I have a very picky 11-week old puppy. I’ve tried multiple types of hard puppy chow from Hill’s Science Diet and Royal Canin to Orijen Whole Prey puppy chows, which I’ve then mixed with another type of soft puppy food- either Hill’s Science Diet Puppy, Royal Canin Puppy Loaf in Sauce or Hill’s Science Diet A/D Urgent Care. I’ve also tried adding tasty supplements like Nutragel or other natural alternatives like bone broth, chicken stock, sardines or yogurt and microwaving the food for a few seconds. I feed him twice a day: I’ll give him one serving of one of the aforementioned combinations, which is 1/4 cup of one of the hard puppy chows and 1/4 cup of one of the soft puppy foods (so one serving is one-half cup total), which he’ll then proceed to only eat half of that serving- and then stop- but if I give him another 1/4 cup of a different hard puppy chow, he’ll eat it. I’ve tried feeding him smaller portions at three times per day with the same results.
It’s very frustrating because I’ve been to the pet store and supermarket multiple times buying different foods but he won’t eat his original portion served. It’s like he gets sick of his food and then wants something else. Since he is eating and his energy levels are normal, the veterinarian seems to think he is fine and suggested to serve his food normally, allow him ten minutes to eat his breakfast and then withdraw the food and not serve him anything else until his next meal at dinner so he won’t be conditioned otherwise; however, since he is only 11-weeks old, I get worried because he’s a growing puppy and should eat full servings.
Does anyone else have this experience? What do you do with a picky puppy who seems to get sick of or bored with his food? Thanks!