If you are wanting to know how to switch your dog’s food, there must be a reason. Maybe the food you have been feeding your pooch has just gotten too expensive. Or maybe you moved and the stores in the new neighborhood don’t carry the food your dog has come to depend upon. The fact is, there are plenty of reasons why you might be looking for advice on how to switch your dog food. The good news is that you can stop looking because the process I am about to describe comes from first person experience that has worked with both dogs and cats. You will read the same kind of advice many other sites, but my experience in getting dogs to switch foods comes with a special little twist for when the situation isn’t perfect.
Getting your dog to switch over to a new food of your choice is actually fairly easy as long as you have patience and aren’t saddled with a pet that is either too smart or too stupid. Successfully switching dog food is all about good old-fashioned Pavlovian stimulus and response with a little bit of B.F. Skinner’s behaviorism tossed in. Not to mention the vital significance of the fact that a dog’s digestive symptom needs time to make adjustments to changes in their food in order to avoid getting sick.
The key is to successfully switching your dog food situation is to start before you find yourself in a situation in which you cannot get your hands on your canine best friend’s current fave . Why? Because the trifecta of Pavlovian response, Skinner behavioral conditioning and keeping your dog’s plumbing working smoothly lies in combining the old with the new over time. In a perfect situation, the answer to the question of how to switch dog food rests upon the very simple solution of combining the old dog food with the new dog food and over the course of the next few days going light on the old and heavy on the new.
After no more than a week, your dog should be eating nothing but the new food with the same ravenous attention and healthy results with which he consumed the old. But what if your situation is one where you cannot get your hands on the old dog food? What if you have to start from scratch with one brand of new dog food after another your dog turns his nose up at? What if your dog just really, really wants that old dog food and no replacement will do?
Eggs. The incredible, edible (for most dogs) egg. I tried this trick once purely out of desperation. I knew that a dog I had when I was a kid loved to eat hard-boiled eggs. For some reason that escapes my memory, the food that my beagle loved to eat (and share with his strange adopted cat girlfriend; I’m not making that up!) was no longer available. But the dog wouldn’t eat any other brand. (His adopted cat girlfriend, on the other hand, would eat anything!) So, finally, I decided to do an experiment and add some crumbled hard-boiled egg into one of the new bags of food.
Voila! Like magic, the crazy beagle started gulping it down. Since then, we’ve had two different occasions where this little trick for switching dog food has come in handy. It may not work for you. But it just may. So try it and good luck.