Has your dog become a picky eater? Most dogs are not picky by nature, we like to eat anything and everything. Sometimes dogs start to become picky and this needs to be stopped in its tracks.
Madison was picky from day one. As she grew older and our food selection evolved, she has become a real chow hound. Mom was so frustrated with Madison not eating her food but no more. At our house, food has really evolved over the past ten years. I started on kibble and we did a lot of food reviews which gave us canned food and many flavors of kibble. Our kibble selection changed for the better over the years, then we switched to Dr Harveys and added our own protein, and now we have been eating raw for almost three years.
Olivia has always eaten anything she can get her paws on. All types of food, treats, you name it she will eat it. New food types are exciting for her.
Nelson is the new problem child as we recently realized he was turning into a picky eater. As a puppy he ate any food Mom put in his bowl. He still eats any treats he gets. What happened to make him start being picky at mealtime? Since the day he moved here, he has eaten raw, but pretty much the same two varieties. Our treats and chews are switched up all the time and he eats them so what’s up with the food?
Mom started adding in some new proteins to our food, like beaver, venison, pork, bison, just to name a few. We girls wolfed these all down, Nelson, well, he went hungry for a day before he would eat beaver. The place we used to get our raw food had all kinds of proteins and Mom always switched things up for us. Nelson hasn’t had that experience.
What did we do to get Nelson back to eating? As long as a pup has no food sensitivities, you feed them what you have and if they don’t eat it, put it up until the next mealtime. It has worked for Nelson. One day without food was enough for him. He still hesitates if something in his food bowl is new to him, but he always eats it. In the wild, dogs don’t refuse food as their lives depend on eating what they can find. Once your dog learns he can’t be choosy, he will happily eat the meals you serve. Variety is the spice of life and mealtime, especially for your pup. We can’t wait to try even more proteins for our meals.
PS: To make mealtime even better add some veggies, fruits, or eggs to your dogs food now and then. We love a good food surprise!
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