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Our little Wee Man is such a good boy but he is very picky with food.Admittedly we have fed him tit bits such as small pieces of cookies etc but not very much or very often. Dog food seems to hold no interest for him no matter what it is but we do persist and now and again he will eat it all at once. We have tried cutting out any treats whatsoever for periods of time but it makes no difference. He is very headstrong and can go a couple of days without eating anything. Any suggestions please.
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You have to re-train him ( what I mean by this is that HE has YOU trained now.....I am not one to be giving advice on feeding...I know several will weigh in who have dogs the proper weight I am working on mine, and I admit i am a push over for big brown eyes!

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Our little Wee Man is such a good boy but he is very picky with food.Admittedly we have fed him tit bits such as small pieces of cookies etc but not very much or very often. Dog food seems to hold no interest for him no matter what it is but we do persist and now and again he will eat it all at once. We have tried cutting out any treats whatsoever for periods of time but it makes no difference. He is very headstrong and can go a couple of days without eating anything. Any suggestions please.
Healthy dogs will NOT starve themselves. Put the food down, if he hasn't eaten in 20 minutes, pick it up, and NOTHING until his next scheduled meal. Then put it down for 20 minutes again. If he still doesn't eat, pick it up again. Some stubborn ones WILL hold out for a couple of days, and it won't hurt them in the least. He'll give in sooner or later. Be strong!!!

Also, take a good look at how MUCH you are feeding him. many people inadvertently feed their new Havs WAY too much, and then worry when the dog (quite rightly) doesn't eat it all.


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I agree with Karen. I can be fairly lax about some things, but the thought of an overweight toy dog just terrifies me -- I have a mini-dachshund and a hav. The dachshund, especially, could really suffer later in life if overweight. Some mornings, my puppies don't even touch their breakfast -- if it's down for 20 minutes, I put it up. They survive.
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I do with my puppy the same thing I did with my children, here is the food. Eat it if you are hungry but you aren't getting anything else until its gone..... ok with the human babies they only had to eat 3 bites of something before the could tell me they didnt like it. I had a problem with Kipper not eating his puppy food about a month ago (I feed him Innova). He would go to his cage (where he is fed) sniff it and then go to my bigger dogs bowl to eat her food (sadly she eat's Kibble's and Bits- I know I can't get DH to switch her over to a better food). A couple of weeks ago I decided to switch Kipper over to adult food (he is over 11 mts old now) and that made a world of difference. Instead of going and taking his food (piece by piece) and rubbing the "taste" off on is bed before he ate it he now eats heartily (well he still tries to go and eat Sadies food but I think that is more of a dominance thing that they are working out). It just takes patience and knowing that the dog will not starve itself- they will eat if they are hungry.

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