This question is posed to Your Pet Chef often. This new blog series will offer insight into several possible scenarios that may be causing your pup to stop eating and actions you can take to resolve the situation. First up – Has anything changed in your home? Specifically:
Have you recently added a new pet? Puppy? Kitten? The new dynamic in your home may be causing a change in your pup’s eating habits. It’s very easy to coo and cuddle a new pet. Try to schedule some extra time with your incumbent pet to show them they are still special. Perhaps some hand feeding would help re-establish your bond.
Did your household welcome a new baby? A new human can turn a home upside down and your pup may be feeling left out. Try to include your pup in the new routines you are creating around your baby’s schedule to help him feel involved.
Did your family lose a member? Perhaps a member has moved from the home? This change may also cause a change in appetite. Your dog is used to a routine and losing a piece in that routine can be a disruptive force in his life. Try to create a new routine with your pup around his meal time. Make it a big deal – talk it up a few minutes before hand. Get extravagant with his bowl. We do this for our pups every day and it we forget any section of the “Meal Time Play”, they let us know with a side eye for sure!
New furniture just delivered? Or reconfigure your furniture? Whew, this caused a big commotion in our household, especially with our nervous dog Lucy. She was very accustomed to a chair in one corner and a couch in the other. When we switched this around, it caused upset for a few days. She wouldn’t enter the room and she was reluctant to accept treats too, which is unheard of for Lucy. We worked with her each day until she became used to the new set up. We made it a game and heaped big praise for the smallest of steps into the room.
Are you doing construction or remodeling in your home? This is a major disruption and may even be the reason behind a new place to feed your pup!
Did you use a new cleaner on the floor? New laundry soap? Remember, your pup is much closer to the floor than you are and this new cleaner or soap may be making your pup nauseas.
Do you have construction going on outside of your home? Maybe a street repair or major tree trimming? The main road in front of our house was under construction for several months and the loud sounds did have an impact on our dogs. They were a bit jumpy and always on edge. True story – many years ago before we moved into our current home, our neighborhood was going through a major change and up to 5 homes at a time were undergoing renovation. During this time, our dogs were Chauncey and Mack. Just so happens that one of the construction workers was also named Chauncey. Well, during the summer when our windows were open, our Chauncey would run from window to window looking for who was calling him! What are the odds!!
Please keep these items in mind if your pup’s eating habits change. One of these scenarios may be the cause.
Thank you for reading this blog post. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s entry – Have you changed your dog’s food. If you’d like to try our food for your pup, start here.