Here’s how to help a picky eater.
Having trouble getting your dog to eat? Has he usually been a good eater, but suddenly isn’t? Or has he always been picky, but you’re becoming worried about it?
It can be very stressful for us when our pets won’t eat. And while most dogs can go a day or two without food, if your dog doesn’t want to eat, you’ll want to address it as soon as possible.
But first, let’s take a look at what actually constitutes a picky eater. A good rule of thumb is: if your dog won’t eat all of his food at least once a day, he’s a picky eater. With that said if your dog has always been picky, is not losing weight, still has a shiny coat, and is still lively, there is probably nothing to worry about. On the other hand, if your buddy has always loved eating and suddenly doesn’t, it might be time to check out Bil-Jac Picky No More™ Dry Dog Food.
Additionally, here are a few things you can do to help your dog have healthy eating habits:
- Feed a high-quality food and stick with it. It's important to find a food your dog likes to eat, and some brands are more palatable than others. Switching food often, however, can lead to confusion and rejection. Choose a super-premium brand that uses more real chicken or meat ingredients, like Bil-Jac Picky No More, both for outstanding nutrition and delicious taste.
- Be consistent. It’s important that you and your family have the same plan in mind, as well as ground rules regarding your dog’s nutrition. Will you feed dry food only, or mix with wet? When and how will the dog be fed? What works best for your dog’s breed, size and your lifestyle? Consistency will help your dog develop good eating habits.
- Don’t give your dog table food. Giving your dog table scraps is almost a sure way to get him to shun dog food. Table food is one of the main culprits behind picky canine eaters.
- Feed him on a specific schedule. Dogs need to be fed according to a schedule, depending on their age and specific dietary needs. If your dog is developing fussy eating habits, take his food away after about ½ hour of it being on the floor. This may seem a bit heartless, but it will teach your dog to eat when it’s time to eat—a lesson that’s especially important if you are trying to break him from table food.
- Go easy on the treats. Using treats for training and for times when praise is in order is a very effective habit. A few treats are fine; a whole bag of treats is another thing. Treats are not the only way to reward your dog for good behavior or to show him you love him. Dogs also love belly scratching, cuddling and playing affectionately.
- Rule out medical problems. Is his lack of interest in food the only recent change in your dog? Health conditions, such as dental disease, can cause your dog to lose his appetite and can make eating uncomfortable. Before treating your dog like a picky pooch, be sure he isn’t suffering from an underlying condition that could be making it hard for him to eat.
- Try a pre-meal walk. Exercising right before a meal can help your dog work up a healthy appetite.
Try giving him some alone time with his food. You could be unknowingly distracting him from his meal.
Food for thought.
Still having issues? Try our Picky No More Dry Dog Food to solve your persnickety pooch's eating habits. If, after trying the above suggestions, your dog is still not consistently eating, be sure to schedule an appointment with your vet to explore if something else may be an issue.
Supporting healthy eating habits is important for a healthy, happy dog!
Do you have a dog that is or was a picky eater? If so, what methods have you tried and what has worked best? We’d love to hear from you!