The Very Real Problem Your Dog Is Struggling With When It Crave Dry Dog Food
Just when you thought you had everything under control when it comes to your beloved pooch’s diet, your dog suddenly starts craving dry dog food. There’s no real mystery why this happens – the first time your pet learned to properly chew their food, they’ve become conditioned to chewing only on that particular food type.
If you think you understand what makes your dog craves dry dog food, then you’re wrong. All of us have certain foods that we like and certain foods that we don’t like. However, dogs are extremely unique when it comes to their chewing behavior.
It seems like every dog owner has tried to get their dog to eat a meal with dry dog food and not be a victim of a dog chewing disorder, only to find that the dog was unable to make the transition. Dogs absolutely love to chew on just about anything, including almost any type of dog food.
One day I told my dad, “Daddy, I need to take my dog to the vet to get an exam done.” He stated, “What? How did you get an exam done?”
His son explained to him that their beloved four-legged friend had a little scratch on his ear and he needed to go see the vet because he had canine immune system issues. Daddy simply said, “Yeah, sure.” He never even bothered to ask if there was any problem with dry dog food.
Because the dog is so much smaller than the dog food these small dogs eat, the dogs will naturally chew on anything that comes their way. Dry dog food isn’t something that they can easily chew and digest.
I even found that just before taking my dogs to the vet that he was beginning to chew up and swallow dry dog food. I’d bring it back to him to play with, but he would chew it up and swallow it.
The best thing you can do is to start slowly introducing your dog to dry dog food by getting them used to the idea by letting them have a tiny portion of dry dog food every couple of days. Eventually, you will be able to gradually increase the amount of dry dog food given to your dog until it reaches the point where they can tolerate and take in a large amount of the dry dog food.
One thing that is very important to remember when introducing dry dog food to your dog is to gradually increase the number of meals he receives at a time. In addition, many owners will tend to mix wet and dry dog food together, which might lead to problems in the future.
Instead, mix in just a small portion of wet dog food with one or two small portions of dry dog food, until your dog begins to develop a preference for the dry dog food. Then gradually increase the amount of wet dog food, gradually increasing the number of meals they are offered at one time.
When I was doing my research for this article, I stumbled across a website that encouraged owners to feed their dogs dry dog food with its wet counterpart. While this doesn’t sound right to me, it does fit with the natural instincts of a dog.
In order to avoid future digestive issues, it is imperative that you offer your dog both types of dry dog food at one time. In addition, if your dog has special dietary needs, then you need to make sure you are offering dry dog food specifically for those specific dietary needs.