When Your Dog Won't Eat - 5 Tricks to Try

dog is a picky eater

You’re covered head to toe in flour and slaved over the stove for hours all to prepare your fur baby a hot meal. And how do they repay you? By turning up their snout in the moment and giving you sad puppy dog eyes for the rest of the night. 

Ok so maybe you don’t actually meal prep for your pooch, but feeding time may still feel like a chore. We have worked on numerous recipes to solve this exact problem.

If your pup has a bad habit of refusing even high-quality dog food, use these tricks to help fill their bellies.

1. Drop and run

As born scavengers, dogs are prone to sneaking around and gathering provisions. If you make mealtime slightly mysterious it could be enough to incite their natural curiosity. Put food down then walk away. Sticking around and staring down at their kibble could send the message that this food is yours and not to be trifled with. Even if Fido isn’t fully engaged at first plop, after a few tummy rumbles they may very well choose to investigate.

2. Pick up what you’re putting down

Different pet parents have different tactics when it comes to picking up food. Some give dog’s just thirty seconds to ingest. Others wait about ten to make sure the interest is piqued. Whichever timeframe you choose, taking up food at scheduled intervals sends the message that your pup needs to come and get it while it’s ‘hot’. Otherwise, they’ll have to wait until next time.

3. Same time, same place

Creating routine feedings can be key to getting your furry friend’s appetite back on track. Dog’s are creatures of habit and this is especially true when it comes to food. Having a set time or times for meals can also help regulate digestion, making it all the more likely they’ll nosh when the dinner bowl rings.

4. Ban human food ‘treats’

Throwing dogs the proverbial bone isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Unless it also happens to be from your plate. Even if done sparingly, snacking on human food can throw them off and cause confusion. Once they get a taste for real meat or processed fare, they could lose all interest in canine cuisine.

5. Top them off or customize

Sometimes all that’s required to spark an appetite is a little extra meat-flavored incentive. Whether you break up treats like our bites or sprinkle a freeze-dried topper on their kibble or moisten it with nutrient-rich bone broth, just make sure the topper won’t add tons of extra empty calories.

We also offer customizations for our kibble which allow you to add yummies to the mix like bacon fat and bone broth. Also check out our Picky Eaters formula of our The Coated Kibble Project dog food which is kibble coated with bone broth, salmon oil, dried salmon, probiotics and freeze-dried beef bites.  

Leave the begging for your pooch and entice them to eat with these appetite-stimulating tips. They could just help your picky pup eat like a horse.

If your dog has bee refusing food for more than 24 hours, or of they are showing signs of illness, such as vomiting, diarrhea, or lethargy, it’s important to take them to the vet to rule out any medical problems.

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