What Breed, Age, & Life Stage Are We Dealing With Here?Some breeds are slim? Some breeds are big-boned. All breeds have genetic tendencies that dictate how fast their metabolism is. A teacup poodle could eat just as much as a dog two times its size. It just depends on genetics, lifestyle, and metabolism. Age and life cycle can also play a role. Possible Solutions? There’s pretty much one solution. Get to know the serving size that’s best for the breed in question and feed responsibly. If our pup is on the skinny side and just doesn’t seem motivated by food, try a few other solutions. Try more exercise to kick that metabolism into high gear. Or try a different food altogether, to see if it’s really a picky eater issue. It could be that a food better matched to their biological need for different nutrients at different ages and life stages will be more helpful.
Could It Be An Exercise Issue?One of the biggest challenges many dog guardians face is helping their pup get enough exercise. It’s important for their senses, their mental and emotional health on top of their physical health, and it stimulates proper digestion. A dog who won't eat may just need to burn more calories in order to feel hungry. Possible Solutions? A dog’s digestion is tied to their olfactory sense - their sense of smell. Let them stop and smell the roses, so to speak. If walks or runs are usually brisk and uninterrupted, take some time to slow down and let our dog sniff around. It can boost digestion. If exercise is rare, get out there! There are a million great reasons to exercise together. Digestive health is a pretty big one.
Maybe This Pup Is Just Be A Picky Eater?Sometimes a dog who won't eat is just a picky eater. Maybe they prefer homemade food to commercial dog food? Can we blame them? Commercial dog food contains additives, preservatives, flavors, and fillers that alter the way the food tastes, how satisfying it is, and whether a dog will feel full. For more information about reading dog food labels and understanding what it means to feed our pups commercial dog food that contain fillers and other additives, take a look at these helpful resources:
- Pet Food Labels: Terms You Need To Know (Part One)
- Pet Food Labels: A Guide For Informed Dog Guardians (Part Two)
- Pet Food Labels: Guide For Informed Dog Guardians (Part Three)