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Need Some Help--Eating Problems

Hey Everyone-

This is my first post and I think this topic may have been addressed before, but I'm looking for some specific advise.

I have a Havanese (named Haley) and she is 13 months old. We have had some major issues with her picky eating and digestion/soft stools.

We finally figured out the digestion issues (we eliminated giving her more than 1-2 small treats for obediance per day and we switched to Origin dog food).

Now we are dealing with an EXTREMELY Picky eater. She's always been a picky eater since we got her, but she would always eat some of her kibble. However, all of the kibbles we had her on were giving her diahrea--so we would combine some cooked chicken with her kibble to help her eat/harden her stools. Finally after finding origin she actually cleaned her bowl and ate all her kibble.

However, she now refuses to eat her kibble...if we put some chicken or cheese in the bowl she will pick through the kibble and only eat the human food.

I'm worried that she's not eating enough and I'm not sure what to do.

She's still pooping and her stools are still hard (thank-god!).

Any suggestions??

Sorry for the long post!

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Hi Josiah : )

I have the same issue with Loki except for the stool issues. I've been feeding Loki kibble (Wellness – Super 5 Mix Adult Health) but also mix in Wellness – 95% Meat Canned Varieties, since he was 13 months old. I add a little water so that it coats each piece of kibble-otherwise, he'd also pick out the pieces without the canned bits on it.

When Loki was about 12 months, I started looking into what type adult dog food I should feed him. At the recommendation of several forum members, I consulted with Sabine-http://www.betterdogcare.com/?page=about She sends you a lengthy questionaire and based on your responses provides:
1) Recommended diet: recommended food(s) and amounts
2) Supplements
3) Additional information - for me it was the urging to introduce wet food into Loki's diet. I have a particular aversion to wet as it smells awful : )

I really suggest contacting Sabine for her recommendations for Haley.

It was well worth the $20.00 fee.

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You're going to hear from many here that we create our picky eaters. The advice usually given is this:

A dog won't starve. They will eat sooner or later but make sure there is always water available. Put the food down at the same time every day and leave it for about 20 minutes. If the dog doesn't eat it, pick it up, cover it, and offer at the next meal. NO TREATS. Do this continuously for a few days and the dog will eat. If you're concerned about weight then check with your vet before trying this.

I had to do it with our first dog, Scooter. He was so picky! I did that and he did eat but he also didn't like eating from a bowl so my 3 eat from a plate. He's not picky anymore since there are two others just waiting for him to walk away so they can eat his food!

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Thank-you very much for the advice..I'm taking both suggestions and using them!
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I hope I didn't sound harsh, I didn't mean to at all. I struggled with the same thing and at times would sit on the floor and put the food in my hand to try to get him to eat. I mixed in all sorts of stuff but finally did the thing where we just held out and he did eat. Don't be surprised if your pup throws up some bile, nasty yellow foamy stuff, from not eating.

Good luck, I worried myself sick over it.

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Hi Josiah : )

I have the same issue with Loki except for the stool issues. I've been feeding Loki kibble (Wellness – Super 5 Mix Adult Health) but also mix in Wellness – 95% Meat Canned Varieties, since he was 13 months old. I add a little water so that it coats each piece of kibble-otherwise, he'd also pick out the pieces without the canned bits on it.

When Loki was about 12 months, I started looking into what type adult dog food I should feed him. At the recommendation of several forum members, I consulted with Sabine-http://www.betterdogcare.com/?page=about She sends you a lengthy questionaire and based on your responses provides:
1) Recommended diet: recommended food(s) and amounts
2) Supplements
3) Additional information - for me it was the urging to introduce wet food into Loki's diet. I have a particular aversion to wet as it smells awful : )

I really suggest contacting Sabine for her recommendations for Haley.

It was well worth the $20.00 fee.
Great advice, you won't go wrong with a consultation with Sabine.

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No offense taken---I'm going to contact Sabine and in the meantime only feed her Kibble and no treats....
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perfect , don't worry she won't starve. Ask her for her Canned vs. Kibble article.

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I have 2 that are picky and it kills me. Bella is the worst and refuses even filet mignon at times! She has her own little system of eating, but it took 5 years to figure her out. Fred and Bella both pick out what they want out of their bowls. They will actually spit out the kibble. I've tried everything from canned, to raw, to dry, back to raw, back to canned and on and on. I finally found something they all eat with little resistance, but I hate feeding it. It's not the best dog food, so hopefully one day I will try to switch again. I just have a hard time watching them miss a meal. I just need to toughen up I suppose





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I did a consult with Sabine as well. I didn't take all of her recommendations but did apply some and was happy with it, for $20 I got some great information! One thing she pointed out was how bad the treats were that we were using. I'm much more aware of what I feed the dogs and ALWAYS read labels now.

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