Picky Canine: Getting Your Dog to Eat

A dog with leather leash in his mouth is waiting to go for a walk.

There are a few methods for taking care of your dog when they won’t eat.

Our canine companions are truly man’s best friend. But sometimes they can be prima donnas when it comes to eating their food. It’s important for your dog to eat right and eat often. For their own good, here’s how to take care of your picky eater.

Mixing Their Dog Food

Sometimes, your dog is just tired of the plain old dry food. Without having to break to bank to find them something new, make some changes to the dish. The first method is to mix some wet food or peanut butter with the dry food. Canines love both of these. Their nose will instantly be attracted the smell and they will eat all of their meal.

The second method is to mix some warm water with your dog’s dry food. This is perfect if your dog is used to wet food. When the dry food absorbs the water, it gives it a softer texture, making it similar to their old food.

Keep a Schedule

A little training can go a long way. It is pretty easy to train your pet dog to eat their food. You just have to get them used to a certain schedule. Your furry, four-legged friend should be eating twice of a day.

Set a time in the morning and night when for when you are going to present them with food. If you do it every day, they will know when to expect food. Make the feeding times 12 hours apart to build up their appetite.

If you are still having trouble, then become a little stricter. If they don’t eat the food within 30 minutes, take it away until the next feeding time. They will learn to eat their food fast, otherwise, it will go away.

Give Your Pet a Walk

You should walk your dog for various reasons. It gives them exercise and some peace of mind. If you walk your pet before feeding time, it should build up their appetite. When you get home, they should be more than ready to eat.