the first post... I'll be more careful in the future.

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