My Dog Went On A Food Strike & This Is How I Deal With It

Chester had a few episodes of food strike recently and it’s entirely my fault. My fault for feeding him sugar cookies, waffles and hot milk! I think hot milk is his favourite.

He’ll do these when he’s mogok’ing:
– stare miserably at his bowl of untouched kibbles and then back at me.
– vomit out his kibbles after he has put it in his mouth.
– look other way when I shove his food bowl in front of him.
– eat some and then lie down beside his bowl looking at me depressingly.
– lighten up when I walk to the kitchen but only to be heartbroken when I walk out without a cup of milk.

This, my friend is only because of hot milk and cookies. Think what will happen if table scrap is included? Worse I tell you.

So how do I deal with it? How do I make Chester fall in love with dog food again?

It’s fairly easy actually. The action will involve a bit of wickedness but I just need half a day to convince him back. How long you need to convince your dog depend how strong your dog’s willpower is. Like Chester, it’s so easy to break him because for him food is his life. Muahahahar!

Since my dog has decided to go on a food strike, I let him be. I let him starve for half a day. By noon he is hungry as a hawk.

Me: Chester, lunch time! Speak if you’re hungry.
Chester: WooF!!!

Mission accomplished. πŸ™‚

In fact, starving your dog for half a day or one full day is no harm at all. In a way you’re helping him to cleanse his system. Like us, dog need detox too you know.

Unfortunately this solution only lasted a few days. Now he’s back mogok’ing.
And we’re back detoxing him. Wuahahar!

p/s: If your dog has not been eating for few days for reason unknown of, please don’t try this method.

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  • Reply dreamcatcher January 7, 2008 at 7:15 am

    can understand his feelings. imagine having to eat biscuits day in, day out. it’ll drive me crazy too. :tongue:

  • Reply hedonistics anonymous January 7, 2008 at 9:46 am

    agree with dreamcatcher. haha. maybe chester needs a change of kibbles.

  • Reply keeyit January 7, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    What happen le.. hmm times for chester to “puasa” πŸ˜‰

  • Reply MonkeyWong January 7, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    I wanna try to do this to my cat! πŸ˜€

  • Reply wuching January 7, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    you spoil him lar!

  • Reply Jason January 7, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    LOL. Chester bad doggie, mogok!

  • Reply Dawn January 7, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    He must be used to cookies and milk. He will come around when he knows that dog food is all he’s gonna get πŸ™‚

  • Reply Che-Cheh January 7, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    Dreamcatcher and Hedo, yeah I’ve been thinking about that. Gonna change his kibbles to another brand.

    Keeyit and Dawn, he’s a bit better today. All he need is coaxing. Like baby only! Haha

    MonkeyWong, eh your cat mogok makan meh?

    Wuching, yes unfortunately.

    Jason, he’s been quite good already lo. Eating the same brand of kibbles for 2 years like that without any mogok until now of course.

  • Reply Angie Tan January 8, 2008 at 1:21 pm


    Snoopy acts like Gandhi everyday. But lately, she is able to woof at us to give her food.

    If you force feed her kibbles, she will spit it out like a machine gun. Hehehe…

    Anyway, I don’t spoil her.. It’s my Dad. *geram*

  • Reply Che-Cheh January 8, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    Angie Tan, hahaha like machine gun? I would love to see that. :laughing:

  • Reply hcfoo January 9, 2008 at 12:40 am

    Haha..Che-Cheh turns into dog psychologist now. What about giving him some milk as reward after makan the dog food? You think can work?

  • Reply Che-Cheh January 10, 2008 at 12:24 am

    Hcfoo, I fed him milk as a reward today. Hehe…see how tomorrow.

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