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My breeder currently is feeding our puppy Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul Food, and I was wondering for all of you experienced hav owners which commercial foods you find are comparable. The chicken soup dog food doesn't seem to be common in my area, so any feedback with suggested foods or reviews would be very helpful to me. Thank you all for all your help
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I think the Merrick brand of food is very similar, if it is available in your area. My pup loved these when he was younger, but stopped eating them at about 6 mos. But he still likes the one called Wingalings - it has whole chicken wings in it. This is the only problem area I have with Kodi. He is a very fussy eater. He really doesn't eat people food either, unless it's some chicken or turkey burgers. Good luck
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Thank you for that suggestion, I will look into it and compare. I guess it really all depends on the puppy and how they react to it. I know the breeder will be providing us with a small bag of the Chicken Soup food, so at least that will give the puppy some time with its normal food. Actually I am wondering how someone goes about introducing a new brand of food. I know for certain that you just don't do it at once, but I am sure there is a right way to do it. Could anyone let me know? Thanks again
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Thank you reece. When we do switch over we will do it as you suggested. Thank you - we are very excited to welcome our new family member. Just counting down the days now!!
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Welcome to being owned by a Havanese!

I go back and forth from Wellness to Solid Gold. My dogs tend to do fine when I switch foods if I slowly add the new food in. I just think this way I am not putting all my eggs into one basket but two!

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Wow, so many responses by so many caring hav owners ( rather, "Wonderful people who are owned by their havanese") You are all so helpful, thank you.

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I started out on Chicken Soup. I ended up switching once because I thought I found a better food. I switched to Flint River, but then Stogie had bad acid reflux from it, so now because of his stomach, they eat Purina Pro Plan Chicken and Rice.

Be prepared, Havs are picky eaters. Your new pup might eat like crazy as a puppy then one day just stop. You will switch foods, then they will eat like crazy then stop. Hehe Havs are funny. The best thing I did was get another and now they eat out of competition. I have to watch Goldie, she gets chunky.Her head will start looking tiny, and I call her fatty.

Now they have a game going where Goldie will not eat until Stogie is almost done, then as he comes for hers, she blocks him and gobbles her down.

When they stopped eating their normal dried food, I bought Natures Variety Freeze Dried Food and sprinkled a little bit on. They love the Chicken. Here is a link.
http://www.naturesvariety.com/conten...D267PuL325CB63
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http://www.frommfamilyfoods.com/

We have it shipped in 40 lb. bags.
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Thank you all :)

When I began my research on the different dog foods out there I was so overwhelmed because there are so many.... Now thanks to all of you I can atleast narrow it down to those few good brands that you have found so much success with. It is such a peace at mind knowing that there are very healthy options out there in the midst of the multitude of brands out there. I have bookmarked all the sites suggested and now I can relax and not worry about comparable foods for our puppy. Thank you
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I would also suggest buying the smallest bags at first until you find the one he really likes. There is nothing worse than buying a 20 lb bag & they only east 2 lbs of it. When my girls were pups I mixed different kinds all the time, it gave them variety and they seemed to like it. Nutro was one of our favorites.
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