Our German Shepherd, Schultz, is kind of stupid. He has to be taught how to eat. (What? You think I'm kidding?)
Day after day we put food into his bowl. And day after day he sniffs it and walks away. I sniff it too, just to make sure it smells okay. It does. "Schultz, what is your problem? You're a dog. And dogs eat dog food!"
He just looks at me and plops down on the ground.
We've tried all kinds of tricks - mixing up the food, adding wet food, and throwing a treat or two in. He just won't eat. We took him to the vet, too. The vet gave him the once over and said he's thin, but otherwise okay.
Schultz eats maybe once a day. Sometimes not at all. It's ridiculous. So now we're trying a new approach. Training him to eat.
We take him over to his bowl and point to the food. "Eat!" we command.
He sits on his rear end and cocks his head to the side.
"Eat!" we say again, moving his food around with our fingers.
He gets up and sniffs. Then he sits back down.
"Eat your food!"
He moseys back over and takes a lick. Then he eats a kibble.
"Good eat!" we say, in our best animated happy voices.
He wags his tail and stops eating.
"Eat!" we command again.
This nonsense continues until every last kibble is eaten.
Is that not ridiculous? What a dumb dog!