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Hates Kibble

Hey,

Just got a new puppy about a week ago - 3 months old. For some reason, he seems to HATE kibble and prefers moist food.

We got a bag of Nutram from the breeder - that is what he used to eat there but since he has been with us, he seems that he would rather starve than eat that. We also tried feeding him with Nutro small breed/puppy but to no avail.

When we experimented with canned Medi-Cal and Nutro, he ate that! I have even tried moistening the kibble with a little bit of water and that does not work. If we mix the kibble with a little bit of canned food, he licks the kibble but does not consume them...

Any suggestions?
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Is his weight normal for his age?

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I am HAVing the same problem. My dog gets so stubborn with food and will not eat kibble for days. I have brought him to the vet so many times to rule out any medical problems and he always came back with a clear bill of health. I actually had to cook up chicken for him and mix it with the kibble in order for him to eat. I think we have created a picky eater. He holds out even longer now Anywho I want to follow this thread to see what people say.
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I think we have created a picky eater..
I think you have too
They're so sweet and cute that it's hard not to spoil them.

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We took him to the vet for his second shot of vaccinations - 3 days ago, and his weight was 2.8 kg...close to 6 lbs.

Ninja, it's so frustrating!! I am assuming that the kibble is better for his teeth...we have been keeping in touch with his breeder and she initially said that it was not a big deal and he would not starve...then today, she said to just feed him whatever he was willing to eat and that she had no idea why he was not eating kibble...she suggested taking it away for a few days and then introducing it to him again...

Did he eat his kibble when it was mixed in with chicken?
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Jan, you are sooo right lol

He did eat his kibble when we mixed it with chicken. We honestly struggled for months. Taking his food away made me feel so bad. The vet told us he was at a healthy weight and we should not worry but he still felt very skinny. So I started gradually changing brands of his food, trying out many commercial brands until I finally learned about the healthy organic foods. When I mixed chicken with the commercial brands he would simply pick the chicken out of the bowl and eat only that. THEY ARE SO SMART! Currently we are feeding him the Solid Gold Wee Bits. We add some white meat chicken to it and mix it well and now he eats both the kibble and the chicken. This food does have some grains I think and I will be looking for something else after this bag but for now that's what he's eating.

I read online if you warm the food it may be more appealing to your dog because it brings out the aromas. Or if you add chicken broth to it they might seem to like it more.

These did not work for me but maybe it's another option you can try. I know how stressful it can be.
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My suggestion is to stop trying to please him- and simply feed him.
Offer the dry kibble 3x a day- breakfast, lunch and dinner. Leave the food out for 20 min- then pick it up until the next meal. He gets NO treats, no chicken, no chewbones etc. At the next meal, do the same.
Right now he is 'holding out' until something better comes along. He will eventually get hungry and eat- this can take 2-3 days. Do.not.give.in.
Trust me it will work!! I used to have a very very picky eater- she now eats her meals when they are put down.


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I will definitely try the suggestions...btw, how old is your pup? I'm just looking up online any other reasons why they would not eat their kibble and puppies in the midst of teething can be a reason...mine is only 3 months...
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MopTop Havanese,

I agree with you...he might be taking the food for granted because it is always there. I just have to get over the feeling of being a horrible mother by taking away his food...are you sure he won't starve?
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I have 2 thoughts about this. If the bag is a new bag of food and wasn't opened and he hadn't been given any of it before, it could be bad food. I found that out the very hard way when my dogs refused to eat out of a new bag of the food that they had been eating for some time. I got stubborn and told them it was that or nothing....oh boy was that a mistake. One dog wound up in the doggie hospital for a couple of days and the standard poodle wound up sick as a dog. She threw up from the bottom of her toes and I'll never touch another product Ellen Degeneres has any part of.
The second thought is that our dogs can wrap us around their paw and demand 'better' food...usually OUR food and they learn after a few days that being picky will either get them their way or your way.
Havanese are not prone to an illness from low blood sugar from not eating so a couple of days shouldn't hurt your dog.
If this puppy has been eating that brand of food and doing well on it then I would throw the bag of food in the trash if it hasn't been opened and get a new bag and tell him to get over it and eat when he's ready. I'd also have the vet double check him to make sure all is well

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