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How Dogs View Food: Exploring Taste and Nutrition

A tasty, healthy, and well-balanced diet is the first step toward a happy and healthy dog. However, with so many options available, it can be difficult to choose, and many questions may arise. How do dogs see their food? Do they really care about taste? What are some examples of healthy ingredients that dogs enjoy?

In this article, we’ll talk about the science behind how dogs see food, their different tastes and preferences, and the health benefits of different ingredients.


Understanding How Dogs Look at Food

We all know that dogs enjoy food, but have you ever wondered how they perceive it and what factors matter the most to them? Humans may be most concerned with taste and presentation, while dogs pay attention to other aspects of their food.

Dogs have a different sense of taste, with far fewer taste buds than humans. Humans have approximately 9,000 taste buds, while dogs have only around 1,700.  As a result, dogs may be less sensitive to taste than we are.  They compensate for this, however, with a keen sense of smell that is up to a million times stronger than ours. This is why dog food often has a strong odor: to make it more appealing to our furry friends. In addition to smell, they also care about the texture and moisture of their food.

And, if you’re a vegan hoping your dog will follow in your footsteps, there’s good news: according to Dr. Andrew Knight’s research, plant-based food is at least as appealing to dogs as traditional meat-based meals!

As pet parents, it’s important to understand what matters to our fur babies. We want to feed them food that is both nutritious and appealing to their senses. Finding a balance between taste and nutrition is key.


Different Tastes and Palates

Just like humans, canines have varying tastes and preferences when it comes to what they like to eat. Some dogs prefer broccoli over berries, while others prefer lentils over peas.

Some foods are more widely accepted by dogs than others. One example is peanut butter—a tasty and healthy ingredient most dogs enjoy. It’s rich in protein and healthy fats, and it contains vitamin E, an antioxidant that promotes healthy skin and coat. 

To make mealtimes more enjoyable for your individual dog, it is important to recognize and cater to their preferences as much as possible. This can be done by gradually introducing new foods and monitoring your dog’s response. And be patient—you may be able to teach your dog to like foods they previously disliked over time!


Proper Nutrition is Essential

Dogs, like humans, need a well-balanced diet to remain healthy, as different ingredients provide different health benefits to dogs. Protein, which can be found in peas or lentils, is essential for muscle growth and repair. Rice and other carbohydrates provide energy. Vitamins and minerals are necessary for overall health and well-being.

When buying dog food, pay attention to the label and make sure it meets the nutritional requirements set by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). Learn more about what nutrients are essential in your dog’s diet by clicking here!


PawCo Offers Both Flavor and Nutrition

PawCo’s recipes are a great way to introduce new flavors into your dog’s diet while providing a nutritious and complete meal. 

PawCo’s GreenMeat™ is a revolutionary plant-based meat alternative for dogs, created by animal nutritionists and food scientists to exceed AAFCO guidelines. It’s a tasty, healthy option guaranteed to be a hit with dogs everywhere thanks to its high-quality ingredients, complete and balanced nutrition, and delightful taste.

Place your order here! And keep an eye out… We might have something new on the way soon—something delicious that will have your dog licking their bowl clean!



Choosing the right food for your dog is an important decision that can affect their health and happiness. Understanding how dogs perceive food, their different tastes and preferences, and the health benefits of various ingredients allows us to make informed decisions about what to feed our canine companions.


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