Today has been a very exciting day. My kids and I have been studying and researching on getting a min dachsund. We tried our luck at animal shelters and pet adoptions but either we are late and all puppies are gone or we just simply don't have the money saved up for a puppy. Today was different though. AS usual we love to browse and we stopped by at the pet adoption store we normally visit. People were crowding over this min pin. She get a lot of attention because of her size....pretty BIG min pin. People are asking if she was pregnant but she is not and she is only 2 years old. A very sweet rescue lady asked me if I wanted that dog and she immediately handed her to me. The previous owner was moving and could not bring "Lina" with them. She was just dropped 5 min before we came and rescue lady does not have all other pertinent info about the dog. So I took her to the Vet and guess how much she weighed.......thrity two and a half pounds. I knew she was large but did not imagined to be THAT LARGE. Vet put her on low calorie diet and hoping to bring her weighed down gradually. My son vowed to walk her daily and keep her active to help her with losing weight. He loves his new friend even though this was not his breed of choice. He is so proud to show off his rescued friend. Lina is very sweet to my kids. I only heard her bark once when I knocked on the door. Pls share with us your stories so we can be more informed. We want the best for our new friend. I keep hearing min pins bite and not good with children or strangers...she has been with us for 15 hours and I haven't seen her display any of these said temperments.
I have 2 min pins (7 & 8 months), both females that do fine with new ppl, other dogs, cats, even my pet rats. I think the key to them being this way though is to socialize them everyway possible and dont reward bad behavior. (Yelling instead of saying 'NO', giving em a treat just to shut em up lol, etc etc) Anyways, good luck w/the new addition to the family :)
Congrats on your new dog!! She sounds like she's been overly spoiled food wise by someone! I'd just feed her a vet-recommended amount. Don't give her treats for now, unless it's a veggie like snap green beans or carrots that has very little sugar or fat. If you and your kids are committed to exercising her regularly, she'll probably shed the pounds pretty fast unless there's osme kind of unknown health problem involved. Find a high quality kibble and feed that.
You can cut back on the amount of kibble given and replace it with unsalted string green beans or canned pumpkin (not pie filling, pure pumpkin). Both of these are next to nothing calorie wise, but helps to fill them up so they don't feel hungry. With the pumpkin you get the added benefit of nice firm poops too. I haven't met a dog yet that doesn't like pumpkin.