How to Get Your Fussy Cockapoo to Eat

By Sam M. •  Updated: 03/14/24 •  4 min read
How to Get Your Fussy Cockapoo to Eat

If you have a fussy cockapoo who’s turning their nose up at mealtime, you’re certainly not alone. Dealing with a dog that refuses to eat can be incredibly frustrating. In this article, we’ll discuss some strategies to help you tackle this issue and ensure your furry friend, even your picky eater, gets the nutrition they need.

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Cockapoos, with their poodle lineage, are exceptionally intelligent dogs. This intelligence can make them quite adept at getting what they want, including avoiding certain foods. To overcome this, you’ll need to outsmart your cockapoo by being one step ahead.

It’s essential to understand that a picky eater isn’t necessarily a sign of poor nutrition. Constantly changing their food or adding extra toppings like chicken or rice won’t solve the underlying issue. Instead, it’s a behavioral problem that requires a different approach.

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Before implementing any changes, ensure your cockapoo is in good health and properly hydrated. If your dog has any health issues, consult your vet before proceeding. Assuming your dog is healthy, follow these steps:

  1. Eliminate Distractions: Stop all treats, toppers, and human food. Only offer your dog their regular meals.
  2. Establish Feeding Schedule: Set specific meal times and stick to them. Offer the food once or twice a day, and if your dog doesn’t eat within a set time frame (around 5-10 minutes), remove the food until the next mealtime.
  3. Stay Firm: It’s natural to worry that your dog will go hungry, but remember, they’re likely holding out for treats or table scraps. By sticking to the feeding schedule and removing all other food options, you’re teaching your dog that their regular meals are the only option.
  4. Be Patient: It may take a few days for your dog to adjust to the new routine, but eventually, hunger will compel them to eat their regular food.

Ensure the food you’re offering is of good quality. Look for options that contain no wheat, barley, corn, soy, meat and animal derivatives, meat meals, or added sugar. Providing your dog with nutritious meals will contribute to their overall health and happiness.

How can I encourage my Fussy Cockapoo to eat more?

If your vet has confirmed your dog is healthy then it’s time to find out how best to help your dog improve their relationship with their food bowl. To help understand and change your dog’s feeding behaviour you first need to identify and recognise why they choose not to eat their food.

You should try switching foods Time to time:

If you’re still struggling you could also try switching to a dry complete food designed for ‘active’ dogs. These dog foods are specially formulated and tend to be very concentrated, so your dog won’t need quite as much food to receive an equivalent level of energy. These types of foods contain higher levels of oil, which might make them more attractive to your dog. Specially formulated ‘sensitive’ recipes, meanwhile, have a high level of digestibility, which can also sometimes encourage a fussy eater.

If you do switch foods remember to do this gradually, so as not to upset your dog’s stomach. Start off by mixing in small amounts of the new food into your dog’s regular food, gradually increasing the amount over a period of 7-10 days.


Dealing with a picky eater can be challenging, but with patience and consistency, you can help your Fussy Cockapoo develop healthier eating habits. Remember, it’s essential to approach the issue with firmness and commitment. By prioritizing your dog’s nutritional needs and eliminating food-related distractions, you can ensure they lead a happy and healthy life.

Sam M.

Hi! I'm Sam, the founder of, I created to help pets live healthier through better food. I combine my love for animals and research to guide pet owners in choosing the right meals for their pets.

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