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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 03-11-2008, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
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fussy, fussy, fussy...

are all these little guys so bloody fussy?

one day he gobbles his favourite treat and the next he drops it out of his mouth like it's rotten.

one day he eats all of his dinner, both the wet and dry mixed together and the next he picks out all of the dry and leaves it on the floor.

he also prefers to eat when i'm not around so i have to leave the room.

and he seems to only like cheap dog food, refusing to even try some of the better ones i have bought.

if he weren't so **** cute...

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post #2 of 33 (permalink) Old 03-11-2008, 09:34 PM
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Joe, have you read The Havanese by Diane Klumb? She has a funny and informative chapter about these picky eaters.

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I'll feed at the normal times but because MeMe's thin, I always offer the rest of her meal a few hours later. Most of the time, she'll finish on the second try, but otherwise, into the fridge it goes for the next meal. It's too expensive to waste on finicky eating.


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They are not all picky, but it sure isn't uncommon. Maryam's recommendation to read that chapter is a good one. It puts it all into a funny light.

I feed twice a day (unless they are young puppies, then they get 3x/day) and sometimes one will skip a meal. On occasion, that same one will skip a second or third meal too, but I've never had a dog go three full days without eating. They may not eat for two days, but when breakfast comes around on Day #3, the bowl is always licked clean.
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I have the same issue with Oreo, but on vet advice I am not to change up his food every time he does this. Rather I simply wait until the next meal.

With Oreo the longest he has gone is a day and a half without eating, then by then, his kibble is the best meal he has ever had.

In my house Oreo is fed twice per day but I have taken him off a 'schedule' per say. I keep him guessing and he eats now everytime without fussing and if he begins, he has to wait until the next meal as opposed to holding off for the 'good stuff'

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Joe, have you read The Havanese by Diane Klumb? She has a funny and informative chapter about these picky eaters.
is this the book sold on lulu?

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i have tried holding firm but he is more stubborn than i am.
he is the only dog i have ever had that i have heard his stomach growl.
now, that's hungry.

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is this the book sold on lulu?

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Yes, it is sold on lulu.com and amazon.com, but last time I looked the color photo version is not available on amazon.com.

Oh, I have had stomachs growl, but they will hold out when they want and then will give in.
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Joe, stomach growling or not, Mugsy will NOT let himself starve. I can promise you that. Kubrick knows that if he doesn't finish his breakfast (only dry), he will get the same thing for dinner. Only after he finishes whatever he didn't eat at breakfast will he get the rest of his dinner with the wet food. Otherwise, no wet food at all and he sure doesn't like that!


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These threads have been so timely. I've never had a dog who was fussy about eating until Tess and she can be such the drama queen about her food. It's amazing how much can be said without any words. Letting her skip meals until she's really hungry is at least one less thing to worry about.

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