It’s something we get asked a lot at tails.com, but the truth is most dogs don’t get bored of their food. Although we humans have around 9000 tastebuds, dogs only have about 1700! They’re not interested in food in the same way we are, and they don’t like salty or bitter foods like we do.
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It’s important to remember that our pups have us wrapped around their paws. Lots of the time, we could be mistaking hunger for something else – often, it’s just attention they want! Make sure you’re not giving in to puppy-dog eyes and avoid treating between mealtimes, especially if they haven’t finished their food. Instead, playtime and cuddles can give your pup the attention they’re looking for without needing to use food.
You could also try making dinners more interactive with puzzle feeders – not only does it add something new to mealtimes, but it’s great for mental stimulation and encouraging pups to eat. We’ve got a great blog with some more advice here.
Now, before you post a comment below, we know some dogs can be fusspots who might turn their nose up or need some variety in their food. Every dog is unique, after all! So what do you do if your dog is bored of their food?
- Try adding in a little bit of wet food
- Mix in some low-sodium gravy or diluted stock
- Mash in some steamed vegetables
These will all add some new flavours and textures that your pup will hopefully enjoy. And if that doesn’t work, you could try making a change to their kibble. We’ve got some tips on how to do this here, but as a general rule, a gradual transition over 5-7 days is the best way to avoid any tummy upsets.
If you’re struggling to find something that works, why not try tailored nutrition with your dog? Our tasty unique recipes might be just the trick, and we’ve even got a range of delicious slow-cooked wet food ready to complement the kibble. Sign up now at tails.com!