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I have a 6 year old cockapoo who acts like he has a food addiction. He eats wellness kibble/wet since he's a few months old but we always need to add human food for him to eat it. I'm thinking of switching his food to something more delicious for him, but I also don't want to be feeding him garbage with too many fillers in it. Suggestions? PS: writing this so early in the morning as we found a big piece of Jarlsberg cheese in the bed from the garbage :)
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You may have to experiment a little bit.

My Cocker loooooooves Wellness; we use it as a reward quite a bit of the time.

Personally, I feed Taste of the Wild and it goes over really well. It's cost effective too, especially if you have a small dog!
 

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You may have to experiment a little bit.

My Cocker loooooooves Wellness; we use it as a reward quite a bit of the time.

Personally, I feed Taste of the Wild and it goes over really well. It's cost effective too, especially if you have a small dog!
My dog eats wellness and I feel like it's not up to "his standards". Ha! I will look into taste of the wild! Thank you!
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we always need to add human food for him to eat it.
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He's training you very well. If you always add human food, I doubt it will matter what you serve him, he's going to wait for the good stuff.
 

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As @Shandula said, adding human food will only make him refuse his dog food until he gets the human stuff- no matter what brand you buy.

I recently switched my girl from Wellness CORE to Earthborn Holistics. She was never very interested in her food so I figured I'd switch it up for her. So far, so good!

If you are interested in exploring a raw diet, @naturalfeddogs can certainly give you some pointers.
 

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Adding 'human' food, I don't think is all that unusual, as there are dogs that just seem to need to be primed to eat. With Samantha, I refused to give into the human food, but I do, while she is watching, throw a couple of small pieces of chicken jerky, on her food. She loves the jerky (not from China) and she waits for it, and it is to me no big deal.
 

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I feed my boy Fromm, and get him the grain free variety, here's one of the ones I get https://www.chewy.com/fromm-four-star-nutritionals-grain/dp/48236 . My boy loves it and will eat it with out without the can food topper, but then again Zody is a pig masquerading as a dog and firmly believes that he should weight 90lbs instead of the 10 lbs he actually weighs.

Anyway, Zody does great on the Fromm, and since he's a Chi x Dach and doesn't eat more then 1/2 cup of food per day (any more then that and he gets fat) it does not break the bank to feed it to him. I switch up flavors of kibble with every new bag, and I use a variety of brands of canned dog food as a topper for his morning kibble, ToTW, Wellness, and Newmans Own being among them, so that he gets some variety in his diet and does not get too bored with the kibble
 

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Honest kitchen is the way to go. Like home cooked. 10 pound box makes 40 lbs.
Its dehydrated so you add warm water to hydrate. Get a few samples at your local pet store. They only sell it at the smaller stores. You want to buy it from the company ,they ship free on the 10 lb box. The stores tend to mark it up quite a bit. It costly but worth it. Shouldn't be to bad for a small dog. You can get samples from the company if you can't find them in a local store.
 

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If he is fit and not under eating than I like Shandula's advice, " He's training you very well. If you always add human food, I doubt it will matter what you serve him, he's going to wait for the good stuff."

If you don't want to put the human food in with his regular food than just stop adding it. The dog will eat when it is hungry even if it takes a bit of time at first. Place his bowl out with his regular food and if the dog doesn't eat it in short order, put it away and try again at the next feeding time.
 
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