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I have been feeding Sophie frozen raw, and now adding some canned. She started out eating it with gusto and all of it. Now she won't touch it in the morning and will sometimes eat it in evening but not all of it. She seems to feel fine, loves her training treats (I am sure I'm not overfeeding her those she gets less now than when she was eating well). She's been out of season for over a week now if that has anything to do with it. (i just now did some training with her and she about took my fingers off getting the treats)

I've never had a picky eater and have read Havi's can be picky but does this sound normal...could be she was hungrier while actively growing, or something with the hormone etc? And is there anything I could/should do to encourage her to eat I want her to enjoy her food, not eat only because I withhold food until she does. I plan to change her protein source next time maybe different flavor will help?

She is 11 months old now.
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Boy, I really DO think Pixel and Sophie are sisters separated at birth! Pixel has gone from eating with gusto, to totally refusing breakfast, and occasionally dinner. (sometimes both meals on the same day) I believe in NOT giving in to "picky eaters", child or puppy, so I've been offering her breakfast, then picking it up if she doesn't eat it. The problem is, if she doesn't eat ANYTHING, she vomits bile all morning... which makes her want to eat even less. So I've tried coaxing her by putting various toppings on her food (freeze dried chicken, or freeze dried raw, or fresh cooked egg...) to no avail. I end up dumping it out. The ONLY way I can get any food into her in the morning, so that she isn't puking all over the house, is to do some training, and give her good quality food, like Fresh Pet, as training treats. She will eat training treats, even when she won't touch food in her bowl. I'm HOPING this is a phase, and will pass quickly!!!


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Wanted to add that I THINK I remember Kodi getting picky right around 10 months, and he eats like a piggy now, so I AM hoping it's just a phase!


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Yikes! I hope you are right too about it being a phase. But I have to say I'm relieved Pixel is (and Kodi possibly was) doing it too, must be a pretty common and benign thing then. We'll have to compare notes in a few months. Sophie will be getting spayed next month so will be interesting to see if that changes anything.

I agree I don't cater too much either as much as I want to...I know it's not good. I pick it up after about 10 min I know if she walks away from it she isn't likely to go back to it anyway. She had no breakfast yesterday, ate part of her dinner last night. and nothing today except a few training treats. Since I feed raw I can't save it and am tossing a lot of food like you are but I'm at least making her meals a lot smaller and would add to them if she started to eat it all.

I think you are right about them being separated at birth!
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This sounds all to familiar. Mine had an increase in appetite following her spay but is still a picky eater at about 15 mo. now.
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It sounds pretty common for these guys. Interesting Sophie and I just went on a long walk/run and when we got home she ate like a champ.
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Nickie must be an uncommon Hav. Down goes the food, he immediately starts eating, finishes all, and licks the dish just in case he missed something. The very few times he hasn't eaten, it has been because he wasn't feeling well. (And I do need to update his photo. It is a puppy photo and he is now 3.)
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Good boy Nickie! He needs to have a talk with these picky eaters. And you can't call him "Picky Nickie" His puppy pic is adorable I'd love to see an adult one of him also
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Nickie must be an uncommon Hav. Down goes the food, he immediately starts eating, finishes all, and licks the dish just in case he missed something. The very few times he hasn't eaten, it has been because he wasn't feeling well. (And I do need to update his photo. It is a puppy photo and he is now 3.)
Oh! Don't get me wrong! Kodi is a great (piggy) eater, and Pixel HAS eaten with no problem up until the last few weeks. Havanese can DEFINITELY train their owners into allowing them to be picky, but I also think that amny puppies go through a phase of being picky. If we stick to our guns, they come around. Healthy dogs (and puppies) don't starve themselves.
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