• 8 Ways to Deal With a Finicky Eater

November 29, 2017

Many dogs are finicky eaters, some breeds more than others.

The Basenji, Siberian Husky, and the Yorkie are just a few. In the wild, dogs will eat almost anything but, in our homes, they learn that some foods are edible, and some are fantastic. Even if you're diligent about not feeding your pet “people food”, they smell it and see it on the dining table. Never feed your pet from the table as he will get used to the taste of people food and it also lowers your position as alpha.  There's a difference between a picky eater and a finicky eater. A picky eater will only occasionally refuse to eat and can be easily tempted with a slice of cheese added to his bowl. A finicky eater is what we deal with here, a dog who has decided he's giving up dog food for good.

First, you want to rule any health issues out first when a dog makes any behavioral change but if your vet gives your pup the thumbs up, there are several ways to get him to eat without disrupting his stomach.

1. Tone Down the Treats

A finicky eater is more likely to eat if he's not comparing his dog food to a treat.

 Dog eating treats

2. Feed Often

Try feeding smaller amounts of his regular food three or four times a day.

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3. Exercise

It's good for so many things and it increases a dog's hunger. Try always exercising your pup before a meal.

 walk your dog on a nice day

4. Make it Positive

Always make feeding time a positive experience. If your pup associates it with irritability or punishment from you, he will be less likely to want to eat.

5. Keep It Quiet

Feed your dog in a quiet area without children or other dogs mulling around.


6. Try Feeding at Different Times

Some dogs eat better in the afternoon, others eat better an hour after you're home. Test it and see what time and situation work best for yours.


7. Resist Temptations

Try the other tips before giving into the urge to tempt your finicky pup to eat with people food. You'll find that a few pieces of cooked chicken will perhaps tempt him for a time, but he'll soon grow bored of that, too.


8. The proper amount of food is essential for a healthy dog.

A finicky eater can be under weight or even overweight because of the goodies his owner tempts him with. An underweight dog can have trouble with his bone density, and his kidneys and liver and are more prone to skin infections. An overweight dog can have heart trouble and joint trouble.


Source: Dogster http://www.dogster.com/dog-food/eight-ways-to-deal-with-a-finicky-eater

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