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Picky Eater? Top Tips For Picky Dogs

A cartoon dog sniffing a bowl of food they love and want to eat. Not a picky eater dog

Our dog Obi is a super picky eater. When he was a pup I would spend HOURS going the extra mile to pamper Obi with the finest raw food diet, complete with bones and meticulously measured nutrients. I mean, we even whipped up those yogurt liver bites for him! But he’d just nibble and graze and throw the odd look of dissatisfaction. That’s all well and good during the winter, but leaving raw meats out when it’s hot outside in Spain? Not the best idea. Is your dog a picky eater too? We feel your pain!

Fast forward to the present, and Alfie has joined the family. You’d think this would have solved the picky eater problem, right? Well, not entirely. Obi eats a bit more now, mainly because he knows Alfie will swoop in and steal every last morsel if he doesn’t act fast. But even with the added competition, Obi still gives us that classic look of disdain if his bowl doesn’t have that oh-so-crucial sprinkling of steamed chicken on top. Such a spoilt dog.

And he’s also mastered the art of eating around a pill in his bowl. It’s like he’s playing a gourmet game of dodgeball with his meds!

So, I thought I’d share some things we’ve tried and tested over the years to combat the picky eater habits in our dog. Maybe these tips can help other doggo parents out there dealing with a similar situation:

Gradual Transition

Sometimes, it helps to make dietary changes gradually. Slowly mix new foods into your doggo’s diet to help them get used to the new food without feeling overwhelmed.

Scheduled Feeding Times

Establishing a regular feeding schedule encouraged Obi to eat more consistently. We would leave his food out for a specific period (say, 20-30 minutes) and then remove it, whether he’s finished or not.

Top It Off with Toppers

Since Obi has a thing for the chicken topper, we’ve experimented with different toppers, like shredded carrots or a dollop of plain yogurt. It adds variety and can entice him to eat (but he still loves the chicken).

Interactive Feeders

Consider using puzzle feeders or slow-feed bowls. These can turn mealtime into a fun and engaging activity, making your doggo more inclined to eat.

Consult a Vet

If the issue persists or if you’re concerned about your doggo’s nutritional intake, it’s always a good idea to consult with a vet. They can rule out any underlying health issues and offer tailored advice.

Training and Positive Reinforcement

We’ve also tried using Obi’s love for treats to our advantage. Incorporating training sessions during mealtime can make him associate food with rewards, potentially encouraging better eating habits.

Consistency

Be consistent in your approach. Doggos, especially sensitive ones like Obi, thrive on routine. Stick to the same feeding times and avoid giving in to his demands for treats in between meals.

Patience and Love

Most importantly, remember that your doggo is family, and you love them no matter what. Be patient, and don’t get too frustrated if they occasionally turns up their nose at their bowl.


Is your dog a picky eater?

Dealing with a picky eater like Obi can be challenging, but it’s all part of the joys and quirks of having a doggo. If you have any other tricks up your sleeve or if you’ve experienced something similar with your doggo, we’d love to hear your thoughts.

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