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I have this strange problem with Daisy. Daisy gets really bored with her food. I have made the switch from Eukunuba to Wellness and now she is on Innova. She is great when the food is new but gets bored with it. I have tried putting chicken in it but she gets bored with that also. Any suggestions for long time Hav owners.

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Hi Robyn,

It sounds like you have a typical picky-eater Havanese. I've been there, done that my Bugys used to be soooo picky. What had to happen eventually is I had to decided how we were going to play this game. He turned up his nose on all kibble after one or two times. To be perfectly honest he turned his nose on any kibble unless it had human food added to it, wouldn't touch the canned either. Bugsy is now on the following regiment: morning he gets about 1/8 cup of kibble with 2 to 3 ounces of homecooked, at night he gets raw. It works great for us. The only reason he still gets a tiny bit of kibble is because the big guys get 50% kibble 50% home cooked in the morning. That way everyone is eating similar things. If I only had one or two Havs, I wouldn't bother with kibble.

But, if cooking for you fluff or feeding raw doesn't appeal to you, then you just need to put your foot down. Decide on what kibble you want your baby to eat and put it out at breakfast time. Leave it for 15 to 20 minutes after which time pick up the bowl of food, regardless of how much she has eaten, even if it's none at all. Don't offer any food, snacks or treats until dinner time, then offer the food again at dinner. Leave it down for only 15 to 20 minutes and pick it up after that. Don't worry if your baby doesn't eat for a day, as long as she is healthy she will eat. I know some members' dogs have gone a day and a half to two days without food, but ate afterwards.

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Pixie is the same-no to Merrick canned, no to Go! kibble, no to Evangers canned, no to everything except Wilderness kibble. That stuff must be tasty because she STILL will eat it daily. I add some fresh cooked chicken at dinner. I started Mig on it and added water and a little cooked chicken (it smells like soup-not bad!). They both love it (or at least will finish it), and I have to make sure Mig eats because he's still a small guy. The last time he wouldn't eat was a huge disaster and he became hypoglycemic and dehydrated. Not to be gross, but their poops are great on it. My poor boy was sick for weeks and he finally has great poop.

Beth, Pixie Puff and MiG too
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Agree with above, your Hav is playing you and you'll need to put your foot down. Pick what you want her to eat - if you're mixing in some fresh food that's ok as long as it's consistent - and stick with it.

The problem with offering "something better" every time is that eventually there IS nothing better to offer. Then you have to put your foot down because you have no choice because you have nothing better to offer, and you've made that process SO much harder by spoiling them in the meantime.

Most dogs won't starve themselves. If you are worried about glucose, PetCo usually has NutriCal, and a fingertip full on the roof of their mouth will keep them going just fine but not make them feel full.

Had a Havanese client who would NEVER eat at home because Mom would "bargain" with her - she would ALWAYS eat here because her only options were this or be hungry.

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I thought mine were picking and holding out for something better...turns out they are picky about WHEN they eat not WHAT they eat. I'm not a fan of free-feeding, but that's what I've been doing for the last couple of weeks. When I used to put food down during set times they'd just sniff it and leave it...meanwhile, if I fill up their dish in the morning, by early afternoon it's usually totally empty, so I refill it at lunch time and by about 8 or 9 in the evening, bowl #2 of food is gone, too!

Maybe this is an option? I guess I can relate it to a kid...if you give them a bologna sandwich (or another boring option they have ALL THE TIME), they just won't want to eat if they're not hungry. Give the kid a bowl of ice cream, it will get gobbled up, hungry or not! This is like our pups - if they're used to a certain food, they may leave it if they're just not hungry. But add a "treat" in there and boom! Treat gets gobbled up because it's special and they don't know when/if they are going to get more!

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I like free feeding too. It works for me b/c Lola is not overweight [she's on the small side and pretty thin] and I want her to be able to eat when she's hungry. She nibbles throughout the day and usually eats most of her meal at night. I still measure it out and offer her about a cup a day. Some days she doesn't eat much and other days I end up giving her a little more. It doesn't affect her poop schedule, she still goes about three times a day, twice in the a.m. and once at night.

Before I started free-feeding I would sprinkle a little parmesean cheese on her food. Just a tiny amount. I think the strong smell wets their appetite. It worked pretty well, and I felt better sprinkling a little parmesean cheese on her food than putting in chicken or other goodies. But now that I free-feed I don't use/need the cheese.

It also took me some time to find a food that Lola actually liked. She would do the same thing as Daisy -- like a new food at first but then not want it. But now she seems to like her food [california naturals lamb & rice] and not get bored with it.

I know they won't starve and they'll eat when they're hungry. But I just feel better knowing Lola is eating.
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my pup is only 1/2 hav, and he's been playing me since day 1. got him at 8 weeks old, he's 26 weeks old...He even picks out the ppl food in the kibble, and leaves the kibble behind. I mixed ground beef into his puppy kibble, and he to 30 minutes, but he sifted every bite thru his mouth for each beef morsel and let the kibble roll out of his mouth.

I can't free fed, or my other big dog will eat my puppies kibble in a heartbeat.

I personally think my pup is picky about the food and the timing. If he's hungry he'll go over and eat my big dog's kibble.

he's had 3 different puppy kibbles, Innova Evo, royal canin, and then my vet said the I should put him on Innova or another product by that company since it's a much better food than royal canin and my other dog eats Innova.

So pup gets puppy innova. IF he's hungry, AND I hand feed him, he will eat up to 1/2 cup of kibble.

it'a a serious PITA! but I am hangin' tough. not switching foods any more for my picky a$$ pup. he's not starving b/c he was 3.7 lbs when I got him at 8 weeks old, and he is now 10.5 lbs at 26 weeks old. He is holding out for treats and ppl food.

I've never had a dog so picky. all my other dogs have been hoovers.
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sporchid - any reason you can't feed both dogs the same food? that might make your life easier...

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The adult Innova is only 23% protein, the puppy Innova is much higher, like 29% or something like that.

That is my goal that when pup is a 1 yr old, it's all adult Innova.

pup's a real pill. he'll eat the adult innova out of my big dog's bowl, but if I put some on the pup's feeding spot, he won't eat it. well, at least he's not starving.

I was really worried about my pup when I first got him and he was a picky eater out of the gate, so I've supplemented with roasted chicken breast, or roasted turkey thigh. not much maybe 1-2 ounces for a day. you know, so he won't die on me.

anyway... I'm better at cracking down on him now. esp that he's weighs more.
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Hey thanks for the infomation. Is the Wilderness made by blue buffalo?
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