The answer is to do so slowly over the course of a week.
- Days One to Two: Fill your dog’s bowl with a quarter of new food and three-fourths old food.
- Days Three to Four: Fill your dog with a fifty-fifty ratio of new and old food.
- Days Five to Six: Fill your dog’s bowl with three fourths of new food and one fourth of old food.
- Day Seven: On the last day, fill your dog’s bowl with only new food.
Throughout this transition process from old to new food, watch how your dog is reacting. Are they eating all of their food or are they pushing the new food around to only eat their old food? This can help you adjust the process, perhaps they don’t enjoy that particular brand of dry dog food and you will have to try another or maybe they need a longer transition time. This back and forth can be frustrating, but the process will be worth it in the end when your dog is eating the right food for them and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. As each dog is different and some food choices are breed specific, be sure to check with your veterinarian about the best type of diet and food brand for your dog.