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Help with a Finicky Eater

Hi Everyone,

I am new to this forum and I would appreciate any advice on feeding. Bisbee is my first Havanese and is a DREAM of a puppy; however I am concerned about his lack of appetite. He will eat well for a few days and then he will go a few days without eating his food or eating minimal amounts. He will look at me like...I am bored with this selection, what else is on the meni today? Of course this has been reinforced by the fact that I become so concerned about his lack of eating that I will offer him a variety of high priced dog food that ends up in the trash. Does anyone have any suggestions??? We have tried Evangers, Weruva and Merrick's.

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First, welcome to the forum.
Second, it seems your little dream has you well trained already LOL. I too went through a spell before Christmas were my new dog was turning up his nose at his food. I called my vet all upset and asked if I should offer other stuff or treat him like I had my kids when they were little (it's good food, you'll eat it if you're hungry). My vet said to put the food down for 20-30 minutes after which time if the dog has not eaten it to remove the food until the next feeding time. The dog will likely be hungry enough then and eat it. Although they did say he could choose to not eat for several days if he wanted to (which kinda freaked me out). They said that if I took the food away and offered something else that he was just learning that if he held out long enough he would get what he wanted, like the proverbial 2-year-old in the candy store having a tantrum. They also said to make sure not to give any treats in between meal times for this duration so that he is not filling up on treats. Sure enough, after skipping three meals, Sammy ate. He still sometimes will leave his food and turn his nose up at it if it is not one of his more favourite dishes, but will eat his next meal then regardless of what I serve him. Hope this helps.
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I added Halo chicken stew can food to her dry. Only about a tablespoon or less. I liked it because it comes in small cans. and lookes good enough to eat. Maddie ate all her food. Now I home cook my own chicken soup just water and chicken and a pinch of broth. I but it in ice cub trays and give her one cube per meal she loves it. Ps I microwave for 30 sec. one large brest makes about 2 weeks of food I mix it into the dry.

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First, welcome to the forum.
Second, it seems your little dream has you well trained already LOL. I too went through a spell before Christmas were my new dog was turning up his nose at his food. I called my vet all upset and asked if I should offer other stuff or treat him like I had my kids when they were little (it's good food, you'll eat it if you're hungry). My vet said to put the food down for 20-30 minutes after which time if the dog has not eaten it to remove the food until the next feeding time. The dog will likely be hungry enough then and eat it. Although they did say he could choose to not eat for several days if he wanted to (which kinda freaked me out). They said that if I took the food away and offered something else that he was just learning that if he held out long enough he would get what he wanted, like the proverbial 2-year-old in the candy store having a tantrum. They also said to make sure not to give any treats in between meal times for this duration so that he is not filling up on treats. Sure enough, after skipping three meals, Sammy ate. He still sometimes will leave his food and turn his nose up at it if it is not one of his more favourite dishes, but will eat his next meal then regardless of what I serve him. Hope this helps.
Absolutely!!! From what I've seen on the forum, MOST puppies go through a phase where they don't eat as much as their owners would like them to. (Kodi included) But if you buy into that, you can become a slave to a finicky dog, and there is absolutely no needs. A healthy dog (or puppy) WILL NOT STARVE ITSELF. Pick a good quality food that you feel comfortable with, and follow the advice above. DON'T GIVE IN.

Kodi waits with anticipation for his just-plain (but excellent quality) kibble now, and gobbles it down as soon as I give it to him. But he, too, went through a period where he would skip at least a meal a day, and sometimes wouldn't eat at all. (although he was always happy to eat any "yummies"!!!) I think this starts as a normal puppy phase and gets turned into a problem behavior by anxious owners.


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Lizzie did the same thing. It drove me nuts and of course I went out and bought a bunch of different foods. I finally started putting canned in with the kibble. She was not too keen on Orijen, so now I use Instinct rabbit kibble and rotate between Instinct canned in rabbit or chicken and Wellness Core canned in chicken. We still have days where she will not eat and I just remove the bowl and she usually eats the next day. She always eats if I put a little of whatever meat we had for dinner in her bowl. Those are usually the days she howls after she eats. Good luck

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Well it is apparent to me that I have been outsmarted by this little furball. I am a parent, grandparent and an educator for over 20 years and I have never been "worked" by children like this little guy works me. I am a SUCKER for him and rather than training him he is clearly training me.

With your suggestions I am beginning to wise up. If he doesn't eat when offered his meal then he can choose to eat next mealtime.

Thanks for your help everyone!!!
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How many meals are you feeding? 2 or 3 If 3, drop the lunch snack.

I do the same thing with the soup. I make a pot full (chicken, vegetables, water, brown rice) and I freeze it by the tablespoon full, when frozen I add them to a zip lock bag. The soup frozen pieces will lasts months in the freezer. I take out one frozen piece, thaw, add a little water to cool and add it to the dry kibble. They love it.

Dexter use to be a picky eater, he trained me well. By getting our 2nd Hav, Dexter's picky eating had come to a stop. It was either eat it, Jack would eat it, or it was taken away. Many times, the food was taken away because I did not want Jack to eat too much food.



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Well it is apparent to me that I have been outsmarted by this little furball. I am a parent, grandparent and an educator for over 20 years and I have never been "worked" by children like this little guy works me. I am a SUCKER for him and rather than training him he is clearly training me.

With your suggestions I am beginning to wise up. If he doesn't eat when offered his meal then he can choose to eat next mealtime.

Thanks for your help everyone!!!
Yeah, those soft brown eyes will get you every time!


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