Just like humans, there are many dogs that are very particular about their food and tastes, which can be very frustrating. On the other hand, there are dogs that will pretty much eat anything that is placed in front of them. There are also dogs that have recently become picky eaters by their environment and family.
The good news here is that even though your pooch may be a picky eater, there are ways you can encourage healthier eating habits.
Tips on how to deal with picky dogs
1. Take a trip to the Vet – It is important to determine if your pup’s finicky eating has a medical cause. The veterinarian will be able to diagnose and rule out any medical conditions that may be causing this feeding behavior.
2. Evaluate the food – Make sure that the food your pooch is eating has not spoiled or expired. Dogs should be eating a fresh, all natural diet.
3. Other food sources – Observe your dog’s activities during the day. Could there be a chance that a family member is feeding him scraps from the table? Your dog could also be getting into trash cans outdoors or neighbors might be giving him snacks. All of this can be a factor in why your dog is a picky eater.
4. How do you respond when your dog refuses to eat? - Petting, consoling, or hand feeding your dog when he is finicky may cause him to like the extra attention. Instead, put the food in your dog’s bowl and walk away. Dogs instinctively will eat for nourishment.
For finicky eaters try our Deli Fresh brand dog food: Available in Turkey, Vegetable & Rice Formula and Chicken, Vegetable & Rice Formula. Deli Fresh formulas contain soluble and insoluble fibers from vegetables and wholesome grains to help promote digestive health, including insulin, a prebiotic that aids in the absorption of nutrients.