Puppies have different dietary requirements than adult dogs. They can also vary based on size, breed, activity, environment, and metabolism. This leaves a lot to think about and consider. Check out our blog article about Your Puppy’s Diet to let more about the considerations you should make when feeding your puppy.
Puppies will often dig into their food the moment their bowl touches the floor. However, there are some puppies that tend to be more finicky when it comes to their eating. This can often be the case after big changes to the puppy’s routine or things that cause them to be nervous. The most important thing when feeding a picky or finicky puppy is to keep to their routine.
Keep to a Schedule
Having this schedule and routine will be beneficial in helping you to monitor your puppy’s health. If your puppy is normally eager when you feed them, but suddenly they have a change in their appetite, you will have a telltale sign that your puppy may not be feeling well. Watch your puppy over the next few meals and if this behavior continues, you should consult with your veterinarian.
Set a Time Limit
Another step in setting your routine is to set a time limit on meal times. Often ten to twenty minutes or so is plenty of time for a puppy to have their meal. You can figure out when your puppy is done as they will lose interest and walk away from their food. Once the puppy is done, pick up what is left and feed them again at their next mealtime. Removing the food will teach your puppy that it should eat when food is offered. This helps to build a routine and in time, your puppy will know when it is time for its meal.
One of the often-overlooked reasons for having your puppy on a schedule for feeding is it can provide you with helping to manage their potty behaviors. Pooping on a schedule is a lot easier to manage than guessing. Also, leaving food out all the time can attract mice, bugs, and other unwanted pests.
Establishing and maintaining a proper schedule and routine for your puppy is not only important for them, but it is also beneficial for you. Remember as a rule of thumb that if your puppy has a decreased appetite and you have not changed its routine or schedule at all, you should consult a veterinarian.