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A food question for Milo

I'm a little confused about the food issues, so if anyone has suggestions for a good way to go for a five month old puppy, let me know. The breeder suggests Timberwolf Organics, Nature's Variety Prairie brand and/or Nature's Variety raw beef patties, or Steve's real food.

Any suggestions based upon your own experience. I want to start him off right. And I don't know how much at a feeding. If they don't eat it right away, do you leave it till they do? I'm assuming three meals at this stage -- at least for a little while.

I'm starting to get nervous.
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Have you read the feeding chapter of the book "The Havanese" by Diane Klumb?

The foods that your breeder recommends sound good at a glance. I've never heard anything negative about any of them. Check to see how easily you can buy all of them, especially if you can find more than one store that carries it. Sometimes stores will quit selling one kind and then you're in a pinch if it was the only store.

I don't recommend leaving food out unless the dog is very small (size, not age) and has problems with hypoglycemia. I think it is better for the dog if you feed him on a schedule and remove the food after 15-30 minutes so he knows it is there at meal times only. If he refuses to eat that meal, just take it away at the end of your meal time and return it at the time of the next meal. Havanese can be very picky/finicky and the more of a routine and sticking to one food, the less likely they will be picky about eating.
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pjewel, I do exactly what Kimberly suggested (take the food away after 15 minutes of putting it down and then giving him the same thing for the next meal) and Kubrick eats really well the large majority of the time. I'm not sure about the foods you just listed but I feed Kubrick Merrick's Puppy Plate and he really seems to like it.
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When we first got Radar the Breeder recommended keeping Radar on the same food she was giving him. He really does like the Eukanuba we just add the Wet Caesars to it to give him a bit if Gravy and for texture and he gobbles it down. You can always change to adult food later on.

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Thanks for the quick replies. I can't believe it, I'm really getting nervous. I so want to do it right. I went to a huge pet supply store and walked up and down each aisle, not sure what to get. I did buy a comb and a pin brush, a kong teething stick, his first (of many ) bed for his crate and a can of freeze dried beef liver treats (for training) -- and of course a few toys to get him started.

I wonder if I can get the book(s) at Borders or Barnes & Noble.
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I understand your nerves. I too would stick with what the breeder is feeding him now. Is that Timberwolf or Natures Variety kibble? There are a lot different kinds of both of those so find out exactly which one she is feeding her puppies. I don't believe either of those have a "puppy formula" but are "all stages" (you just feed more to puppies) I have a lot of experience with the natures variety raw beef - but I use the medallions not the the patties- I find it easier to portion out that way. My guys get 2-3 medallions a day and some kibble which most of the time they leave. I am strange in that I lightly cook (in the microwave) the NV raw medallion. I just hate the idea of the raw.

If you do the raw patties or medallions - you absolutely need to follow Kimberly's and other's advice to pick it up after 15-30 minutes-- It can go bad that quickly.

Don't be nervous. the little one will come and in no time it will be 2nd nature.

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Hi Geri all those foods are great. My guys love the timberwolf and it's an excellant choice. With raw feeding you do not have to transtion the food. You can switch flavors and brands without them getting upset stomach. I like to rotate the dry if they are not picky eaters.
I leave dry food out 24 hours, because of Bella being so tiny. I also feed raw twice a day.

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Thanks again everyone. Missy, when you say you just feed more to puppies, how much generally speaking for a puppy of this age. And Linda, I'm happy to know we can try different ones without risking stomach issues, in case he has a preference.
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I would stick with the breeders food, at least for the first week. Coming to you is a big adjustment for them as it is, but to change food too. If you want to try other things, I would wait a week or so. Our babies were fed 3 x a day about a 1/2 cup per feeding. Cant wait to see more pictures!

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I have fed my guys the Natures Variety raw medalions(much easier than the patties-trust us!) & the dry food. Tripp loved the raw but Dreamer did not. Tripp did really well on it but then he would eat his food then try & scarf down Dreams(its not a good idea to mix raw food with regular cooked food/kibble as it digests differently & can cause upset tummy). I wanted to find a food they will all eat & now am feeding them Artemis dry mixed with Merrick canned. THey LOVE it. I have not been able to say that about any food so we will see how long it lasts. But Natures Variety is a very good choice. Your bigger pet stores wont carry it. You may have to find a smaller 'boutique' style shop that carries it.

I was nervous also before i got my first 2 pups 6 months ago & now i just got my 3rd pup 2 weeks ago! I know how you feel but its worth it(exept when they pee & poop all over! )

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