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I have to watch her EAT???

I've had Chi-Chi for a little over a week now and it has been a pleasure, but I fear we have her spoiled. She will only eat if I stand and watch her, and even then, she will not eat from her bowl. I have to either feed her by hand (one piece of kibble at a time) or toss a few pieces on the floor. If I comply to Her Majesty's wishes, she will eat the full meal. If not, maybe two pieces. The breeder told us to pick up the bowl after 15-20 minutes. But she also said to do whatever necessary to get food into her the first days after bringing her home. Any suggestions? Please and thank you!
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Good Chi-Chi training your humans early ! LOL. I am "well trained" also.
How old is she? Sophie has gotten picky lately and I do what your breeder suggests, if she does't eat in 15 min or so it gets picked up until next meal (she gets training treats in between). But she's 11 months old. I'm guessing Chi-Chi is younger?
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LOL Yes, she's 9 weeks.
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OMgosh I'd love to go back to the 9 week old age! Enjoy it goes way too fast. She is a DOLL.
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I am guilty of trying different things to get my Molly to eat because she is so tiny. She has never had an interest in food and I have tried to find something that she would gobble up to no avail. I have thrown away more raw, canned and dehydrated food than I care to admit. You can only take it in and out of the refrigerator so many times before it is bad. I am sticking with a premium kibble that won't spoil if she doesn't eat it right away. I use freeze dried raw as a topper which seems to get her interest and I add water to it so she gets added moisture. She went through a phase when she was little where she would only eat the food off the floor and I did serve it to her that way. Sometimes putting her food in a kong or treat ball or toy helps. My advice would be to serve a quality food, put it down, and take it away until the next meal time. I would not get her used to you having to stand there while she eats. They are very good at training us and I do believe they will not starve if there is food available to them. I don't see anything wrong with trying a few different things like adding water to kibble or even a different protein to see if that helps if your puppy continues to eat poorly. Good luck!



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I am guilty of trying different things to get my Molly to eat because she is so tiny. She has never had an interest in food and I have tried to find something that she would gobble up to no avail. I have thrown away more raw, canned and dehydrated food than I care to admit. You can only take it in and out of the refrigerator so many times before it is bad. I am sticking with a premium kibble that won't spoil if she doesn't eat it right away. I use freeze dried raw as a topper which seems to get her interest and I add water to it so she gets added moisture. She went through a phase when she was little where she would only eat the food off the floor and I did serve it to her that way. Sometimes putting her food in a kong or treat ball or toy helps. My advice would be to serve a quality food, put it down, and take it away until the next meal time. I would not get her used to you having to stand there while she eats. They are very good at training us and I do believe they will not starve if there is food available to them. I don't see anything wrong with trying a few different things like adding water to kibble or even a different protein to see if that helps if your puppy continues to eat poorly. Good luck!
Tried the water, didn't work. She is eating the Merrick Beef and Sweet Potato. Going to head over to the pet store to find something to add that she might like. Thanks! And I believe you are right, she will eat before she starves to death. I'm standing my ground with her tonight LOL
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Tried the water, didn't work. She is eating the Merrick Beef and Sweet Potato. Going to head over to the pet store to find something to add that she might like. Thanks! And I believe you are right, she will eat before she starves to death. I'm standing my ground with her tonight LOL
I am a FIRM believer in not catering to "picky eaters". HOWEVER, she's very young, and especially if she's a small puppy for her age, you could end up with a situation where she gets low blood sugar, which makes her nauseated, which makes her not want to eat... a vicious circle.

I think I'd check with her breeder for advice before "waiting her out" at this age. If the breeder thinks that what is happening is outside the realm of normal for her puppies, a call to the vet might be in order.
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Thanks, Karen. She was at the vet 2 days ago and he too, was not concerned as she gained .25 lb since Jan. 2 and is her usual playful self. If she won't settle down and eat tonight, I will call the breeder. This forum is great BTW Nothing better than practical advice from those who have been there
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Hi Chi-Chi's Mom,
I can totally relate to your predicament as I have been there and to some extent am still there. Like Diane, I can't tell you how much uneaten freeze dried and canned food I have had to throw out. But I too have a small Havanese and I didn't want to get into the situation that Karen describes, i.e., nothing in their stomach and vomiting bile. So I try to make sure Zoe eats something every day. I now realize that the meal times we think she should eat are not always the times she is hungry. I keep some high quality dry kibble out just in case.
I can sort of recognize when she wants food as she will mill around me in the kitchen when I am cooking. I am currently giving Stella and Chewy's but sometimes I have to prime her with a little chicken or beef on top. Then she will eat the whole medallion. No guarantees that this is the permanent answer but I wish you luck and certainly can understand the problem.
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Zoe, Thanks. How do you (or do you) prepare the chicken or beef? Details please!
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