by Mia Montagliani November 09, 2016

Often dogs can get quite picky about their food, some dogs will test you out by refusing to eat until they get what they really want.

Consult a veterinarian if you are concerned that your dog is being overly fussy, as there might be an underlying health issue. Once illness or disease is ruled out as a possible cause, then try any of these four tips:

  1. Apple cider vinegar – a small amount a day mixed in with some moist food will encourage your dog to eat. A teaspoon a day should be enough for 40 pound (18 kilogram) dogs, or a little less for smaller dogs.
  2. Crush freeze dried beef liver and sprinkle over your dog’s food. This is also a good source of protein.
  3. Leave your dog’s bowl out for ten minutes at feeding time. After ten minutes, remove the bowl even if your dog did not eat. Then do the same at the next scheduled feeding time. Do not allow your dog to have access to any food in between mealtimes. Most dogs will quickly get the gist and eat their food within the ten minute time limit lest they miss out! This may seem like a heart-wrenching thing to do for any loving dog owner, but dogs are amazingly adaptable and – if there are no pre-existing health issues – will not suffer from having missed just one meal. (In my experience, that’s all it takes!)
  4. Instead of feeding your dog from a bowl, use their meal as training treats. All you need to do is separate their meal into smaller portions and give each portion as a reward for obedience. Your dog will come to associate reward with food as well and you are giving her a reason to eat.



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