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Old 04-26-2007, 03:44 AM   #1
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Default Puppy problem - weaning question, please help :)

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This is my 1st post here and im sorry to jump straight into this kind of subject without saying hi (hi by the way!) But I could do with a little help please.

I have 6 boxer puppies which all seem to be having problems drinking water. They are all coming up to 4 weeks now, and none seem to grasp the concept of drinking water out of a bowl.

I've been told by a long time boxer breeder (which is the same breed as i have) and he said "dunk their heads" in the water to give them the idea. Although ive not done that, ive shown them the water and they dont seem interested

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hmm well.. what I did was that I mixed some dry food with it so that gets more of the water and it turns into a thick soup. Then they half chew and half drink, that could make it easier for them. My pups needed extra already at 5 weeks though so I started tad bit earlier..

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hmm well.. what I did was that I mixed some dry food with it so that gets more of the water and it turns into a thick soup. Then they half chew and half drink, that could make it easier for them. My pups needed extra already at 5 weeks though so I started tad bit earlier..

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Hi Thanks for the quick reply and welcome .

I tried this, and they didnt really get the idea very well.

I also tried getting them to eat oxe cheek, and then while they were all knoching on it, filled the bowl with water to see if they licked up the liquid. No joy there either.

Maybe i just need to keep trying

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If they're still nursing or eating liquid food they don't feel the need for water. Try putting a little sugar in the water and offering it to them on your finger.

It's time to begin weaning them. Mix a little puppy food with some liquid Esbilac (to be found at the pet store) put it into the blender and mix it until it's the consistency of thin oatmeal. Then put it on your finger. As they begin to show interest in licking it off your finger, lower your finger to the bowl. They'll get the idea.

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If they're still nursing or eating liquid food they don't feel the need for water. Try putting a little sugar in the water and offering it to them on your finger.

It's time to begin weaning them. Mix a little puppy food with some liquid Esbilac (to be found at the pet store) put it into the blender and mix it until it's the consistency of thin oatmeal. Then put it on your finger. As they begin to show interest in licking it off your finger, lower your finger to the bowl. They'll get the idea.

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Yeh they are being weaned at the moment, they love oxe cheek, and mince. Its just the water which is chausing problems

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You're welcome. The sugar in the water and on the finger should do the trick.
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You're welcome. The sugar in the water and on the finger should do the trick.
Tried that again and although they did lick it a little, they didnt seem to like it

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Perhaps you could try mixing a very little Goats milk not Cow's milk with the water and trying from your finger first and if successful then from the bowl and if this works eventually omit the Goat's milk. and give water only.
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Hi I can't offer you any advice, but just wanted to say welcome to the forum.
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Welcome to DogForum.org.

Instinct should kick in when they are thristy. Dunking thier heads in the water will only serve to scare them and that coming from a long time breeder shocks me.

If you want, try to water down goats milk and go from there but I think that offering goats milk in a bowl the pups will get the idea of drinking out of a bowl. Perhaps the bowl you are using is not large enough, with a larger bowl a pup may feel more secure drinking. Just some ideas for you.

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