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02-13-2014 12:38 PM
nxzemagrl What a cute and smart pup! Can't wait to see more pics. Like others have said, follow your pup's pace. I don't know for sure, but it sounds like only working in "come" would hinder his mental growth. Just my thinking...

We feed Maddie Diamond Naturals Extreme Athlete. At 17 moths she is non-stop. When we rescued her she was a skinny 40 pounds. Nothing we fed would put weight on her (even though some suggested 5 CUPS daily!!), an most upset her stomach. We hear about Diamond Naturals from a friend and gave it a shot. She is finally up to a healthy 60 pounds and my vet raves about her body, skin and fur. It must be good, too, since it takes every ounce of restraint for her to sit until we tell her "ok". We never really looked at doing raw, so if you are looking at keeping kibble then it is one to consider.

Anyway, welcome to the forums from NE Ohio and we hope to see more pics of that sweet face!

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02-12-2014 09:01 PM
KnittirB What a cutie!!!
02-12-2014 06:24 PM
Loneforce Welcome Aboard!!
02-12-2014 05:02 PM
wyoung2153 I feed Fromm now, going from Blue Buffalo Wilderness and Nature's Recipe. All I can say, as far as kibble goes, Titan ate his other food just fine, but this is the first time I have see him ask me to be fed, and run to his food when I say "ok." I am happy with it. However, BB is a great food, I was just going through trial and error with my boy's picky nature.

As for traning, as long as your puppy is grasping things and catching on.. train as much as you'd like! It only becomes an issue when you are teaching things all at once without letting him get the idea of the first command. Ex.. initially we did training sessions throughout the day. One wouldbe all "sit" one would be all "stay" etc..

Such a cute lil guy though.. can't wait to see how he grows up!
02-12-2014 04:50 PM
HarleyBossemaines Thank you so much! We take him to this puppy class at KP Koncepts in Glen Burnie, MD. It is a course that prepares them for obedience. Although it seems like a nice place the guy is a little head strong so I think we are going to do independent training. I think because he is our first I have been second guessing everything for my little guy lol He was originally on diamond and loved it but Petsmart doesn't carry it :/ As far as raw food, is there any specific brand I should try? Also, I heard it was better to have him lean until he is a bit older? Thank you sooo much for your input and sorry for having a million questions haha

Your puppy is very cute and no doubt very intelligent. Enjoy him and take pics as he will grow so quickly! [/QUOTE]
02-12-2014 04:49 PM
ilivenanigloo Adorable! Welcome! My only advice is ask for advice whenever you're in doubt. There are many knowledgeable and opinionated people here.
02-12-2014 02:04 PM
Originally Posted by Shepnut View Post

Is your class a petsmart type class or are you already at a private club? Are there other working breeds in the class? What are you aiming to do with your puppy?
Harley and I are in the same training class. It's a private club and he specializes in working dogs
02-12-2014 02:02 PM
FirefighterGSD Welcome to the forum! I know Harley personally from our training class and he's awesome. Super happy to have you guys here!!
02-12-2014 01:51 PM
HarleyTheGSD I feed mine Diamond. It's fairly cheap, but it doesn't have all those bad fillers.
02-12-2014 01:45 PM
Originally Posted by HarleyBossemaines View Post
Thanks for all the love, these are the only questions I have:
Harley is now 15 weeks! He is getting so big so fast. My only questions for all the ownsers out there are what food are you feeding? We use blue buffalo wilderness large breed puppy but our trainer suggests raw food. We go clean him teeth weekly because of the kibble. Also, how early did you start teaching commands? Harley is in puppy class but the instructor insists I only ask him to come no other commands. Of course this is the first I am hearing of this and Harley already knows sit paw down stay up and speak. He even knows the hand signals. After hearing this a month into the class I am now fearful he will have a hard time during obedience/ protection training which is what the trainer said. Any thoughts?
Harley, you will hear frequently, "oh, you have a problem then seek out a trainer." It is as if we herald the "trainer" as some omniscient being when in truth there are many ill-informed trainers. So...

Your trainer says only work on come and yet your dog can do so much more. Now you are concerned but don't be. Do as much basic obedience as you can at this stage as long as it is all positive. You say you are in a class so maybe your trainer isn't even being mindful of your dog specifically as he says these things.

Is your class a petsmart type class or are you already at a private club? Are there other working breeds in the class? What are you aiming to do with your puppy?

I personally prefer raw but blue buffalo is a good brand if you stick with kibble. You sound like you really are a responsible owner and perhaps should reconsider raw. Once you start raw, it isn't difficult to do at all.

Your puppy is very cute and no doubt very intelligent. Enjoy him and take pics as he will grow so quickly!
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