Unlike us, dogs need time to adapt to new foods. So if you're looking at introducing new ingredients or a new food to your dog's diet, the key is to take it slow!
If you're feeding kibbles and want to introduce fresh food, you can start by wetting down the dry biscuits progressively with water, to get your dog used to a moist texture.
We recommend introducing Doggy Grub to your dog’s diet slowly, by mixing it to the old food, and in increasing amounts over a period of 8 days. This will prevent tummy upset.
Using probiotics to support the transition will also help.
Transitioning to a full diet with Doggy Grub:
Days1-3: 25% Doggy Grub, 75% other food.
Days 4-6: 50% Doggy Grub, 50% other food.
Days 7-8: 75% Doggy Grub, 25% other food.
Day 9: 100% Doggy Grub..
Dogs with sensitive stomachs may need a longer transition period.
For a meal topper with Doggy Grub, transition over 3-4 days.
Days 1-2: 25% of Doggy Grub, 75% other food.
Days 3-4: 50% of the new food, 50% other food.
When transitioning to a new food, it is normal to see a change in your pup's stools. Don't be alarmed!
If #2s are loose, revert back to using less Doggy Grub until the stomach adapts.
We have also noticed that some picky eaters will initially show great enthusiasm for the food, then stop eating it after a few days. This comes from the fact that dogs are naturally cautious about new things. They need reassurance from the "leader" of the pack that this food is safe to eat.
While we know it can be frustrating, do not despair and keep trying! Your dog will soon become confident this is safe to eat.
Only offer the bowl for 10minutes at a time. If your dog refuses to eat it, take it away until the next meal time.
Fight the urge to offer high value treats to compensate, or your dog will learn that they can get a reward for this behaviour.
YOU know you're doing the right thing by your dog.
Well done for being your dog's best advocate!
If you have any questions or want more information on how to transition, don't hesitate to contact our team at firstname.lastname@example.org