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How to cater to your dog's appetite

Fussy eaters and non-fussy eaters can both be a challenge when it comes to meal time. Here are some tips on how to feed your dog’s appetite:

Non-Fussy eaters

Dogs are natural scavengers. This may help explain why your dog often tries to eat everything and anything. But behavior like this can lead to them consuming more than they should.  Here are some tips to help manage their daily intake:

Dogs are natural scavengers. This may help explain why your dog often tries to eat everything and anything. But behavior like this can lead to them consuming more than they should.  Here are some tips to help manage their daily intake:

  • Try feeding a combination of wet and dry food. Wet food contains 1/4 of the calories of dry food, meaning you can give more food for the same nutritional benefit.
  • Puzzle feeders help to slow your dog's eating whilst also providing fun mental stimulation. You can even make your own DIY puzzle feeder at home e.g. try placing his kibbles in an empty egg carton either with or without the lid and watch him forage for his meal!
  • Try to avoid frequent snacking, especially human food, outside of meal times. The calories can quickly add up to more than his daily recommendation.
  • Clicker training could be an alternative way to reward your dog as you teach him the behaviours you want to see. For advice on how to clicker train, take a look at our video.

Fussy eaters

If your dog is a fussy eater, it can be very difficult to manage.  The good news is that there are some tips that might help.

  • Try to avoid frequent snacking, particularly human food, throughout the day as this may dull his appetite at meal times.
  • Try only filling your dog's bowl with small amounts of food 3 times a day rather than 1 large meal.
  • Try offering the food for 10 minutes, then remove it and try again 30 minutes later.
  • Since dogs have a keen sense of smell, try adding warm water to their food to release a yummy aroma.
  • Praise your dog when he eats some food, as many respond well to positive encouragement.
  • Consider taking your dog for a bit more exercise - it may help build up more of an appetite!
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