My kids gave me the MOST wonderful puppy for Christmas. He's really a great little guy aside from a "few" issues. He was in a cage for 4 months and from what I've read, most of the problems come from just that and we are dealing w/them gradually. He will NOT potty outside but loves to go on the carpet. Im using puppy pads inside, and he puts his feet on them and tee tees in the floor! These are all minor issues to deal w/but the main worry is that he wont eat his dog food. I've tried several types/brands keeping w/them for a week or so but his favorite meal is catfood. Its the dry kind w/hairball control of all things. I dont know if its b/c the pieces are smaller (I've tried the small chunk dog food) or the flavor. Also, to get him to eat, I have to put a few pieces in my hand to get him started, then if I move away, he stops. I've tried cracking an egg over it and the rascal turned his nose up and the cat ate it. Any ideas?
Cat food is not good for dogs. However dogs think its great! keep it away from your pup.
By feeding different foods and brands you are teaching your puppy to be picky. Stop. Pick a brand and stick with it. Put down his morning meal for 15 minutes. If he doesn't eat, oh well too bad. Take it away, no treats or ANYTHING until the next meal. Next meal, put the SAME food down, 15 minutes. Then take it away. Repeat. He will learn he has to eat what is there. He will not starve himself.
Also, throw out the puppy pads. They are a waste and will only confuse him. Take him outside on leash. Do not allow him to play or do anything until he goes potty. Keep telling him "go potty". Only play or go inside AFTER he pees/poops. If you are standing there quite a while and he doesn't, bring him inside and put him in his cage for a few then try again.
***Edited By: thelifeofriley on 1/11/2007 11:56:19 AM*** Reason: spelling
Well, as for feeding the cat on the table that wont work b/c first of all, gross, and second of all, I have a hard enough time convincing him hes NOT a human. The puppy pads work at times and as for going out on a leash we do that too and he stands on my feet b/c he doesnt like to get his wet. I pick him up, we go in, we wait, we go back outside, he stands on my feet when he DOES potty, I give him praise and a treat and then we do what he wants to do. I put him in his crate, he poops and prances around in it. I had to bathe him x3 in 3 days which I know is bad too but I cant let him smell like poop. As far as the feeding, Ive read the other posts and see now WHY cat food is bad, which was the main reason I posted in the first place. I havent had an "inside" dog since I was a child and I really want to do this right. The thing w/him is he lived in a cage w/nothing for 4 months and until I took him outside he had never been outside. Now he has a house and toys and a cat to play with and a mom who lets him sit in her lap and hes rotten and b/4 its gets TOO out of hand, I wanted to know what to feed him. Thanks for the suggestions, Im a newbie here and as an owner.
I also agree with tossing out the puppy pads... you dont want him to go in the house at all, so you need to teach him that going in teh house, in any way shape or form, is unacceptable.
Regarding him 'standing on your feet' when you are outside... Walk. Don't stand there and wait for him to go, walk him around constantly, it helps the gastrointestinal system move and encourages him to go potty. And it's kind of hard for him to stand on your feet when they are in constant motion.
Carry treats with you and reward him for going outside.
***Edited By: Minniyar on 1/11/2007 7:11:34 PM*** Reason: add
What a heck of a beginning. Poor little guy. Sounds like he may have some problems for awhile. I agree with the taking him out on a leash. He is still a baby and it just takes time and patience. Hopefully he will get it pretty soon. Good luck and he will eat when he gets hungry enough.
Both my girls were a bit picky when I first got them. I would mix a tiny bit of NutriCal on the food and that usually interested them into eating. You can find NutriCal at most chain petstores.
You could also add a teaspoon or so of canned puppy food too.
As far as potty training do as suggested. Keep walking around since that tends to stimulate potty. You are doing good on the potty first and then play!
And Beagle used to do the poop dance too in her crate. Drove me insane! Try to pay attention to how soon after eating that occurs and get the pup outside BEFORE this happens in the crate. I had been off by only a few minutes and once I adjusted my time we didn't have poop dances anymore-LOL!
***Edited By: beagle/basset on 1/11/2007 10:38:05 PM*** Reason: -
Im doing all of the outside stuff ya'll are suggesting. If we walk, he gets a scent of something and that is ALL he cares about. If I stand still that works better until he gets on my feet and then I just bring him inside. As soon as warm air "hits" him, he goes. This is driving my husband crazy. I told him he cant "go" when hes cold either and I'm the one cleaning up the mess. There are times when he has to go inside b/c of the weather and the Dachshund book says to teach them about the pads b/c of this...somedays, he poops on the pad, some days he tee tees on them, and he goes outside at least once while we are out there unless he smells a chipmunk or something. Im trying and I know its going to take patience on my part and consistency. The feeding was the main issue. We always had hunting dogs when I was a kid and one poodle (who secretly wished he was a hunter). This was WAY back when you just fed your dogs Purina from a can and occasional dry and always some type of table food which I am NOT doing w/this one. The cat is somewhat in a kerplunk b/c of his food being taken up and honestly, he could stand to lose a few lbs. Thanks guys for the input, its appreciated.
Yes, Doxielover I learned this the hard way. The backyard IS fenced except for one gate which is ornamental iron. I put a board across the bottom thinking "he has short legs, no way can he get over this". Wrong! When those little legs get speed behind them, he can leap over ANYTHING. Luckily, the firetruck came by and saw me chasing him through the frontyard and honked the horn. Hes a big chicken so he ran to mom. Now, the leash is at the door and he has it on b/4 the door is open.