Anyone else's Schnauzer have a dislike to their metal food & water bowls?

by Tara
(United Kingdom)

My mini is clearly having issues...firstly behaving strangely to her metal food bowl, I don't know if it has anything to do with her reflection perhaps. She won't eat from it ...she tries but can't. Secondly eating in general is an issue, I have about 5 different types of food from dry to wet, she will literally look at her food and walk away and if she takes food from my hand and doesn't like it ( Naturediet wet food) she spits it out. When I give her "real" chicken she eats it with great gusto and bounds around like an 8 month old pup should. Where am I going wrong? If she doesn't eat she gets sick. Appreciate any feedback - thank you.

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Apr 04, 2017
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Metal bowls and dog feeding
by: Anonymous

My Mini Schnauzer is 6 years old and also is afraid of the stainless steel bowls. I persisted and she would eat from them, but I decided she should not be afraid of her food (the bowl bounced around when she tried to lick the last few bites, and she would jump back and just leave it). I found a couple good strong, solid ceramic bowls at the Salvation Army (from a set of dishes) and she seems much happier now. She is afraid of shiny floors also (she had a cast on her leg as a puppy from jumping on the bed, and fell a lot on shiny floors) but for some reason she will slide on the ice outdoors and think nothing of it. Also, for health reasons (my dog had continuous bouts of urinary tract infections, antibiotics, more U.T.I.s and more antibiotics). A holistic vet advised to take her off the carbs (they turn to sugar), no carrots, sweet potato or apples. I felt bad because these are her favorite foods. She also seems to have a yeast problem. I have been advised to put her on a daily probiotic, remove carbs and sugars and see how she does. She is also now getting raw 93% fat-free ground beef and simmered skinless, no-fat chicken breast and fresh or frozen simmered green beans (she eats better than I do). I think she is acting better, and has not had a U.T.I. since December. If that's what it takes, I will do it. She also has to have dried cranberry granules (for the U.T.I. issues) daily. This diet is to restore her body balance from the harmful effects of all the vaccines and antibiotics. I have decided that 6 years of vaccines are enough for a lifetime and I refuse anything not mandated by law (the vets take the advice of the route pharma sales people and I believe they over-vaccinate). She does get heartworm meds every 45 days and a good flea and tick med monthly. If your dog won't eat the dog food, she is telling you something. There are so many recalls of dog foods with poisons found in them that I fear feeding my dog even the expensive stuff is not beneficial to her. She is my fur baby and I will do what I feel is best for her. So give her the chicken, already! She loves it and although it is a bit more labor intensive, how long do you plan to keep your dog, and how healthy do you want her to be?

Jan 22, 2017
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Great news
by: Linda and Max

Great news, well done.
To reply to the other comment:
It doesn't work for every dog. The rescue dog obviously got used to a different feeding regime. But taking food up is generally a good habit to get into with a young or new dog to discourage fussy eating.

Jan 19, 2017
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Food
by: Anonymous

Interesting comment on feeding, would not work with our mini. He is a grazer - will eat when he feels like it. Usually eats some when it is put down and keeps the rest for later - perhaps at bedtime, perhaps during the night!
He is 6, we rescued him 2 years ago

Jan 18, 2017
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Thank you Max
by: Tara

Crash is 8 months old, I bought her some new food today, Applaws.... she ate 2 pouches in one go and proceeded to behave like a puppy again. I'm Clearly dealing with a Princess­čśČ. Thanks for your comments. We have gone through the steps you mentioned previously...she did indeed get sick from not eating, so started feeding her chicken. But, just didn't want to fall victim to her calling the shots...Silly me. Thanks again.

Jan 18, 2017
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metal and food
by: Linda and Max

Firstly I would try a ceramic bowl, not all dogs like metal - and plastic can cause allergies.
But it sounds like she is also having issues with her food. You don't say how old she is or if this is a sudden thing.
Either persist with the food in a bowl -and take it up 20-30 minutes after eating, no treats, no food AT ALL until her next mealtime - cut out treats completely.
If she still doesn't eat when she is really hungry and she might get sick, you may have to put her on a boiled chicken and rice diet.
But try her with dog food first and be very firm.

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