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Old 04-28-2014, 09:26 PM
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Trying to turn meeting of new things into a fun and rewarding thing. Had a setback tonight though when my aunt came over unannounced with her adult german shepherd. Pup flipped out, was so scared that he hid behind me and peed everywhere and growled and growled at them, he's been a velcro puppy since. More importantly he's not eating as much as he should be. The people who had him were feeding him Gravy Train! And now he won't eat better food. If I mix them he carefully picks out the Gravy Train and leaves the rest. Dad thinks when he gets hungry enough he'll eat but I worry. I think at some point I need to just make a thread on his progress/lack of progress and my general worries. I'm googling around for how to fix the food issue though.
Merlin has frequent bouts of barely eating anything so Infeel your pain. The good news is that I wouldn't worry unless he starts to get too skinny or if your vet is concerned. A healthy puppy won't let himself starve and will eventually eat when food is offered to him. What are yiu feeding hik now, instead of Gravy Train?

@kelly528 has a "picky puppy recipe" to make food more desirable. It's basically soaking kibble in water, microwaving it just enough to make it smell delicious, and then add something tasty to supplement (can't remember exactly what, though).
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I forgot to add that it may he that you haven't found a fold he likes yet and patience may be the key to finding a new food (if youe dad will allow it).
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Yeah, yeah. Dog gravy can be had at some grocery stores or the next best thing is dog food that is chunks in gravy OR just good old fashioned canned food. Cover the kibble with water, strain it out over the sink, mix a tablespoon of the 'good stuff' in and zap for a very low time on a very low setting (our microwave is 8 seconds at power level 8). The end result should be something lukewarm, which melts and softens the fats, bringing out their flavour and making the food more palatable.
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Dad was supposed to tell her that we had a new pup and couldn't bring Blackie over, but 'forgot to', she didn't know and normally it would be okay except new pup. It wasn't her fault, it was definitely his. Three days has NOT been enough time for him to settle down, he still jumps at things like opening a cabinet.

Dad's been trying to interact, but pup is very fearful of well, anything but me, and even growling at him. In spite of his insistance the best way to handle this is smacking, he's been working on his approach being mostly with cheese cubes and bits of chicken, so I'm pretty happy with that so far. I don't want the pup to bond TOO much to just me, since I worry a lot about causing seperation anxiety.

Edit: time to make a general thread.
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In relation to the tobasco - I was told that if you put the tobasco on whatever it is you don't want them to chew, spray some smelly, cheap cologne just near it. That way, that smell becomes enough to convince them not to chew on something, so you can just spray the cologne on stuff instead of coating everything you own in tobasco
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In relation to the tobasco - I was told that if you put the tobasco on whatever it is you don't want them to chew, spray some smelly, cheap cologne just near it. That way, that smell becomes enough to convince them not to chew on something, so you can just spray the cologne on stuff instead of coating everything you own in tobasco
We're hereditary migrane sufferers here, and strong smells like perfumes are triggers for those. Not an option for us I'm afraid. Tobasco and bitter apple is far less likely to result in migraine!
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Definitely understandable! It might work with something else, from what I understand it's more the connection the puppy makes, and their sense of smell is obviously much better than ours But definitely, you gotta use what's best for you.
I did find with tobasco that my puppy seemed to like it after it had dried for a day or so, but that just might be his fixation to eat everything -.-
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