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How to train a dog to eat dry food: tips for a smooth transition

Yulia PoteriankoLife
When transitioning a dog to dry food, a little patience is required

The days when dry pet food was of poor quality and could cause health problems for pets are long gone. Nowadays, it is a complete and healthy diet. In some cases, especially with medical diets, it is almost the only viable option. That's why it's important to know how to transition your dog to dry food.

OBOZREVATEL asked experts for their advice on this matter. Here are some basic life hacks.

You need to switch gradually

The dog's digestive system is not adapted to a sudden change in diet. Switching your dog to a new type of food abruptly can cause diarrhea, vomiting, and digestive disorders. That's why any dietary changes should be gradual. Start by mixing small portions of dry food into the animal's usual food. Gradually increase the dose every day. This adaptation period should last at least a week, and preferably two.

During this time, the owner is advised to closely monitor the dog's reaction and behavior. Any changes in behavior, appetite, or health are sufficient reasons to consult a veterinarian.

How to persuade a dog to eat dry food

Sometimes an animal may outright refuse a new type of food. In this case, you need to be patient.

The dog should not be given a choice. During the transition to dry food, ensure that the animal does not have access to other food. The feeling of hunger will gradually do its job, and the animal will begin to get used to the new type of food.

As in any other case with dogs, positive reinforcement works well. Dry food should be a source of joy. Give it as a reward during play, along with other treats. Or flavor the food with a small amount of meat or bone broth, unless it is forbidden by your veterinarian.

How to rebuild the digestive system

If your dog exhibits unwanted reactions from the digestive system, you can divide the daily diet into several small portions. This way, the animal will feel full throughout the day and get used to the new food gradually.

It is also important that the food corresponds to the animal's health condition. You can choose food based on the breed or consider allergies, digestive problems, kidney problems, etc. In any case, stay in touch with your veterinarian to receive professional advice on dog nutrition promptly.

Earlier, OBOZREVATEL told you how to tell if a dog is suffering from pain.

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