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Gilmour has been acting weird since Saturday.

Saturday, he spent about 5 hours with his 'Harem' over at the breeders place. When he visits, he is the only male out of 6 dogs usually :)

Saturday night he ate fine, but he was also exhausted as he usually is.

Sunday morning he would not eat. He wasn't sick, he just would not eat. Sunday night he only nibbled.

More of the same Monday Morning. Last night, he ate normally, but it was Hamburger night so he had his raw hamburger mixed in. He ate his entire meal.

This morning, same thing. Doesn't want to eat.

He has not been sick. Everything else is completely normal. He plays hard, jumps around, and is annoying as normal :)

However, he is also doing some pacing and whining, and jumping up and looking out the window. It's like he wants something he can't find. He's also barking more than usual when he goes outside.

He is 9 months old now. I figure this is about the time he starts to get interested in making more Golden Retriever Puppies :)

And he has his own Harem on Saturdays usually when he visits. His sweetheart, Beri, just came out of heat 2 weeks ago. In fact he could not visit for 3 weeks because of this.

Could this be a "Mating" thing?
 

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Sounds like he is at that age.
 

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Oh I hope he gets to feeling better soon. My Sophie is doing a very similar thing, although I'm starting to think she's only being picky.

Maybe like others said though, there might be a little girl in heat around that takes precedence over food right now. I'd say just keep an eye on him and if he starts getting worrisome, do like I did... green tripe mixed into the food. Sure woke up Sophie's tastebuds.
 

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It's like he wants something he can't find.

I think he is missing his harem. He is at the right age to be going through puberty and you know how males are! Just one thing on his mind right now.:)
I'd be more worried if he wasn't eating at all, but since he dove in to the high value food, I'd day he's probably moping over some girl(s).
 

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He did nibble a bit a few hours ago, so that's a good thing. I'll go ahead and give him hamburger again tonight. Normally, it's M-W-F with Cottage Cheese on T-T.

Nothing like rare beef to take you mind off a woman LOL
 

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G-Man ate his entire dinner, with hamburger, last night.

Didn't touch his breakfast.

Totally bizarre.

I wonder if he hasn't simply tired of his current kibble. He did this once before when he was a Pup. One day he just simply refused to eat California Natural.

Maybe it's time to try some Innova. I won't go Evo. I've got mixed feelings about the huge protein content in that stuff. I think 42% is WAY too much.
 

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Hope he is ok and is just missing his harem.
 

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Same thing today. Won't eat his breakfast, but ate dinner fine last night that had his hamburger in it.

This morning he gladly accepted a few dog biscuits, and some tater tots from my breakfast.

I'm really confused.

Could he simply be tired of his Kibble?

I have to pick up some Ronin-Chow at the local Innova dealer today. I might pick up a small bag of Innova just to see if he will eat it.
 

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This is getting weird, could it be the change in seasons? I think you are the third person on the boards saying that their golden is refusing to eat yet is acting fine energy wise. I don't remember the who the other golden is. You and I don't feed the same food so I don't think it can be blamed on the food itself, unless there's a common ingredient from a same distributor somewhere, that has some effect.

I'll be keeping an eye on your thread to see if anyone has ideas on what's going on. I hope you find an answer.
 

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Charlie Brown is a really weird eater. He always eats his dinner without coaxing, but in the morning it's like I'm asking him to eat poison or something. Gus and Ace will be finished already, and Charlie still won't have eaten a bite. Then in his first couple bites, he'll get some food and just spit it out. Then I've started letting Gus or Ace have a few bites of his food, which usually gives him a little kick start, but then it's back to not wanting it. I've put some of that Iams gravy stuff on there, which usually helps. I think he just doesn't feel like eating in the morning. But I don't know what to do about that, other than just stand there till he eats it!
 

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What do you guys think of a little beef broth poured on it? The stuff seems relatively benign, except for possibly the sodium content. That would definitely be BAD for an epileptic dog, as shifts in sodium can trigger seizures.
 

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Ok, had to got to Wylie Wagg last night to pick up Ronin-Chow, so I looked around while was there for something new to try with Gilmour.

I was going to try Innova Red Meat, but they didn't carry that model. They have Evo, but I don't like the protein content. I think it's too high.

Remembering the breeder said something about Bison and Venison being better quality proteins than beef/chicken, I decided to go in that direction.

I ended up getting Taste Of The Wild High Prairie.

And Gilmour finally ate breakfast :) Not quite all of it, but 95% of it!
 

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Ok, now I know for sure what the issue is I think.

Over the last 2 weeks, the eating thing had slowly resolved itself to where he was eating normally.

This weekend he spent 5 hours with his Harem again at the breeders place, and guess what. Yep!

Back to not eating breakfast, and pecking at his dinner. He eats. Eventually, but it takes all day.

So it's a repeat of the same thing as before it seems. He misses his ladies!
 

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Oh, my...a typical adolescent testosterone-laden boy.....pining away.
LOL
You could pick some of the fine looking golden Girls here and make him a pin-up room, ya know:p:
 
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