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We just got our 2 year old dog about 4 days ago, We're starting to switch her onto Evo food as the previous owner had her on a no name brand (no meat at all in it), so her energy level is a little bit low. I'm easing her into going for walks as she's not really use to it and gets tired easy. So far were up to 2 short walks a day and then the kids will take her out and run around with her.
Today I took her ball with us during the walk and she only lasted 10 minutes then laid down with exhaustion. We just got back and she's panting a mile a minute. The heat probably isn't helping as its about 35 degrees celcius right now.
Will her energy level get back up with time on the new food? All she seems to want to do is lay down and sleep all day.
 

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We just got our 2 year old dog about 4 days ago, We're starting to switch her onto Evo food as the previous owner had her on a no name brand (no meat at all in it), so her energy level is a little bit low. I'm easing her into going for walks as she's not really use to it and gets tired easy. So far were up to 2 short walks a day and then the kids will take her out and run around with her.
Today I took her ball with us during the walk and she only lasted 10 minutes then laid down with exhaustion. We just got back and she's panting a mile a minute. The heat probably isn't helping as its about 35 degrees celcius right now.
Will her energy level get back up with time on the new food? All she seems to want to do is lay down and sleep all day.
Congrats on your rescue. It could be she is overweight, she is used to a lazy lifestyle, the food, etc etc. Because it is so hot (it usually is 100+ F here when we go for walks at night and I see the same thing) the walks and playtime should start off slow. I think eventually the activity level will increase with food and gradually increasing activity time, as well as when it cools off.
 

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I hope so, She seems a little deppressed. She gets very excited when we got out for the walk but if were inside she doesn't have much interest in anything but food.
 

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I hope so, She seems a little deppressed. She gets very excited when we got out for the walk but if were inside she doesn't have much interest in anything but food.
Aw! Does she have a favorite toy maybe you could toss for her outside? Its cute to see them get all excited when they see a leash lol.
 

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I hope so, She seems a little deppressed. She gets very excited when we got out for the walk but if were inside she doesn't have much interest in anything but food.
There are "settle in" stages for a new dog...you should see a big difference at 6 weeks and then again at 6 months or so. :)

If she likes food, you can start training her with short sessions, it will help you guys bond and build trust ;)



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Sorry I keep forgetting its only been 4 days...My chi took a week to leave my side and start sniffing out the home.
 

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Just realized when taking her out again to throw the ball that the reason she's stopping after a short time is because the place we go is mostly grass, but where I throw it theres large graval rocks (like a graval driveway) so her poor paws are getting sore :(
I guess I'll be going on the grassy part from now on. lol
 

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Sorry I keep forgetting its only been 4 days...My chi took a week to leave my side and start sniffing out the home.
oh ya, she won't leave my side at all for now, it will be nice once she realizes this is her home now.
 

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ah yes, and careful when it is still daylight out, their pads can get burnt. I always test the grounds temp before taking my dogs out.
 

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ah yes, and careful when it is still daylight out, their pads can get burnt. I always test the grounds temp before taking my dogs out.
Dummy me didn't even think about the graval until i went to rub her paw and she yelped. I may need to find another place to play ball, around the lagoon that she gets her walk has rocks throughout the entire place.
 
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