Everyday Adventures in Havachon Heaven

The Good, Crazy, & Adorable Life of One Havachon Puppy

Daisy the Finicky Gourmet Havachon

on June 13, 2011

When it comes to food, Daisy gets bored easily. Makes things a bit difficult, since new dog foods need to be introduced slowly so we can’t just switch her to something different when the winds of change hit her.

::yawn:: I'm just so darned bored with the same ol' food day and night....

Leave it to Daisy. Our previous dog ate whatever was put in front of her, but Daisy’s got quite the sophisticated palate. 😉

Daisy was enjoying a beef-based dry dog food for months, when she suddenly started turning her nose up at it. Turned out she’d decided it was too dry for her. I found this out on a whim, when I added water just to see what would happen.

She scarfed it down as if it were a fresh roast.

Now that another few months have gone by, Daisy’s Finicky Gourmet Palate has struck again. We’d put her food down and she’d just sit there, staring at us as if to say, “That again? You expect me to eat that?”

Vets always seem to say that if a dog gets finicky and refuses to eat her food, you should just leave it there for 20 minutes to half an hour and then remove it. They’ll eat their next meal because they’ll be hungry.

Not Daisy. When she goes on a hunger strike, she won’t budge. She’d rather starve to death than give in. You should see the theatrics!

So we made a trip to our local dog store to see what we could find. Wow, were we ever happy to see that they had an abundance of trial-size dog foods that they were giving away for free! The owner was very knowledgeable and helped us sort through the dozens of brands and flavors – she ended up filling a shopping bag with everything from lamb, beef, venison, pork, and bison-based foods to vegan varieties. All organic, and all quite different from each other.

Now that's MUCH better! Smells more like "people food"! 🙂

We still have 16 pounds left of a very large bag of dog food we’d purchased on sale, stupidly thinking Daisy would always like it. Hah! No way were we going to toss that much expensive food out, so I rifled through the samples we’d brought home and found one organic brand that was dehydrated – you just add water, wait 3-5 minutes, and voila! Instant dog food.

What we didn’t like was that there was no chewing necessary. Except for a few veggie slices, the stuff was like oatmeal and could be eaten easily by a toothless granpup. 😉 Daisy doesn’t do well with moist dog foods in the “aftermath” – I’m sure I don’t need to explain! BUT – it was very flavorful.  We could tell just from sniffing it that it was well seasoned – the garlic aroma was evident.

So I got the idea to mix a small bit of reconstituted food into Daisy’s regular food just until we finish the rest of this big bag. Success! She gobbled it up like it was Thanksgiving dinner!

And since we’re just putting a little bit into her food, these trial-sized bags of dehydrated food will last a long time. Now, instead of Daisy refusing to eat, she practically watches the clock – around 5:00, she starts pacing around, then comes in and stares holes in me.

So now we have a happy puppy again. One very small drawback for us, though – she actually does end up with tiny garlic breath…. 😉

Lesson learned, though – we’ll never invest in 30 pounds of dog food with this picky eater again!

14 responses to “Daisy the Finicky Gourmet Havachon

  1. Mumsy and Chancy says:

    That is sure good news that you figured out a way to get sweet little Daisy eating again. It is good you have all the samples to put on the other food and we hope it keeps working and Daisy enjoys every bite. She is such a little cutie and looks so soft and snuggly. Have a great week. Hugs and nose kisses from all of us to you all.

  2. Judy says:

    Just like Daisy, Tiffy gets finicky at times. She prefers canned food to dry but it’s not good for her teeth and she also prefers our food to hers. She has been pretty consistent with eating her dry food but will only eat it when nothing else is available. It was good to hear that you found a solution to your dilemma. Small dogs seem to be very finicky. Like you, I have also found Tiffy to be much more finicky than any large dog I have owned. Perhaps it’s a small dog thing:)

  3. Hi Daisy,

    I’m in your camp, I get bored of my food too!! Mum once even thought I was sick and took me to the vets for not eating and he said I was fine and just messing with Mum, doh!! At the moment I’m eating half from the big bag Mum won’t throw away and half from the new bag that tastes similar to what Cosmo next door eats!! His always seems to taste better than mine!!

    I’m still pretty fussy, but I think so long as I’m still eating this (eventually) Mum’s gonna hold out on the rest of this packet! Me, I’d love all my meals to just be Dentastix!! Tee hee

    Have a fun day,

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

  4. Carly says:

    I’ve never met a picky eater dog. Maybe that’s why our family Golden is 115 pounds? 😉 I’m glad Daisy found something else she likes.

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Our last dog was a Shepherd/Collie/Husky mix – a BIG dog – and she wasn’t fussy at all. I’m thinking it might be a big easy-going dog vs. a small fussy dog thing…

  5. yuki the dog says:

    oh my goodness, yuki is soooo finicky with her dog food…she’d rather eat trash (literally), than eat her dog food. i buy her the good-for-her-health kind, expensive but i think worth it. the way i get her to eat it, when the starving her until she eats doesn’t work, is i mix in some food she likes. i boil some chicken breast and shred it and also throw in some boiled green beans and carrots i chop into small pieces. she loves it and will actually eat the dog food it’s mixed with.

    • raisingdaisy says:

      That’s a good idea! We’d considered putting some beef broth in with Daisy’s food if nothing else worked. Sounds like Yuki has some tasty meals! 🙂

  6. Daisy and Oscar are complete opposites when it comes to food. Oscar will eat anything. No joke. Sometimes I find him munching on grass for the heck of it! Hopefully grass doesn’t pack a lot of calories or it would ruin his diet. 😉

    I had a Chihuahua before Oscar and the Chi was the pickiest eater I’d ever met! And I thought dogs scarfed down anything… I was doing a lot of the things you’re doing for Daisy, including mixing his dog food with a bit of human food to wet his appetite.

    • raisingdaisy says:

      The weird thing about Daisy is that she’ll eat just about anything she finds around the house – paper, string, buttons – we have to keep everything out of her reach. But when it comes to dog food, she’s finicky! Odd combination, in my opinion!

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