Our blog series - My dog has stopped eating? What should I do? - continues today tackling this question: Have you changed your dog’s food? Let’s dive in:
New food will smell differently. Your pup may be confused about the new smell and therefore not interested. Try mixing in some of his old food until he can associate the great taste of the new food with the new smell. Some dogs transition quickly while others may take a few days.
Maybe you didn’t change your pup’s food, but the existing food doesn’t smell quite right. This might be a clue to you that the food may be spoiled or not quite right.
Have you introduced a new flavor of food to your pup? This happens sometimes with our food as we vary the recipes with each delivery and some pups are not crazy about this. Fish can often bring out a strong- no thanks- reaction. Keep this in mind if your pup is not interested in his food.
Some dogs get bored with the same foods-even with rotating flavors, proteins, etc. We have often suggested sprinkling a few crumbled up treats on top of his food to perk up his interest. We are also working on a new “sprinkle” product that will do the same. This little boost is sometimes just the right difference in smell your pup is looking for.
Ok, so you’ve said No to all of the questions above – now what? I have a tough question for you – are you the reason behind your pup not eating? Do you hover around the bowl wondering how he likes it? Do you serve his food with a negative attitude? Your dog can pick up on these subtleties and may be thinking you don’t want him to eat the food. Try making dinner time fun. We make it like a play every day. Each dog has a role as do the humans. We repeat the same lines and do the same “dance” – how we walk to the crates with the bowls, what we say when we put the bowls down, and then we close the crate doors and let them be. When done, we make a big deal about letting them out and asking how their food was.
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 – It’s not environment or new food – now what? If you’d like to try our food for your pup, start here.