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Old 07-07-2007, 08:41 AM   #1
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Hello I have the smallest little pup Ive ever seen at 10 weeks old its pretty solid, healthy, happy Chihuahua (my avatar)
Ive only had it 5 days the woman who sold it to me said feed 3 times a day, pedigree puppy canned and dry food.
Well ive been feeding it 4 times a day the canned plus a 2am feeding of canned .Its crying at 2 am after eatting at 9pm, pooping and going to sleep. During the day it eats a few pieces of dry food.

THE Questions are...
How do I feed this TINY pup, She is crying for a hour long or longer at 2am Im really afraid to starve her HOW long can she go between feedings??
What amount and how many times a day should I feed her??
Should I keep hard food available all the time??

I keep her in a large crate all papered and just a little washcloth inside because she pooped on her blanket the crate is covered shes not cold.
HOW long should I expect her to sleep for????
Today up at 2am, ate, pooped,back to sleep,6 am Crying, pooped outside in yard when back to sleep at 6:30 now still sleeping at 8:45 .

I have more ?s but I'll do a few at a time. THANK YOU ALL for your help in advance

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I personally would allow her access to dry food all the time. Make sure it is a good quality puppy one. Make sure she has access to clean fresh water at all times as well. She could be crying for other reasons but if food is always available then you will know it isn't food related. It could be she just needs the loo!
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Hi Denisedenise
The crying at 2AM may have more to do with her being scared and lonely and less to do with being hungry. Put a soft lush toy in there with her, this might help.
If it were me I would stop the 2AM feeding- as it is you will be grateful for the first good night's sleep you get!
And when she poops outside, make super happy noises, pet her, praise her, this will go a long way in housetraining.
You may want to look into other brands of dog food-Pedigree is not one of the better ones.
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Thanks ,yes I will leave dry food all day.
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Thank you too..we did give her aliitle stuffed monkey, I will stop the 2am feeding. And yes we make a big deal about outside pooping and paper pooping but she doesnt really care,
We are going to only paper train her since shes so small and we have horses outside.

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long can she go between feedings??
What amount and how many times a day should I feed her??
Should I just LET her be scared and lonley at night?? (the beanie baby isnt working)

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She might have been a little young to leave her mom. Usually a smaller pup will be kept until closer to 12 weeks. Zoey was 17 oz at 11 weeks when we brought her home and she did fine and now weighs right at 4lbs. My granddaughter's little chi weighed more when they brought her home and now weighs 22 oz. Vickie is just a wee bit of a thing and she is 10 months old.

These little girls both cried at night when they came home as do most pups. I would say just make sure you put her out and she goes to bed with a full tummy and an empty bladder.

I would switch her dog food too. I just quit feeding California Natural which is a great food and switched to Canidae because of the savings. (I also feed a great dane!) I have been very happy with the switch and have found it to be a great food also. I would also keep dry kibble down at all times and give some canned at meal time.

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I would either leave dry food available for your pup at all times or feed 4 meals daily (3 if you can't manage 4). For the first few months, I took Ozzy outside round-the-clock for potty breaks & we had very few accidents. Pups will sleep a lot; however, they will not sleep for hours on end & usually will wake up at least 2 times through the night (or even hourly).
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She might have been a little young to leave her mom. Usually a smaller pup will be kept until closer to 12 weeks. Zoey was 17 oz at 11 weeks when we brought her home and she did fine and now weighs right at 4lbs. My granddaughter's little chi weighed more when they brought her home and now weighs 22 oz. Vickie is just a wee bit of a thing and she is 10 months old.

These little girls both cried at night when they came home as do most pups. I would say just make sure you put her out and she goes to bed with a full tummy and an empty bladder.

I would switch her dog food too. I just quit feeding California Natural which is a great food and switched to Canidae because of the savings. (I also feed a great dane!) I have been very happy with the switch and have found it to be a great food also. I would also keep dry kibble down at all times and give some canned at meal time.

Good luck to you with your new baby. Make sure you socialize her well and you will enjoy her for years to come.
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Thanks for comments, your Vickie is tiny. How many times a day did you feed when a pup? Full belly is Best I THINK all the time but I dont want a fat unhealthy pup who begs for food. I dont know how much to feed

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I free feed all my dogs and they are very content. I have just had a friends poodle pup stay for a week and he was fine helping himself when he wanted to as well. With especially tiny dogs I think it is better to leave food out all the time because they need the energy and can have problems if not adequately fed.
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Thanks for comments, your Vickie is tiny. How many times a day did you feed when a pup? Full belly is Best I THINK all the time but I dont want a fat unhealthy pup who begs for food. I dont know how much to feed
Vickie is very little...much tiner than I would prefer. I free feed my dogs...always have. My dogs are not fat nor do they beg.
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