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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 04-09-2012, 01:44 PM Thread Starter
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New puppy owner!

Hi everyone! My boyfriend and I are proud new owners of a very sweet chocolate havanese named Rocco (pictures to come!). We picked him up three days ago and he's 14 weeks old. This is our first time raising a puppy and we are very excited (and very nervous). I was grateful to discover this forum and I'm sure we will be on here often.
So far I only have one question- Rocco doesn't seem to be terribly interested in his food. We are feeding him Taste Of The Wild (same as breeder). He ate a little the first and second days we had him home but since then has been pretty uninterested. He had a long car ride yesterday and I think that might have upset his stomach. He did eat an entire Kong Ziggie (I just wanted him to have someone in his stomach after 24 hours of no food) today and is drinking, peeing, and chewing toys normally. Any advice on how to get him to eat his dinner tonight?
Thanks- I look forward to being an active member of this forum!
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Another forum member had a similar experience with their puppy not eating much after coming home. I believe they just gave the puppy time to adjust to the new surroundings first. Moving is a big change!

Congrats on your new pup, but we require PICTURES! LOTS of them!!! We want to ooo and ahh over Rocco too.
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I remember this happened to me as well, I was petrified running out and buying all sorts of food, funny thing was, she finally ate the wet food..Cesars in the little plastic tin...lol, I've heard that is like 'cake' for dogs, really nothing of nutritional value to it, but I was worried she wasn't eating.

Havs aren't your typical 2 X a day everyday eaters, they eat when they are hungry. I wouldn't be concerned unless the pup is acting ill, not drinking lethargic..or other indicators of a problem, he may just not be hungry and adjusting.

Congrats on your addition and we look forward to your posts and pictures!

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I actually copied and pasted this from an Amazon.com book review of The Havanese. I just thought this summary on the chapter on feeding your Havanese was hilarious!!

In the pages on getting your Havanese to actually eat, the author slips imperceptibly from teacher to student to subject:

Meal one: The new owner drives across town to buy the brand of dog food suggested by the breeder.

Meal two: Owner adds some cut-up chicken

Meal three: Puppy loves the lamb and rice...but everything else he now considers toxic waste.

Meal 4: Plain kibbles and rice? You're kidding right? I'd like some cottage cheese, please...

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Welcome and congratulations on your baby!!!

I too, brought my hav home when she was 14 weeks!! considered "old" by some, it just happened to be when we found her! BE sure you are getting out there and SOCIALIZING all the time over the next 2 weeks!!! Bringing them home in thier 'late' puppy hood really puts the pressure on to socialize them as that main window closes early!!

can't wait to see pictures!!!

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Hi welcome and where are the pictures! I had a couple tricks that helped my pups to eat. I sat on the floor next to the food and hand feed. I added warm water with a bit of chicken broth. I added chicken breasts they do love caned food but it is a lot more costly . I don't know the Kong treat you gave but maybe he got full. Hope he eats better soon.

Maddie at 5mo old
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Thanks everyone! As expected, i ran out to get him different food. I ended up going with Holistic Select Puppy food- it's a canned food and he gobbled up about 1/4 cup as soon as I set it down! Yay! I'm going to see if he'll eat more later tonight.

TilliesMom- I have been trying to get him socialized as I heard it's important before 16 weeks, but I'm a little nervous because he hasn't had all of his shots. He's had the first two rounds of shots- second round with the breeder's vet on April 2nd. My vet said it's ok to have him out as long as I'm careful but I live in downtown manhattan where there's a lot of people and dogs and not a lot of space. I'm just taking him out right in front of my building- not walking far- just to get the potty training started. I'm steering him clear of other dog poop and suspicious looking puddles. I'm a little nervous but I do want him to experience the outside world and also get potty training. Anyone have any thoughts on taking him out with only two rounds of shots?
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we had a doggie carrier for Tillie when she was a puppy! worked GREAT! also just taking your puppy to friends houses, school, etc. do you have kids? if so, they can do some GREAT socializing of your pup!!
We now have a great little doggie stroller that would work good for socializing too!

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Welcome and glad he's eating now!

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Congrats on you chocolate boy-looking forward to photos

Beth, Pixie Puff and MiG too
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