How to encourage your dog to take a Probiotic Chew
While most dogs will take a flavored chew readily, some need a bit more encouragement. Here are three tips from our Consulting Veterinarian to encourage your dog to take Fitapet Probiotic & Digestive Enzymes chews.
Try camouflage! As long as your dog does not have food allergies or dietary sensitivities, hiding the chew inside tasty human food is often the easiest strategy. Many people have success using items like cheese, cream cheese, or peanut butter. (Avoid sugar-free peanut butters; they often contain xylitol, which is toxic to dogs!) The goal is to apply a very thin layer of a tasty, sticky treat all over the chew, in order to make it more appealing and ensure that the dog eats the chew. If your dog is an especially picky eater, it may take some trial and error to figure out what disguise works best, but many dogs will eagerly take a new chew if offered in this way.
Offer the chew at a different time. Some dogs become suspicious when offered any new chew, possibly due to prior bad experiences with medication. Our own anxiety or hesitation when giving a new product can also lead to anxiety in our dogs. Sometimes, just changing the context in which the chew is given can be a big help. Instead of calling your dog into the kitchen for a chew at mealtime, try offering the chew as a mid-day treat in exchange for sitting or performing another favorite trick. You can even try offering the chew during or after a walk, when your dog is happy and relaxed. A change in environment can sometimes help an anxious or picky eater accept a new chew more readily.
Make it a game. Find a small, bite-sized treat that your dog already likes and make a game out of rapidly tossing several of these treats in a row to your dog, playing catch. Once your dog is in the routine of doing this a few times a day, replace one of the treats with the medicated chew. As long as the chew comes in the middle of the game, with tasty treats given before and after the chew, most dogs will be too caught up in the game to notice the difference.
Over time, many dogs will become more accepting of new chews and you may reach a point where the chew can simply be added to their food bowl. In the initial stages, though, these ideas should help you introduce Fitapet Probiotic & Digestive Enzymes chews to the picky eaters in your four-legged family.