It may seem like dogs, in general, will eat almost anything. You may sometimes wonder if dogs can even taste at all! Dogs have about 1700 taste buds while humans have 9000. However, dogs do have the same four taste classifications as we do - salty, sweet, bitter and sour. One unique thing is that dogs have a specific taste bud directed just toward water which is said to help prevent dehydration. Dogs do, however, have an amazing sense of smell and that is what drives them toward certain foods over others. So, if you have a dog that has the best sense of taste, you most likely also have a dog with an amazing sense of smell. Now what to do with such a dog….
Many people begin by giving their dog one type of treat and just stick to it throughout the dog's life. But what if your dog is actually sick of those dry dog bones? How would you know? By doing a treat test of course! Not only is this a fun activity but it will also let you discover your pup's favorite treat. As a dog with the best sense of taste, your pup will probably have a definite opinion on which treats they like and which just don't make the cut. Get ready to see how good of a taster your dog really is!
While you probably cook for yourself and your family frequently, how often do you cook specifically for your dog? Every night? On their birthday? Never? Homemade dog food is becoming more and more popular and there is good reason. Not only can you completely control what your dog is eating and keep it healthy and beneficial for your pup but you can also alter the food to suit your dogs taste buds. If you know your dog prefers chicken over steak, you can make their food based on this! It may take a little more effort but your dog's superior sense of taste and smell will absolutely love it!
If your dog has an amazing sense of taste and they are always dying to eat more food, why not make them work for it a little? Of course, you can teach your pup to sit, lie down or even beg for a treat but all of those things require human participation - you are the provider of the treats after all! What happens when you are not home or when your pup really wants a treat but you just don't have time to play? A dog treat or dog food puzzle is the answer! Not only will your dog get a treat reward to satisfy their sense of taste but they will also have to play a little and use their brain to get the reward.
Bury treats or dog food under a pile of toys, under some brush in the yard or just in the corner of your house for your dog to search for.
Why buy dog bones at the store when you can make them at home for your dog? A bone shaped cookie cutter and an easy recipe are all you need! Look for a recipe for peanut butter bones which are always a hit with the pups who have a good sense of taste.
Just like humans, a dog with a good sense of taste likes variety in their food. They also can be quite picky regarding what they will or will not eat. Give your dog plenty of food options and let them try new things. As long as the food is safe for pups, give your dog whatever they like! A dog food and treat connoisseur like your pooch will thrive on food-related games and activities.