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The 15 biggest mistakes people make with a picky eater dog

Having a picky eater dog can be challenging to manage, as you may struggle to find meals that your pup will enjoy. Dogs naturally have different tastes and preferences and can be picky when it comes to the food they are presented with. As a pet parent, you want to make sure your pup is getting the nutrition they need, so finding a food they will actually eat can be a difficult task. Let us share with you 15 of the biggest mistakes people make when feeding a picky eater dog.

  1. Not consulting a veterinarian - If you have a picky eater dog, make sure to consult with your vet to rule out any underlying medical issues that could be causing the picky eating habits.

  2. Not getting creative with dog food - Just like humans, dogs can get bored of eating the same food every day. Get creative with your pet’s food by introducing different flavors and textures.

  3. Not providing enough variety - Make sure to provide your pet with a variety of different types of food toppers. You can use the same food every day and give them a different experience with pet food seasonings.

  4. Not rewarding good eating habits - If your pet eats well, make sure to reward them with treats or extra attention. This will reinforce good eating habits.

  5. Not scheduling specific meal times - Make sure to feed your pet at the same time every day. This will help you keep track of how much food they are eating and if they’re eating enough.

  6. Not offering treats in moderation - Too many treats can lead to picky eating habits as well as unhealthy weight gain.

  7. Not monitoring what they eat - Keep an eye out for any changes in your pet’s eating habits and make sure to contact a vet if necessary.

  8. Offering too much food - Make sure to only offer your pet enough food for the day. Excess food can be left out and can lead to unhealthy weight gain.

  9. Not understanding their needs - Make sure to understand your pet’s individual needs when it comes to eating. Some breeds may require more food than others.

  10. Not providing distractions - While eating, provide your pet with distractions to help keep them focused on their meal. This can include giving them a toy or playing music in the background.

  11. Not offering a variety of foods – Dogs need a balanced diet just like humans, so it's important to give them a variety of nutritious foods.

  12. Not being consistent – If you keep switching your dog's food or treats, they're more likely to become picky.

  13. Not trying different flavors – Picky eaters can be finicky about flavor. Try different flavors in their food and treats.

  14. Not monitoring portions – If you're giving your dog too much food, they'll likely become less interested in eating it.

  15. Not letting your dog get hungry – Your dog may have trained you to feed them only the most tasty treats instead of the most nutritious foods. Playing on your puppy mommy guilt perhaps? Luckily with pawTree dog food, you can give them the nutrition they need, the quality they deserve with the taste they love. Try it under the safety of our 90 day money back guarantee.

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About the Author

Kristi Diaz MD

Kristi is a retired anesthesiologist who loves helping people feel good about how they take care of their fur babies.


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