We ALL know a dog that just doesn't like their kibble. Sure, they'll eat it, but when they do, it's almost as if they're doing it against their will. Maybe this is your dog, or a dog you know, but either way kibble doesn't have to be boring! Whether your dog gobbles down their kibble, or eats it with disdain, this list will be great for any dog who is fed primarily on kibble!
I feed both our girls on a high quality kibble by Millie's Wolfheart (pictured below) and despite them finishing their meals as it comes, I like to make it a bit more appealing for the two of them by doing a few things with their kibble so they don't look so disappointed when I give it to them.
Let's face it: NONE of us would like to eat the same dried food day in, day out.
Below are a few things you can do to SPICE UP your dog's kibble:
1. Soak it!
Saber in particular, MUCH prefers her food when it's soaked, although she will eat it as it comes, she will LITERALLY pick it up and spit it out sometimes. However, as soon as it's had a good soaking in some boiling water, she will wolf the whole lot down. To soak your kibble, all you do is add boiling water until all the kibble is covered and then let it soak it all up. Make sure to check the temperature of the food before giving it to your dog. I normally just stick a finger in and test it that way, but whatever works for you!
2. Put it in a puzzle toy/snuffle mat/Kong toy
Puzzle toys are SO useful. They require very little effort to set up and can leave your dog entertained for a decent amount of time! Whether you serve your kibble soaked or not, just find the right puzzle toy (or get multiple!) and change it up! One day you could serve it dry in a snuffle mat, and another day you could serve it wet stuffed in a Kong toy or smushed into a Lickimat! Like other animals, dogs prefer to work for their food so making their eating routine a bit more mentally stimulating can be a huge game changer for some dogs.
One very happy customer!
3. Scatter feed your kibble
Scatter feeding literally involves throwing the treats (ideally in a foraging material like grass or a snuffle mat) and then letting your dog hunt for them. You can also throw them in a room of your house if you really like! Again, it's good mental stimulation, self calming AND gets them to use their nose - and we all know that dogs LOVE to use their noses!
4. Hide their kibble
Much like the above point, hiding their kibble rather than just scattering it around is a lot more mentally challenging to your dog. Make sure to hide the kibble in easy places to begin with, but as your dog gets good at it, you can hide it in harder places!
5. TRAIN YOUR DOG!
Of course, I couldn't forget about one of the arguably bests way to spice up your dog's kibble and it's to train with it! However, with dogs that are particularly picky, I would probably avoid this one. Generally, dogs are very reluctant to train on kibble, especially if they've tried other foods, but if your dog seems interested in the kibble and typically eats it even if served as it comes, then I would definitely give this a go. Make sure to train something easy first!
Be safe and happy training! :)