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Old 07-07-2008, 09:28 AM   #1
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Hi, im using the purina pro plan puppy food that we got from the breeder when we got our puppy.

How long are you supposed to leave it in soak for?

I have been leaving it about half an hour but its still dry in the middle?

Should it be totally soggy or slightly crunchy?

Is it ok to use hot water as the breeder told us to use cold water?

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Old 07-07-2008, 09:41 AM   #2
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If I were you I'd give the breeder a call as she can tell you exactly how Alfie had his food. What have you been doing for the last week? And, did he eat the food you've been preparing for him all week?

Doesn't the package tell you how to prepare the food?

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Old 07-07-2008, 11:14 AM   #3
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I use hot water from the kettle and put enough in to cover the food. then you leave it to cool down. make shore its cool enough for the pup to eat but still warm
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Well the breeder gave us a diet sheet with the times on 7am 1pm and 6pm

We got a plastic cup in the food from the breeder and was told to give him a full cup mixed with cold water 3 times a day.

He wasn't eating much at all so we decided to cut his food down to half a cup 3 times a day.

Yesterday at 7am and 1pm he ate both meals. at 6pm he only had a small bit.

Today at 7am he ate half of what i gave him and at 1pm ate only half again.

We was advised that if he walked away from his bowl then to take it away and don't let him eat again until next feed.

I did try the hot water yesterday and slightly cooler today and left for longer today.

Im just wondering what the correct way is?

I dont like to give him it too dry as it swells up in the stomach with the other fluids.

I think i will probably change the food to another brand when he has finished this bag.

Is there any household foods i can try him on?

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well i give mine weetabix with a little goats milk. you need to be feeding 4 times a day a he's only small ,so his tummy can only hold a small amount of food. think how small his tummy is. then think how much food he needs to fill it. you could also try adding a little cooked liver to the food. the smell is nice to a pup. also try mashing his food up.
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hot water is best for soaking right through, you just leave it to cool before giving the puppy the food. I've heard of weetabix and goats milk too from breeders using it when weaning. But, I've never had a puppy myself younger than 10 weeks so I honestly don't know what is best.

The breeder should have explained exactly how to prepare etc, when we picked up Molly from the shelter they demonstrated to us exactly what she had been eating and the amounts.
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There is something called LACTOL is like powder milk. and is for young pup's .see link

http://www.seapets.co.uk/product-det...de/731380.html

If you add some to your puppys food. this will help him to like it. you can also give it as a meal. as it has everything your puppy needs in it. I used it when I had pups who were not eating well
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I also use Purina Pro Plan Chicken n rice Large breed. I just pour a container full for couple days, no measuring no time to be simple here. I pour hot water over entire jar or container and more till it is soaked good and big, this is when I start to wean at 3 weeks old. I use canned milk, raw egg and couple spoons of canned meat for taste to help get them started. I have no set amount or type of what I want to put into the food weekly as they grow. I get a large 3 dollar puppy pan at Wal Mart, have about 7 of them now.

I warm the mix I make for the pan and add lots of milk, some sterilized water also. As they progress eating more I add more as I want clean up quickly with my litters. At first I do not expect them to dive into pan to eat it all, so I keep what is left for next meal. It sounds like alot of food for your pup. What kind is it.

I do not give mine each a cup I know that much as many times a day as your giving, no pup would eat that much. I do not want my pups growing too fast either. I want them hungry, not fat, rolly polly looking either. They get supplements, garlic of course and as they grow such as Girle pups now are six weeks eating a large pan full readily fast. 3 times a day as night is long, I make last feeding about 7pm.

Now they are on NO meat at all, just a tad bit of milk and hard food as they have sharp needle teeth to chew and it is good for them now to eat this way. It takes more time than gulping and must chew some. They have even been given a couple raw soup knuckle bones to chew on now and then.

They are getting ready for homes at 8 weeks. They are going from Ohio to Georgia by autos. Big n nice pups in air cooled kennel, they get out several times a day and know steps, water, height, play ball, collars, leashes, etc. They are ready for homes but too early so we work daily on things as they are so friendly and sweet, nice and uniformed condition not gutted pups. Keep your puppy healthy looking, wormed every 2 weeks and I micro chip at 5 wks. shots at six.
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Old 07-07-2008, 12:32 PM   #9
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I agree with using lactol and weetabix, and your pup will love it. I am sure from another thread people were telling you you should be feeding 4 times a day for such a young pup. You now know the breeder should not have let you have the puppy so young so perhaps you should heed our advice here - especially as you've been asking for it!

As for soaking food, you should be using hot water really as the food will soak it up a lot better. Also, if you're planning on changing his food, I think Jake2006 suggested Burns in another thread, I would definately agree with this it is a fantastic brand and your local pet shop can advise you on what type he should be on as a puppy... or you can call the Burns nutritionists with the number Jake2006 gave you. Beware, you shouldn't get the end of the food he's on and just switch straight on to another type of food. You will really upset his tummy and it needs to be done very gradually so make sure you have a fair amount of you old food left and gradually introduce the new food in each feed.
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We are taking him for his 1st injection tomorrow so i will ask the vets advice.

Its just i didn't want to go against what the breeder had told us to do.

Im not sure if boxers may be different to other breeds of dog, he is supposed to be on a lean diet thats what the breeder told me.

I think i will give the breeder a call regarding his food.

Thanks for the help.

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