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sudden refusal of breakfast

Let me preface this by saying I have a very food-motivated boy...

We've had his since 10 weeks, we've continued to feed him the same kibble he ate at Katie's (Wellness Just for Puppy, Small Breed). He'll be 18 weeks on Tuesday (where, oh where has time gone?).

The first 6.5 weeks, since he's been home, he's looked forward to every meal, attacked the food and ate it in 30 seconds. In the last week or so, he's not been interested much in breakfast...the first two of those days he refused to eat it until after he pooped (ok, that's understandable), then the next two or so days he'd poop and then eat but only because I told him to (he understands "eat"), and now today he didn't touch it until I told him to and then he only ate a few bites and left it alone.

Now I understand that Havs will eventually drop a mealtime, which I've been expecting anytime, but I did not expect him to drop BREAKFAST when that's the meal he should be hungriest at (having not eaten for over 12 hours since dinner). I expected him to drop lunch at some point, not so much breakfast.

Could he just be dropping this meal?

Could he be tired of his food? At what point are we supposed to switch to adult food? If you switch varieties within the same brand do you still need to switch it real slow and gradual?

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Perhaps it's time to switch to only two meals a day? I got my Hav last year at close to 12 weeks and always just fed twice a day and he was fine. Only now at 13 months, does he refuse a meal every now and then. Sometimes even for a whole day and that does worry me!
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Well, that's what I'm thinking too, but I was saying I kinda expected him to drop lunch, not breakfast!!! Breakfast is the only time he has a TRUE routine, so I guess that's why I'm surprised.
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From what I've gathered on this forum, Havs can be fickle about eating. My other dog is a lab who would eat five meals at a time if he could, so it's a trait I wasn't sure what to think about at first. My Hav will sometimes not eat for seemingly no reason at all, and at times when I would think she'd be starving (e.g. the morning). If he seems fine otherwise, I'd not worry too much.
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Well, that's what I'm thinking too, but I was saying I kinda expected him to drop lunch, not breakfast!!! Breakfast is the only time he has a TRUE routine, so I guess that's why I'm surprised.
I'd just stop feeding him lunch. My guess is he'll start eating breakfast again pretty quickly. No one told HIM which meal he was supposed to skip!


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I'd just stop feeding him lunch. My guess is he'll start eating breakfast again pretty quickly. No one told HIM which meal he was supposed to skip!
Ya, I gather that he missed the memo! I'm just surprised, because theoretically, breakfast would be the meal he'd be STARVING for.
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From what I've gathered on this forum, Havs can be fickle about eating. My other dog is a lab who would eat five meals at a time if he could, so it's a trait I wasn't sure what to think about at first. My Hav will sometimes not eat for seemingly no reason at all, and at times when I would think she'd be starving (e.g. the morning). If he seems fine otherwise, I'd not worry too much.
I've known they do this too. Isn't just not like TROOPER at all!!! He's soooo food motivated! He's the kind of Hav that has his nose on the floor ALL the time looking for crumbs.

I guess it's just a sign he's growing up! *sniff, sniff*
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I've known they do this too. Isn't just not like TROOPER at all!!! He's soooo food motivated! He's the kind of Hav that has his nose on the floor ALL the time looking for crumbs.

I guess it's just a sign he's growing up! *sniff, sniff*
Besides, what's on the floor is likely to be MUCH more interesting than waht's in his bowl... Kodi is SURE the CAT gets fed all the BEST food in our house!


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Oreo was/is exactly the same.

First time he exhibited not wanting to eat in the mornings, it was because he had kennel cough and didn't have an appetite. He eats better ever since he recovered from it.

Recently I noticed he changed his behavior.

He doesn't even go near his dog bowl in the morning until he knows where everyone in the house is.

Routine is:

1) wake up.
2) take him out to pee pee and poo poo.
3) he runs in the kitchen and watches me refill his water and food.
4) he runs around the house looking for my wife (he tries to open doors)
5) he sees my wife and then darts back to his food dish and starts to eat.

These havanese are odd little creatures :P

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I'd drop lunch and feed dinner earlier. My SOX, who is 8 only eats breakfast about once a week (I feed communily and twice a day). She is healthy and in good weight. I'd guess she knows when to eat.

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