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    Hi Orkneyguy28

    Despite the breeder food having corn in it as a primary ingredient - I'd probably feed that for the first couple of weeks and then transition to something else (you do it bit by bit gradually increasing the amount of the new food and reducing the old food)...

    A kibble soaked in water puppy food - makes it easy to get the base nutrition right which is very important for a growing puppy - even a tiny one. Doing something else takes a bit more research - and it may need someone other than a vet (who sells dodgy diet food) to help.

    I would not allow free feeding ever - well not unless you don't mind your puppy pooping any time and a fat puppy too...

    Three small meals a day is good - work out what your daily feed amount is - divide by three - and feed that. If you're training with treats - reduce the meal time amounts by that much. You want your puppy to be a bit hungry but not gaunt and bony. And not too fat and rolly polly either. A bit pudgy is ok - cos of the loose skin but once he hits about six months, start trending towards the lean but not bony side.

    A slightly hungry dog makes for easier training too. yet another reason not to free feed. best training time - is immediately before meals.

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    Thanks Hyacinth. Today i actually bought Applaws puppy dry food it seems to be a reasonable one but perhaps i should get a small bag of the advance that the breeder feeds them at the moment and gradually introduce Applaws?. I did see the Barf too and was impressed the lady actually gave me a sample. Was thinking for the morning and lunch meals the dry food (maybe mixed with water as you said?) Then for the evening meal some of the barf? Tomorrow is the big day we have done a tidy up of our little boys annoying little toys you know the ones like trashies etc that would be a huge danger to the puppy! Very excited just hope everything goes ok as i have said its so different from never really having a puppy or indoor dog

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    MMJ - he's already picked a breed and a breeder. Should be collecting puppy any day now.

    Orkneyguy28 (I keep wondering if you have the kind of scottish accent that requires subtitles with a user id like that).

    Advance is not too bad but eventually it gave my dog the runs. The next step up in quality (by the same parent company Mars) is Nutro Natural Choice. So that would be an easy transition.

    I'm thinking of switching back to Nutro Natural Choice (adult) for my dog since the black hawk quality and price isn't as good as it used to be.

    I don't know anything much about Barf or the other stuff you mentioned.

    My dog chewed the power cord off my shredder. Once and only once. I'm pretty sure she got zapped a bit. All my power points are at dog nose height. All I can suggest for things like this are - vicks vapour rub and vigilance. And plenty of more appropriate things to chew.

    for a tiny dog - stuff like raw hide or roo jerky (not smoked bones of any sort) should last quite a while... pigs ear can cause tummy upset as it can be quite fatty. But it does take a small dog a long time to chew it.

    I also put wet kibble into kong and freeze that. And my dog is very fond of yogurt so sometimes I mix the kibble with that. I also mix sardines in olive oil (a small amount) into her kibble... And I use sardines and peanut paste to get her to eat her worm tablets.

    Just remember - you've got a tiny dog - so it will only need a tiny amount of food... (follow the directions - I was able to feed my dog about 2/3 the amount the directions said as she was already desexed when I got her).

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    Hello and sorry for the delay in replying...We've been a tad busy with our little new puppy; Bruno!h hes very clever and quick to learn. First time in crate cried for a tiny bit then slept beautifully all night only waking if i took him out for a pee but he didn't pee that first night only the once on the floor about an hour before bed i think? When i told the vets this yesterday she said if he's sleeping through you shouldn't need to take him out every 2 hours or so overnight just see how he goes and they usually let you know if they need to go out. But then during the day when there were regular toilet breaks he did two poos and a couple of pees too. He had quite a few sleeps in his crate and seems to love it. His crate is right near our bed so i hear his every move but hes sleeping l Iots and seems to be very happy and playful also thanks for all you r advice so far im sure i may need more i would post a picture but not sure how?

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    So first you have to put some pictures on your phone...

    And then you can click on "my profile" at the very top right of this window / page

    And then you can set up a photo album and browse to upload photos - it's very easy and then with each photo you upload, it gives you an img tag line that you can just paste in here to include your photo.

    Otherwise the third last button above the edit window (ie where I'm typing this message) that looks vaguely like a square with dots on the corners and a tree in the middle is "insert image"

    Which will let you add one from your computer directly by browsing to my pictures or where you saved it, or using a URL if you've uploaded to photo bucket or similar.

    Can't wait for pix...

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    If he managed to pee on the floor an hour before bed - that's your fault (need a sign that says bang head here)

    - did you take him out after dinner or about 30mins after dinner.... doesn't take long for dinner to go through a puppy system.

    but a few accidents are ok, just clean them up with something that is not bleach eg paper towel then bicarb then vinegar (dilute 1 cup vinegar to 1 litre water - do not use vinegar on marble it dissolves it) then rinse off with water / paper towel...

    pee will dissolve marble too - no idea why people get marble tiles in bathrooms with toilets.

    lots of praise and magic word ("go potty" or "sheetnapiss") when he goes where you want him to.

    Glad he likes his crate - it will make life so much easier for you - especially when you travel or he has to go to the vet or you can't leave him in the car but you're visiting your ancient relly who doesn't allow dogs in the house or their dog or cat doesn't like yours.

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    Hi thankyou Hyacinth Bruno is still settling in so well..toilet training really well and he is still loving his crate so much. Hes been letting me know when he wants to go in for a sleep which is regularly thru the day after play etc and even jumped in himself yesterday and played happily for ages then fell asleep! Only problem that we may have created ourselves thanks to my husband is removing the leash when he's taken out for a pee/poo as now i find Bruno only really likes pooing or peeing in his certain spots of the yard. ..is this changeable so that we can take him out to the spot we want him to go to only? Its better in the night to be able to do so. We are taking him to the holiday house today for the weekend. I hope i can figure a way to post a picture!

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    Bruno only really likes pooing or peeing in his certain spots of the yard. ..is this changeable so that we can take him out to the spot we want him to go to only?
    It is handy that he likes to go in the same place. You can add a cue word when he poops and then he knows when you say that word - what you want him to do - and he will try (even if there is nothing left). I also praise sniffing the ground - which is what my dog does when she's looking for "the right spot" ie it's a precursor to what you want.

    Running round the back yard looking for cats - is not a precursor to what you want... well it is sort of. Can't possibly start looking for "the right spot" until we've checked thoroughly that there are no cats.

    So when I'm out - I use the same words.

    You can train your dog to go while he's on lead, and it is a little bit more difficult ie you have to stand around near the spot you want being boring a bit longer while he figures out he's not going to his favourite spot.

    You might train your husband a bit if you require him to clean up if your dog goes in a spot you don't want.

    I'm not that fussy about where my dog goes in the back yard - I just clean it up as soon as I see it. I praise with more enthusiasm if it's a better choice of spot (eg under the lemon tree).

    But I do need her to go before dog club classes or agility competitions (competing or stewarding) which involves finding an appropriate place away from where the competition is and being boring with lots of "go sniff" and "shitnapiss" cues. Lots of people just take their boy dogs round all the trees. That gets pees sorted but not the poops. Better to let dog walk along and when it starts sniffing - stop there be boring until you get what you want.

    My evil hound was quite a challenge on holidays - we'd have to do one full inspection lap of the boundary of any park before she'd poop somewhere on the second lap. Other dogs will poop within five minutes of arriving at a park. Usually when their owner isn't looking. So acting boring like you're (pretend) ignoring the dog can be helpful. Some dogs are shy. I suspect that it's because they feel quite vulnerable pooping and they may also have been attacked for doing it somewhere inappropriate so would prefer that their owner doesn't see them do it.

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    Oh thats great to know as I thought i made a mistake not taking him to just the same spot. I do always say pee bruno or poo and he is usually really good..we are learning together. Oh.did you see the photo i uploaded? I managed to by switching from mobile site to full site brought up heaps more options! I didnt get your cue word the first time sheetnapiss but second time i did!! However poo and wee sound much more appropriate for my wee bruno!! Im a girl...and i am treating him like my little dolly!! not really he is babied a little but we rough him up a little playing with toys and he loves it! He loves to chase us with his tiny little legs!

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    You definitely got the picture uploaded to the album on your profile...

    Now having done that - you just need to cut and paste the code next to it that starts and ends with IMG inclusive so you get this...
    outrageously cute puppy


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