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Dog Food Recipe for Picky Eaters

Feeding a picky pup can be highly frustrating for the owner. Whole food ingredients and fresh protein sources are more tempting to picky eaters than processed commercial kibble. This dog food recipe for picky eaters may be appealing enough to tempt your fussy pooch.

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

If you’ve tried a lot of different options to get your dog to eat regular meals, it may be time to switch to a homemade diet. You need to discuss this change with your veterinarian and ask for their advice on making nutritious meals to meet your dog’s needs.Dog Food Recipe for Picky Eaters

Dog Food Recipe for Picky Eaters

dog food for picky eaters ingredientsFinding good-tasting dog food for picky eaters is a frustrating process.

You can try to test different protein sources. Does your dog prefer beef or chicken? Neither? Then perhaps a less popular choice, like venison or duck, would be more delicious for him.

Homemade dog food gives you the option to experiment with different ingredients to find a flavor combination that will please your picky pooch. If the chicken in this recipe doesn’t seem to tempt your pet, try a different protein source.


Dog Food Recipe for Picky Eaters

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You should not change your dog's diet without consulting your veterinarian first. I recommend consulting your veterinarian before feeding this recipe to your dog. They can help you to determine if this dog food will provide the balanced nutrition that your dog needs, and they may also recommend adding a multivitamin or dietary supplements to the recipe to make it balanced.

  • Author: Samantha Randall
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: about 12 cups 1x
  • Category: Dog Food
  • Method: Boiled
  • Cuisine: Dog Food


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


Boil 8 cups of water in a large pot. Add the chicken and rice to the boiling water and reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook until the rice has absorbed most of the water.

Add the chopped vegetables and mackerel to the pot and stir until everything is thoroughly combined. Allow this dog food recipe for picky eaters to cool completely.

Once cooled, add the cottage cheese, pumpkin and flaxseed to the recipe. Stir until it's completely combined and then you can serve it to 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

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How much to feed: I recommend feeding about 1/2 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, will need more calories than this. Lazier pets and senior dogs may not need as many.

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

For More Information

We publish many homemade dog food and treat recipes every month. For more recipes, pet food cooking tips, and advice, see our “Recipes” section.

Suppose you’re new to the home-cooked dog food subject. In that case, I recommend you read more about “How Much To Feed” to understand serving sizes, “What Supplements To Use” to create well-balanced meals, and “How To Store” for tips on simple and easy homemade dog food storing in a fridge or a freezer.


Dog Food Recipe for Picky Eaters

Samantha’s biggest passion in life is spending time with her Boxer dogs. After she rescued her first Boxer in 2004, Samantha fell in love with the breed and has continued to rescue three other Boxers since then. She enjoys hiking and swimming with her Boxers, Maddie and Chloe.