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Hi everyone,
Can anyone help with food for my pup, he’s very good at going to the toilet( sometimes missing the puppy mat) but still trying bless him, sometimes the toilet isn’t very firm but then on the other hand the others are very firm... please advise how you feed them as he does not leave the bowl until all the food has gone we feed him at the moment 3 times a day, we’ve ordered a slow feeder to slow him down, also randomly he Heaves trying to be sick but can’t come up then he’s fine, He is currently on Beta chicken.
Am I doing anything wrong? Any help will be appreciated!
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Hi I switched my puppies food over a month ago because she had a hard time eating. We switched to Actr1um she loves it and gobbles it down super fast. I think its good if your dog eats all the food, if its not eating that's when there is a problem. They do sell trays at pet stores that kind of spreads out the food more so it takes them longer to eat it. Let me know how the slow feeder works!
 

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Thank you so much for the reply!

Milo is doing great with the slow feeder,it hasn’t stopped him eating quick though but he’s knackered after eating as he had to thinkto get the food out, which is a good thing we’ve also changed the food he was on too and he loves it! he has also stopped being sick which I’m happy about..... the only thing now is that he’s going toilet and the trying to eat it.... is this normal?!
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" the only thing now is that he’s going toilet and the trying to eat it.... is this normal?!"

My pup also does this. I asked the vet about it and he said it was completely normal and most dogs do it. Most people might not notice because they just let their dogs out into their yard and don't go out with them. You just have to go out with them and pick it up before they can get it. Make sure they don't eat other animals or dogs feces as they can get bad bacteria and diseases from it. It also might mean your pup isn't getting enough exercise and doing it out of boredom. When I started taking my pup out for long walks every day it lessened considerably.
 

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Hi, thanks for the help!!

I am glad your vet says it’s normal, he doesn’t do it all the time but now he’s started to leave it, we live in a flat so it’s hard just to let him out.
we have started taking him out later in the evening which thank god he’s going to the toilet outside and lots of praise isgiven! We have noticed beforewhen we wake up there are marks on the puppy pad so I’m guessing he’s eaten it..... but hopefully he grows out of it soon!
we do watch him when he’s outover the field as he ears grass we think it’s just pure excitement of going out, we try to deflect his attention into something else like abit of training or something..... next thing we have to do is toilet training we have bought a tray and put a mat down for him to go out there but no luck yet, how would you try and make him stop going in the house and to go outside.... we were told to move the mats closer to the door so that way he’sasking to go out but I’m not sure this will work, l understand there will be accidents at the beginning but wondered if you had done this and how you actioned it?
Thanks for your responses x
 

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Np! I also have read online that people feed their puppies fresh pineapple chunks as a snack not canned (because it has added sugar). Apparently there is something in it that make the pups #2 smell or taste bad and they stop trying to eat it! I am going to try it this week! How old is your pup? With mine we house trained her in about 2-3 months. We have her sleep in a kennel at night and I know that people think it is mean but it is proven to be one of the quickest ways to house train your pup! Dogs don't want to go where they sleep. When they bark in there you have to ignore them because then they will bark just to get your attention. Second you have to keep a consistent schedule until they can hold it. For the first 1-2 months we brought her out every hour even if she didn't have to go and she could make it through the night until 6am-7am. After a while we started stretching the time and taking her out every two hours for a month. After about 3 months of that they start to let you know. This seems like a lot of work but it is the quickest way.
 

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Also we have a fake grass pad/box outside, we live in an apartment too! They are really expensive and you do have to clean it once a week but if you live in an apartment it makes it easier to train your pup! We got our pup in February and im so glad we got it because it was so cold going outside every hour or two. You can also buy this scented spray that smells like another dogs urine. You squirt it on the fake grass in a couple of places and then your pup will use it because they want to mark their territory. If you decide to get the pad you need the spray, they won't go on it without it. However, if you get the pad you still have to stand on your balcony with them so they go and make them stand on it. Also if you get this you still need to take them on daily walks or they will start to act out!
 

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Hi!
Milo is 4 1/2 months we got him just before lock down in March, he is an amazing little thing! I may have to try the pineapple thing, I will also try the spray I have seen them in shops but if it works I’m willing to try it...
he’s a funny buggar as he will sit on the tray with the mat but then when we say good boy he runs to his treat draw😂 he is not daft!
we take him out 3 times a day at the moment 1 morning, 1 at 5pm and 1just before we go to bed and touch wood he is going both #1 & #2 which is good when we take him out so no mess in the flat apart from a wee on his mat which I’m not worried about, I’d rather have wee on a mat then dodo sitting there all night ... I’ll give this a go with the spray, every dog is different so I’m hoping this will work as he’s so clever! We’ve removed the mat in the kitchen too and put his food/water bowl there and he’s stopped going to that area so we’ve eliminated that area already.
Milo sleeps in the hallway, with gates on each end so he has plenty of room to walk around but still confined, I don’t personally like the idea of putting a dog in a cage but that’s my own opinion, we do have a cage for him but we use it for a bedroom if that makes sense so he can go in and out when he wants time on his own we’ve put a bed in there and he’s toys and he just lays in it at night time but it’s never closed on him... let me know how the pineapple goes with your gorgeous little one!
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The little squirt bottle we have is called "Skip To My Loo" Its 125ml bottle. Not sure if they have that specific one where you are located but they probably sell an alternative brand, It works! Mika our 5 month old pup wouldn't go on our pee pad fake grass but a couple of small squirts of this stuff and she always goes on it! Highly recommend! Yeah one rule we had when we got the fake grass pad was we never got mad or frustrated with her when she was on or near it, same with her kennel you want them to have positive associations with it so they want to use it.

Wow only three times a day! Mika likes to go out on the balcony a lot just to watch people walk by but she also goes pee more than 3 times a day. Yeah the idea of a cage seems tough but me and my partner both work and for a couple of hrs a day we are both gone. While our pup was being house trained and to avoid accidents we would put her in the kennel when we go to work, run errands, and while she is in the car (its actually safer for them if they are in a kennel in the car) it just prevents accidents and helps to house train them quicker because they won't go where they sleep. Now she is fully house trained and is only put in her kennel when we go in the car, we let her roam around the apartment when we are gone now and she also sleeps with her kennel door open at night. Majority of her bad behaviours improve when she has a long walk every day.

Will let you know how the pineapple goes! She hasn't tried to eat her #2 in about a week or two but I am going to try to add pineapple as a snack anyways if it means she will never try to eat her #2 again! I have had such bad break outs on my face from her kisses which will also go away if she eats pineapple. Everyone online says do not buy canned pineapple (added sugar) so I am going to buy frozen pre-cut pineapple chucks and just unfreeze a couple pieces every couple of days. I can report back in a week or two lol! Here is a photo of Mika! Let me know if you have any more questions!
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Let me start by saying Mika is gorgeous!
We have bought one which we have sprayed on the mat on the balcony and he has started to sniff it now so I’m hoping he will start using it, oh Milo does go a wee more than 3 times a day as he still has his mat in the hall way but touch wood he hasn’t been missing! He gets a lot of praise for :) I think when he misses, he’s just being a little bit lazy but we’ve our work in so it’s paid off... that is very true they don’t make mess where they sleep so we’ve placed his mat away from his bed so he hasn’t had no accidents either.
We work all day and he’s left on his own for a while but we have a neighbour who comes in and let’s him out and have a little with him so really he’s on his own for only a few hours unattended then has some company before we are both home from work.
I think we are quite lucky that Milo hasn’t had no bad behaviours yet apart from teething so he’s nibbling on our hands but every teething toy he gets he just chomps through it but we can now see adult teeth coming through so we are hoping the nibbling stops.
Yes please, let me know how she gets on with it and then I can try it on Milo, since we’ve been taking him out 3 times a day no #2 accidents, I think he’s in a routine now to wait till the morning :)
This is our Milo.
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Thank you! She is an F1 miniature cockapoo, half spaniel and half miniature poodle :) Milo is so adorable!!!!! He sounds like a sweet heart! So far the pineapple is working, she loves it :) I bought the frozen pineapple chunks and just let some thaw in the fridge for a couple days. I give her about half of a chuck, I slice it into smaller pieces, she loves it! So far so good its only been 4 days but its working so far.

Ahhh the teething! No one told me how bad it really is before I got my pup, Mika was biting my hands 24/7. She rarely does it anymore THANK GOD! She is 5 1/2 months now. We went out and got one of those tug-of-war toys made out of rope only. They can be pricier than the other toys but I bought it the first week or two that I got her and I haven't had to replace it! That toy definitely helped with the teething, practically every time we played a tooth would come out! She didn't even seem to notice when she would lose a tooth while playing and would start to bring it to me every couple of days, I could tell her teeth were bugging her then. Oh I would also recommend this spray Grannicks 'Bitter Apple,' for teething it saved our furniture! Just shake and spray on furniture or shoes you don't want them to gnaw on. It tastes really bitter for dogs and it helped tremendously for Mika.

Mika is a good pup. It's hard to socialize her during self-isolation, she never wants to sniff other dogs that we see on a walk (while social distancing). Im not sure what to do though until dog parks open again. I just don't want her to be scared of people and other dogs when this is over.
 

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Our Milo was bred with a cockaspaniel and toy poodle, oh yes he is amazing! We don’t think we’d be able to do this lock down without him, we got him in the nick of time!
Keep at the pineapple and let me know sounds like it’s working loads so far!
We will have to see if we can get one of the tug of war ropes we haven’t tried him on anything like that just soft toys so that may help, we’ve noticed he’s chewing a lot On his teeth so we think his teeth are coming out and him eating them, but we have found a few over the floor.

we are quite lucky that he hasn’t tried to eat anothing he takes my slippers to his bed but just cuddles them and if he can get a top he takes that too and sneakily sneaks it to his bed like I haven’t seen him lol! Apart from that he hasn’t and isn’t doing anything wrong, my partner picked the good one!😍.

we can’t get our pup to social distance, we’ve met more people in the last 7 weeks then what we’ve ever met lol! Maybe to help her keep social put animals on your television so she can still hear them and see them( I only say that as milo is glued to the tele once any animals are on there) or even when your out treat her when waking past a dog or person she might treat That as “they aren’t too bad and mums giving me treats... nothing to worry about” maybe try and walk where there’s more dogs..... that’s what we did as we have a huge field outside ours and I think that’s the only way milo is really keeping socialised x
 
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