My Dog Refuses to Eat His Own Food

Do you have a dog that refuses to eat his own food? Well this might help.

When the festive season was around the corner, I bake quite a lot of cookies. As we all know cookies are sweet and delectable. Even for a normal human being like us, we’ll eat these cookies without thinking. All we all know and want at that time is to taste the sweet stuff in our mouth right?

Well, I did something even more stupid! I feed my 4 years old golden retriever these cookies. Being a dog who takes food as his number one priority he will just gulp down whatever consumable stuff he can find. Once, he even gulps down pieces of bread that I have left on rat glue. Thank god he didn’t fell sick after that.

What’s the aftermath of feeding your dog human cookies? He refuses to eat his own dog food kibbles. My god it was hell man! I have to coax him plenty of time. Sometimes he’ll just refuse to eat at all. I bet some of you have undergone the same situation like I had. What’s your solution?

Here’s the continuation: How I Make My Dog Love His Own Food Again.

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  1. My family spoils my 1yr old Maltese poodle, i try not to feed her human food so that she will eat her dog food, but when I am not home they feed her whatever she wants, n when I am home they sneak it to her, now she refuses to eat her dog food at all, I even tried mixing it with human food but she just picks what she likes out and leave the dog food behind (creating a big mess for me). Its been almost a week now (the longest she has ever gone) since she last ate dog food, and I am worried that she is going to get sick, what can I do??

  2. Shev, I I hear ya. I don’t feed my dog human food but he is a shelter dog so I have no idea what his life was like before. I know he’s perfectly healthy but he’s just being really finicky about his food. He used to eat it fine, but now he only eat half his breakfast and half of his dinner. I feed him Puppy Blue Buffalo, but I was going to switch him to an adult food.However, I still have lot’s left from the nearly thirty pound bag of food. I don’t know what to do. Should I just wait him out or what? I did what you did except I didn’t use human food I used some bil-jac and mixed with his Blue Buffalo. He, like your Maltese, would only eat the bil-jac pieces.

    I don’t want to feed him Bil-Jac though because I know it’s a low quality dog food. I’m going to soon be out of ideas.

  3. I’m not sure what to do, I’ve been mixing cheese with her food n she seems to be eating it and gaining a little weight, but m not sure how healthy that is though.

  4. I have this 7months chow, that has a skin problem, and I think she is just too choosy with her food. and this is already a month, I gave her canned food, very good quality canned food and mixed it with the kibbles. and he refuse to eat the same thing after 2 time. and I change the canned food to other taste. after 2 time eat, she refuse to eat the same thing again.

    CAN YOU IMAGINE IT?? i just want to slap her. I even mixed her food with chicken broth, she just smell it and leave it.

    I used to cry before, and I scared she will get sick. I live in a country where a vet is just a title. none of them know what happen with the dog..

  5. Dogs won’t starve themselves unless they are sick, in which case you should take them to the vet. Instead, stop feeding them human food/treats and only put out dry dog food (give them 2 opportunities to eat each day. Only leave the bowl out 30 min. each time). After about 3 days they will start to eat. However, you can’t feel sorry for them and feed them treats during those 3 days or they won’t start eating their own food. Dogs are smart. They learn from their owners that if they reject their own food, a few minutes later they will get something better, a “treat,” from their owner. You have to break that cycle and train them that if they reject their own food, they get nothing and will only get a treat AFTER they eat their own food.

  6. Sounds like your dog is just getting older. Puppies should eat 2-3x per day. However, around 7-8 months dogs stop wanting a 2nd meal and eat less (my puppy went from eating 4 cups/per day to eating 2 1/2/per day around this time). Since he is only eating 1/2 at breakfast and 1/2 at dinner, why not just give him one meal? That way there is longer between meals and he may be more inclined to eat since he is hungry.

  7. Sorry, forgot to post that the above message is in response to Shev.

  8. Stuff it down her throat!

  9. Try a new food. Check out the info on line to choose a high quality dog food. Keep trying new foods until you find one that your dog will eat. If his health declines, get him to a vet right away.

  10. I have a yellow lab puppy and she is just about 8months. For the past two or so weeks, she isn’t interested in her food. I started to get worried so put some parm. cheese, (very little) I did it really for the smell, hoping it would spark her interest. She still only eats half or so. I keep thinking it’s to soon to switch her to once a day. Suggestions? I really don’t want to switch her food. It’s what the breeder had her on and it’s what she’s always ate. It is so frustrating!!!

  11. I have a 2year old month male schnoodle, I started making him chicken and carrots and pea dinners about a year ago. When I took him for his 2 year old check up he was 2 pounds overweight.
    The vet said he is to eat nothing but a good dry food. That human food did not have enough vitamins for dogs. That it really is just not good for him. I really do believe this dog will starve to death before he will eat dry food. Any suggestions?

  12. I have a 1 year old German Shepherd and my dad has a 2 year old lab. Around meal time they used to sit by the door where the food is kept, now the lab doesn’t even seem interested in food. I feed them the pro pac earthborn holistic “premium” kibble that cost me $45 for a big bag.
    I switch between the grain-free, ocean diet, and chicken to keep them interested. I can only speak for myself but I only feed them raw carrots, lettuce, celery, etc. as people food. Even splash a lil bacon grease on the foods and they loved it…. for a while. I buy both dogs’ foods so I would hate to have to buy them each different food. I got nothing…

  13. I’m sorry Shev but I’m pretty sure dairy products and things with lactose upsets a dog’s stomach. A vet told me that they can’t digest lactose like we do. So cheese isn’t the best solution.. But I have the same problem as you, my mom feels her human food behind my back.. I want her on a strict dog food diet where she regularly eats. But early this morning, she vomited some yellow liquid and I learned that that happens when a dog doesn’t have food in it’s stomach for that acid to digest. My mom says she only feeds her twice a day (when I’m gone). One big meal for lunch and one big meal for dinner. Now I’m gonna keep a better watch over the dog but I realized that she will avoid her food as much as she can.. I need help.

  14. well i have a jack Russel terrier mixed with a chihuahua and we started giving him dry food. but my mom wanted to try canned food for him and so we did but now he wont eat both. and so we started giving him some human food we thought that would help him but now hes not eating anything. he barley wants to eat now and im really really scared!! we would mix the dry food and canned but he still dosent eat it. i know were not suppose to give them treats but we would give him jerky bcuz he wouldnt eat but he wouldnt eat that either. now im not sure what to do plz plz help me im really scared …….. how do i start getting him to eat dry dog food??? i hope someone answers my question.. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE :(

  15. I have a 2.5 yr old GSP who was a rescue dog. We rescued her about a year ago and she was tested negative for heartworms. When retested this year, she was positive for heartworms (despite being on preventative treatment since we rescued her) and 3 forms of lyme disease. She was given antibiotics for the lyme disease and only 1 round of treatment for the heartworm due to high liver labs; she will go back in a month for the 2nd treatment. Since the day she started the antibiotics, she refuses to eat her dry dog food. I don’t think it is due to the antibiotics being harsh on her because they weren’t affecting her system yet on that first day and she still refused to eat. She will eat table food and my dilema is what to feed her. Do I give her table food just so she will eat during the 2 months of treatment for heartworms or do I just put her dry food down and wait for her to starve before she will eat it? Also, the antibiotic is supposed to be given on a full stomach. Please advise; we are treating her at the Humane Society so we are given minimal information.

  16. Sammie u need to get ur dog to a vet :S

  17. My Chihuaha has gained about 7# too much weight (very unhealthy for this breed). We fed her people food after she ate poison when she was very tiny and were told to give her high fat food to help her get through it. Now, I\’ve been unable to to wein her from it. For 2.5 days now she\’s refused to eat and my husband is threatening me if she dies from not eating, although she looks and behaves quite the same since her chosen fasting; except trying to get me to concede to her food demands. I\’ve read other comments about how long it takes to bread them to eat dog food, but I\’m getting nervous. Any calming suggestions?

  18. Hi Sammie

    I too have a Jack Russell Terrier. She is 7 months old. I have about three days where she gulps her food and then three when she turns up her nose at it. I find when she realises, hang on, I\’m not getting anything else until I eat my own food, she eats it. I know it\’s upsetting and you worry about her not eating but it is totally normal, especially the Jack Russells. They are very intelligent and fussy. I have asked the vet and he said that if she only gets her food, she can go for about three days without eating. If she still refuses to eat after three days of getting nothing else, then you may have a problem. The vet said that switching from pellets to wet tinned food is also not good – I did that and it blocked her anal glands and getting them clean was really NOT a pleasant experience. Mine tends to favour the dry food over the wet.

    I hope this helps – Russells are a bread of their own :)

  19. Hi Sammie

    I too have a Jack Russell Terrier. She is 7 months old. I have about three days where she gulps her food and then three when she turns up her nose at it. I find when she realises, hang on, I\\\’m not getting anything else until I eat my own food, she eats it. I know it\\\’s upsetting and you worry about her not eating but it is totally normal, especially the Jack Russells. They are very intelligent and fussy. I have asked the vet and he said that if she only gets her food, she can go for about three days without eating. If she still refuses to eat after three days of getting nothing else, then you may have a problem. The vet said that switching from pellets to wet tinned food is also not good – I did that and it blocked her anal glands and getting them clean was really NOT a pleasant experience. Mine tends to favour the dry food over the wet.

    I hope this helps – Russells are a bread of their own :)

  20. under no circumstances feed dogs human food unless its vegies! I just spend $2,000 because my poor older dog developed an infection in his digestive tract. I was informed by the hospital that when dogs get into human food its too much for their little bodies to handle the various proteins, carbs etc So when the poor guy got into something that caused him to get get sick it was like the straw that broke the camels back. He developed a system-wide infection. He %100 better now but it took 3 months of reevaluating everything that goes in his mouth. Bottom line the commercial food we had been feeding him was slowly killing him. Nutro, Purina, Science Diet…all those are packed with corn meal which is BAD for dogs. They are also made with rancid meat not fit for human consumption. They actually have to coat the stuff to make it more appealing to dogs. But some dogs can smell right through it and that’s what happened with our other dog. Once we switched to grain-free food she ate with no problem and they are both MUCH MUCH more healthy now only after a month. The food we buy is called taste of the wild.

  21. Go to your pet store, and ask for canned Tripe. It smells awful, but most dogs seem to go for it. When our poodle/terrier ignores her food, I stir some tripe into it, and that usually does the trick – not always, but most of the time.

  22. My dog was only eat his dry food if I put a spoonful of his wet food in with it. He started turning his nose up at that. I put some hot dog in it and he would eat it. I didn’t like giving him table food so I looked for a different answer. I decided to try something I saw on another website. Did my usual heating up the dog food with some spoonfuls of hot water. Did enough this time to make a good gravy. Sat in front of him and had him eat some of it off the floor, then my hand. Once he tasted it he realized it was actually yummy and he got up and started eating it out of his bowl. He gets one dog biscuit once he finishes his food. Some months ago I weened him off of the junk dog food Kibbles n bits and got him on some good dog food. He liked the cheap stuff better than the expensive but I am looking out for him. He is all about the smell of food. He is a big spoiled Rottie! But I love him!

  23. I have an 8 1/2 yr old Pug. He has refused to eat his dry dogfood for the last week & a 1/2. We feed Mr. Pugs IAMS for overweight dogs (he weighs about 34lbs). I try to not give him table scraps but having 2 young toddlers he gets more than he should. I have thought about switching his food but not sure what to give him. I tried adding warm water to his food and he took a bite but that was it.

    HELP!!!!!!

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