Reasons why my dog won t eat?

  • Jennifer,
  • March 14, 2022,
  • 4161

Loss of appetite may be a major sign that something is physically wrong with your pet. Your dog may be suffering from dental problems, making it difficult to chew and swallow. Other medical issues could range from an infection to even cancer or liver failure.

Why won t my dog eat breakfast?

One straightforward reason why your dog may not be eating in the morning is because of their feeding routine, or lack thereof. If you have your dog's food bowl constantly filled all day so your pet can eat food whenever they like, they won't form any eating schedule.

Why won t my dog eat dry food?

Consider If You Have a Picky Eater One of the most common reasons that a dog won't eat kibble is because they just want something better. If you regularly give your dog other tastier foods, such as wet food or lots of dog treats, he may be refusing to eat dry food hoping that you'll offer up something else.

Why won t my dog eat from my hand?

You've Reinforced The Behaviour. Some dogs are people pleasers so when you feed them with your hands and praise them they associate it as good behaviour. The next thing you know is your dog won't eat anything unless you feed them. They just really want to hear you call them a 'good boy' or a 'good girl'.

Why won t my dog sleep?

Your dog may be suffering from environmental allergies, contact allergies, food allergies or dry skin caused by low humidity. Try laundering his bedding in detergent that doesn't contain any dyes or fragrances. When you bathe him, make sure you use moisturizing shampoo and conditioner made for dogs.

Why won t my dog walk?

A few of the most common reasons include fatigue, pain, or simply a lack of experience walking on a leash. Some dogs also stop walking because they don't want to go back home yet! No matter the reason your dog is stopping during walks, you'll need to remain patient.

Why won t my dog pee?

Obstructions in your dog's bladder or urethra can lead to urinary retention. These obstructions can be the result of bladder stones, urethral plugs, blood clots, a narrowing of the urethra (called stricture), or even cancerous tumors. Also, if minerals accumulate in the urinary tract, it can also cause an obstruction.

Why won t my dog eat out of his bowl?

Your dog could just simply be following his instincts. Some dogs cant stand the noise a metal food bowl makes. If your dog has one of those they could the sound could be increasing their anxiety or stressing them out. Your dog may not like being watched while he eats so he moves to a more discrete area of the home.

Why won t my dog eat his dry food?

Some dogs just don't like the taste or texture of dry food. If your dog is not eating his dry food, you may want to mix a small amount of wet food with his dry food to make it more palatable. If you do decide to add wet food to his regular meal, remember to scale back the amount of dry food to avoid over-feeding him.

Why won t my dog sleep with me?

Your Dog May Just Have Other Plans Sleeping in your bed might be akin to abandoning their post, and they wouldn't want to let you down. Some dogs just don't like the bed. Dogs are den animals, some more than others. They like curling up in a small, enclosed, dark space.

Why won t my dog look at me?

If your dog won't look at you, it is afraid of you. That isn't the path to a happy relationship based on mutual affection. If your dog won't look at you, it will be hard for them to understand what you are communicating when you speak. Dogs can comprehend around 300 human words, but they follow body language more.

Why won t my dog come inside?

Your Dog Doesn't Trust You Enough In most cases, rescued dogs haven't been inside the house before, let alone lived in one, and they aren't used to anything else besides being outdoors. If this is the case, your new dog might still be wary and feel apprehensive when you call him to come inside.

Why won t my dog gain weight?

If your dog seems to be eating normally, but they're still underweight and not gaining anything, there's usually one of two things happening: you aren't feeding them enough, or there's an underlying issue not letting them gain weight.

Why won t my dog go to the bathroom?

There are many reasons that your dog might be straining to defecate. However, the most common reasons are linked to diet, hydration, and activity level. Diet: Too little or too much fiber in your dog's diet. Dehydration: Your dog isn't drinking enough water.


Hi, I’m Jennifer. I’m a certified dog behavior specialist, board-certified veterinary technician, and owner of Absolute Excellent Pets. With more than 15 years of experience working directly with dogs, I specialize in helping clients understand why their dogs are doing the things they are doing and how we can help them reach their goals to keep their best friend happy, healthy and out of trouble.

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