If your dog is walking away before licking the bowl shiny clean, he is sending a message. Let’s explore some possible reasons dog food is left behind:
1 The food is junk and tastes horrible.
Invest in quality food and your dog will love you for it. (And your wallet long-term from fewer vet bills) Poor quality food can actually make your dog ill.
2 The food smells rancid and is rotting in the bin (and the bowl.)
Yeah, you see a value in the the giant bag for a couple bucks savings. But the dog food begins going rancid the moment you open the bag (and often before that). Select the bag with the longest “best by” date and keep the bag size under what your dog will consume in 3 weeks.
3 Your dog is allergic to the food and knows it.
The fewer ingredients, the better the chance it will suit your dog’s body. Be willing to try something else to account for taste preferences as well.
4 Portion sizes are too high.
Feed your dog appropriately for his individual needs. As a basic rule of thumb when you look down over your dog’s body there should be curves following their frame and muscles. And their ribs do not want to be showing (for most breeds). Stop the running buffet. Put the fresh delicious food down and allow your dog to eat up to 20 minutes. After that or when they leave, pick up the bowl and discard what is left. Modify portion sizes to maintain a good weight. Ideally feed adult dogs two times a day.
There is much to be said for giving your dog a great diet of fresh, even raw, foods. Each family has to look at what is feasible for them in time and budget. It’s good to revisit your dog’s diet and health regularly.