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|01-12-2014 11:05 AM|
Originally Posted by Mad Lab View Post
|01-12-2014 09:42 AM|
|01-12-2014 09:20 AM|
covering a crate with a blanket isn't safe especially with
a dog that hasn't been crated.
Originally Posted by MadLab View Post
|01-12-2014 09:15 AM|
she could be adjusting to her new home. as far as not
eating she may not like ol Roy. switch brands. if you
think something is wrong with her take her to the E-Vet.
good luck with your new dog.
|01-12-2014 08:51 AM|
|Alwaysaworkingdog||Why don't you feed her what a dog was actually made to eat? warm raw meat, bones, cartilage and organs? we feed ours chicken frames and wings and it's what? a couple of dollars more expensive than your high end kibble. I think, if you set aside a few more dollars a week for your dog you can provide them with food that is far superior in taste, quality and nutrition than even the best kibble.|
|01-12-2014 06:55 AM|
I think people with a rescue dog like this should introduce the dog to the house over a period of time. Don't worry about the food.
I would look at it like this.
A dog living in a garage has nobody and probably gets no walk and no socialization.
It gets a new family and suddenly has a chance to have a pack and has free roam of the house. If it has no experience in this environment it may make wrong decisions.
It may see the weakest member of the family and try to protect it.
I would try to recreate a place for the dog which was similar to it's old home and over time introduce it to my house and family.
Use a crate and cover it with a blanket for this dog or give it a room in the house where it can't roam. Allow it time to figure out it's new environment.
It shouldn't be in your families business until it is mentally capable of understanding the dynamics inside your family.
Walk exercise and train the dog and socialize it with your family but don't give it a chance to develop unhealthy relationships where it feels the need to protect your child from you.
|01-12-2014 06:30 AM|
She is so pretty I know it sounds daft have you tried porridge with touch tinned meat mixed in I had one refused eat full stop so in end tried porridge slightly warm with tinned meat she loved it didn't give runs either after week started decreasing porridge and increasing tinned eventually got her onto raw feeding never looked back also wheatabix it's just get there appetite kicked off but again with milk with one my other rescues would only eat wheataxbix again till appetite kicked in but anything worth a go lol
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|01-12-2014 12:38 AM|
|TAR HEEL MOM||
Just about every dog that comes into the shelter as a stray refuses to eat the first few days. I use the canned dog food mixed in with their Science Diet trick to whet their appetite. It is just the stress/change probably.
I also use the 4Health food. My dogs eat the grain free salmon and potato.
|01-11-2014 10:49 PM|
I just got a very young pup and had the same problem. A few thoughts:
1. Settling into a new place, while he/she may fit in well and be happy, can be overwhelming and therefore it may just take her a bit to eat while she settles in.
2. Don't do what I did and feel bad and give her table scraps. Bad habit to break. It will not make your life any easier and obviously not good for their long term health.
3. AFTER TRYING SEVERAL BRANDS I FINALLY FOUND INSTINCT RAW BOOST!!!! She ate it right there in the store when the associate opened the bag to see if she was interested. Very impressed. Attachment 163466
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|01-11-2014 10:31 PM|
Originally Posted by llombardo View Post
Whether she is feeling protective of your daughter because she likes her, or because she wants to consider her a resource, or whatever, this is something you'll want to nip in the bud. Perhaps you can check around your area for a trainer who is experienced with GSDs and get her into training classes. If it were me, I'd probably work on crate training as well, and limit your new dog's freedom a bit to avoid some of these issues. I definitely think that working on obedience with your dog will help a little, and you're being proactive enough to ask about potential issues now is awesome.
She's a gorgeous dog, and with a little work, I bet that this is going to be a wonderful experience for you all, and your daughter will grow up with a great companion. Feel free to keep asking questions here, there are some great people you can learn a lot from. Most of all, enjoy your new family member!
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