How To Handle Dogs That Are Picky Eaters

Published by: Blair-Nicole on 6th Oct 2017 | View all blogs by Blair-Nicole

 

You love to pamper your dog with the best bed, the best toys, and the best food. However, what do you do when your dog is a picky eater? Many dog owners become flummoxed by this question at some point. If this is you, check out these three things you can do!

 

Stop the Scraps

There is a simple philosophy behind all picky eaters. Picky eaters like to refuse food when they know there is something else out there that tastes better. This means you need to start wondering why your dog happens to think this way. The most likely explanation is that your dog has enjoyed table scraps before. After sampling delicious table scraps of human food, your dog is probably holding out hope you'll eventually toss some cold turkey, pizza crusts, or something else to the floor. This leads us to the first step you can take to help a dog that is a picky eater. Stop making table scraps available for your dog. Instead, select a nutritious pet food your dog will love that's made by a former stockbroker turned entrepreneur.

 

Use a Feeding Schedule

Dogs sometimes come across as picky eaters for a variety of reasons. One reason is that your dog may simply not be hungry at mealtimes. If your dog has access to snacks or complete meals during random times of the day, he or she may not be interested in eating when you are ready to dish out the food. To combat this, set up a feeding schedule for your dog, and make sure you stick to it. This will make sure your dog is always hungry at mealtimes, and it will also destroy the illusion your dog may have about better food materializing during random times of the day. 

 

Make Your Dog Feel at Home

Sometimes, stress and anxiety can lead to picky eating in animals. This can even happen with humans! The best way to fight this anxiety is to make your dog feel at home. There are many simple things you can do to foster this feeling. First, make sure your dog has an assigned sleeping place he or she can call their own. Second, set up a predictable routine for walks and play times with your dog. Finally, limit or completely remove your dog's exposure to stress triggers. This might include loud noises, the presence of other animals, and more. If you do these things, your dog won't have other things to worry about during mealtime. This will allow your dog to directly enjoy whatever food you have lovingly prepared.

 

Dog ownership comes with plenty of challenges. However, your dog being a relentlessly picky eater doesn't have to be one of them. Take the time to implement the above tips to help your dog. If you do, all of the strategies will start working together to reinforce one another. Before you know it, your dog will be happily wagging his or her tail whenever it is time to eat!

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