My family just adopted an adorable Bassett Hound. She is 5yrs old. Her previous owner informed us that her diet was strictly canned food. We were also informed that an attempt was made once to switch her to dry food that was disasterous. The dog went six (6) days without eating before the owner caved in and broke out the canned food. Understanding the cost benefit and personal convenience to having a dry food diet, I am interested in learning how to help our, what appears to be, stubborn pet to switch from canned to dry. However, the week long struggle doesn't appeal to me. I would appreciate any pointers.
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My family just adopted an adorable Bassett Hound. I am interested in learning how to help our, what appears to be, stubborn pet to switch from canned to dry. However, the week long struggle doesn't appeal to me. I would appreciate any pointers.

I would mix half and half for a bit, and wean from that by decreasing the amount of canned food.

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I have tried this and she has the uncanny ability to seperate the dry from the mixed, even when I've mixed them together quite thoroughly. I appreciate the quick response though. Please know that I'm not giving up on this little lady. I just don't know which of us is going to be more stubborn.
I have tried this and she has the uncanny ability to seperate the dry from the mixed, even when I've ... not giving up on this little lady. I just don't know which of us is going to be more stubborn.

It's your job to be more stubborn.
A dog won't starve himself. If you can stand it (and a lot of people can't), start feeding her nothing but dry food. She'll skip a meal or three but won't compromise her own health. I wouldn't do this with a puppy or senior dog, but a healthy adult can do fine.
Somewhat less hardcore would be to get rid of the canned food but soak the dry food in a low-sodium chicken or beef broth. I think you'll have trouble weaning her off that, too.
Also, I'd make sure that you've got extra-delicious, extra-stinky kibble.

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I have tried this and she has the uncanny ability to seperate the dry from the mixed, even when I've ... not giving up on this little lady. I just don't know which of us is going to be more stubborn.

If it were me, I'd soak the kibble in hot water, until it softened and the water cooled down to a reasonable temperature. Then, if she didn't eat it in five minutes, I'd take it up and not allow her anything but water until the next meal. Lather, rinse, repeat.

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It's your job to be more stubborn.

Yep.
Somewhat less hardcore would be to get rid of the canned food but soak the dry food in a low-sodium chicken or beef broth. I think you'll have trouble weaning her off that, too.

I wouldn't use broth, but I would try warm water or possibly plain yogurt, if I were really desperate. But, I'd only use it until the dog ate the first time. After that, it'd be dry kibble all the way, bay-BEE. I don't have any kind of sense of humor about fussiness, though, so I'm a bit of a heartless meanypants about it.

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A dog won't starve himself. If you can stand it (and a lot of people can't), start feeding her nothing ... her own health. I wouldn't do this with a puppy or senior dog, but a healthy adult can do fine.

I second that advice. I just recently had to teach my dog to eat her meals in one sitting rather than grazing all day, due to adding a second dog into our family. I took her bowl up after 15 minutes no matter how much she ate. She completely missed/skipped 3 meals, and then picked up on it. Now she eats in under 10 minutes. Make sure your new dog is getting adequate daily exercise, too, and that will help with her appetite.

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If it were me, I'd soak the kibble in hot water, until it softened and the water cooled down to a reasonable temperature.

This is how the dogs are fed. I substitute lukewarm water instead of hot, let it sit for a bit, and then feed. Since the dogs do get kibble + canned for dinner, I do know that it would take extraordinary effort for a dog to just lick off the canned and not eat any kibble this way.
Then, if she didn't eat it in five minutes, I'd take it up and not allow her anything but water until the next meal. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Pretty much. Other people's finicky eaters are healthy eaters around here. I don't coddle them, and they learn that they're going to go hungry until the next meal. Plus, I am certainly mean enough that I give extra exercise to dogs who are picky. There is nothing like a day hike to stimulate the appetite.
Suja
My family just adopted an adorable Bassett Hound. She is 5yrs old. Her previous owner informed us that her diet ... to switch from canned to dry. However, the week long struggle doesn't appeal to me. I would appreciate any pointers.

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I give my dog mostly dry food with 1 - 2 Tablespoons of wet food on top twice a day. Maybe you could try that method out. One can will last a week doing it that way, and the Bassett won't be deprived of food he loves and has eaten for five years.
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