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Picky ... or Particular? Understanding Mealtime Will Help Your Best Friend.

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Bil-Jac Dry Dog Food is known and praised for its great taste and super premium nutrition. Many pet parents are relieved to find that they no longer have a hard time getting their dog to eat with Bil-Jac especially with our newest recipe, Picky No More™. Living with a picky dog can be very frustrating and worrisome. Here are some tips if you are dealing with a less-than-interested-eater.Just like people, dogs can have a variety of eating habits. Some love and live to eat, devouring anything you put in front of them. While others just don't seem passionate about eating, and eat solely to sustain ... picking and choosing their bites, often taking longer to even join in a mealtime ritual.Sound familiar?Whether picky or occasionally particular, regularly finishing a meal is important to your dog's good health. Likening it to you not eating your vegetables - or eating too many treats and not a full meal - cleaning his plate is important to ensuring a balanced diet.

When does being a picky eater become a problem?

A picky eater is typically defined as a dog who won't consume all of his food at least once a day. In doing so, he will, in the long-haul be missing out on many key nutrients he needs to maintain a long and active life. At Bil-Jac, we know that developing food that is both tasty and nutritious is important - because the more your dog loves his food, the more likely he is to be consuming the important nutrition he needs day to day. If you have a picky pooch, we encourage you to take the Bil-Jac Two-Bowl Challenge and share their experiences with us via video.Like children, can you influence your dog’s mealtime consumption? Absolutely. The following tips might be helpful if you too have a picky eater on your hands.

4 Tips to encourage healthy (less picky) eating habits.

  1. Have a plan and be consistent. Everything is new when you bring your best friend home. It’s important that you and your family have a plan in mind, as well as ground rules regarding your new 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 and regular eating habits.

  2. Keep the dog food and people food separate. If you feed from the table or your plate, your pup will begin to associate your food with his food. Make sure you keep the two separated so the boundaries are clear. Better yet, remove all people food from his diet, and reconsider snacks and treats if he hasn't eaten a good dinner.

  3. Stick to a schedule. Keeping your best friend on a schedule, feeding according to designated times. Ensure equal portions during each feeding. Note that often times, some dogs may benefit from two smaller feedings per day - one in the morning, and one at night. For more information on daily feeding amounts (divide in half if you feed twice a day), see our Adult Select feeding chart.

  4. Find a dog food and stick with it. It's important that you 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, made with real chicken liver for both outstanding nutrition and delicious taste.

Supporting healthy eating habits is important to your dog’s health. Finding a dog food both you and your dog agree on can be an emotional journey if you have a persnickety pooch. Try Bil-Jac Picky No More and use the tips above to manage picky behavior, so you can spend time on the things you enjoy doing together.

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