My dog won't eat - what can I do?

Min hund vil ikke spise - hvad kan jeg gøre ?

My dog ​​won't eat - what can I do?

My dog ​​won't eat - after reading this, you will have a better understanding of why your dog won't eat as he should and what you can do to help him. In reality, your dog is mostly not "picky". There is often a very logical explanation for why your dog is not eating normally.

There are many opinions and much to tell on this subject. But we have summarized what we have experienced, learned and studied in the text below.

It provides most of the knowledge you may need about your dog and its food.

The quality of the food your pet is fed is VERY important to their health, just as it is for humans. And it is therefore very important that you ensure that it gets some good feed , and you should not skimp on this part, as it can be expensive in vet visits etc. to choose the cheap solution.

It is also important to know that when people talk about their dog not eating, it is often that it is not eating ENOUGH. Very few dogs eat nothing.

If the dog is not eating at all, you should immediately go to a vet.

The problem is often that they get their energy elsewhere. They may get a lot of treats, and maybe it is so "lucky" that it gets a small piece of food at the table when its owners eat. Or a small piece of sausage or a piece of meat, which in itself corresponds to us humans walking around eating sweets and other goodies all day. If we do that, we won't eat so much dinner either, will we? And this is where you also forget that your dog can in reality quickly cover what its stomach thinks it needs - which is not the same as what it NEEDS.

In reality, few people really know how little is needed before your dog has had enough energy, but we can tell you that right here: It doesn't take many meatballs, pieces of cheese or other good things from the table before a dog have got enough energy for daily exercise and play. Therefore, it does not touch its feed. It just needs a few crumbs and then a treat, so there's enough energy to run around and have fun.

However, there are not enough of the healthy vitamins, minerals and fibres, etc. in human food.

Dogs and humans do not have the same needs, and therefore we need different food.

Quality dog ​​food helps dogs to be healthy and fit, and makes them live longer. When feeding quality food, such as Hill's Science Plan , Hill's Prescription Diet , Eukanuba Veterinary diets , Eukanuba , Specific and other well-known brands, your dog does not require as much food until it has had enough energy and vitamins.

You often just have to get used to the small cups/portions that even a large dog has to "make do with". This is precisely why it is actually cheap to buy e.g. Hill's or Specific. It only costs between DKK 8 and DKK 9 per day to feed a medium-sized dog with this quality food, which most vets also recommend.

Back to why your dog is not picky

My dog ​​won't eat - what can I do?

The answer is found in the wild dogs; i.e. dogs that live wild. They eat pretty much anything, even if they have to eat the same thing every day. Wolves and other animals that live in the open do not get a particularly varied diet either. The diet is basically the same every day of the week. They therefore eat what they can find. This means that once the dog has eaten the food for a few days, it "likes" it, and it should therefore not be necessary to change the food any more.
It does not suddenly come up with other thoughts that now it can e.g. dislike Hills Mobility with chicken. Fortunately, a dog's nature is not like that, and you should therefore not have half bags of food sitting in the utility room. It will probably eat up.

So when we talk about "Pickiness in dogs" it is often something the owner has taught the dog over time by bowing down to it. And what then happens is that the dog finds out that it waits long enough, then the "master" comes with cheese meals, meatballs with sauce, sausages and liver pâté.

A small test you can do is to replace the contents of the candy bowl with dog food. Then the dog will most certainly be interested in the content. Remember that this should not be how it gets its food, but then you will see for yourself that it is not the food that is a problem.

The problem is the "dessert" - i.e. that it has become a bad habit to put liver paste on top of the dry food :-)

But what can I do when my dog ​​is "picky"?

Yes, it is initially important to get it out of your head that your dog is picky. It isn't.

The next thing is to completely stop giving it treats or other good things that are not its food.

If the food is always in front, it will often go and snack all day, and for natural reasons will not be terribly hungry when you put food down for it.

It might just want to poke at the feed and move on - it's not because it's not hungry... it's just eaten :-)

The next thing is that you only give the dog its food on the floor for max. 30 min at a time.

This is done 2-3 times a day.

If the dog is an adult, you can be satisfied with feeding 1-2 times per day.

The dog quickly sees that the food will be taken away if it does not eat it now. And it's nice to know that a dog can actually normally survive well over 4 days without food, as long as it has access to fresh water.

Your dog must learn to eat when there is food!

Your dog must learn to eat when there is food!

It is of course best that it eats regularly. And during these "stubborn days" (who succumbs first?), most dogs will learn to eat when the food is there; otherwise there is nothing and you will see your dog jumping on the food when you allow it.

At the same time, giving the dog food at fixed times helps to give greater success when you walk the dog. What you are after is to make the dog believe that it will not get food again. It must not be sure that something else will follow.

And once it feels really hungry, its instincts will probably take over, and you will see a dog eating with gusto. Once it has learned that it must eat when the food is presented, you will be able to start again on a good footing. Not every day or every week, but as something good that comes unknowingly - and you should always give your dog treats that clean his teeth, plus ALWAYS remember your dog's size, and keep remembering that doesn't need a lot of treats before it's like we ourselves ate 1 kg of sweets a day ;-)

Remember: there is a difference between meat bones and treats that clean its teeth - When we say meat bones, it is real meat bones and they are very fattening and you can find lots of treats that clean teeth that do not fatten in the same way and it will feel the same delight in these; they just want to be healthy for its teeth.

Be aware that not all treats are good, and you should therefore ask your pet dealer for some low-fat treats without sugar or too much salt, which you will unfortunately often find in cheaper treats.

Are you in the process of teaching the puppy to be clean?

then we have heard a really good rule of thumb: Do not feed after 5 p.m., and do not give the dog water after 19. or the last walk so it doesn't have to pee again.

In this way, it is easier for the puppy to hold on.

When you wake up, give it water immediately. Dogs and puppies usually have to do "no. 2" approx. 10 seconds after it eats…. "good to know" ;-)

Remember! this is only while you are cleaning your dog, so it is not something you should ALWAYS do. And it is also possible to make your dog clean without it, but this is something that many have success with and if you pay attention to your dog, make sure and it has water for the rest of the days, then this is a way to help your dog to get clean on.

Now you should be ready to teach your dog to eat properly, and you will certainly be happy with the result after your work.

Visit our healthy dog ​​food categories:

  • Eukanuba
  • Specific
  • Hill's Ideal balance
  • Hill's Prescription Diet
  • Hill's Science plan
  • Eukanuba Veterinary diets

  • Yours sincerely

    Jacob N. Masters | Osmedkæ

    Dog food and Diet food from Specific Dog food from Hill's Science Plan Diet food and dog food from Hill's Prescription Diet Dog food from Carnilove Diet and dog food from Eukanuba Veterinary diets

    2 thoughts on “My dog won't eat - what can I do?


    Hej, tak for din kommentar. Dette kommer fra mange års erfaringer, som dyrehandler, uddannet dyrepasser, kursus, vores uddannede hundetræner, samt i samråd med dyrlæger.

    Man skal også huske på, når man læser denne artikel, at dette handler om at få ens hund til at spise den rigtige sunde foder og er derfor ikke en fast kostplan = det er kun mens man skal lærer sin hund at spise rigtigt igen. Som ikke burde tage mange dage, hvis man gør det rigtigt.

    Og den virker, den vil få ens hund til at spise rigtigt og sundt, hvis altså ikke den er syg eller der er andet galt :-)

    Jeg er sikker på, at du vil din hund det bedste og det er muligt du kan styre det, men jeg er uenig i din påstand om at “menneskemad” er godt for ens hund.. Der er så mange ting der taler imod det, som de mange overvægtige hunde vi møder i vores dagligdag, ernæring i menneske mad kommer ikke tæt på hvad en hund skal bruge, der er ofte alt for meget energi, salt, fedt m.m. i vores mad. Der er også rigtig mange som kan ryge cigaretter hele livet uden der sker noget – men mange kan altså ikke. Hundefoder er jo ikke lavet for at være onde ved dem, men fordi mennesker og hunde optager mad forskelligt. Det er specielt vigtigt for en hvalp at få den rigtige ernæring, mineraler osv. for bl.a. at sikre korrekt vækst.

    Den hundemad man køber fra mærker som Hill’s, Royal Canin og andre kvalitets produkter, er tilpasset vores hundes behov og derfor også produkter de fleste, hvis ikke tæt på alle, dyrlæger anbefaler.

    Vil man give ens hund “rigtig mad” så vil jeg klart anbefale barf, da man her også kan give ens hund en rigtig god kost, men det stiller krav til ejer så som vitaminer, mineraler, fryser, tid og meget mere – så man skal gøre op med sig selv om man har tid og penge til det. Nogle hunde kører rigtig godt på råfoder, nogen gør ikke. og husk når man giver råt kød, så er der risiko for spoleorm m.m.

    Her er Hill´s, Royal Canin og andre et mere sikkert valg, for den “normale” travle hundeejer og derfor vi anbefaler disse mærker :-)

    Til det om at tage vandet fra ens hund – så er dette heller ikke en fast ting, men kun til at hjælpe ens hund med at blive renlig… Og ens hund, hvis den ellers er sund og rask m.m., vil ikke tage skade af ikke at have adgang til vand mens den skal sove, på samme måde som vi godt kan undvære vand mens vi sover. Det vigtige med dette punkt, er at man tager vandet fra den, når man har gået den sidste tur, ellers kan det være meget svært for den lille hvalp at holde sig. Og naturligvis heller ikke mens der er hedebølge over Danmark m.m. ;-)

    Igen tak for dit spørgsmål og håber det er svar nok, giver besked til vores hundetræner omkring din kommentar, så kommer hun nok med lidt mere info – det er hun normalt rigtig god til :-)


    December 2, 2016 at 09:45am

    Må jeg spørge hvad dit belæg for at skrive dette indlæg er?? Der er godt nok mange påstande der springer mig i øjnene! Hunde skal altid have adgang til frisk vand, så man tager ikke vand fra hunden! Det kan i værste fald føre til dehydrering på varme dage – især ved små hvalpe.
    Derudover er det du kalder kvalitetsfoder fuld af korn og affald, som hunde slet ikke kan bruge til noget rent ernæringsmæssigt. “Menneskefoder” er så tilgengæld super at fodre med – min egen hund får ofte råt kyllingelår eller andet kød og grøntsager når jeg alligevel skal lave aftensmad.

    December 1, 2016 at 10:21am

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