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    Thank you to everyone for your great advise.

    Crested Love - ATM I live in a pretty big apartment and Frankie has a good sized puppy pen on the balcony. I take him for walks 3 times a day to get him used to going to the toilet outside and being out on the grass. I am moving into a house in the next 3 weeks, so the puppy pads will only last until I move. Then he will be outside most of the time.

    I have been adding a bit of warm water to his dry food (Hill's Science Diet) and still not eating so i will try your theory and take it away if he doesnt eat. I will try your advise on not getting up at 5am and will let you know how it goes.

    He has had had all the worming he needs for now and will be due for more in 1 weeks time, we are off to the vet next week for his second C3 vaccination and microchipping.

    Thanks for all your help! Much appreciated

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    Quote Originally Posted by VillaJ View Post
    Thank you to everyone for your great advise.

    Crested Love - ATM I live in a pretty big apartment and Frankie has a good sized puppy pen on the balcony. I take him for walks 3 times a day to get him used to going to the toilet outside and being out on the grass. I am moving into a house in the next 3 weeks, so the puppy pads will only last until I move. Then he will be outside most of the time.

    I have been adding a bit of warm water to his dry food (Hill's Science Diet) and still not eating so i will try your theory and take it away if he doesnt eat. I will try your advise on not getting up at 5am and will let you know how it goes.

    He has had had all the worming he needs for now and will be due for more in 1 weeks time, we are off to the vet next week for his second C3 vaccination and microchipping.

    Thanks for all your help! Much appreciated

    Oh try mince meat not many Maltesse x or pure will live on dry bits solely. And if you must stick to the dry add water/gravy or lactose free puppy milk put it in the microwave to warm it a little. Beleive me I have struggled to get pups eating & as soon as I heat the food they scuff it down.
    If he is due in a week worm him now as it will most likely need it.
    Are you 100% sure og the pups age?

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    Hi VillaJ

    I wish you'd come here before you got your puppy and we could have tried to talk you out of getting a puppy mill special (Maltese x Poodle). Note people who sell these often lie about everything (puppy age, puppy's background or parents, puppy health, puppy training/trainability/coat shedding). They tell you what you want to hear so you will buy the puppy.

    Sigh, too late now.

    A puppy that tiny will need his dry food softened by soaking first. The instructions on my first bag of dry puppy food said to soak it.

    A puppy that small will need very tiny feeds three times a day. You can probably reduce the recommended amount by 1/3 to start with.

    A puppy that young will need to go out one or two times a night for wees until he's about 12 to 14 weeks old at least.

    A puppy walking rule of thumb is 5 minutes walk for each month of age. So at 8 weeks - that's a month and a half - he doesn't need walking for longer than 10 minutes. However walking is not the same as playing on the grass for 10 minutes - but you can expect an 8 week old puppy to conk out (need to sleep) after 10 to 15 minutes of play.

    Have you read the ingredients on the hills science diet? - it's no better than supercoat or pedigree. Yes it is often recommended by vets - because they make money out it and it won't kill your dog (immediately). Ask them to explain how the main ingredients are good for your dog.
    http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_f...t=1028&cat=all
    (Note the ingredients on your Australian bag may be slightly different to this list of ingredients in the USA product but the first listed ingredient, what the product is mostly, will still be roughly equivalent to sawdust).

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    Last edited by Hyacinth; 01-06-2011 at 05:52 PM.

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