Picky Eater Dog

I had been deboning a chicken, NEVER thought Argos would jump that high to try to score some food. Poor fella was hungry.

I had been deboning a chicken, NEVER thought Argos would jump that high to try to score some food. Poor fella was hungry.

Argos always finds a way to let me know how he feels about his dinner options. When I first adopted him, he simply didn’t want to eat. As a clueless newbie and working stiff, I went to my local pet store chain and I asked them to help me out. We went from Science Diet to Wellness Complete Health Puppy Formula and he approached both of these with equal apathetic enthusiasm. A close friend recommended I try Merrick Puppy Plate and Argos just didn’t care. I’ve mentioned this before but I really think that Wellness Core Grainfree line and Merrick’s Grainfree Recipes are fairly new revamps to their dog food lines. They certainly weren’t available in 2010 when I went through this whole ordeal.

In my clueless attempts to both get my dog to eat and not spend my savings on dog food trial and error, I tried cooking food for him, I tried adding homemade chicken broth to kibble, adding tuna juice and my attempts would be rewarded with exactly 1.5 days of curious nibbling.

I got a list of premium dog food brands and I started doing my own research on these. All I knew back then, courtesy of my vet, was that I shouldn’t feed supermarket brands to Argos. I didn’t know why and I didn’t know what made other brands ‘premium’. I learned quite a bit about dog food and I began to understand the difference between them. The other problem still persisted, how can I try some of these brands without spending the 10-15 bucks on 5 lb bags that Argos is most likely not going to eat?

So I began emailing all of the brands on my list with my particular dilemma and asking them if they could supply me with sample packs for Argos to try. To my very happy surprise, most of them did, others sent me coupons for sample packs, others said just buy our 3-5lb bag and if he doesn’t like it, return it, while other companies said nothing. I’ve placed some of the responses I got from my emails below.

Fromm, Natural Balance, Earthborn, Avoderm, and Halo were the only ones to send me free samples and these were the ones that I tried first. For Argos, Earthborn was the winner. They sent me the Earthborn Holistic Primitive Natural recipe which is grainfree and he loved it. Fromm came in second with their grainfree recipes as well. I noticed that Argos’s enthusiasm started to wane after a couple of weeks on Earthborn so I decided to redeem a couple of coupons for free cans of Evangers Grain Free Game Meats. I mixed his grainfree kibble with Evangers grainfree chicken and he hasn’t had a problem with his food yet.

It has been about two and half years since I did this, I’ve switched Argos’s kibble to other brands and for some reason he prefers the grainfree recipes. Recently I walked over to my local pet feed store and they gave me some free samples of other grainfree recipes for him to try. I imagine for those of you out there with picky eaters you may be able to explore other brands and recipes this way.

I’ve also recently discovered dogfoodadvisor.com and boy has that been handy in determining what brands I want to try next and what kinds of puppy formulas I want to give my puppy Ellie. It’s a very informative site.

Having a picky eater is difficult and worrisome but I was able to help my dog find something he actually wanted to eat. I never truly realized how stressful it had been until I adopted my second dog Ellie and I gave such a huge sigh of relief when she ate her food without any fuss.

Til next time.


From Merrick:

Hello Norma,

Thank you for taking the time to email us. Unfortunately we do not have samples available.  We do have trial size bags available through retail stores.  Check with your retailer for the availability of these.

If for some reason your local retail stores does not carry the trial size bags.  You can purchase a small bag of food risk free.  All of our products are 100% guaranteed, so if for some reason your pet does not like the product hang on to your receipt and you are welcome to exchange for another flavor or a refund.

If there is anything else I can do for you, please let me know.

Thank you,


Merrick Pet Care


From Castor & Pollux:

Hi Norma,

Thank you for your interest in our products. Although we do not have samples, we do sell our food in 5.5 pound bags, which is a very cost effective way to try our product. In addition, we offer a satisfaction guarantee. If you aren’t satisfied with our food, you can call our customer service and they will issue you a full refund. We think that Argos will love it!




From Evangers Dog Food:


We are in business because of picky eaters.  I am sending you some coupons for free cans and for our dry food.  You can go to a local independent store and redeem the coupons and try our fine foods.



Evanger’s Pet Food

From Halo Pets:

Dear Pet Lover,

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Thank you for your sample request. They should arrive within a week.

Please feel free to e-mail or call us at 800-426-4256 anytime with questions. Wishing you and your pets GREAT health!

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