There are a great many good reasons to feed dry dog food to your dog, either as their only source of food or in combination with additional portions of wet food. Dry food tends to be cheaper than wet food like for like, as well as providing less mess, needing less storage space, and having a range of dental benefits for your dog too. However, dogs do almost unanimously find the taste, aroma and texture of wet foods more appetising, and sometimes, you may find that you need to encourage your dog to eat their dry kibble meals, particularly if you are changing brands or moving your dog over from a wet diet to a dry one.
In this article, we will look at some of the ways in which you can make your dog’s dry meals more appealing to them, and encourage them to eat their kibble with gusto.
Just because your dog does not seem overly keen on one particular type or brand of dry food doesn’t mean that they will feel that way about all of them, so you may have to try a few different brands before you find one that your dog will stick with. High quality, complete dry foods are much richer in tasty proteins than their lower quality alternatives, which are often bulked out with grains and may be high in sugar or salts.
Feed a good quality food, and make any changes between brands gradually, to allow your dog to get used to the taste and texture of the new food.
There is a lot to be said for buying dry food in bulk or in large bags, as this almost always works out more economical than buying lots of smaller bags. But as with any other foodstuff, once opened, a bag of dry kibble will go stale, and once this has happened, it will lose a lot of the taste and aroma that makes it appealing to your dog. None of us enjoy eating stale food either, after all!
If you do buy large bags of dog food, it is important that once they are opened, you store them in airtight containers, and use a range of smaller containers to hold the food so that the bulk of the bag, which you might not use for some time, remains fresh.
There are a huge range of different food products that you can mix in or add to your dog’s kibble to make it more appetising to them, either by changing the smell, texture or taste of the kibble itself.
If your dog is not overly keen on eating their kibble on its own, try some of these suggestions: