My Dog is a Picky Eater
Ten Helpful suggestions for the picky eater...
You mat gave seen your dog just sitting there looking at the food in the bowl...looking at it but not eating it. You are getting the obvious message that his or her food is no longer desirable. What can you do about that? Here are ten suggestions for the picky eater problem.
“If you’re having trouble getting your pet to eat on a regular basis, and he won’t consume his food at least once a day, your dog is a picky eater," says Margaret Hoppe, DVM, of the Abingdon Square Veterinary Clinic in New York's Greenwich Village.
Suggestion #1. Mix some wet dog food with dry kibble
Mix the wet and dry dog food real good so that your pet can't separate out and just eat the wet food. If your dog refuses to eat, he is likely holding out for people food, but it's important to hold firm. ... He or she will eventually choose dog food over no food at all.
Suggestion #2. Get the whole family involved
Your whole family must all be on the same page. If dad gives food off the table, but mom plays by the rules then it won’t work. If one family member is feeding your pet people food then your pet will turn his or her nose up at the dry dog food.
Suggestion #3. Don’t feed from the table.
Feeding your dog table scraps will cause your dog to avoid eating dry or wet food from a can as they desperately hold out for more tasty options from the table. Feeding table scraps will also reinforce begging and this usually means barking. Also, you should NEVER put your plate down on the floor as this will train your dog to think that the plate contains food that he or she is entitled to. They will associate the plate with their bowl and now your dog is thinking that they are one and the same thing!