Please Help My Dog Is a Picky Eater

please help my dog is a picky eater

Dear Hindy,

My wife and I recently adopted a new puppy we named Sidney. He’s very fussy about what he eats, so we keep buying different foods for him to try. He’ll eat it for a couple of days then want something different. We are going to run out of brands to try soon. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks, Dennis

Please Help My Dog is a Picky Eater

Dear Dennis,

I’ve had the same experiences, only in my case it was one of my senior foster dogs. I was constantly trying something new, anything to get her to eat. The thing is, many owners unwittingly create the fussiness (no offence!!) by constantly buying different foods when the previous one is refused. Your pup knows you’ll do it, so there’s no reason for him not to be fussy.

I don’t know if you free feed Sidney (leave food out for him all day to eat as he pleases), or you have set meal times, but I strongly advise you to have set meal times. Choose a quality brand with a choice of flavors so he has variety. Call him to come eat, put the food bowl down for 15 minutes and if he doesn’t eat pick it up and try again at the next scheduled meal.

Don’t panic if he doesn’t eat for a couple of meals, and don’t give in if he doesn’t. Make sure he’s not satisfying his hunger by feeding him too many treats either!! He won’t try and starve himself and will quickly learn he eats what he gets. If he goes several days without eating, he may have a health problem you should see your vet about.

Good luck.


Hindy Pearson
I am a dog trainer and behaviour consultant, specialising in working with first time dog owners. Whether you're thinking of getting a dog and aren't sure if it's the right time, or you've been sharing your life with one for awhile but there are issues you can't resolve, I am here for you. No matter where in the world you live I can help.

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