Tips for Feeding Your Picky Dog

Making sure your dog eats should not be harder than it sounds


In nature, canines are opportunists. They eat whatever they can find when they find it and with dogs, there should be no exception. Though some dogs can be naturally finicky eaters, such as with smaller breeds, they, for the most part, will eat whatever you put in front of them. It’s their nature. But if your dog has developed some poor eating habits at home, they might have a taste for a non-traditional diet that could potentially lead to some dire consequences down the road. Consider these tips if you are dealing with a picky eater.

1. Stop feeding your dog scraps and/or too many treats

Feeding your dog table scraps and treats too excessively can cause dogs to avoid eating their normal food. When you don’t limit treats and offer up your food every time they beg, dogs will constantly hope for something better when it comes to meal time and be sorely disappointed when you place a bowl of the same old, same old in front of them.

2. Observe your pets eating habits and identify its feeding patterns

Maybe your dog dislikes something specific. If you like to offer your dog a variety and notice that they are not eating certain types of food with a distinct ingredient, consider cutting out that ingredient entirely. For instance, a lot of dogs dislike corn. If your dog isn’t eating, check to make sure corn isn’t on the ingredients list and go from there. If it’s a different ingredient, be attentive to what your dog food contains and buy according to what your dog likes and dislikes. 

3. Try something new

If you find your dog getting bored of its traditional dog food or you’re trying to ween it off an unhealthy diet of scraps and dog treats, try switching up your dog food. Offer up a different flavor or something they might find tastier to trick them into thinking they are eating something better than what they are use to.

4. If you’re switching to something healthier and having difficulty, work it in

Sometimes, switching dog food isn’t that easy. If you’re trying to work in ingredients that your dog is not used to, like fruits or vegetables that provide nutrients your dog crucially needs, combine the new food with its old food gradually until your dog doesn’t know the difference.

5. Talk to your veterinarian

Lastly, if all else fails or perhaps if your dog’s behavior is sudden and can’t be explained, talk to a vet. Only a vet could know for sure if your dog is suffering from a disorder or illness you don’t know about. If your dogs eating habits are becoming serious and adversely affecting its health, a vet should most definitely be consulted to identify the problem.