Over the years, I’ve given a lot of thought to the subject of the best food for fussy dogs. I’ve never had one myself, but I can imagine it must be awfully frustrating to have a dog who is picky with its food.
But why are some dogs fussy and what can be done about it? Are fussy dogs the result of nature or nuture? And what if there was a simple way to turn a fussy eater into a dog food diva who would eat and enjoy anything and everything placed in front of it? Read on for the answers to all those questions and more.
Nature or nuture?
As a child growing up in post-war Britain, there was no such thing as a fussy eater. Either human or canine. We all ate what we were given and were exceptionally grateful for it.
I was actually one of the lucky ones. I still marvel at how my hard-working parents managed to feed six growing children so extraordinarily well given the straitened times in which we all lived. There may have been rationing everywhere else in the country, but there was certainly no shortage of food in our house let me tell you!
That said, my father in particular had no truck with fussiness. Whether it was fatty meat and Brussels sprouts for dinner or jelly and ice cream for tea, you ate what you were given. Every last mouthful of it. And if you refused to eat it, well you sat there until either you had a change of heart or you could encourage one of the dogs into the dining room to help you out with some of the more gristly bits of meat.
As a result of my mother’s brilliance in the kitchen and my father’s unwillingness to stomach fussiness when so many others were going hungry, I entered adulthood as someone willing to eat and enjoy whatever happens to be placed in front of me at the time. I’m not saying I enjoy gristly meat now any more than I did then. But I would certainly eat even overcooked and soggy Brussels sprouts for breakfast, dinner and tea if given the chance!
It could have been so different. But for our father’s strictness, chances are all six of us could have turned out like so many young people today. And I know a few of them. Unwilling to eat anything green or yellow and only capable of eating something red if it happens to be tomato sauce!
Have you created a fussy eater?
To a certain extent then, I believe it is possible to create a dog who is a fussy eater. I’m not saying people set out to create such a situation, but it is theoretically possible.
That said, it’s one thing to create a fussy eater by letting your dog eat its meat and leave it’s vegetables if you home cook for it. Or leave its biscuit and fill itself up with unhealthy treats instead. But it’s another thing entirely labelling a dog a fussy eater when all you’re offering it for its sustenance is dried dog biscuit. Kibble. Goodness me, even I could have ended up a fussy eater if my wonderful parents had been so ignorant of the basic tenets of good nutrition!
The question is, is such a dog a fussy eater, or is he or she trying to tell you something? Trying to tell you that the food you are expecting it to eat is not proper food at all. (Something canine nutritionists like myself have known for years).
Because in a way, if you feed your dog kibble and it turns up its cold wet nose at it, you are creating a fussy eater. Trust me, no dog is a fussy eater out of choice. Dogs are programmed to eat. It’s one of the things they enjoy the most and do the best. “I eat, therefore I am” is the mantra of every dog I know. But kibble? Come on. Would you eat it, because I know I wouldn’t!
Food for fussy dogs
If your dog is a fussy eater and you’re looking for food for fussy dogs, you’ve come to the right place. As a canine nutritionist, I promote the benefits of a fresh food diet. Home cooked or raw, fresh food has been scientifically proven to be the healthiest way to feed man’s best friend.
I would be more than happy to create a fresh food diet that would tickle the taste buds of your dog. Book a consultation and we’ll work together to devise a diet your constant canine companion will eat and enjoy.
Or download my guide above. Whichever you choose, food is a major pleasure for your dog just as it is for you and I. Help your dog get more out of life. Feed it food it will eat and enjoy. Proper food for fussy dogs!