You might think every dog should automatically know how to eat his food and be more than ready to do so as soon as you put his bowl down. But, not all dogs will do so; some are fussy and will spend time sniffing the food, licking it, and looking at it, yet he still will not eat it. What's going on? Isn't he hungry or maybe he just doesn't like his food? If you are under the impression that the reason he won't eat is that he wants variety in his foods, it's possible that nothing could be further from the truth. The simple fact is, your dog will keep eating the exact same food day in, day out for the rest of his life.
It is your job to make sure you offer him a tasty nutritious meal. In fact, chances are good that the biggest reason he won’t eat his food is that you have probably been feeding him table scraps. When he gets used to these tasty morsels, he isn't going to want the dry or canned food you have been putting in his dish. Or perhaps you started him out by offering him several different types of food to see which one he liked the best, now he is simply holding out for a better food. No matter what the cause, now you have to teach him to eat the food you put out for him.
In this particular case, there really isn’t a specific command to teach, such as "Eat" or "Chow Down". It is important that your dog learns to eat, but at the same time, if he takes a day off from eating, it is usually nothing to worry about. Not all dogs eat every day and some need to eat more than once a day. In most cases, training your dog to eat what you put in his bowl is nothing more than a matter of time and patience. You can teach a dog of any age to eat what you put out for him; in most cases, it could be no more than waiting until he is hungry enough to eat.
Remember, your dog will not starve himself to death, he will only go without eating until he can no longer stand being hungry. Be patient and in time he is sure to put his nose down in the bowl and start scarfing down his food.
If your dog is being fussy about his food or seems to be refusing to eat what you put down, patience is the only real tool you need. Be sure to keep his food bowl in the same location at all times and pick it up when he is done eating. Try to pick a quieter spot in your house such as the kitchen floor and choose a time when no one is likely to be in there to disturb him while he eats. Again, there aren't any real commands you need to use to make him eat, you just have to be patient.
Actually sir my puppy wont eat his food him self if ifeed him by my hand then he eat his food but it took more and more time in a day So what can i do for that. Plz sir help me
Hello, First, make sure that you are feeding him the right amount. Some overweight puppies and dogs are picky eaters if they are being fed too much. If his weight is good, try feeding him three times a day. Place him in a crate or calm room with his food bowl for thirty-minutes. If he does not eat the food during that time, remove the food again. Repeat this three times during the day. Make sure that the room is very small and completely calm so that he will relax enough to focus on eating if he is hungry. Give this 24 hours to work. If he is just being picky, he should get hungry enough to eat within 24 hours and will eat on his own eventually. Some dogs don't like to eat first thing in the morning and won't finish all their food until night - if he doesn't have a blood sugar issue this should be alright as long as the food is being offered often enough. Second, if placing the food down and taking it up for 24 hours doesn't get him eating on his own, then I would look into a possible food allergy or him not liking the food you are feeding. Gradually switching to another dog food may help. Look for a dog food that uses a different meat or different grains than what you are currently feeding in case their is a sensitivity to something in the food. Ask your vet for further details. Make the switch over the course of a week or two to avoid upsetting his stomach. Third, if the issue isn't the food either, and he is simply a picky eater, then you can mix something into his food to make it more enticing. Place his meal kibble into a ziplock bag and crush up dog food toppers - usually freeze dried meat treats, into the ziplock bag with his dog food. Shake the bag and treat powder up, then let the food sit in the powder overnight. The next morning feed him in his bowl like normal - but this time the food should taste like the powder to help tempt him to eat it. You can also try mixing a little goats milk or low sodium chicken broth into his food if your vet okays it. (I am not a vet). Finally, if non of those things work or he is getting worse quickly, then go see your vet immediately. A number of medical issues can be related to him not eating well. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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My dog won’t eat his dog food. He’s already 4 years old and never ate his dog food. Last couple of months we tried mixing the dog food dry and wet with meat ( beef and chicken) he only eats the meat and leaves the dog food. How can we teach him to eat his dog food? And is it safe to leave him hungry for couple days so that he will start eating the dog food?
Hello Meri, As far as the medical side of things - I would ask your vet. Some dogs can easily go 2-3 days safely and will eventually learn to eat simply by only offering them the dog food. Other dogs get low-blood sugar and that's not a safe option for them. Consult your vet on what to do based on health questions (I am not a vet). Purchase a freeze dried kibble topper such as stella and chewy's or nature's variety - see if pup likes the freeze dried meat. If he does like they, crush the meal topper into powder, place it in a ziplock bag with pup's dog food overnight - so that the powder flavors and makes the kibble taste good, then feed pup that dog food. If pup likes freeze dried kibble toppers, you also might want to look into switching pup's food to something like Ziwi peak - which is a dog food brand that's based on freeze dried meat - but with the convenience of a kibble. Another option is to soak pup's food in goat's milk in the fridge until the kibble tastes like the milk but pup has to eat the kibble to get that flavor - how well this works will depend on whether pup likes the goats milk - many dogs do. Ask your vet about pup's weight too. If pup is overweight or you are feeding too much that can lead to picky eating. If pup is underweight or generally seems to have a sensitive stomach, then there could be a medical reason for the picky eating that needs to be discussed with your vet - even something like a lack of digestive enzymes, lack of good bacteria, food allergy, low blood sugar from going too long between meals, parasites, or pain could cause a low appetite. (I am not a vet though so ask your vet if you suspect something medical). Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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My dog won’t eat his dog food. He is already 4,5 years old but never ate a dog food. Last couple of months we tried to mix the dog food dry and wet with meat ( beef or chicken), he eats only the meat and leaves the dog food. How can we teach him to eat his dog food? And is it safe to leave him hungry for couple days and will he start eating the dog food? I know that poodle is very cranky breed, but we need to teach him to eat the dog food. How should we do that?
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My dog has been on small breed Kibbles for 14 years. We have had to transition her to low-fat diet due to pancreatitis. She has no interest in the large Kibbles, possibly due old teeth??, so I'm trying canned food. She doesn't seem to be able to get the idea to bite at the food, she licks and licks at it and hardly gets any and gives up. Then it is packed flat and there is no hope of getting any in her mouth. Any tricks for getting her to actually learn 2 bite the food and not lick at it.
Hello Ellen, I would start out by adding more texture to her food to help her get the concept. Use some of the hard kibble and either place it into a ziplock bag and use a meat mallet to pound it up into smaller pieces, or place it into a food bowl, cover it with water and let it sit out until it starts to get mushy. See if she will eat either of those two options. At that point you can either stick with the hard kibble crushed up or softened, or mix that more texturized food with some of the moist food. At first just a spoon full or so so that the food tastes like the moist food and has a bit more water but is mostly in larger pieces to bite. As she gets to where she is doing well with the mixture, gradually add more and more of the soft food and less and less of the harder food overtime. You can also try rolling the moist food into little balls and hand feeding her those as if they are treats for a bit. Once she gets the hang of eating those, roll some up and place them on a plate with some space between each of them. Gradually add more and more of the food to the balls on the plate overtime as she adjusts to taking bites out of the softer food and eventually no longer needs it to look like her old kibble pieces rolled up. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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