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How to Manage a Pomeranian Picky Eater

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Pomeranian Not Eating Tips

Breeders often hear comments like the following from pet Pomeranian owners:

  • My puppy wont eat his dry food.
  • My dog wont eat dry food only wet.
  • Pomeranian dog wont eat unless hand fed.
  • My puppy wont eat his food.
  • My puppy is a fussy eater.
  • Puppy wont eat dry food anymore.
  • My dog wont eat dry food anymore.
  • My Pomeranian dog wont eat dry food but eats treats.
  • My puppy wont eat dry food.
  • Puppy picky eater

You have most likely been feeding your Pomeranian the same food each day for quite a while so it’s hardly surprising that he starts not wanting to eat it. Your dog wont eat dry food anymore because he just doesn’t like it.

How to Feed a Fussy Dog

Dogs are carnivores, not omnivores, meaning they’re meat eaters. They were never designed to consume dry dog food. Similar to wild animals, they’re biologically designed to be meat eaters. They may look different to wolves but inside, they’re just the same.

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Pomeranian Puppy

Best Dog Food for Fussy Eaters

Best Food for Picky Puppies and a Puppy Picky Eater

Pomeranian puppies under 12 months of age do a lot of growing and require a correct nutritionally balanced diet developed for puppies. So I suggest the best food for picky puppies is a high quality commercially produced product developed for puppies.

Treats to tempt your puppy can consist of a sardine, a teaspoon of tinned tuna, salmon, grated cheese, puppy milk, or plain yoghurt added to his puppy food.

Food flavor can be enhanced by warming the food before serving during the winter months.

I recommend and really like the Royal Canin brand as the best food for young puppies:

Homemade Dog food for Pomeranians

If your Pomeranian is over 12 months of age, I suggest you feed your Pom an appropriate, healthy home cooked diet. Purchase a copy of my healthy “Home Cooking for your Pomeranian” eBook which is full of nutritious and tasty doggie meals.

Pomeranian Raw Diet

Meals can be cooked and stored in your freezer until required. Your Pomeranian will also benefit from eating raw meat and chewing on raw bones. Purchase the raw meat and freeze it into meal size portions.

With the above feeding options you may like to include a small amount of commercial dog food to the diet. I again recommend royal canin Pomeranian food.

Pomeranian Dog Wont Eat Dry Food But Eats Treats?

What you should do if your pom dog wont eat dry food but eats treats. Avoid all commercially made dog snacks and treats and instead give your Pom a large raw bone to chew on a few times a week.

Lots of dogs are fussy eaters. Wild animals will eat just about anything because they have no choice. In a residential home, the dogs have learned that there are some foods that are delicious and others that are just edible.

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Pomeranian puppy

Even if you’re strict and don’t feed your dog food that’s designed for humans, it doesn’t mean they can ignore your food that they can smell and see.

Don’t give your Pomeranian food from your table because it whets his appetite for steak and human food and lowers your role as the master.

There’s a difference between a Pomeranian picky eater and a puppy fussy eater. A puppy picky eater can be tempted with a small piece of human food if he doesn’t want to eat his own food. A fussy eater is one who has refused to eat certain foods anymore.

It’s important to rule out any health problems first. However, if your vet says he’s fine, then there are ways to tempt him to eat.

How to Deal with Fussy Eaters Tips 

A Health Check

The first thing to do if you have a Pomeranian not eating is to exclude any health issues. So please ring your vet and book your Pomeranian in for a health check-up.

Pomeranian Treats

My Pomeranian dog wont eat dry food but eats treats. My next step would be to reduce the treats you give him. He’ll be more likely to eat if he doesn’t compare a treat to his dog food. Feed him smaller amounts more often…three or four times per day.

Your Pomeranian Needs Exercise

Take him for a walk before his meal because it will make him extra hungry and then he’ll eat whatever you give him.

Neuter Your Pomeranian

Neuter or spay your Pom puppy. It has a lot of benefits including preventing him from becoming fussy about his food.

Pomeranian puppy
Pomeranian puppy

Feeding Time Should be Positive

If you can associate meal times with positive experiences, he’ll be less fussy. If he connects food and punishment, he’ll want to avoid eating. A quiet environment.

Ensure the room is quiet when you feed him and doesn’t have other dogs or children around to distract him. Change the times.

Feed him at different times of day to see what time is best for him. Some like to eat just after you arrive home while others prefer to eat during the afternoon.

Resist Temptations

This is the last resort when all other tips have failed. Tempting him with some human food will work but only for a short time as he’ll soon get bored.

Is Your Pomeranian Dog a Fussy Eater
Is Your Pomeranian Dog a Fussy Eater

A healthy Pomeranian dog needs to eat the right amount of food. A fussy Pom dog may be underweight or, in some cases, overweight if you have feed him too many treats.

If he’s underweight, he may have bone density, liver and kidney issues and is more likely to get skin infections. If your dog is overweight, he might have joint and heart problems.

Pomeranian Not Eating and Puppy Picky Eater Final Thoughts

If everything else doesn’t work, you can act silly. Before you put his bowl on the floor, hold it near your mouth and pretend to eat it, while making “yummy” sounds. Who cares if that seems silly? Nobody else is around and your Pomeranian can’t share your secret. 

Please note: while I do discuss health, care, and behavioral issues, you should never use this information as a replacement for advice from qualified veterinarians, diagnoses, or recommended treatment regimes. If you have any worries about the health of your Pomeranian, your first contact should be your regular vet or, if you don’t yet have one, a vet that works locally. Never ignore or avoid treatment and/or advice from your vet because of a piece of information you have read on any website.

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References and Further Reading:
Official Standard of the Pomeranian (AKC). American Kennel Club, 2011.
English Kennel Club Pomeranian Breed Standard , 2017.
Denise Leo, The Pomeranian Handbook.

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