I provide lifetime breeder support with all my pups and this weekend, I had one of my year old pups come back home because her family is going through a break up. Very sad, but I have my "grandpup" back.
That said, they brought all of her stuff of course and her crate which is too small for her in my opinion. I immediately put her stuff into one of my XXL crates as I begin to introduce her to my pack. The crate that they were using was much too small and I have no idea how much time she was spending in it but she is very small compared to the other pups from the same litter.
I need to measure her and see where she is and also weigh her, but she is quite a bit smaller than her mother and sisters.
MY QUESTION IS THIS: do you think that it's possible for a dog's growth to be stunted in their first year of life if they were kept in a too small crate?
I am very excited to have her back because she has the coolest temperament and I think she will be a dog we will be able to start doing some training/titling with which we hadn't done before. She has incredible focus and lots of drive, much like our male (unrelated). This will be the next step for us.....doing some kind of sport with our dogs...maybe agility, or Schutzund, or SAR........
Anyhoo, would love to hear what you guys think about the possible stunted growth issue as well as maybe any suppliments I could give her to help her grow. My other dogs get so much exercise that they all have well developed muscles....this new girl looks like she maybe has been in this cramped little crate and not much muscle tone.
Lastly, I don't know what they were feeding her. I have started her on the grain free large pup lamb and rice food that we use and giving her as much as she wants the last day and 1/2 I have had her.
Thoughts, suggestions? Thanks for reading.