Puppy Chow

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I have had many people ask me, “Why won’t my dog eat his food?” That is a great question! There are many reasons why your pup may not be chowing down.

I recently read an article that gave some great advice. Be sure first and foremost that your pet is in good health – don’t just assume your dog is a picky eater. Be sure to check with your veterinarian and have a physical performed to ensure there isn’t an underlying problem, such as loose teeth or sores in the mouth.

If your dog is in good health, there may be another reason he isn’t interested in his food. For example, are you feeding your dog table scraps? If so, you could be causing the problem by getting your dog so used to human food that the dog food just isn’t going to cut it! Remember, it is not a good idea to feed your dog human food; some human food can make dogs sick or worse.

If you have found that your dog truly just doesn’t like his food, you can change it, but it must be a gradual change. Introduce the new food slowly along with the old food until you have completely switched over to the new food. I personally have taken a couple of weeks to switch food over for my pup.

Don’t forget – you are in charge! You can put the food bowl down and pick it up in an allotted amount of time. That way your pupper will start to learn that if he doesn’t eat it, it is going away after your set time.

I know picking a new dog food can be challenging. I spent weeks researching for nutritional value, age, cost, breed and size and I was shocked at how many options were out there. Your veterinarian can help you with this decision if you have any questions or doubts at all about what might be best for your dog.

On another note, I was struggling to get the pet hair off my car seats. I tried everything sold for this and nothing worked! Then, one day my friend said, “Oh just use rubber dish gloves.” I was thinking, “Seriously? After all of the money I’ve spent?” Well, she was so right. I wished I had asked her long ago. If you didn’t already know it, I wanted to share, because those have worked great for me.

Happy summer!


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Jill Bailey

Jill Bailey is the Media Specialist at M3 Group by day, by night she is helping train dogs for Canine Coaches! Having a life-long love of dogs, Jill decided to get her training certification in 2012. Visit caninecoaches.com for more information.

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