What to Do When Your Dog Is a Picky Eater

A dog who refuses to eat his or her food can be quite frustrating, but a picky pooch can be encouraged to develop healthier eating habits.

To help a picky eater develop proper eating habits:

 Don’t give your pet food from table. Instead, feed or treat him or her from a separate area from where you and the family eat. To make this successful, make sure everyone in your home knows to adopt this method of feeding and treating.
 Keep your pet’s food separate from your own so your dog doesn’t get the idea that he can eat whatever seems tastiest at the time.
 Feed your dog on a consistent schedule so he knows when to expect his next meal. People like variety, but consistency is the key to developing a dog’s healthy eating habits.
 Remember that pets have different taste preferences just like people do. Your pet’s picky eating may be his way of telling you that a new brand of food, or format (raw, dehydrated, kibble, or can) might be in order.

Most cases of picky eating are not a cause for concern if your pet is active and at a healthy body weight. However, a trip to the vet is in order if you notice that your pet is losing weight and/or seems lethargic. In this instance, picky eating might be a sign of a medical problem that needs to be addressed.

Tasty Treats for Picky Pooches
If you’re looking for nutritious dog treats that will satisfy even the pickiest pooch, Max & Ruffy’s fits the bill. Our recipes are crafted to offer a treat that will appeal to your dog’s taste buds while offering nutritional benefits that promote his health and wellbeing. For example, our Powerhouse: Sweet Potato & Alfalfa treat is packed with sweet potatoes that offer the immune boosting properties of beta-carotene, phosphorous, iron, and vitamin C. Alfalfa, an immune boosting plant, has been said to help provide relief from arthritis pain and assist in healing liver disorders, intestinal ulcers, and gastritis.

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