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01-12-2014 11:05 AM
Loneforce
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Originally Posted by Mad Lab View Post
Why not?
Because the dog can pull the blanket through the sides of the crate and chew on it and eat it and get an obstruction. I used to give this advice too mad lab, but after being here awhile, I have found out how crazy dogs can really be. Not my own dogs, but what has been happening to others. I have used blanket on the crate before with out any issues, I use and have used a choke collar for over 35 years with out issues and etc... I am turning over a new leaf this year. I will not give anymore advice on here anymore, unless I see it is totally wrong. What works for me or you definitely does not always work for others.
01-12-2014 09:42 AM
MadLab
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covering a crate with a blanket isn't safe
Why not?
01-12-2014 09:20 AM
doggiedad covering a crate with a blanket isn't safe especially with
a dog that hasn't been crated.

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Originally Posted by MadLab View Post
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 09:15 AM
doggiedad 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
MadLab 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
sarah1366 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
laurenkapitan 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
OriginalWacky
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I would also make sure a fecal is done. You can add pumpkin, low fat cottage cheese and stage 1 baby food meats with the food. I almost think she just doesn't like that food, plus a new environment. I think boiled chicken can work to. Fromm is a decent food and its of higher quality. The worse case scenario is that you get a food that she likes and the switch will cause loose poop for a short time, but at least she is eating. If you go that route I would mix pumpkin with the food right away to help the poop. You also don't want her to feel like she needs to protect your child, that needs to be corrected right away. The good thing is that she seems to like your daughter.
I'm a HUGE fan of Fromm, and though I raw feed, I tend to keep Fromm on hand and feed it regularly enough (or use it for training) to keep them used to it in case there comes a time when I can't feed raw. There are other great dog foods out there, so you'll have to check around, and figure out which one will work best for you in your budget and for your dog. I personally would probably just switch outright to the new food, whatever you choose, and let her tummy sort itself out with the help of a bit of pumpkin. And maybe donate that Ole Roy (shudder) to a shelter, because even though it's horrid quality, if it's all they've got, it's better than feeding them shoe leather, just not by much.

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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