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Welcome. Layla is precious1
I have a terrible eater and I've been through it all. I realize there are optimal and more optimal ways of feeding dogs. There are many and varied benefits to wet, raw and home cooked foods. Orijen is a fantastic option if kibble is what you prefer. Just a couple of things based on my experience:
- Some Havs are more finicky than others. You may have a puppy who isn't a big eater. This will stress you out in the future but, like having a baby, as long as the vet is happy with her growth you're OK.
- They need way less food than we think. A full grown Hav of about 15lbs needs about 2/3-1cup of food per day, divided into 2 meals. At 3 months her stomach is still small and she may not eat what looks like a full portion, but is probably enough for her.
- Be careful about switching up foods to often, i.e. going from dry to wet to raw to home cooked. I did this and I only made a bad situation worse. Pick something and stick with it. Of course, once she's older it would probably be ok to switch between flavors of the same kibble for variety.
- Don't feed her scraps from the table. They develop a taste for people food very quickly. I know because I made this mistake too. Now when I eat Eli sits next to me waiting patiently (and sometimes not so much) for his taste. If it's dog friendly we normally cave. This sets a terrible precedent so be strong if you can - with that face it's really hard!
- One last thing, be realistic about what you want and have time to do, as well as money. Raw is expensive. Home cooked is very time consuming (and can be expensive too). Do what realistically fits your schedule, desire and budget.
Last edited by Ellie NY; 02-16-2012 at 02:06 PM.