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feeding your hav.

my hav is a very picky eater. he will only eat next to me. if i am watching tv, he will pickup a piece of food, carry it to the family room and eat it. so, because he's such a picky eater and i am lucky if he eats one meal a day, i will pick up his bowl and move it to the family room. he's eats away but, the food has to be on the floor, not in his bowl. if i don't put a handful of food on the floor, he won't eat so, that's what i do. does anyone else have a crazy eating havanese or am i the only lucky one? part of me feels like i should stop my crazy behavior and just let try to eat like a regular dog but i've tried that before and he won't eat. he only eats 1/2 cup of food a day so it's not like it's a huge bowl of dry food.
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Have you read The Havanese by Diane Klumb? She has a whole chapter on eating. In short, Django sounds like a typical Hav! I don't cater to my dogs' fussy eating habits. Martha is one that would prefer to haul her food, mouthful by mouthful, to the living room carpet so she can rest her back against the sofa, but I don't really want a bunch of food in there. If she is hungry, she will eat when I feed them.

I feed them twice a day and keep the food down for 20 minutes and then remove it. If any of them skip a meal or even two days of eating, I don't worry. They always eat by the end of the second day or the beginning of the third.

Have you tried giving Django some set meal times and remove the food if he doesn't eat?
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I have a very picky, finicky Hav...and I definately cater to her! So, you probably do not want my advice...but I can relate.

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LOL Kara!

I was thinking about this a little more and I was reminded of Elaine's very strong caution to me when I got my first Hav. She warned me to be very careful because Havanese will definitely train you if you let them. I've found that to be true on many occasions. You all have to meet Tinky sometime. She would train anyone in a heartbeat! Even during our obedience lessons, she will decide to teach me how to train her and will huff out loud if I don't do it right, meaning her way.
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Ohhh... I get the 'HUFF', yes...indeed! LOL, Guch doesn't get her way all the time, but it just drives me CRAZY when she goes into fasting mode. I can't take it. lol

I guess it is similar to other relationships w/ spouses and children...You just sort of have to pick your battles, ya know? Win some, lose some?! lol

Although, this morning I did put down eggs for breakfast and I know she won't eat them, but I still try every now and then!

I'd love to meet Tinky! She sounds like a hoot! LOL

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I have also had eating problems with Emma. She will be 7 months old the day after Christmas. We have gone from eating her kibble , prefering it to be on a plate rather than a bowl. we recently transitioned from Royal canin dry to puppy formula blue buffalo with success, but sometimes she prefers it to be enhanced with a little moist.
One day i sat on the floor of the kitchen crying in despair because she wasn't
eating and all of my tricks weren't working. So i called my vet to get the real clafification on this eating thing... I can make myself nuts by trying to figure out why or when will she eat or stick to a regular regime and not make myself go nuts.
So now I put food down sometimes she totally skips the morning food, but will eat the evening stuff, somedays she only eats a 1/2 cup... The bigger picture is that she is not undernourished ... and I am not loosing my mind and stressing when she decides to not eat. I have never had such a changeable little pet that surely likes to mix things up!!!!
Yea I totally understand about the Hav training for the Humans....

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If I'm not in the same room w/her while she's eating, Tori (who's almost 5 mos. old) will take a bite in her mouth, come to see where I am, eat what she's got when she finds me, then go back and eat for awhile on her own. If I don't return to the kitchen within her time frame, she'll repeat the scene. If I stay in the kitchen while she's eating, she eats very nicely out of her bowl.

Lately, she's decided she's not always hungry for dinner and will sometime leave quite a bit in her bowl. She is always eager for breakfast, though. I think it's the half an egg yolk that does the trick for her then. She goes absolutely nuts for it!


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Bella is the same way. She has to eat in my bathroom and I have to put the food in little piles on the floor. She then does this ritual. She will circle the food, stares at it, walk over, walk away, walk back and push her nose along the floor up to the food over and over. Eventually, she eats part of it but prefers to be hand fed the rest! She waits until my other 2 hav's are done eating and then eats in front of them, flaunting her food! It is so strange, but if I don't do it this way she goes days without eating.

Freddie and Scudder are picky at times, but if I put grizzly salmon oil in the food, they eat .

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I have given up trying to figure out the eating habits of these dogs. When I had my big dogs, when I put the food down, they ate. These guys are totally different. If they don't eat, I don't worry anymore. They have both gained weight, so I guess they are getting enough nourishment.

I remember something the pediatrician once said to me when I was worried about my kids. He said they will not starve themselves. When they are hungry, they will eat. So, I pass that theory along to the dogs. It is much easier.

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My 3 guys had me "doing the food dance". Not eating dry food if it didn't have something yummy on top, i.e. wet food, rice, chicken or broth etc.
Then they each wanted the other's food and it went on and on... Just like Diane's book. They got pickier and pickier.

(They eat high quality food, Innova. )

So I decided to wait the darlings out. It took a few days of my being steadfast and looking at unfinished dishes. Then they stopped being so picky.

Now they each get 1/3 cup of dry food in the am and pm.They seem to love this dog food now.

Most of the time they eat it right up. If it isn't gone in 20 min. I take the dish up and then they eat well at dinnertime.
I feed them in their crates.
They do run and check each other's dishes when they finish eating to see if there 's anything better in the others' dishes. It is hilarious.

They seem healthy and well-nourished, although the trainer told me that Chico and Magee (Schnoodle)could be a bit trimmer. I was giving them 1/2 cup twice a day and he said that was too much. So I reduced it a bit.

Well, that's my food story, I'm off to do some Christmas shopping.

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