You need to rule out illness before embarking on solving a dog’s eating problem.
My approach to such things is to first look for obvious, but often overlooked reasons (put another way, when hearing hoof beats, think horses not zebras).
BARF has its detractors, including some veterinarians and the FDA, and there are concerns over bacteria, which are easily addressed by a conscientious owner.
Also consider mixing the dog’s kibble with a small amount of canned dog food with a bit of water to make it enticing with “gravy.” (this web site lists some canned dog food options: Some picky eaters get the appetite of a sumo wrestler when their diet is switched over to a BARF diet, an acronym for “Biologically Appropriate Raw Food or Bones,” or “Biologically Appropriate Raw Food.
Raw dog diets are controversial, but proponents of feeding raw meat, bones, fruits, and vegetables are zealous in their enthusiasm for the improvements they believe they see in their dogs.
These foods have been tried and tested by people in the dog fancy and are suggested as a means to jump start the appetite in a sick or compromised dog: Weruva canned dog food (human grade), sardines, canned cat food, Gerber’s baby food (especially turkey or sweet potato), Braunschweiger, Limburger Cheese, broth, pureed liver, Dinty Moore Beef Stew, yogurt, cottage cheese/cream cheese, canned mackerel, scrambled eggs with cream cheese, chicken noodle soup – and even this one: hard-boiled eggs smashed up in French Vanilla yogurt, slightly warmed.
Sometimes, you may need to “jump start” an appetite with something so enticing, it’s irresistible.
Here is the original recipe for “Satin Balls,” one of the most requested recipes on Wellpet, Showdogs-L, Vet Med, and other popular e-mail lists for serious dog people: 10 pounds of cheap hamburger meat 1 large box of Total cereal 1 large box oatmeal 1 jar of wheat germ 1 1/4 cup veg oil 1 1/4 cup of unsulfured molasses 10 raw eggs and their shells 10 envelopes of unflavored gelatin pinch of salt Mix all ingredients together, much like you would a meatloaf.