Why is My Dog Such a Picky Eater?

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Bottom Line.

Often, the cause of a dog’s finicky eating isn’t a result of its behaviour but that of the person responsible for feeding them (yes, that’s probably you).

Tell Me More.

Whether you feed your dog kibble or fresh food, make sure protein is the primary ingredient in addition to carbohydrates and essential vitamins/antioxidants that can be found in most pet safe vegetables (carrots, beans, peas, cabbage etc). 

The truth is your dog will happily eat the same food every day of its entire life, so it’s up to you to make sure you provide them a tasty, nutritious meal. Don’t be concerned if your healthy dog skips a meal or two, just like human’s it’s normal for dogs to not be hungry every so often. What’s most important is their weight. If that’s steady and their ribs or spine aren’t showing, your furry friend is probably getting the food they need.

Things You Can Do.
  • Stop the table scraps – If you’re feeding your dog human food throughout the day, he probably isn’t hungry enough to eat his own meals. Not only that, but he is also likely to think your food is tastier and hold out for that.
  • Limit treats -Reserve treats for times when praise is necessary, such as training. Giving them treats for looking cute will hinder their appetite as well as their training routine.
  • Stick to a schedule – Set out your dog’s food for 30 minutes. If it isn’t eaten, take it away (be strong!). Don’t worry your dog won’t starve, when they’re hungry you can be sure they’ll lap it up!
  • Ask a vet – If your dog suddenly becomes finicky with no previous signs of this behaviour, a medical disorder could be the issue. 

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