Are you kibble-training your puppy? The following tips on how kibbles can be seasoned, scheduled, and encouraged are great even for picky eaters.
Find simple-ingredient kibbles
I think most of us think of “kibble” only from seeing the ads for “Kibbles and Bits,”. It was interesting to learn from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary that dry small grain or meal pellet “kibble” processed pet food goes back to 1905, and the word was used as a verb back in 1790!
It certainly has endured and is no wonder that it can help train your puppy in its eating and other activities.
Offer food on a schedule
It is important and also very helpful to have your puppy on three well-balanced, high-quality, and healthy meals a day. Preferably, meals should be served at the same time every day.
Recommended is the first meal at about 7:00 a.m., lunch at noon, and dinner at 5:00 p.m.
That last meal gives the pup a chance to exercise, digest its food, and eliminate one more time before bedtime, which should be around 9:00 p.m.
Once the puppy reaches between 14 and 18 weeks old, your veterinarian might suggest going to two meals per day. He will also suggest exactly how much food should be eaten.
Use healthy dog food toppers and seasonings
Puppies aren’t likely to try something new unless they have good motivation. Sadly, they aren’t the best at picking up cues from their owners on what you want them to do.
Kibble can often be dry and somewhat lacking in flavor, especially the healthier varieties that don’t contain tasty grain fillers.
The best thing to do if your puppy doesn’t like the kibble’s taste is to mix it up with healthy toppers.
Toppers can come as dog food seasoning, gravies, or even just little treat bits that can be added to kibble. These toppers help add flavor and attract your puppy’s attention.
If the goal is to have them eat healthier kibble, however, make sure that your toppers are equally healthy. Toppers should be made with natural ingredients and free of empty filler ingredients.
Give verbal encouragement when the pup eats
Your pet is similar to humans in not wanting to eat the same thing every day.
Different taste sensations will help to alleviate the chance of boredom by giving variety to many meals, especially if the seasonings will not upset the puppy’s tummy while they add to nutrition.
Make mealtime fun by giving encouragement and your company, which will make mealtime “yappetizing” for four-legged family members who like to have you nearby.
Kibble-training your puppy will be easier and your pup will appreciate meals that can be looked forward to with relish.