November 2, 2017

How to get your dog to love a new food

We are all aware of the reputation of dogs (particularly labs) to happily devour anything. While they do have fewer tastebuds than us they can be just as picky. Read on to discover more about our recommendations

Why its best to go slow when introducing a healthy, new food to your dog

Switching your dog to a healthier diet might sound easy but, as with humans, the transition is not always completely smooth sailing. A sudden switch to a new diet can be a little shocking for the dog’s taste buds as well as its stomach. That’s why we recommend the seven day switch, mixing in a little more air dried raw to their existing food day-by-day.​

Find out below why a gradual switch is best then check out more tips for transitioning. We’re sure your dog will love Balanced Life (over 95% do!) and that after a short period they’ll start enjoying lots of health benefits.

Why go slow #1: a fresh taste

Often dogs are fed the same food every day for years. If they’re suddenly introduced to a new food with a different taste, smell and texture they might unsurprisingly be a little cautious.

It can be even more surprising if their previous diet contained lots of artificial flavours or was high in salt. Adjusting to natural flavours, a high meat diet and the texture of air dried food can sometimes take time but once they’ve got over the surprise they’ll love it!

Why go slow #2: digestive changes

Adjusting to a new diet can alter a dog’s gastric environment quite significantly and it can take time for their bodies to adjust. Dog’s fed on raw diets typically have much more acidic stomachs and guts than those fed highly-processed foods. As such they are much better at digesting a variety of food types including things like bones and getting the maximum nutrition from them. Dogs adapting to very different types of food, dogs with sensitive stomachs or even smaller dogs with shorter gastro-intestinal tracts can take longer to adapt to new diets. If they don’t transition gradually they can even experience diarrhoea or vomiting.

 

Why go slow #3: a gentle detox

Balanced Life foods are full of naturally occurring antioxidants, vitamins and amino acids which can help improve organ function and flush out harmful toxins in your dogs body. A sudden detox can sometimes lead to an uncomfortable week or so for your dog, particularly if they have an existing skin disease or allergic reactions.

A gradual switch to Balanced Life on the other hand can help slow the detox and manage the release of toxins.

Four more tips for success

  1. Be consistent – its important to stick to regular meal times and routines while they transition. Try to introduce as few variables as possible so that they feel as comfortable as possible with their new food.
  2. Be persistent – switching to a healthier food will have many, many long-term benefits and so its worth giving it a proper go. Keep persisting with introducing a new food, even if it means extending the transition period or even having the occasional rest day. If they refuse to eat the new food one day, you can take away the bowl, dogs are perfectly fine to fast for a day and will be more eager to try the food the next day.
  3. Add in some tasty toppers – if all else fails additional toppers or treats can be mixed in to make their bowl even more irresistible. Bone broth is particularly popular.