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Feeding Tips for Canine Picky Eaters

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Does your pooch not eat their food, but beg for yours? Try only feeding your pet dog food set on their pet place mats.

If you have a dog who is a picky eater, you may be concerned when you notice they are on a hunger strike. However, keeping a routine of when you set food on their pet place mats can help your dog learn. Here are some tips to help you get your dog to eat again.

Practice Controlled Feeding

One of the most important things to do is practice controlled feeding for your dog. Controlled feeding is where you place the exact amount of food that your dog needs for the day on your pet place mats for them to eat. This can help teach them to eat what they are given, as well as prevent canine obesity from overeating. Once your dog learns the routine and that they won’t be given anything else, they should begin to eat again. If they still aren’t eating, it may be a sign of a larger issue that may need veterinary care to address.

Don’t Leave Food Out on Pet Place Mats

It can be tempting to leave food out on your pet place mats if your dog isn’t eating. However, that could break their routine and encourage picky behavior. Set food on pet place mats for thirty minutes during feeding time and then take the food away. Continue this until they understand the schedule. This can also help prevent boredom eating, which could lead to weight problems for your dog.

Reduce the Number of Treats and Table Scraps They Receive

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, don’t overfeed your dog with treats and table scraps. This can lead to them holding out for better food when it comes time to eat their normal dog food. Additionally, tables scraps don’t meet your dog’s nutritional needs. Therefore, try to skip the extras and focus solely on their daily dog food for the best results. This will help establish a consistent feeding routine for your pet.

At Curtis Wagner Plastics, we are a leading manufacturer of pet place mats, cork plant mats, clear plant saucers, and more. Our teams are constantly developing new innovations to provide the best and most attractive solutions in the industry. As an American company, we are proud to say that all our plastic products are made in the U.S.A. To place an order or learn more about our products, call us today at (713) 937-3784. We look forward to working with you.