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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