How to Feed a Picky Eater

October 21, 2019

Heed these takeaways:

  • Giving your pup too many treats or table scraps can turn her into a picky eater.
  • Low-quality pet foods may not be as palatable to your pup. 
  • Make sure your pet’s picky eating habits aren’t the result of an underlying health problem.
  • Heed’s high-quality blends are tested to ensure palatability and we include freeze-dried toppers to add variety.

Some dogs see mealtime as one of the highlights of their day. Put a bowl of kibble in front of them and they’ll have wolfed it down before you even have time to say “dinner is served”.

But not all dogs are this passionate about food. Some pups are much more finicky about what they eat and will turn their nose up at just about anything you put in front of them. 

Sure, they might pick at their dinner and nibble on a morsel or two from time to time, but they also leave you in no doubt about the fact that what you’ve dished up is not up to scratch.

So, what can you do to help your fussy eater pet get all the nutrients he or she needs? Let’s take a closer look.


Why is Fido so Fussy? 

Why is my dog such a picky eater? Why isn’t she happy with the food I give her?

If you’re asking yourself these questions, you might be surprised to learn that the problem probably isn’t your dog – it’s you.

The most common cause of fussy eating is that the dog knows they can hold out for something better. If you’re always sneaking your pup table scraps, or letting her fill her belly with tasty treats throughout the day, why would she want to eat a healthy, nutritious meal instead? 

Just like kids who would rather eat candy all day long than fill up on fruit and vegetables, dogs don’t care whether what they eat is nutritious or not. As a pet parent, it’s up to you to make sure your pup eats well and doesn’t fill up on unhealthy snacks.

Another reason pups can be picky eaters is if they’re fed a low-quality food. Cheaper pet foods simply may not be as palatable to your pup, so don’t be surprised if your dog simply sniffs the bowl in front of her and then just walks away.

A third potential cause of picky eating is giving your pet too much variety. For many dogs, there's no such thing as too much variety — in fact, it helps keep mealtimes fun and interesting. However, for those dogs predisposed to being picky, offering too much choice can actually cause them to become more selective about what they eat.

Of course, there is also always the risk that your dog’s fussy eating could be a sign of an underlying health problem, so make sure you get any sudden loss in appetite checked out by your vet.

 

How to Feed a Picky Pup

If you’ve got a fussy eater on your hands, there are a few simple steps you can take to make sure your pup eats right.

The first thing you can do is cut back on the treats. While they’re OK in moderation, treats contribute to your pup’s daily calorie count and you don’t want them to have too much of a good thing.

Next, avoid giving your pet table scraps. Not only are they fatty and a contributing factor in obesity, but they can also lead to serious health problems like pancreatitis.

Finally, if your dog is very finicky about what she eats, find what she likes and stick to it. 

That’s why even picky eaters love Heed. We’re committed to creating premium pet food that is not just packed with essential nutrients, but that tastes great too. Using fresh meat as the main ingredient and adding ingredients such as chicken liver and freeze-dried toppers was intentional to deliver the taste and texture your pup loves.

We believe that our pups deserve nothing but the best, and if they’re always licking the bowl clean after every meal – well, we must be onto a good thing.