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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 09-21-2017, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
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Today, my little Mojo just did not want her food. She ate a decent amount at breakfast, but when I put her lunch and then her dinner down, she sniffed, nibbled, and walked away. She is her normal, happy self otherwise. Wants to run and play. But I am worried about this. She is almost 4 mos old and weighs 6 lbs. It could just be that she is bored with the food. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.
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Becky used to be like this, I used to worry and scramble an egg so to get her to eat.

I had always had greedy dogs which never turned down anything but have found with Havanese, at least mine, they are fussy finicky eaters.

Now I dont worry, as long as your pup is happy and active she will eat when she is ready.
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Don't get sucked into her being "bored" or "finicky". You can CERTAINLY create a "Fussy Havanese", but they don't have to be. Put her food down, and if she hasn't begun to eat, pick it up in 10 minutes or less. (My SLOWEST eater takes about 90 seconds to finish a meal, so 10 minutes to get started is PLENTY of time) If she walks away, pick it up. If she doesn't start, pick it up. NO FOOD AT ALL until the next meal time. Repeat the same process. She may skip a couple of meals, or even a couple of DAYS. But a healthy dog or puppy WILL NOT starve themselves.

Leaving food out or "tempting" them with toppers... or WORRYING about them can all lead to a picky eater. Havanese are SMART, and VERY good at training their owners!


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When mine were puppy's they did the same thing. So for about a year I would stew up chicken breasts and freeze with the juice in ice cube trays. I would defrost only one cube and divide it between the two. It always got them to eat their two meals a day. Now mine will still from time to time skip meals but I don't worry as much. I do however add a teaspoon of pumpkin at each feeding and they always eat it up. I add the pumpkin because Zoey needed more fiber in her diet and it has worked great. When I was really worried about them eating like if they were sick I hand feed to get them started. Neither of mine are finicky eaters . Its sort of sweet Zoey finishes her food fast but always leaves Maddie's alone . Maddie's may sit their for hours and Zoe leaves it for her.
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Thanks, everyone! I am learning that Mojo will pick at her food one meal, then devour every bit and lick her bowl clean the next. I am good about picking the bowl up and putting it away after 10 minutes. She goes off to play and nap until the next mealtime. It was a matter of my learning her habits, I guess. As my husband said, "She's tiny! She'll eat what she needs, healthy puppies will not starve themselves." Because she has been normal and healthy, I just decided to relax and follow her lead. We are in a routine now. I so appreciate this forum.
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Recommendations for kibble formulas that your puppies like? We started with Royal Canin Mini, which is what her previous owner fed her (gave us the bag), but she's no longer into it. Tried Taste of the Wild. Meh. One suggestion I read was to add less than a 1/4 c low-sodium chicken broth to tempt her. Have not tried that yet. Anyone heard of or tried TruDog? Just want some ideas before I start buying new brands. Thanks.
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My picky girl loves Nature’s Variety Instinct kibble. I top it with a few pieces of freeze dried raw, add some water, and she gobbles it up. If I was going to add chicken broth I would use the sodium free version as I would be concerned about the added salt.
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I use Wellness Core puppy and Brother's Complete. Both are grain free and use veg for carbs, I think. They are both coated with probiotics. I have to order Brothers online but Wellness core is at the big box pet stores.

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Perry eats Wellness Core. The only concession to 'picky' that I will make is that I moisten his food (and he generally does eat that better than he was eating just dry) - and that's really because it reduces him drinking water too quickly (which he always throws up) because he's getting water in both meals. If he doesn't eat, no biggy, I'm sure he will eat the next meal.
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Rocco eats Fromm Gold Puppy and I mix it with their canned food half and half. I have used chicken broth mixed with the dry food as well. He is also very choosy about his eating times and is never consistent. I think teething has a lot to do with it right now. One day when he wouldn't eat he also lost 4 teeth!
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