Why is my dog a fussy eater?
Most probably your pooch was not born as a picky eater, but he has some reasons not to eat the food you provide. Just think about yourself. You love pizza and pasta, but after a two-week holiday in Italy, you would maybe try something else as well. Same goes for your furry friend. The environment, the people around him and other animals can have a significant impact on his eating habits. If you have been feeding your dog the same food day in and day out, it 's no wonder they're losing interest. Dogs are creatures of habit, and they like routine. But that doesn't mean their diet has to be boring. Try mixing things up by adding new brands or flavours of food to their bowl. You can also try different textures and shapes of food.
If your dog is refusing to eat, it might be because of a behavioral issue. Dogs are sometimes finicky eaters, and they may go on hunger strikes to protest something. For example, if you've been feeding your dog table scraps, he might be expecting a gourmet meal every time he sits down to eat. Whatever the reason is, it's important to stay calm and avoid giving in to his demands. Otherwise, you'll just be reinforcing bad behavior. If you're ever in doubt about why your dog isn't eating, it's always best to consult with a veterinarian. They'll be able to help you figure out the root of the problem and find a solution that works for both you and your furry friend.
Some dogs also have sensitive stomachs, so they may not be able to digest certain types of food. Digestive issues can occur when feeding a dog with dog food that contains wheat and grains as it can irritate their tummy. Have you considered giving your pet a meaty meal? Kibble might not be their favorite, and it's possible that crunchy texture is what turns them off. A tailor-made fresh dog meal with a juicy piece of cooked chicken, beef, lamb or salmon can make all the difference!
At Marleybones, all of our gently cooked meals are grain-free, made from British free-range chickens, grass-fed beef and lamb and Scottish hand-reared salmon which makes them the perfect choice for your picky eater friend. Our tasty meals are nutritionally balanced and created by experts to keep your dog healthy and happy.
Does your dog snack between meals?
Have you ever come home to find that your dog has barely touched his food? You might have chalked it up to a loss of appetite, but the truth is that your furry friend might just be snacking too much between meals. Dogs are often highly motivated by food, which means that they're likely to beg for a treat every time someone opens the fridge or cupboard and if everyone gives them small treats, they can be filled up easily. As a result, they may not be very hungry at mealtimes. If you want your dog to eat more at mealtime, try cutting back on the snacks and treats throughout the day. Only give treats to your pet if it is part of the training process and is included in their diet! This way, he learns that snacking is conditional on prior performance, and he learns to separate the concept of snacks from actual meals. With a little less food in his stomach, he'll be ready to eat by dinnertime.