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    Hi,

    I've had my new pup for abour a week now, he's a 9 week old Rhodesian Ridgeback cross named Jonty. He's a lovely little dog but he's very jumpy (I think the dodgy breeder may have something to do with this), but he's slowly coming out of his shell. When i first brought him home he had fleas, worms, and had a nasty scab on his chest, he also hadn't had any of his injections. Since then i've started worming him and treated his fleas, taken him to the vet and had his first vaccination, had him micro chipped, and had his scab checked on (which was fine), so hes on his way

    What i'm worried about is he's still looking a bit thin around the lower rib cage/hip area and i'm a little worried because he doesn't really eat a whole lot. i give him a cup of puppy kibble every morning and night and he really doesn't eat much of it, i'm used to labradors so i've never really seen a dog pass on so much food before lol. Should i be worried? or can his lack of appetite be put down to the stresses of a new home/vaccination/worming treatment?

    Also i put his new lead on him for the first time tonight and he freaked out, any suggestions for helping him get used to that? Any help and suggestions would be awesome and greatly appreciated.

    Mitch

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    It is best that you find out what he has been fed on by the breeder and continue in that vein then make any changes you want slowly.
    My pups were eating just about anything..at that age. Eg a raw chicken wing, other raw meat, kibble mixed with some sardines, suitable table scraps.
    He has only been with you for a week and has left litter mates, all he has ever known to come to this scary new place that he needs time to settle in to.
    Maybe try him on 3 small meals instead. Did you mention this to the vet so any medical reason can be ruled out?

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    Gday Mitch.
    This sounds very similar to my Ridgeback puppy 14 years ago now (except for the flea, scab bit). He had all his injections etc (pound pup) but he wouldnt eat very much at all.
    We tried him on pilchards and other oily cat type food as most pups will scoff it and my vet recommended trying it. It could be stress....But in my pups case it was the start of the Parvo virus and it was nearly a death sentence. I dont want to panic you but please get him vet checked for it if he dosnt start eating properly soon or if he starts going down hill fast as it needs to be treated ASAP if thats what it is.
    I hope for his sake i'm over reacting but its such a heart breaking thing to go through so i thought it should be mentioned. Give the fishy type food or human grade mince a go and see what he thinks. Hopefully he's just a fussy bugger and will come out of it soon. Good luck.


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    Our pup hated the lead too. He was really scared of it and the collar as well. The collar we just left on and he got used to it within a few minutes. With the lead we took it slowly. Initially we only put it on when we did fun stuff, like playing in the patch of high grass behind the house, which he absolutely loved. Or when we fed him yummy chicken treats. Just try making it a fun experience for your pup and give him some time - a week isn't very long. At a week our pup was still to scared to play in the front yard - he felt only the back yard with its bushes and high grass was safe It also took him more than a week to get used to this stranger (OH) coming home every night let alone a lead and walks... ways too scary!

    With the food we had similar problems (although he is a Lab cross!). He didn't really eat his puppy kibbles and if - he ate only very small amounts. We started to mix in more interesting stuff like roo mince, chicken scraps, tinned tuna... but still the same. We had expected him to scoff down his food but he would just eat little bits here and there... sometimes he even threw it all up again. The vet reassured us that the puppy food (advance) we fed him was designed to be quite filling so they don't scoff it down. So we relaxed a little about it and just didn't take his bowl away after feeding time but made sure he always had access to food and water.

    Now one year on he still has the same eating habits. I have seen other labs 'inhaling' their food, he doesn't do that. We now feed him only once at night and quite often there is still food left in the morning. All doggy playmates visiting, routinely browse his bowls for leftovers and they're almost always lucky If he hasn't finished by feeding time he gets a top up. And he doesn't eat kibbles only but gets a mix of meat, veggies, kibbles.
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    you could try feeding him from food toys instead on a bowl like Kongs ect if the food is a game he might be more interested,

    also teat toys like the bob-a-lot Bob-a-Lot Dog Interactive Treat Toy - at www.HelpingUdders.com - YouTube
    Episode #14 Handling Exercises Feeding pt.2 + Bob-a-Lot review.wmv - YouTube will fit his whole feed and he can eat it as necessary, make sure you make it easy at the start and as he gets better make it harder to keep him interested. make food time exciting put the toy down and roll it along the floor so he case it .....

    might take little while for him to get use to any new toy so wait him out may take 3-5 or more feeds b4 he play with it himself but keep making it fun and play with him with the toy

    His lead alot of young pups don't like the lead as was said b4 make it fun take it slow

    b4 you event put the lead on him again get some raw meat like ham you would use on a sandwich for lunch and break it up into small bit put the ham in your pocket in a zip lock bag that's opened

    now put the lead behind your back then show him the lead and feed him a treat then bring the lead a bit closer to him and feed him a teat then bring the lead closer to him again and feed him a treat
    then if he's not freaking out pat him with the lead and give him a treat

    then put the lead away do this process again tomorrow and as many times as you need until you can skip the first few steps and just walk up and pat him with the lead and he dose not care then you put the lead on him and feed him a treat take the lead off but don't feed a treat then put the lead on a feed a treat do this a few times then he should be fine to take a few steps but take it slow and feed treats he likes

    ham was only a example

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean View Post
    Gday Mitch.
    This sounds very similar to my Ridgeback puppy 14 years ago now (except for the flea, scab bit). He had all his injections etc (pound pup) but he wouldnt eat very much at all.
    We tried him on pilchards and other oily cat type food as most pups will scoff it and my vet recommended trying it. It could be stress....But in my pups case it was the start of the Parvo virus and it was nearly a death sentence. I dont want to panic you but please get him vet checked for it if he dosnt start eating properly soon or if he starts going down hill fast as it needs to be treated ASAP if thats what it is.
    I hope for his sake i'm over reacting but its such a heart breaking thing to go through so i thought it should be mentioned. Give the fishy type food or human grade mince a go and see what he thinks. Hopefully he's just a fussy bugger and will come out of it soon. Good luck.


    Ah gee that is a worry, I’ll take him to the vet tomorrow. He doesn’t eat much in the way of kibble but he will chew on a pigs ear all day (he’s probably had 4 of them since I got him last Saturday), and he does love a liver or chicken treat so fingers crossed he’s just a fussy eater. His poo’s are normal, although he doesn’t do nearly as many as other pups I’ve owned. I’ll give the roo meat/raw chicken a go before I take him to the vet.

    Thanks for all the advice on getting him comfortable with the lead, I’ll give a few of the ideas a crack and hopefully one of them sticks  I’ll let you all know.

    Mitch

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    If his poo's are normal thats a good sign. Parvo will consist of runny poo, vomiting and lack of energy to begin with. Its sounds to me like he dosnt have it but i just wanted to make you aware of the possibility. He probably wouldnt touch the pigs ears either. Sounds like he's been a bit fussy and still stressed a bit. I hope he comes good for you soon.


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    good luck with it

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    Hey all, just went home for my lunch break and had another go at feeding the boy, i mixed a tin of tuna in with half a cup of kibble and he ate almost all of it, only a few bits left. That's put my mind at ease a little. Thanks for everyones help!

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