Hi,
My 1 and a half year old black lab has developed a weird mealtime habit. He has always had a great appetite and has always loved to eat, but in the past few months when ever I feed him (2 times day - 1/2 can wet mixed with dry) he approaches the bowl hesitantly, looks at the food and begins rubbing his snout on the floor as if he was trying to cover up the food with dirt. I have tried several different brands of food and he continues this. Then he will whine and leave the food uneaten all day until he absolutely has to eat.

If anyone has experienced this behavior and can let me know how to remedy that would be great.
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My 1 and a half year old black lab has developed a weird mealtime habit.

Where do you feed him?

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
My 1 and a half year old black lab has developed a weird mealtime habit. He has always had a ... he continues this. Then he will whine and leave the food uneaten all day until he absolutely has to eat.

A lab putting off eating? Hm.
Are his collar tags banging against the bowl?
Does the bowl bang up against something when he eats?

Have you tried feeding him in a different bowl or in a different location?

Cate
Sounds weird enough. Never seen that kind of behaviour. Have you tried changing bowls and location?
Maybe change time you feed too with half an hour or an hour? Have you tried giving him homemade meals?
Have you had his mouth and teeth checked?
My boy has this annoying habit of hesitantly approaching his food, sniffing it and then looking up at me with what i interprete as disgust, before he starts to eat. If it's homemade, he will eat =).
Rosa
My 1 and a half year old black lab has developed a weird mealtime habit.

Where do you feed him?

I feed him in the kitchen in an area of where there is ceramic tiling (since most of the kitchen is wood floor). I have a place mat down and his water dish is right next to his food dish but he doesn't do the same with his water - he drinks from that bowl freely.

Any ideas? Thanks
Hi Cate:
Not sure about the ritual but I know 2 things. Stick to an appropriate large breed dry food for now and do not change food. Second thing is always remove the food after say 20 minutes and thats it till the next meal! This will only take probably 2 times and the puppy will have the message. And as a last side note, always say okay when putting down the bowl of food as this will help keep your role as leader intact and give you room for "no" when it goes for your steak. Hope this helps
Chris
My 1 and a half year old black lab has developed a weird mealtime habit. He has always had a ... to eat. If anyone has experienced this behavior and can let me know how to remedy that would be great.

You must have just bought 2 cases of the food he has been loving. That is what usually causes the prob in my Pom.
-sunny
Hi Cate: Not sure about the ritual but I know 2 things. Stick to an appropriate large breed dry food ... role as leader intact and give you room for "no" when it goes for your steak. Hope this helps Chris

Hi Chris,
Someone named William Mullin posted the original question, not me.

If the eating habits of an always-hungry lab have suddenly changed, there's usually more to it than food pickiness or the food being left down too long. If labs could talk, you'd likely never hear one complaining of either of those things.
First thing to check is environmentals. What's scaring him or bothering him about his mealtime experience? Second is health. Loss of appetite can be a symptom of illness.
Cate
Where do you feed him?

I feed him in the kitchen in an area of where there is ceramic tiling (since most of the kitchen ... to his food dish but he doesn't do the same with his water - he drinks from that bowl freely.

Strange. As Cate says, this is strange behaviour for a Lab.

What food are you giving him? It might be worth a try to completely change the formulation - if it's beef-based, try poultry instead.
I assume that he's otherwise healthy?

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
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