Tip 1: A quick health check
The first thing to do is check whether your dog is in pain. Are there any signs of toothache, joint pain or digestive problems? If you suspect that your dog is suffering at all, visit your vet as soon as possible so you can cross health issues off your list.
Tip 2: Choose tasty food
Next up, what are you giving your dog to eat? The main reason dogs don’t touch their food is simply because they don’t like it. Look for alternatives. Picky dogs often prefer food that contains high-quality proteins. Think of beef, chicken, lamb or turkey.
Bonus tip: most picky dogs prefer wet food to dry food. Have you tried mixing their kibble with some wet food? Worth a go, no?
Tip 3: Never give food at the table
When you give food at the table, you encourage your dog’s bad behaviour and undermine your leadership position. Human food lacks a lot of essential nutrients that your dog needs (read blog about 'Do dogs need healthy food?'). Instead, stick to the rules and teach your dog that food will come at a fixed time and place. An ideal moment is just before your own meal, because then he’ll be sated while you’re eating. A good way to outsmart your dog 😉
Tip 4: Don’t overdo with treats
Ok we admit it, our treats are ridiculously delicious and hard to resist. But remember, too many snacks will reduce your dog’s appetite. Plan in advance how many snacks your dog can eat per day or week, and put the box aside if he’s used up his supply. Fair is fair!
Tip 5: Feed him the same food
Dogs aren’t like humans when it comes to variety - your dog will not get bored of getting the same food. On the contrary, dogs love routine! What’s more, sticking to the same diet will help keep your dog's digestive system healthy and working well.
If you’re thinking of changing it up and switching to Edgard & Cooper, this simple guide explains you how.
Tip 6: Exercise stimulates hunger
There are lots of ways you and your dog are similar - the more exercise you have, the hungrier you’ll be! If your dog isn’t finishing his dinner, try going for a walk or doing a dance around the living room. Extra points if you can do that just before he gets his meal 😉
Tip 7: Make his meal more tempting
Dogs have 20% fewer taste buds than humans, but their sense of smell is much stronger. Do you give your dog dry food? Try adding a small amount of water to the kibbles to strengthen the aromas. Wet food gives off a much stronger smell and is therefore very attractive for picky dogs. To avoid plaque, you can mix the two.
If you’re struggling with a fussy eater, it’s wise to opt for high-quality food. At Edgard & Cooper, we provide a complete diet that contains all the essential nutrients that your dog needs. View our range here.