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    Hi Orkneyguy28

    I have a bed in every room of the house for my dog. There's one under this table where my computer is but I think the dog is currently on the couch in my spot. Note: couch is covered in many layers of dog and human protection - it could do with a re-upholster - the foam is a bit flat these days.

    There's a mat just outside the kitchen but next to her dinner bowl, there's a plastic round tub lined with pillow and old towels and blankets next to my bed - that was the upgrade from old moving boxes (halved). There's no point spending money on nice soft bed until he's got his adult teeth and stops chewing everything. There's also a crate in the lounge room but I used to put a bob a lot in it - which got beaten up - so she's gone through the floor of two crates doing that. Oops. I need to get some nice vinyl to put in the floor of the crate ... She sometimes ends up in that one when I have very exciting guests I don't want her to jump all over - and I can't be paying attention to her the whole time.

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    Oh goodness me!! Puppies can be very destructive! We have one of those solid wire crates surely this is not the one your puppy did that to?! What sort of dog do you have Hyacinth? This wee thing is going to be so tiny im going to need to watch him so carefully. .just cant imagine what life is going to be like with an indoor dog! It has been my husband our son and myself for so long our lives are about to change..hopefully all for the better! Do you or anyone else have some suggestions for me on what is best to feed him? I was thinking of cooking large batches of healthy suitable food and freezing in small amounts but ive also heard dry food can be better for them. Our breeder i think said he uses supercoat?

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    Hi Orkneyguy28.

    My dog cracked the plastic tray that goes inside the wire crate that I have. I know stories of border collies who smashed their teeth and then broke out of wire crates when they were extremely freaked out aka berserk (thunderstorms).

    It's hard to imagine a silky having anything like the power of a cattle dog marrow bone smasher tho. A silky will be able to destroy sox, undies, shoe laces, some kinds of sneakers, and fancy soft beds. And throw up in places you did not expect (check shoes before putting on).

    While he's a puppy, it's probably best to feed some sort of dedicated puppy food - ideally the same sort that his breeder feeds. It's commo to soak dry food in water till it's soft. Meanwhile you can read up on "barf" and "raw" and making your own dog food if you really want.

    I make a casserole out of roo mince, veg, rice and oats and stuff for my dog but it gets supplemented with kibble from Black Hawk or Nutro (mars). Read the ingredient list and look for one that starts off with a named protein eg "lamb" or "lamb meat" or "chicken meat" and avoid the ones that start off with a grain eg "wheat" or "corn" or "rice" etc.

    Eg a popular food with vets (cos they get paid to sell it) has an ingredient list for their puppy food that starts off like this...
    "Ground Whole Grain Corn, Chicken By-Product Meal, Soybean Meal, Animal Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), Dried Beet Pulp, Chicken Liver Flavour, Dicalcium Phosphate, Brewers Rice, ..."

    Meat meal - is ground up carcass - which can be quite good for a dog - depending on the quality of the grind (don't want it having spikey bits of cooked bone sticking out) but you might do better with chicken necks or wings from the supermarket.

    Nutro's list starts off like this
    "Chicken, Ground Rice, Maize Gluten, Chicken Fat, Rice Flour, Dried Beet Pulp"

    Which might be chicken meal (ground carcass) but at least that's ahead of icky things like corn. Corn won't kill a dog but it doesn't do it a whole lot of good either.

    The main thing if you do make your own food - is to figure out how much you need to feed, and how to make sure you've got a good variety of nutrients covered. With no bad things in it like onions.

    And I recommend avoiding tinned dog food - unless you really like sloppy poo and room clearing farts. Just not worth it.

    there's a few pix of evil hound here... including the destruction of a toilet roll with paper, and an ex duna.
    http://www.dogforum.com.au/members/h...-heeler-x.html

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    Definitely agree with the diet info ^ .. I know the "vet recommended" brand of dry food that you're talking about. It's a real shame that it's on the shelf at all. I feed my dogs raw chicken carcasses, raw beef off cuts and once a week they get organ meats from the butchers. It costs me approx $10 a week to feed 4 large dogs and they are in perfect health and have great teeth.. Even my 15 year old kelpie. I personally gave all my puppies raw, from day one, but if you feel more comfortable feeding dry.. As mentioned, choose a brand that lists meat as the main ingredient and grain way down on the list or, ideally, not present at all. Dogs poo a LOT less on raw and they're not nearly as unpleasant. But a little dog probably won't be such a problem.

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    Thanks Hyacinth and Shaka84lonigro! Firstly loved your pictures of "evil hound" so cute! I've seen some pictures of dogs destroying back doors and couches. .I'm hoping a wee little thing like this wont be anywhere near as destructive..yes i know a little about these commercial dog foods especially regarding the corn and how its not great for cats and dogs and i know which one you are talking about

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    Sorry its deleted half my message again maybe because i am replying on my phone

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    I've seen some pictures of dogs destroying back doors and couches.
    vicks vapour rub can save some furniture... but it needs to be reapplied daily. it's not fun to sniff so the follow up pee or chew tends not to happen.

    And I'm not sure I could write a long reply on my phone... the system has an "auto save" and "auto restore" which then locks me out of the forum all together - nasty. something's not quite right but it's possible to work around it.

    You must get him home real soon now?

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    Thats a good idea. We have floor boards so that's one thing we wont stress out too much about if there is a little puddle. Yes we go to collect him Tuesday! ! To me its really like expecting a new baby i hope we are prepared enough! Apparently hes quite outgoing!

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    i hope we are prepared enough
    just be prepared to adapt. nobody is ever ready...

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    Thankyou..im sorry but just a final question (well for now im sure..!) I spoke to the breeder the other day and i do now know the puppy food he is feeding him and pretty sure there is corn in it..he also says he just leaves a bowl of food out to graze all day. Opinions? Also due to the fact that the puppy has been started on a dry diet should i be sticking to this now? If you were to be picking up a puppy like the one we are what would you feed it how much and how often? Thankyou so much for all your advice.

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