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Food for Fussy Dogs

Just a Fussy Eater?

Just a Fussy Eater?

Dogs will occasionally miss a meal, which can often be normal behaviour. They are quite resistant to starvation compared to humans so it’s usually nothing to worry about, but you should always monitor their intake closely, especially for puppies. 

You also have to decide if your dog is fussy or unwell. If a dog is truly unable to eat for a long period of time, it’s likely to be related to a medical issue. Always check with a vet if you are in doubt and consider trying them with sensitive stomach dog food, designed to be easy to digest.

How can I Encourage my Fussy Dog to Eat?

How can I Encourage my Fussy Dog to Eat?

There are several ways of enhancing dog food for fussy dogs or encouraging them to eat. Here are some of our top tips:

  1. Choose a dog food with high-quality ingredients.  Check the label on the back, look for named meats (no by-products) as the first ingredient
  2. Change the menu – variety is the spice of life after all. Getting some new and exciting dog food will make it more difficult for them to turn their nose up at dinner time
  3. Make their meals more enticing
    -Warming food can tempt a fussy eater as it may increase the food’s aroma; dogs rely heavily on their sense of smell
    -Adding our nutrition boosting bone broth to your dog’s food can work wonders to stimulate appetite , making it the perfect addition to dog food for fussy eaters
  4. Feed a little less and at regular times
    -A daily routine is important, to set your dog’s expectations.  A consistent feeding regime is ideal, with set meal times rather than having food available at all times – this also helps you monitor whether they are eating more easily
    -Put the food down in the morning and leave it for half an hour. After this time lift the bowl.  Do the same in the evening
    -Check that there is no issue with the food and check the portion size – different dog sizes and breeds eat different amounts
  5. Keep treats to a minimum
  6. There’s nothing like exercise to stimulate appetite, so why not take your dog for a walk before each meal?
  7. If your dog has digestion issues (e.g. diarrhoea, flatulence), it may be uncomfortable for them to eat
    -Try adding probiotics to their diet to help aid digestion
    -Consider a sensitive dog food. Some dog foods have allergens that can cause issues for dogs with sensitive stomachs – try them on something that you can see all the ingredients of
  8. Always make mealtimes a pleasant time
    -Be excited to get their food ready
    -If you think your dog’s appetite loss is due to an environmental stressor, such as loud noises, try your best to address this
    -And try not to stress! Dogs can pick up on this
Tasty Food for Fussy Dogs

Tasty Food for Fussy Dogs

Here at Different Dog, we believe we can encourage even the pickiest of eaters to enjoy mealtimes again, through our tasty, natural food.  Here’s why:

  • All our recipes have at least 60% fresh, locally-sourced meat, with fresh fruit, veg and superfoods making up the rest of the recipe
  • At Different Dog, we regularly cook new recipes to ensure more variety in a dog’s diet, so there is always a nutritious exciting food on offer
  • We tailor the food to your dog, to ensure they’re getting the right portion sizes – no more under or over feeding
  • Our food is lightly cooked so it’s easily digestible and can be added as a tasty topper to liven up mealtimes
  • Our food is free from known non-meat allergens, making it the ideal sensitive stomach dog food

What Different Dog stands for

  • Food for dogs

    Food for dogs

    We are on a crusade to change the pet food industry for good.

  • The joy of food

    The joy of food

    We bring together the best of both worlds: the science of dog nutrition and the joy of real food.

  • Earth-friendly


    We prioritise sustainability and always strive to do better for our environment.

  • Healthier futures

    Healthier futures

    We stand for change, no matter how small, towards a healthier future for all dogs.

Our Story

Back in 2015 I worked in the dog food industry. I got to know manufacturers, visit factories and understand how dog food is made. The more I learned, the more concerned I became.

We all know that you are what you eat. Yet we continue to feed our dogs the same food day in, day out. Often the shelf life is measured in years, and the food doesn’t even need to go in the fridge. What’s more, it doesn’t seem to have changed in years.

When we got our new puppy, Crumble, it didn't feel right to give her processed food. So we started making food for her ourselves, as we do for our children. She loved it and thrived on it. We started making it for her friends as well, and they all loved it too. People told us their dogs had shinier coats, better digestion and more bounce. So we decided to help as many dogs as we could by setting up Different Dog.

Charlie, Alex, Crumble

  • “This food has changed our pup's life. The difference is incredible”

  • “This change in Tayto’s health is beyond anything I had expected”

  • “Best dog food company I've ever come across – it's truly changed her and I'll be forever grateful”

  • “Starting Different Dog has been life changing for Socks”

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