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    Hi there,

    Last week I bought home a 7 week old German Shepherd Puppy. I already have an 11 year old German shep at home. She has taken well to the little puppy and has been licking and mothering her. She is territorial over her food and will snarl at the pup if she comes near her food (which I assume to be normal), but she is a very well temperred dog.

    Everywhere I have read puppies should eat 3 times a day. The pup loves her bones and some left overs that we give her (i.e. cooked meat) but she does not want her dry dog food. I have been trying to feed her the Science Diet dry dog food, with premium beef mince (because she doesnt like chicken mince) and a little bit of puppy milk, but she wont eat it. When the older dog is around she will take a few bites and lose interest. The breeders fed her Pedigree dog food, but my vet told me that the science diet is better for a growing pup and he has seen the health benifits of large dogs having that nutritional value. I want her to get used to eating dry dog food as it has all the nutrition that a pup needs at this age. I am don't want to feed her just bones and leftovers because she won't get the nutrition that she needs from it, but I don't want her to starve.

    Not sure what to do, any opinions and advice would be great!

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    Only 7 weeks old. The breeder should of had it for another week.

    Regardless of what your vet told you I would slowly introduce the new food by combining it with the old food over about 4 days.

    Next I would add hot water to the food, just enough to cover it and add some mince. The smell hot water added to biscuits will hopefully entice puppy and it may be used to having water over its food.

    Next puppies are used to eating surrounded by their litter mates so you cannot leave them unattended while they and the other dog are eating. So put a big distance between the two and stay with puppy so it cannot wander off to the other dogs bowl.

    Puppy may even need to eat in a separate room for a few days while it settles in.

    Puppies can sometimes take a few days to settle in and feel comfortable enough to eat.

    I would remove the food after 15 minutes and offer the meal back again four hours later.

    My 9 week old puppies are sometimes not eating lunch. But do guts down breakfast and tea.

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    Did you change her food gradually?

    I don't like Hills Science Diet, nor do I like advance etc. I have been learning a lot about dog nutrition and these brands are stuffed with fillers and not much else. My pup will turn his nose up at it - vet nurse at puppy school tried to give him some and he took a sniff and walked behind me

    I can highly recommend Innova Holistic or EVO as both have no fillers in them. The fillers are grain, sorghum, rice, wheat etc. It's like the difference between a mcdonalds meal and a subway meal IMO.

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    I agree with AGB and MAC, introduce the new food gradually. Start with 3/4 of the breeders dry food and 1/4 of the new one and gradually increase the amount of the Science Diet dry food and phase out the other one.

    Also agree with MAC on the hot water.

    With our dog, for breakfast we put 1 cup of dry food in his bowl and cover it with boiling water. Leave it to soak and then add some puppy milk, mix through and serve.
    For dinner, we soak another cup of dry food and then add 2 cups of meat.

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    Slowly decrease the water and the soaking time so that it's teeth are getting a work out.

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    Thanks for the fast replies!

    Yes, the Vet also said bringing a puppy home at 7 weeks old is a little 'old school', but he also said she should be fine as she will learn her 'dog behaviour' from our older dog. Also, I have friends with puppies and I have been bringing her around to socialise with them.

    I never leave Hermione (the pup) alone with the older GS while they are eating. They are always supervised when there is food involved but they mainly eat seperately (because the older gs has food once a day, and the pup 3 times).The older GS goes for a long walk each morning and that is when I have been feeding the pup breakfast. I take her around the front yard for lunch and dinner but the older GS is heard crying at the back and she gets distracted. She went over to the older dog once while eating a bone and was growled and barked at and now stays right away when she is eating.

    I will go get some of the old food she ate and slowly introduce it and combine all the methods you have said. The old owner put garlic in with her meal, I thought garlic is poisonous to dogs? She is a guts with particular foods, but her dog food she isn't liking. She is a little fussy and wants human food.

    Interesting about the Science diet food! I wasn't sure if the vet was pushing it because they stock it there. I might see if I can give those a try.

    It's a good thing this pup is as cute as a button because her fussy eating is driving me nuts with worry!

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    Don't forget to share some pics

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    I was just trying to upload one I took of her yesterday, I will do when I get home. She is the cutest little thing!

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