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.
Mission accomplished. 🙂
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.