Hi everyone I am new. I just got the best dog from the local shelter--he's at least 6 and been in the shelter since '99, basically all his life till now has been in a small cement cage. Poor thing....basically he has the symptoms of this up-bringing--scared of everything, etc. However, the worst thing happening is that he keeps "going" in the house. He is really good about going outside when we are on walks, but at least once a day he "goes" in the house -- ON MY MOM"S NEW CARPETING. She is really upset about it. Anyway, my point of all this (besides if anyone can tell me ANY info. about this going-in-the-house problem) is to ask if anyone knows whether or not the dog's problem might have something to do with the fact that he will ONLY eat cat food? I take it away and give him his Iams dog food, and he won't eat it, he'll just wait till I finally give him the cat food. Will this give him diarrhea? Or do something to his digestive system that will make him go in the house for whatever reason? I am just trying to avoid at all costs another "accident" on the carpet. And I want him to eat. I'm willing to just feed him the cat food till I can get him to eat his own, I'm just afraid of the effects the cat food will have on his system. And therefore what that will mean to the carpet. Thanks! Sorry it was so long!!
You need to limit access in the house by closing doors and using baby gates until your new dog is adjusted. Keep him with you so you can watch him closely. If you can't watch he needs to be crated.
Iams is a poor quality dog food. I've known many dogs to turn their noses up at it. Dogs are opportunists. Get a better quality dog food, and take the cat food away. A dog won't starve itself to death the way a cat will.
Hi! I hope you enjoy this forum! That's weird she only eats cat food. Have you checked what food they fed her in the shelter? You might want to check that out. I would just give her the food she ate there. Check that out and buy that food. If she wont eat it, mabe try mixing a little cat food in with it, see if he will eat it then. Then add less cat food each day untill you dont have to put any in.
About going in the house. I don't think eating cat food would have to do with that, my dog eats cat food sometimes and she doesn't go in the house. I would definetly try to get her to stop eating cat food though, becouse I don't know if it's true, but I have heard that it is bad for dogs. + I am pretty sure it doesnt have all the nutrician they need, especialy since she has been couped up her whole life, she probably hasnt had much exercise. Is there a certain time she always goes at? If so, just always take her out then, including when you usualy do. She has been use to living in a small cage, your house must seem giant to her! She doesn't know what to do when she has to go to the bathroom. Try and always take her out at the same time each day, so she can get use to it. She will catch on. She will probably need to potty when she wakes up, after she eats, and after she drinks and plays. For now, you might just keep her in the room with you so you can tell when she needs to go, you might put a leash on her and tie it to you, keep her around. This might sound kinda weird but, you might even take her to the bathroom everytime after you go, sounds weird but, that would help you remember to take her out.
Well, Good Luck! Little Lady :)
P.S. Make sure you clean the potty spot real good or else she will smell it and she might go there again! Once again, good luck! Remember, just love on her!
***Edited By: LittleLady on 5/28/2005 11:06:30 PM*** Reason: P.S.
Hey Rainbow, welcome to the forum! Its so good to hear that someone rescued a long abandoned dog. Good for you, and especially good for your pooch! As far as the cat food, i have a friend who got a chihuahua from a shelter as well, and he only eats Friskies. She tried natural dog food, canned with dry, you name it she tried it. After her little scared (previously beated) dog went on a hunger strike for 6 days, she gave up and caved in( but she does the same thing that I will recommend for you:
I dont know what breed your dog is, but if its a smaller size dog, and money is really not an issue, try boiling some chicken and rice, maybe even brown rice (as per my vet) and mix it in with the cat food, and put a bit of dry dog food, just a tiny bit (after a few days). Then slowly reduce the amount of cat food and increase the amount of dog food. Your pooch will appreciate the home cooked meal, i bet he has never had one. But if its a larger breed, I dont know, try the same thing i guess. If you dont mind cooking a few times a week.
Also give him veggies as treats, some fruits. Dogs are omnivores. I have a 4 month german shepherd and I freeze whole sticks of celery and give it to him instead of rawhide. Mine also loves baby carrots. Be creative, just in moderate amounts, dont give any onions, garlic, avacadoes, not too many grapes. And you'll be ok. Mine also LOVES berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries) Depending on your dogs size, for a small dog one or two baby carrots per day is more than enough i think. Just use common sense, a little at a time.
The fact that your dog has been in a shelter his whole life, eating really bad quality food, has probably done some damage and shortened his life span. By giving him cat food, you are furthering the damage. He has a good home now, and deserves to have a healthy happy life. I dont know if you got a chance to read the threads back a few days, but I always have been faithful to Merrick Dog Food. The food in all natural, canned with real pieces of chicken, carrots etc....And german shepherds are infamous for being finicky eaters, he LOVES is canned food. And I also feed him Health Extension dry food, a very good food, also all natural. So look around, see what your dog can be TRICKED into eating.
As far as going on the carpet, He is used to going in his cage.....your house is his cage. House break him as you would a puppy. He obviously has never been housetrained. Get a box of liver treats( they drool for them, and it gets their attention, as well as the fact that they will deff remember the taste) and go house break him! Praise him when he poops outside as if he just barked out the alphabet. He is an older dog, they learn quick, expecially if you have yummy treats to give, as well as very much needed love!