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Is Your Dog a Picky Eater?

By Play Admin on Apr 15, 2011 at 4:57 am

Some dogs eat everything in sight. In fact, there are even specific bowls to help slow down a dog's eating. My dog is not that dog. Our friends say it's our fault and that we spoil her so much. But she has always been picky - even as a puppy. Now five years old, we are constantly trying to figure out how to get her to eat her own food. I wouldn't be able to count on both hands the number of times we've switched up her food.

To some, it's not a good idea to change a dog's food too much - but to me, I believe it depends on the dog. Our girl doesn't have a sensitive stomach, and we always transition her slowly. I think the problem is, she is such a huge part of our family that she actually believes she is entitled to what we are eating. And more often than not, we will mix in some meat to her kibble. I know, I know, we're enablers.

We've tried high end foods, grain-free foods, soft-foods, even canned foods. Heck, Merrick's Grammy's Pot Pie even sounds delicious to me! But, alas, my pup is a food snob. Truthfully, do you ever wonder who got the idea that dogs have to eat the same thing... every. single. day. of. their. lives? Come on, that has to get old... and fast. Sometimes, our girl will go on food strike - she will have kibble in her bowl for a couple days and then finally give in and eat it when she knows we won't mix anything in. Diva, huh?

I've been researching and have read that heating up dog food helps. Since a dog has an extremely strong sense of smell, heating up their food can help bring out more flavor. A few weeks ago, we decided to give dehydrated food a try. It's made with human grade meats, and it's supposed to be really good for your pup. So far, it's a hit. She is licking her bowl squeeky clean. Right now, we're feeding her Addiction's Beef and Zucchini meal. Convenient and easy to prepare, each selection is holistic and hypo-allergenic.

If you have this same problem, keep an eye out on our blog - we'll be detailing 5 ways to help feed a finicky eater in an upcoming post!

Is your pup picky? What do you do to get him to eat?

Posted in News by Play Admin on Apr 15, 2011 at 4:57 am


Leigh V.

said on Apr 18, 2011 at 5:46 am
I like this addresses a issue most people have with their dogs. My dog will only eat his kibbles with a tablespoon (give or take a little) of wet food. I do feel bad that he has to eat the same kind of dog food everyday hence I do give him the wet food. I also change his kibbles once he is done with the bag, but does one flavor really differ from another? And who's to say one kibble to another different flavored kibble is any different to the dog? He breathes in his food. Sometimes I think that he would enjoy an occassional freshly prepared meal with chicken breast, rice, and a little brocolli. *shrugs* Though I do like to try what you have recommended. Thanks.


said on Mar 29, 2012 at 5:49 pm
This is very good article. I think dogs do appreciate taste and flavor, even though sometimes they eat fast and seem to inhale their food. For example, my dog specifically will not eat duck, whether he is hungry or not. He must not like the flavor, but if it’s his favorite Natural Balance sweet potato & chicken, he gobbles it down. He’s picky with treats too but he does like Healthy Bones. I won’t give him the processed treats and these ones are super nutritious. He tried a few others but liked these ones best. Mr. Picky can be hard to please as you see!

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