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Old 01-09-2007, 09:48 PM
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Default How many "dress up" dry food for their dogs? (& with what??)

So I'm in another thread asking about kibble, and what to do if my dox doesnt seem to enjoy the kibble I'm choosing for him.

And I'm curious, how many people here dress up their dogs kibble with gravy, canned food, or whatever to make their dogs eat it? And what do you use?

I've mixed Stogie's kibble with canned innova, which he loved - but the canned foods seem to give him the runs so I stopped that.

I've tried Chicken broth... he didn't care for that.
I tried peanut butter - and HE LOVES THAT! But that gives him GAS and Diarrhea! OH NO!
White/Cream gravy (like from last nights Chicken Tenders), He really enjoys that and he has no issues with that either.
We tried a little BBQ sauce or A1 Steak sauce - HE HATES THOSE! Walks away from the bowl... We even tried some of those doggie BBQ sauces, he hates those too.. REFUSES TO EAT THE KIBBLE with any of these on.

What do you use - if anything.
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Old 01-09-2007, 09:53 PM
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Have you tried different Kibble?

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Old 01-09-2007, 09:54 PM
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I pretty much always add something when I feed kibble. Raw egg, cottage cheese, yogurt, any leftover meat or veggies...on really lazy mornings, I throw on a bit of shredded cheese. Meg has a stomach of steel, so no tummy problems.

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Old 01-09-2007, 10:30 PM
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A breeder I know suggested putting a little bit of chicken baby food in kibble to make it more appealing for puppies. My big guys eat their kibble alone, no problem, though I do add a raw egg to their food a few times a week.

As Lizmo suggested, you may want to try a different kibble. It took me several tries to find a good one that my dogs would eat! And my bigger dog is kind of picky, but I find that adding some water to the kibble and letting it soak in before feeding it really helped.

Another tip, though a bit strange: try garlic powder! I used to have an old pug that was terribly picky, but soaking his kibble and adding a sprinkle of garlic really did the trick.

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Old 01-09-2007, 11:30 PM
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I put two spoonfuls of homemade plain yogurt over my dog's kibble. It started out as just for Mollie because of her stomach issues (which thankfully seem to have gone away) and then Sawyer was getting jealous, so he started getting some as well.

I think garlic is bad for dogs? I can't remember...I know onions are.
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Old 01-09-2007, 11:40 PM
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Herschel eats his Canidae without anything on it, but we still like to give him some extras.

In the morning:
-4mL Lakse Kronch Salmon Oil + warm water

In the evening (one of the following):
-Olive oil + ground flax seed + warm water
-Brown rice + a little bit of water
-Veg-to-Bowl (

Tonight, he had Veg-to-Bowl with ground flax on top. (This morning he ate his kibble dry so he got the jackpot at night)
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Old 01-09-2007, 11:54 PM
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I wasn't sure about the garlic for dogs thing (though at the time had never heard of it). The stuff I used was more of a saltless garlic-based seasoning powder, not really much garlic in a serving, not like giving a fresh piece of it or anything. Though I have seen garlic supplements for dogs so I don't think a little sprinkle of it would be bad.

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Old 01-10-2007, 12:04 AM
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My dogs eat their kibble with gusto. I still try to add a scoop of canned with water to every meal though. They like this and I like adding a little canned to each meal.
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Old 01-10-2007, 02:25 AM
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Garlic is fine in moderation.
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Old 01-10-2007, 03:26 AM
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My dogs will do backflips for just plain kibble, but here are some things I add anyway:

Plain yogurt, cottage cheese, pumpkin, carrots, green beans, blueberries, raw ground bison, beef, chicken, or turkey, eggs, oatmeal, rice...

It's late so that's all I can think of lol...

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