There are two kinds of dogs. The first kind lives to eat, you know the type, they devour anything you put in front of them and quite a few things which you don’t. The second kind of dog eats to live. These dogs are the fussy eaters, they pick and choose what they eat, take forever to finish meals, and sometimes don’t finish them at all.
A dog’s breed and age often determine whether they are passionate about food or couldn't really care less. Every Labrador is food motivated whilst smaller dogs, such as Yorkies and Cockapoos, tend to be more discriminating. Fussy Cockapoo's probably drive the dog food industry with distressed owners changing food constantly.
You offer a tasty and nutritious meal, yet your dog merely sniffs at it and ignores the food. It’s time for the next meal but the previous one hasn’t been eaten. Clearly, this can make any dog lover feel apprehensive and even distressed.
Feeding our dogs is a ritual which encourages us to feel more attached and devoted to them. They are completely dependent on us, by providing them with food, we fulfill their basic survival need, which in turn makes us feel really good about ourselves. So if you have a picky dog it can be extremely distressing.
To solve the fussy dog dilemma you need to STOP, relax and think more like a dog.
Here are our top 10 tricks for encouraging your fussy dog to eat.
It is really important to make sure your dog is not ill or has dental problems which can prevent them from eating – please visit your vet if you are in any doubt. This advice is not for ill dogs – just those that are fussy.