So, you’ve gone and got yourself a dog who’s a very fussy eater? Welcome to the club! The good news is, there are a few things you can try to get your puppy on the path to dinner time success.
Here’s what you can do if your dog is a fussy eater.
Start Taste Testing
Does your pupper prefer fish to chicken? Or are they more of a beef and lamb kind of dog? Your puppy wasn’t born liking anything in particular (aside from its mother’s milk), so it might take a little while to find out what tingles their taste buds.
Change To New Foods Gradually
Changing your dog’s diet can send their tummy into a spin, so change up their diet slowly, over two weeks is best.
Mix It Up
When it comes to food humans like variety, and sometimes dogs do too. You could try and mix in some dog-friendly human foods to their dinner like yoghurt (without artificial sweeteners or sugars), small amounts of natural peanut butter, chopped carrot or apple. Just double check the food you’re giving them is not toxic to their systems, click here for a handy guide on what your pup can and cannot eat.
Is It A Texture Thing?
While dry biscuits are the easiest option for you, some dogs just don’t like things that are too crunchy. Try mixing the dry biscuits with warm water to make a gravy and see if that helps. Or you could try and mix in some wet food with their dry food. If you do switch to an all wet food diet, make sure your pooch’s teeth are getting adequate care by giving them hard things to chew on.
Wait It Out
Sometimes you have to let your dog get a little hungry. It might be tempting to try and hand feed your puppy, but this will only result in more issues down the track. They will eat eventually, so don’t worry!
Head To The Vet
To make sure your puppy doesn’t have a digestive issue, it’s best to get them checked out by the vet. Getting your pup to eat could be as easy as getting them on a tummy sensitive food.
Love Them Anyway
Some dogs are just fussy eaters, so it’s best to accept that and move on!
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