How can I retrain my dog who doesn’t want to eat dog food?
We just rescued a neglected dog (a boston terrier) and she won’t eat dog food. The first couple of times we fed her she devoured it – probably because she hadn’t eaten anything in quite a while. We’ve had her for about a week now, and she shows NO interest in dog food but she gets VERY excited when we are eating people food (we haven’t been feeding it to her though).
We’re guessing that wherever she was previously, she was only fed table scraps and she needs some help getting into the routine of eating dog food, but we’re having trouble getting her to eat it. At the moment, all we can think of is to keep the dog food available to her, and hope that she gets hungry enough to finally give in and eat it, but that seems kind of cruel and like it might be harmful to make her go so long without eating anything. Does anyone have some tips on alternative methods?
Also – It isn’t even boring dry food! It’s semi-wet, soft chunky food, but she won’t eat normal dry food or dog treats either.
You are doing the right thing. Insist that she eat her food and don’t give in to her begging. Healthy dogs do not starve themselves. She will eat when she is hungry enough. If she won’t or if she starts losing a significant amount of weight take her to a vet. There is probably a medical reason for her loss of appetite.
What dry food is best for my picky dog?
Hello… Okay, first, this may seem INCREDIBLY long, but most of this question is a description that I got online of different dog foods. I have some question-type things. Okay, so my almost 2 year old Cosheltie (collie-sheltie mix) has some weird problems, where, he, first, finds it dificult to chew adult dog kibble, hence, not eating dry food plain unless given as a treat. The only exception to that is our puppy’s puppy food, which he is fine eating(?)… I think that he needs smaller kibbles, but I don’t want to give him puppy food, so I decided on maybe trying a small breed formula adult food. Right now, he weighs 40ish pounds and is 20 inches tall. His second problem is that he gets indigestion and loose stools almost once a week. I think that COULD be because we give him a majority wet food, but I’m no veteranarian… Okay, anyway, I did some research, and got some good dry foods with, as the companies claim, small kibbles… Here they are, along with a breif description —>
1. Purina Moist n Meaty Lamb and Rice – Real meat—a wholesome, high-quality source of protein— is the #1 ingredient in every Purina Moist & Meaty flavor. As a main meal, special treat or added to dry food, Moist & Meaty is so complete and satisfying you’ll want to serve it every day. Plus, Moist & Meaty’s convenient easy-open single-serve pouch locks in freshness so every bite is tender and delicious.
2. PEDIGREE SMALL BREED ® Nutrition Mini Crunchy Bites – We’re for the little guys. The toy dogs and the terriers, the comedians and the aristocrats. The lively, lovable characters who fit so easily into our laps — and into our lives. Small breed dogs have big personalities, big hearts, and big egos. But, they have small mouths. Which is why we created this Small Breed Nutrition recipe just for them. Not only does it feature smaller, easier to crunch kibble, it has the great, meaty taste little dogs love.
3. Eukanuba Adult Medium Breed Small Bites Formula – There’s something nice about being in the middle; you’re not too large, or too small. Medium breed dogs need balanced nutrition. Eukanuba recognizes this and designed Eukanuba Medium Breed Adult Small Bite to provide high-quality, complete & balanced nutrition specially formulated with moderate protein and fat levels to maintain their long-term nutritional health. This food has a smaller kibble than our regular Medium Breed Adult for dogs that prefer a smaller kibble. Eukanuba Medium Breed Adult Small Bite also contains an optimal ratio of Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids to help your medium breed dog have healthy skin and a beautiful coat.
4. Purina Kibbles and Mini Chunks Beef Flavor Dry Dog Food – Complete and balanced nutrition doesn’t have to be boring- Purina Kibbles and Mini Chunks proves it. The big beefy flavor in every bite keeps your dog coming back for more. Crunchy kibbles are great for your dog‘s healthy smile. And the moist, chewy chunks tempt your dog with great taste and tender texture. Your dog won’t know about the complete and balanced nutrition.Just how great Purina Kibbles and Mini Chunks tastes.
5. Purina Little Bites Dog Food – Whether your dog is big or small, there is no denying the big impact that he has had on your life. Your dog’s nutrition should support his good health—no matter what his size. That’s why Purina® Little Bites Dog Food is made with crunchy, bite-sized kibble packed with great taste and nutrition, for your dog’s long, healthy life. – Also for this, I am finding either Purina Little Bites or Purina Little Bits Indoor Complete, are these two the same? My dog loves the outdoors, but stays inside most of the day
Okay, So out of all these foods, which one could my dog like most if he likes Puppy Chow and Beneful for Puppies? Right now, he eats the Beneful Original formula… Ummm… What else should I tell you? I think thats all. Thank you so much for helping me and my dog(Riley)!! You are going to be so much of a help for us! I promise to pick a best answer!
I would not feed nay of that crap. They companies say it is good so you will buy it. If you look at the ingredients, you will find that they are mostly made of corn, wheat and by-products. Not things your dog should eat.
Try a food made out of meat. There are many that have a named meat (beef, lamb, chicken etc) at least 3 times in the top 5 ingredients.
Check out http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com pick a 4-6 star food. Your dog will probably like it better and it will be better for him.
my dog doesnt like to eat any dogfood i give her?
except an occasional human treat.
my family has been feeding her table scraps when im away. this has been very long term and i just found out T___T
how can i get her to eat dry dog food again? she’s currently 6 months old. she doesnt even like expensive dog treats. unlike my other dog, who likes everything edible or not
sniff , she doesnt like wet dog food and she’s so boney that i think she’s only skin and bones D: Im SO sad!
Owners of finicky eaters are constantly changing their diet to get them to eat. This only makes your dog hold out to see if anything better is being offered. But these ongoing switches bring their own set of problems.
If you make sudden dog diet changes, this causes digestive upsets for your dog. Any diet changes need to be done slowly. Add a small amount of new food to your pet’s current food and gradually increase that amount while decreasing the amount of the current food over a seven to ten day period.
But right now what we are discussing is NOT catering to a fusspot – so changing foods constantly isn’t going to help matters any.
The basic rule of thumb is if that any dog which gets hungry enough WILL eat no matter what is in the bowl. Have patience and ye shall be rewarded. Don’t hover, plead, cajole, hand feed, or change the food. Just leave it in the bowl and ——- WAIT!
Establish Regular Feeding Times and Stick with Them
The value of having your dog on a timetable and on a regular dog diet can’t be over emphasized. Dogs thrive on routine, and besides, if you don’t establish a routine and stick to it, your dog will implement one himself. Dogs without routines and a “pack leader” take over the roles themselves and you won’t like the consequences.
If you feed regularly at the same time (or close to it) daily then when the food hits the floor then your dog will be there to eat it – and will in fact learn to anticipate being fed. If you never thought dogs (or other animals) could tell time, try missing your regular feeding time one day.
Here is the most effective thing to do when you feed a finicky dog. Feed at the regular time and if they do not eat the food within 15 minutes, you take the bowl up and put the food back in the fridge. The next time that bowl comes out and goes down on the floor is the second feeding of the day. Period! Watch how fast your dog catches on to the fact if he doesn’t eat when the food is there, it’s GONE.
If your pal is getting adequate amounts of a palatable and nutritious food two times a day, you have fulfilled your responsibilities as far as feeding is concerned. Don’t let doggie involve you in a battle of wills like a spoiled child who won’t go to bed without first having ice cream. That food dish is YOUR domain!
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