The dog should not lead you by the nose, but you can, without giving in to his whims, know his preferences. It must first be noted that the majority of his food preferences are innate.
Given the carnivorous nature of the dog, animal products are generally much more popular than products of plant origin. The taste for certain foods can however also be acquired.
It is just before weaning (from the age of 4 to 7 weeks) that very sustainable, if not definitive, eating habits are taken. The young puppy educates, imitates the behavior of the mother who teaches his offspring to choose his food, but also to hunt, socialize. At this time, the puppy’s food sources and types of food should be varied to facilitate subsequent adaptation to different diets; as an adult, he can eat the same diet.
The favorite food of the dog
Animal protein is very popular with dogs. The agri-food industry uses them a lot to increase the palatability of high-end compound foods (as opposed to plant products, which have the opposite effect). The dog food that dominates the food is essential.
Raw liver and stomach are even more popular than cooked meats. The preferences go to beef and poultry, before the lamb and the horse. Raw, beef would stay in the forefront (he prefers raw beef), in front of lamb, poultry, horse and pork. Red offal is preferred over white offal.
Animal Fats (poultry fat, pork fat) are also highly prized and preferred to vegetable oils. Sugar is a special case: in the natural state, the puppy is not aware of this taste, because its food contains no sweet constituent. It is therefore only the master who will propose this flavor. Note that the range of tastes can change: it has been shown that animals could develop a preference for flavors consumed just before or during the cure of a disease. The palatability criteria of the dog Moisture of food: wet preparations are more appetizing than dry compound foods. A water content of 40 to 50% seems to be the most popular threshold. The attraction for dry foods does not appear naturally. The presentation: canned foods and pieces are better “tasted” than fresh chopped or crushed products, themselves, however, more sought after than croquettes. The food aversions of the dog Some dogs are apprehensive about bitter flavors. Disgust can also be related to diseases or eating habits. It has been shown that animals can avoid a food or flavored drinking water if they had consumed it before the development of a disease. This aversion can occur even if the disease appears several hours after the meal or watering. Conditioned aversion to taste develops more surely when the new or striking taste is consumed shortly before the onset of the disease and when the illness is long and severe. When the dog refuses a food, it is important to look for the psychological causes in his life.