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Havanese can "train" you into allowing them to become picky eaters very easily. Put the food down for 10 minutes in the morning, and again for 10 minutes at dinner time. If they don't start eating within that time period, pick it up, and NOTHING else until the next scheduled meal time. Not even any treats. Yes, he may make himself throw up bile a few times. Healthy dogs will NOT starve themselves. When he finds that he is ONLY getting fed at specific times, and that it's GONE if he doesn't get started, he will come around. But you may need to be hard-hearted for a few days. Free feeding isn't a good idea for a number of reasons.
AFTER you've gotten him eating well, you may want to look into a better quality food. Royal Canin is actually not a great food. HOWEVER, that's NOT why he's not eating it, and he'll pull the same nonsense with the next food if you don't teach him to eat at regular times.
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