So Your Puppy Won’t Eat?

It can be frustrating and worrying when your lovely little puppy won’t eat. Here is a common sense approach to the problem, from a dog breeder of many year’s standing.

It’s important we all eat enough food so we can function properly, right? But what do you do when your cute as a button little puppy just won’t eat up his tea? You want him to grow up to be a healthy dog, but the little love won’t eat! Don’t pull out your hair, don’t yell and scream. Take a big breath and repeat to yourself – “Healthy puppies don”t starve themselves to death!’

That’s right, now repeat it ten more times. “Healthy puppies don”t starve themselves to death!’
One thing you don’t do, ever, is to keep offering ever yummier treats to entice your little one to eat. It’s the same as with children (human ones). You have to harden your heart, and stick to your guns and any other mixed metaphor you can think of.

Puppies are like children in so many ways. When I was a kid, quite a few moons ago, if I didn’t eat my brussell sprouts, I didn’t get any ice cream. So if I wanted ice cream, I knew I had to eat those icky brussel sprouts. It’s the same sort of thing with dogs – if you keep offering nicer things, the dog might learn to hold off on eating until you offer, say, fillet steak. And as soon as that happens, you’ve made a rod for your own back. Your dog will carry on like you’re starving it if you only offer kibble, not steak.

If you stick to offering only what you want to continue feeding your dog, whether that’s super premium kibble, or mid-range food, plus extras, or a varied diet of your own composition, then it will all come good in a day or so. It won’t kill your puppy if it turns its nose up at kibble for tea, then kibble for breakfast. I can guarantee, if your little guy is healthy, the next meal will disappear in a flash.

If you’re not sure whether your puppy is well, then take it to the vet. Sick puppies are about the saddest thing there is in the entire world, in my opinion. Puppies should only be sad if you’ve just told them off for chewing on the power cord! I know this personally. Missy can be a naughty little girl sometimes.

So, if you love your dog, feed it right. Those so-called fussy eaters are often little butter balls headed for an early death because their loving owners have been conned by their precious pooch. Tough love is the way to go on this issue – feed them well, and stick to your guns if puppy says no. Always remember, you are the boss!

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  1. This is a good couple paragraphs but this doesnt really tell me what to do if your puppy stops eating! Hope you fix all the mistakes you made!

    love,
    Madeline

  2. If your puppy stops eating, consider whether the pup may have eaten something else and just isn’t hungry. The age of the pup is important too, older puppies slow down in their growth rate and need less food.

    Check your puppy – does it seem perky and healthy, and well covered in flesh? If it does, continue offering it’s usual food at the usual time. If the puppy seems unwell though, a trip to the vet would be a good idea.

    I have seen so many fat dogs that learnt to be fussy eaters as puppies. I feel so sad for them and their owners, because, like people, fat is not healthy.

    My dogs know that if they don’t eat their tea with I put it out, it will disappear in a while – if they don’t eat their food withing ten minutes, they have to wait until the next day for food. I won’t tolerate fussy dogs. It was a harder job to train my son in the same way, but dogs and son all know now to finish their tea, or they’ll miss out.

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