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I have a call into the vet, but would also like opinions on what might be going on with Bodie. His eating habits are very different from my previous dog. First of all, Bodie likes to have someone near him when he eats. He prefers the kibble on the floor, but will eat out of the bowl. He will take one kibble at a time and as he's chewing it, he will look at me or my husband. For reassurance? He doesn't want to eat first thing in the morning. I have put the food down for an hour then taken it away and put it back down around 4 pm, then he will eat and wants to eat again around 7 pm. His current habit is that he won't eat until 11:00 pm. Then he wants to eat around 7:00. I don't want to free feed but yesterday he didn't want to eat before we left for church. We were gone from 9:00-12:00. He had thrown up yellow bile I assume from an empty stomach. He eats Royal Canin dry food which my breeder had him on and my vet says it's a good dog food. I'm thinking of adding in some wet Royal Canin to make it more appealing to him so he will get on a better feeding schedule. Otherwise he's a happy, active 10 month old!

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My Molly has always been a weird eater. She would never just eat the bowl of food when you put it down. She would smell it and walk away, ignore it totally, or pick at a few pieces and stop. She also went through a stage where she would not eat out of the bowl and wanted it on the floor. I threw out so much food due to the fact that it was sitting out too long before she would eat it or it was going in and out of the refrigerator too many times. I ended up feeding kibble because it would not spoil. Eventually I started adding a little freeze dried raw as a topper, which she loves. Her appetite and eating habits have greatly improved, so there is hope. After much trial and error I finally have her on a kibble she loves, which I top with freeze dried or frozen raw. I add a little water to the bowl to moisten it also. Good luck!
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Thank you! It's good to know I'm not alone! Ha! Im going to add a little wet food to his kibble and see how he does.

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Leo is picky as well. At first he ate plain kibble with a little water but then he would just sniff it and walk away. We then started adding wet, canned food as a topper. We have to make sure not to mix it with the kibble or else he won't eat it. Some days he won't eat his 8am meal and will only eat the 6 pm one. He is always ready to eat treats but the vet said a missed meal once in a while is no big deal.
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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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Free feeding isn't a good idea for a number of reasons.
Hi Karen

Could you elaborate more on the 'free feeding isn't good' idea. I think there are two different versions of free feeding - just leaving a full bowl out all day (let them determine how much to eat -I've seen it referred to as Free Choice) or putting their portion in their bowl but leaving it down until they eat it (I've seen it referred to as Amount Limited) as opposed to putting it down for a period, picking it up and putting it down at the next meal time (Time limited).

We're doing the 2nd - Amount Limited - putting 1/2 cup down in the morning (which he never eats at that time), then, if it's gone, adding 1/4 cup in the evening (which I most often don't have to do).

What I've read about the amount limited method versus the 'recommended' time limited seems to focus more on factors such as helping with potty training and being able to more easily see if they're 'off' their food, but I haven't really read anything about health benefits - so was wondering if you've any sources.

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I have the opposite problem with Rudy. He will eat anything, and he eats very fast. 😅
Thank goodness for KONGS.

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I have the opposite problem with Rudy. He will eat anything, and he eats very fast. 😅
Thank goodness for KONGS.
Have you seen some of those bowls that they make to slow a dog down? I almost wish Perry ate fast because they look fun lol

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I've tried the bowls and he still eats in about 20 seconds. Since he eats so fast, I decided to stay with the metal bowls. He had terrible tear stains and we finally see an improvement and I don't want to switch anything right now. He's on filtered water, probiotics, metal bowls, and grain free food.
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I have the opposite problem with Rudy. He will eat anything, and he eats very fast. 😅
Thank goodness for KONGS.
I agree!!!!! Loki will eat anything and everything as soon as he gets it. I give him an 1/8 cup of kibble in puzzle ball in the morning and in the evening. It gives me a few minutes to make coffee or pour a glass a wine after work while he is occupied with the ball. Then he gets a half can of wet food split during the day - a medium kong in the morning, 2 small kongs that the walker gives him when she comes during the day (she likes having something to give him and I put them in the freezer before I leave so they occupy him longer during the day), and then a medium kong in the evening. He doesn't get kongs during the day on the weekend when I am home with him. (Marc feeds him from his bowl when I'm not home. Too lazy to make kongs.)

I will put a couple of tablespoons of veggies or fruit in his bowl when we are having breakfast or dinner - whatever we are having. Eggs on the weekend. I haven't found anything he won't eat.
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