Hungry dog

Some dogs will just wolf down whatever food you put in front of them. In cases where the dog eats too quickly, I recommend slow feed bowls. They come in plastic and metal and often look like a maze. It forces a dog to eat slower. 

But then you get just the opposite – dogs that are very picky and don’t eat what they need to or are just grazers and disinterested even when you give them the best quality foods. 

If you have your heart set on a particular kind of food, especially if it is a dry dog food, you might need to consider some kind of a “topper” for these picky eaters. The additions can be wet or dry, depending on your needs as well as the dog’s dietary requirements. For now, let’s address the dry offerings.

Dry toppers are really easy to use and don’t require refrigeration or too much preparation and can be varied. Others may require some work. Budgetary concerns are also a factor. 

I have personal favorites in the freeze-dried category. I use Instinct Raw Boost freeze-dried mixers that come in a variety of flavors: beef, chicken, lamb. They look like dog treats and can be used that way as well, but I crumble just a few of them by hand and sprinkle on top of the food. I usually give my dogs one whole chunk and then let them see me sprinkle the rest on their food. I like to vary the flavors.

These are easy to use and not messy. A bag can be pricy, but if used this way it lasts a long time. 

I also like freeze-dried beef or chicken liver made by Stewart. It comes in a tub and really lasts a long time for the price. These I grind in a food processor or small grinder a few at a time, then store the entire ground product in a container. 

This does not need refrigeration. I store it in a sealed container. Because I grind it until it is like a powder, I take some from the container and put that in a small spice jar with holes on top. I can then can just sprinkle some on top of the food. This is very cost effective.

You can also buy freeze-dried raw patties by Stella & Chewy and break these up to put on top when you want pieces that are bigger. This is probably a more expensive route, but a very good quality item.

Dr. Marty Nature’s Blend is pricy and a freeze-dried raw blend of high quality organ meats and veggies. I also grind this or crumble on top of food. The dogs love this. It can be addictive as well as very healthy. It can be used as a food as well soaked in warm water. You can find this on the internet.

Good luck, and I hope these suggestions will help with your picky eaters.

Abby Bird is owner of Alphadog Training Academy.