You may have bought premium, healthy kibble, yet your puppy takes one whiff and turns away from the bowl. For a number of reasons, some find it necessary to switch their pooches from wet to dry, but it's not a change most dogs instantly accept. Try out these canine culinary tips and techniques to make kibble more palatable to your pet.
Add Warm Water
For some dogs, it is the texture of dry food that is off-putting. To soften the dry bits, add a small amount of warm water to a single serving and let the bowl sit. You can then mash the food together into a lumpy paste, or leave it as is. In either case, the wet food should not be left out for more than four hours to avoid spoiling.
To add some flavor to the dry food, you can place an appetizing topping on the kibble. Take a small amount of canned dog food and mix it with warm water, until it is liquid enough to pour over the dry food. You also can simply swirl in a small bit of canned food, just to add a little bit of wetness to the dish.
Human food is not always good for dogs, since they react differently than people to ingredients such as salt and sugar. However, with guidance from your vet it may be acceptable to add low- or no-sodium chicken broth or the water from canned tuna to your dog's dry food to make the meal more to his liking. You may not need to add much -- for many dogs, the increased flavorful scent may be enough to get him to eat.
Package It Right
Dry dog food goes stale quickly. Its appealing scent and flavor -- although not necessarily its nutrients -- can dissipate within as little as a month after the bag is opened. To keep the food fresh, close the bag tightly after opening, store in a cool, dark place and only buy enough food to sustain your dog for the period of time while the kibble will remain fresh.
By Catherine Lovering
About the Author
Catherine Lovering has written about business, tax, careers and pets since 2006. Lovering holds a B.A. (political science), LL.B. (law) and LL.L. (civil law). She was a trained SPCA volunteer for three years and a veterinary hospital volunteer for three years.