Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Very far away from you!
What you should do, is every meal put your hand a bit closer to the bowl.
Eventually it will be in the bowl, and then you can have the food a little bit further off your hand with each feeding, until your hand is out of the bowl completely, then have it moved slowly away for each feeding after that.
Problem solved xD
My uncle's Shih-tzu (mind you, this dog was not smart) had the SAME problem as you do!!
This is exactly what he did....and the dog was fine after that. You just have to let the dog gain confidence.
Also since you said the dog had a lot of human food, he must be very low on the essential vitamins.
You should definitely buy him dog vitamin supplement and keep a very close watch on his health.
Make sure he is not overweight at all. His skin, when pulled away and released, should immediately fall back into place. If it moves sluggishly, then he is dehydrated.
Also avoid ANY people food for him. It is essential that you care well for your new dog. No matter how happy human food makes your dog, it is not healthy.
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