My new puppy

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  1. hovo_hopar

    hovo_hopar New Member

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    Hi my name is John and im 15 yesterday i addopted the best dog i have ever seen it is so smart and nice well the thing is it hasnt eaten anything since we got it it ate a little from my hand but it doesnt like the food we bought it it is dry food and it was the best recomended food for mixed breeds well it is actually for all breeds it has no by products and 100% natural i wanted to call and see what kind of food it ate but i dont know if the animal shelter knows anything about it because it was brought in the same day we came to get it and i want to know how i can teach it to use the dog house the dog house is for dogs 90 pounds and up but my dog is like less than 20 pounds it is about 9 months old but the lady said it is already full full grown in size. i want to try mixing canned food with dry food and see if that works i have to go to the store anyway the dry food i give it is called nutro max and it only eats it from my hand and the good thing is it is house broken havent had one accident with the dog it makes a whining noise and i take it to the back yard i dont want to keep it outside
     
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    Your new puppy needs some time to get acclimated. The poor pup's just been taken away from it's home, stuck in a cage, and now is in another strange place.

    Lots of love and reassurance are the best possible treatment for your new pup right now. No loud noises; use soft voices when you talk to him/her, and lots of affection and talking - and patience.

    A vet check-up is in order, too. You want to make sure he or she doesn't have any worm problems, has heartworm and flea prevention and is in good health.

    Thank you for rescuing and for keeping your new dog as a house dog.

    Your dog will start to take an interest in the dog house when he or she is more comfortable in the new environment.

    We're all glad to help here, so welcome to the Chazhound neighborhood! Post some photos in the Members' Gallery for us, and what have you named your dog? Male or female?
     
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    Hi John, Renee's right, she gives the best advice. :) Your pup just needs time to get used to all of the changes. Every dog is different some adjust faster than others but you can probably except it to be awhile before you see your dogs whole, wonderful personality.

    I find that the best way to get to know a new animal is to sit on the floor and let it come up to you. He won't be threatened by that. You can play with him, feed him, whatever just don't try to make him do anything he doesn't want to. Right now you need to build trust.

    I've never tried this with dog food but one of my cats is a picky eater and if I'm worried that she hasn't been eating enough I usually wet her kibble with just water. She gobbles it up. I think it brings out the meaty smell. This is not scientific advice, just something that works for me. :)

    NutroMax, is a brand of dog food that is not as bad as some but some of us feel that there are much better brands out there. You'll find all kinds of debate on this site about what is the best way to feed dogs.

    I'm going to post a link that I got from Renee about dog food. I think she won't mind because she would have posted it eventually. :) http://www.greatdanelady.com/articles/criteria_list_of_better_foods.htm

    It's an interesting article.

    Ok. So welcome to the forum! Congrats on your new puppy. I'm glad you rescued him and that you love him so much. It's always nice meeting people who want to learn more about their animals.

    Post some pictures!

    Saje
     
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    Welcome to the forum and congratulations for rescuing a puppy. Want some advice, _always_ listen to Renee, she has always indeed the best things to say! :) And of course everybody else will always try to help you.

    I'd like to say that the pup needs to adapt, and you and your family have to adapt too! It's a mutual process. I'd recommend you to spend time with the pup, that's one of the best things you can do when you just get one, and earn his trust! Then things will start happening in an easier way.
     
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    thanks every one for the advice my dog is a mix and it is a she her name is brandy that was the name it came with and i decided to keep it it is a very good dog it has adaoted to our new house like it has been here for months it doesnt een feel sad about leaving its old owner because the old owner was 80 years old and couldnt take care of her any more i will post some pics but they will be small
    because it is gonna be taken by phone that is the only digital camera i have she is the cutest thing i have ever seen it doesnt eat the food i bought food again but from the same brand nutro natural choice they said it was better for the hair it was recomended by my vet from vetco it is with petco it needs to get a trim it has never been cut before it is 4 inches long or more the tail is really nice it sticksup curved i dont like the ones that are all low she looks like a fox from the back because she has ears like one small pointy ears with black tips well oh and how long does it usually take to train it to sit sta y and other basic commands i really want to teach it i would really appreciate it thanks again ever one hope to hear from all of you :)
     
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    Some dogs learn sit and other basic commands in a very short time; others may take a couple of weeks to reliably perform some of the commands. Most learn "sit" very quickly - sometimes in just a few minutes of training, especially if you reinforce it by using it periodically throughout the day.

    Some commands, like "stay" can take a little longer. Your dog doesn't really want to stay in one place while you walk away from her!

    Patience is the best training tool you have.
     
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    do you think i should take training classes if so , about how much would it cost and have you taken them my dog will not stay still it is always following me lol it thinks i an her master because i am always with her my brother and sis ter and mom and dad are too but i am always next to it if she is plaing with someone i walk away and it comes directly to me and leaves them. thanlks for advice
     

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