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Just a question. Are your pups good eaters? Mattie doesn't like to eat at meal time and I don't want to leave it down all day and night. My vet said I could mix in some wet so I did but it hasn't made a big difference. She tends to eat when she feels like it. Is this a Havanese thing?
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I don't know but mine does the same thing.
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Just a question. Are your pups good eaters? Mattie doesn't like to eat at meal time and I don't want to leave it down all day and night. My vet said I could mix in some wet so I did but it hasn't made a big difference. She tends to eat when she feels like it. Is this a Havanese thing?
Just don't LET her eat when she likes. If she hasn't eaten in 10 minutes, take it up, and NO food until her next scheduled meal. She'll learn that when she's hungry, she'd better eat.


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Karen that's what I did with Sassy and she eats now. It's really hard at first you feel like you're starving them but they learn quickly.

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Karen that's what I did with Sassy and she eats now. It's really hard at first you feel like you're starving them but they learn quickly.
Yes, those cute little faces are VERY good at training US!!!


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The Ninja does the same thing, but the Bandit eats fast. I think he feels as if the winner should get ALL. Unfortunately for him, I do not let him near the Ninja's bowl. The Ninja is a VERY slow eater. Then, he just quits and expects to come back and finish later. I always pick it up, but I'm not disciplined enough to make him wait until the next mealtime. I'm going to try that tomorrow, though, because I'll bet it works like a charm. Don't worry, Winter. You are obviously a good puppy-mom or you wouldn't be concerned about this. Your little one will get the hang of it soon.
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Both my Havanese, Cuba, and my Coton de Tulear, Tycho, are incredibly picky eaters; I DO take food up after ten minutes or so and sometimes they'll go for up to three days without eating, which I really used to worry about. But they seem fine on it so I've stopped fretting. I don't feed them twice a day any more because neither would touch any food in the morning. I usually bring them downstairs and let them out first thing at about 6am when I get up, then when they come in I give them a small chewy something, then shut them in again while I'm having a shower. Cuba has learned that Tycho doesn't usually touch his chew, asks for the back door to be opened again when I come back down, pretends to go out until he follows her, then doubles back and steals his chew while he's not looking....and then doesn't eat it; but I think she enjoys watching him while he searches for it on his return from the garden, poor boy!
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Before getting Baci I had read that Havanese are very picky eaters. I must have a weird one because mine will eat just about anything I feed him.
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Cuba has learned that Tycho doesn't usually touch his chew, asks for the back door to be opened again when I come back down, pretends to go out until he follows her, then doubles back and steals his chew while he's not looking....and then doesn't eat it; but I think she enjoys watching him while he searches for it on his return from the garden, poor boy!
What a riot! I am afraid Pixel is already beginning to run rings around Kodi too. Poor boys!


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Before getting Baci I had read that Havanese are very picky eaters. I must have a weird one because mine will eat just about anything I feed him.
I know Havanese CAN be picky eaters, but I truly think it is learned behavior. The ones who seem pickiest are either onlies, or live with another picky eater, like Tycho and Cuba.

Kodi was a picky eater until he was about 10 months old, and I went to Europe for 10 days. I left him with a friend who has several large dogs. He was always fed in his ex-pen, completely safe from the other dogs, but just the pressure of all these big dogs gulping their food down near him made him decide that he'd darned well better eat his before they decided to do it for him! From then on, he has never taken more than about 30 seconds to finish a meal.

Pixel has learned from him, and scarfs her food right down too. She missed a few meals in her first few weeks home, but I think this is pretty typical young puppy behavior. We offer them a lot because they are growing. Sometimes they need it, and eat, other times they don't and leave it.


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