The majority of dogs don’t get bored of their food. Whilst humans have around 9000 taste buds, dogs only have about 1700 – meaning they’re just not interested in a variety of food in the same way we are.
When dogs aren’t eating their kibble, it’s usually attention-seeking, tiredness or just them looking for something better, so it’s important to work out whether they’re genuinely bored of their food, or just being fussy.
Make sure you’re not giving into puppy-dog eyes between mealtimes. If your dog doesn’t finish their food, try taking it away after 20 minutes and avoid giving any treats or titbits until their next meal. You’ll probably find your dog wolfs the next meal down. If they’re still not tucking in after a day or so, there are some other tips you can try.
Try to avoid top ups
We know it’s worrying when your dog’s not eating, and it can be tempting to give them a bite of your chicken dinner or some treats. But try to resist! Some pups are super smart and have learnt if they hold out just a little longer… They’ll get something something extra special.
Puzzle or interactive feeders
Puzzle feeders and interactive feeders (like snuffle mats) can add some fun to mealtimes. They’re great for mental stimulation – and receiving praise when they’ve finished the puzzle is irresistible for any dog.
Add something new
If your dog won’t finish their kibble on its own, try adding vegetables, low-salt gravy or even some wet food. These all add new textures and flavours that will entice your dog back to their bowland get them excited again.