Picky Pyr - what to do food?

by Michelle

I have a healthy three year old pyrenees rescue. He is just a picky eater. We settled on Blue Buffalo limited ingredient because he has a sensitive stomach. The vet recommended culturelle probiotic and at night he gets a pepcid AC. As soon as the temperature dropped, he's gone back to his very picky ways. I add a little bit of canned to the kibble and that mostly helps. At night he might get a few cheese sprinkles. But it's really a joke. I guess I don't know the breed well and he is a rescue but it would be nice to have some continuity to the diet. He eats about 1 1/2 cups of kibble a day. I stopped giving 2 cups because it was just wasted. Today, he hasn't eaten breakfast but will eat some turkey meat if the pills are in there. Someone suggested turkey baby food and I put that on his kibble and he ate it. It's kind of a struggle.

I had a lab mix before and there was never an empty dog bowl. Very puzzling.

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Dec 09, 2016
Picky eater
by: Donna

Your Pyr isn't picky. The food just has nothing to offer.

I would suggest you do some research into raw and kibble. Raw is not difficult to feed once your get into it. It's a species appropriate diet, as well. It's great to see the zest with which your dog eats once they get the hang of it.

I suspect your dog loves the kibble when you first open the bag. After that, it's same old. That's because the fat with which it is sprayed becomes rancid.

Would you want to eat the same dried food day after day?

Here is some information for you:



How kibble is made:

Starting your dog on raw:


Dec 09, 2016
Not raw
by: Michelle

The pet therapy group does not allow dogs who eat a raw diet.. other suggestions?

Dec 10, 2016
sensitive soul
by: Anonymous

The most important sentence was probably your first...'we have a healthy Pyr'. It's obvious from your post that you care a lot. He's a lucky boy to have you.
Consider the comfort & trust factor of his mealtimes. You will not 'spoil' him if you sit on the floor with him and hand feed for a time. You will not spoil him if you feed him human food mixed in with the kibble. You are sharing and that's what matters to him. Try to make mealtimes about togetherness, trust and about how much you care about him. Let go of your anxious 'will he or won't he' thoughts...Pyrs are very sensitive souls, so he knows already that you are anxious about the food. He isn't, and he feels yours but doesn't know why you are. So every morsel you offer him should be about the love you feel for your boy, not about how much he's taking. He's always going to chose for himself the where, the when and the what...so the most important factor is for you to make sure you deliver his dish with a heaping helping of love, every time. I'm in the habit of running my hand along our Pyr's body and giving a pat on the rump when he comes to his dish. Perish the thought I should forget...I get that 'look'. Oh, sorry. Go back for a hug and a pat, and he settles to his meal. For him, this is an integral part of it.
Takes time, I know. You will come to love those tiny moments within your day, with your dog. Your Pyr will change things up many more times as you go along. Ours has decided just lately that he would much rather eat outside, on the balcony, thank you very much. We've had him from a pup. I know by now that he may well make another decision for himself at any time. But always give him a hug and a loving pat as I put his meal down for him. He's our first Pyr, too. And, as you say, a very different experience from the Labradors we too had before. He will change the way you think about a lot of things. Enjoy the ride! You will never be the same, once your life has been graced by the presence of a Great Pyrenees.

Dec 10, 2016
Picky Pyr
by: Darlene Hickman

Our Misti is 9 years old in March ( no one thinks she is going to be 9) Misti has always been feed Raw with some kibble. Always a very high quality kibble and she gets picky too BUT she never ever leaves her Raw food that is always consumed.

Try the raw diet as for probiotics we give her probiotic yougert which she looks at as a treat but it clears up any bouts of diahrea and settles an upset tummy.

Misti eats more in the winter than the summer but as I said she never ever leaves her raw that is always eaten

Good Luck

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