Your first step is also the most important, and that would be to figure out the issue. It could be anything from a sick fur baby, anxiety from a change in their environment (like moving, new pet, or like my case the owners are away), or maybe they are just picky. They also may just not be vibin’ food that day so give it a day before you get concerned, humans have those days and the same goes for dogs.
It’s up to you to judge whether it’s something the vet needs to handle or if it’s up to you to solve the issue. If you even a little concerned, call your vet.
If they are picky…
· Naturally your first thought would be to simply change their food. Dry food, wet food, different brands, try em’ all. Or maybe you have some sort of strange attachment to their food, or you don’t want to throw in the towel right away, or you think it’s just a phase, maybe you even just like a good challenge. I don’t know your life man. I’m just here to help, so let the other options commence…
· Add a little bit of warm water they may not be a fan of the texture and the water will soften it. Just make sure it’s just their distaste of the texture and you don’t have a dental problem on your hands. Personally I think the watered down dry food looks like gnarly yacked up dog food. But hey, dogs are weird; they lick their butts so I guess they may not have a problem with it…
· Change their bowl. They may have some sort of vendetta against their current bowl, or maybe the plastic isn’t luxurious enough for their glamorous lifestyle. Try a different plastic, or glass, or maybe a champagne glass if they are next level bratty *sarcasm*, anything you can think of.
· Make feeding time a game. Play hide and seek with the bowl, toss them the kibble not 500 kibble pick up style but rather throw a couple at a time and see if that sparks their interest (that’s how I got the pup I’m sitting to eat), they even have puzzle dog bowls which are also good if your dog has the opposite problem and eats too fast.
· Mix in a spoonful of wet dog food. Warning: Once this is introduced it may be hard to get them to eat food with out it.
· No more table scraps. After they taste the forbidden fruit they may not want their basic kibble anymore.
· Try feeding them in different locations. Maybe they want dinner and a view, or maybe they want to eat where you eat. Try it all till you find the sweet spot.
· Give them company. Whether it be with you or a fellow K-9, sometimes they just prefer dinner for two.
· Feed them after exercise. Make them work up an appetite with some fetch, or a walk etc.
· Mix in a little bit of fish oil. Bonus: it’ll make their glorious locks shinier.
· Try different times of the day.
· Less treats during the day. They may just be full from all those daytime snicky snacks.
· Peaceful feeding time. Screaming children or a loud TV may be distracting them from dinnertime.
If your pup has anxiety…
· Truly the only thing you can do different is give them extra love and attention. It’ll tell them these new surroundings are okay.
· Give some of the “picky eater tips” above a go. Particularly the “give them company tip”.
· Don’t fret, it’s just temporary. In the case of anxiety there’s not too much you can do other than try to help where you can and wait it out till they adjust to the new environment.