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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-19-2012, 10:16 AM
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Originally Posted by ankittanna87 View Post
I got a few tennis balls, a rubber kong which is hollow inside (u get ones which have crushed plastic stuffed inside), a treat dispensing kong but guess what? the little turd doesn't play with anything!! he's been home 2 days & all he does is sleep!! he doesn't have his breakfast or lunch.. has 1 in the evening and 1 at night.. isn't interested in puppy biscuits.. so I have these calcium gnawler bones which he plays with for a little while.. I don't know if everyone's pup is like this but this dude just sleeps & pees & sleeps & poops! he's about 7 weeks old..
He should be sleeping 2/3 of the day till about 3 months. Eating only twice a day doesn't sound like enough, try adding a table spoon of wet with his kibble and soak in some water for 10-15 minutes for breakfast.

Are you putting the toys on the ground and he's ignoring them? or are you handling the toys and he's ignoring them?

Either way he needs a lot more than 2 days to get comfortable in his new home (more like 2 weeks).

Another thing to consider, when I got Barack and took him for his 1st vet visit, it turned out he had an upper respiratory infection (kennel cough). No big deal (Just like having a common cold for us) I got him on his meds, and wiped it out in 2 weeks. During his "cold" though he wasn't very motivated to do anything more than sleep, eat, and poop. He did play with his toys though, just not for very long, as I knew he wasn't feeling his best. BTW I hope he is NOT sick, but I figured I'd put that out there, since I'm not sure whether or not you've done your 1st vet visit or not.

Lastly a word of caution on stuffed toys, eventually they will be able to puncture those and will try to eat the "stuffing", I made this mistake and my boy actually tore off an ear and swallowed it (He did successfully pass it in his stool as it wasn't a very large piece). Safe to say I've phased those toys out completely, Kong inc is making a lot of money off of me lol.

Congratz on the new pup and best of luck!

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post #13 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-19-2012, 02:57 PM
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It will take some time for the puppy to get used to these big changes. He may not feel like eating or playing for a while. Try hand feeding him and doing some water in it. For the first few days, I did water in his food and even hand fed and sat with him while he ate. Just think, he's never been alone and never been with you or in your house before, so it will take time. He doesn't know how to play with toys either, so you'll have to teach him what they are for too. My pup still sleeps a lot. they are doing so much growing, just like a newborn kid, it takes a lot out of them. Don't worry, give it a few days and you will have a crazy playful pup (but still probably only for a few hours a day) have fun!
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post #14 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-26-2012, 06:09 PM
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Remington loves his squeakers especially this one duck. Main thing to keep in mind is the sturdiness because they will tear open. He also loved the kong red ball. We bough that after he destroyed afew tennis balls just after a day. The kong balls are more expensive but worth it because they last!

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