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Dog Food Recipe for Picky Eaters – Top Dog Tips


Feeding a picky pup can be extremely frustrating for the owner. Whole foods and fresh sources of protein are more tempting to picky eaters than processed commercial nibbles. This Dog food recipe for the picky eater can be engaging enough to seduce your fussy pooch.

One of the best things about making homemade dog food is that you can add a lot of variety to your pet’s diet. Changing the source of protein and mixing together different types of fruits and vegetables is a great way to keep meal time exciting for your pet.

After you’ve tried many different ways to get your dog to eat regularly, it may be time to switch to a homemade diet. You will need to discuss this change with your veterinarian and seek advice on how to prepare balanced meals to meet your dog’s needs.

Dog food recipe for the picky eater

Finding great tasting dog food for picky eaters is frustrating. You can try testing different sources of protein. Does your dog prefer beef or chicken? Neither? Then maybe a less popular choice like game or duck would be more appetizing for him.

Homemade dog food allows you to experiment with different ingredients to find a flavor combination that your picky pooch will enjoy. If the chicken in this recipe doesn’t seem to seduce your pet, try another source of protein.

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Dog food recipe for the picky eater

Dog food recipe for the picky eater

You shouldn’t make changes to your dog’s diet without first consulting your veterinarian. I recommend consulting your veterinarian before giving this recipe to your dog. They can help you determine if this dog food offers the balanced diet your dog needs, and they may also recommend adding a multivitamin or dietary supplement to the recipe to keep it balanced.

  • Author: Samantha Randall
  • Preparation time: 10 mins
  • Cooking time: 30 minutes
  • Total time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: over 12 cups 1x
  • Category: Dog Food
  • Method: Cooked
  • Kitchen: Dog Food



  • 1 Pound of ground chicken
  • 1 can mackerel
  • 4 cups dry brown rice
  • 8 ounces. cottage cheese
  • 7.5 oz. Canned pumpkin
  • 6 ounces. chopped spinach
  • 6 ounces. chopped cauliflower
  • 6 ounces. chopped broccoli
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
  • 8 cups water

Boil 8 cups of water in a large saucepan. Put the chicken and rice in the boiling water and bring the heat to a simmer. Cook until the rice has absorbed most of the water.

Add the chopped vegetables and mackerel to the saucepan and stir until well mixed. For the picky eater, let this dog food recipe chill completely.

After cooling, add the cottage cheese, pumpkin, and flax seeds to the recipe. Stir until completely combined and then you are ready to serve your pet.


  • Serving size: 1/2 cup
  • Calories: 189
  • Sugar: 0.7 g
  • Sodium: 70 mg
  • Fat: 3.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 27 g
  • Fiber: 2.5 g
  • Protein: 11.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 20 mg

How Much To Feed: I recommend feeding around half a cup of food for every 20-25 pounds of body weight. This is just a guideline. Some dogs, like working dogs and very active breeds, require more calories than these. Lazy pets and older dogs may not need that many.

How to store: You can store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days or freeze them and they can be kept for up to 3 months. Keep in mind that there are no preservatives in this recipe, so it won’t last nearly as long as commercial dog food.

For more informations

We publish many homemade dog food and treats recipes every month. For more recipes, tips and advice on cooking pet food, see our Recipes section. If you are new to homemade dog food, we encourage you to read more about “How Much to Feed” to understand portion sizes, “What Supplements to Use” to prepare balanced meals, and “How to Store” for tips on simple and easy homemade dog food to keep in the fridge or freezer.



Robert Dunfee