There are lots of ways to show your love to your oh-so-adorable-canine. Giving them a cozy shelter, letting them sleep beside you and taking them on long walks.
But as what the saying goes: “The way to a man’s heart is through their stomach.”
Well, you can pretty much apply that to dogs too! Give them your TLC by feeding them the foods they love most. Unfortunately, that’s easier said than done.
Unfortunately we can’t get any verbal feedback on whether a dog likes their food, so we have to go on their reaction. If they gobble it all up in an instant you’re all good. But if they are reluctant to take a bite, push their food around their bowl with their nose, or just generally take ages to eat it – the chances are they’re not a fan. You’ll just have to try different foods. Here’s a handy guide to finding a food that your dog won’t turn their nose up at.
Know their sensitivities.
Before you even head out to the pet store or order dog food online, you need to review your dog’s health. Does your pooch have any sensitivities or known allergies?
It’s also a good idea to search for signs of teeth or mouth problems, as well as skin sores and lumps. These can cause pain and discomfort to your dog and can affect the way they eat. And if you’re not sure, you can always pop to your vet to discuss any health concerns with a professional.
If there are no signs of health problems, then their bad habits might cause their uncanny behaviour. Avoid intermittently feeding your dog extra treats throughout the day because this makes them lose their appetite. Feeding them on specific times of the day (preferably on breakfast, lunch, and dinner) makes it easier for you to gauge which foods your dog love.
Try out different flavours and textures
It seems that some dogs are just downright fussy. They’ve got exceedingly high standards, and won’t settle for anything other than the best. Or maybe they only really like one flavour. Most dogs tend to like chicken or turkey flavour food, as they aren’t too rich and taste good too. Before you settle on a particular brand, the you need to figure out what flavours your dog prefers. Dog food companies offer a huge range of flavours including beef, game, salmon, chicken, duck and lamb.
Another reason why some dogs turn away food is not because of the flavour, but because of the texture. For example, some humans don’t like foods such as oysters, mushrooms and mussels because of the texture. Well, it’s the same with dogs. So try and figure out whether Fido prefers munching on wet or dry food. Some dogs prefer the crunch of dry kibble, and others like the smell and texture of wet food.
Experiment with various brands
Dogs are pretty particular about what they eat, and many are a little obsessed with consistency. They won’t mind if they eat the same foods over and over again, as long as they love it. You just have to find the perfect brand.
We’ve got a wide selection of dog food brands to choose from, including premium, budget and industry leading brands. We sell brands including Acana, Nature Diet, Burns, James Wellbeloved, Purina and Hills Science Plan. Take a look and see which one your dog might like to try.
What to do with fussy dogs?
No matter how much we love our dogs, we still can’t help but say that fussy dogs can be frustrating. Not only do they waste the food you give, but they also make you worry about what to feed them.
Would you want someone staring at you whilst you eat your roast dinner? Perhaps not. Don’t put too much pressure on your dog by watching them with beady eyes when they’re given a meal. Observe them at a distance. When they finish eating their meal, then that’s the time you can praise them.
It’s all about positive reinforcement at the end of the day. You might also want to stay out of the area where your dog is eating. This gives them a safe and quiet place to eat alone.
And perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind is that you shouldn’t change their food rapidly. This can lead to your pup having a tummy upset, and dogs with sensitive tums will struggle. So if you want to try a new food, give them a little bit first to see if they like it. Then if they do, introduce it slowly to their diet by mixing it with their existing food, and slowly transitioning.