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Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by blkdragon666, May 29, 2010.


  1. blkdragon666

    blkdragon666 PetForums Junior

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    Hi we bought a 6 month old cocker spaniel on thursday we are her 3rd home she has had no injections we did her 1st today & worming & defleaing,but my concern is she isnt eating that well she eats her breakfast some of it but not all,she does'nt really eat her dinner or tea but wen we have ours she wants wat we got,so we are presuming she was fed from the table,my question is,is it nerves but i said if it was nerves she would'nt eat her breakfast even tho its not all of it,shes had no training,& training her is quite difficult,we are thinking that once she can go out that may build her appetite up (not sure if thats right),any advice is greatfully appreciated the vet said she is in good health shes just had a hard time,how long do you think it will take for her to settle,& will she eat eventually.many thanx paul.:):confused:
     
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    Purrrrfect PetForums VIP

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    I have moved this to Dog Health & Nutrition
    as i feel you will get more help and replies.
     
  3. rona

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    If you are feeding dry food, try changing to wet food for a while until she settles
     
  4. Mum2Heidi

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    It's very early days and it sounds as tho she has been through lots of changes in her short life. I would try and stay positive for her and just give her time.

    Well done for giving this little soul a home. I am sure she will reward you ten fold once she realises this is her forever home. Slowly, slowly catchy monkey :lol:

    Some pics of her please - what's she called?:D
     
  5. blkdragon666

    blkdragon666 PetForums Junior

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    :)Hi thankyou for your help & suggestions,she did'nt have a name other than puppy which she was responding to so to make it sound the same we are saying poppy,she is a sweet girl she has a lot of bad habits which we are slowly trying to wean out,we are hoping that once she is able to go out for walks etc she will be even better,as she was'nt even inoculated,she had 1st jab yesterday then receives 2nd in 2weeks time,she also desperately needs a good cut but vet suggested leaving it a few weeks,try not to do to much to her to soon,was her feed back.Training is also very difficult,she does not seem to understand anything,if you try to do anything with her she just backs off she just wont have a bar of it,:confused: yes we do feel on one hand that we did right thing but then on the other hand,we have doubt,if we did as we dont know her history wont know what shes like with other dogs,etc untill she goes out,she got the grandchildren to meet yet dont know how she will react to that,but we said leave that a week untill they visit,it is a shame what shes been through & we are lacking knowledge as we want to set boundaries but dont know how to go about it with her.Have includded some pics.paul.:)
     

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    Aww she's a beauty:) Well done for taking her on :) Did her previous owners not know her full history?
     
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    Try and find a good local trainer who will let you attend class but just sat and watch and not do anything but hold your dog and make her feel safe. Every dog like this is different.
    I find lots of cuddles and sitting next to them on the floor, slowly get ther confidence and once you get that you can move on.
     
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    Paul - she is superb:thumbup::D

    It must be very daunting to have this innocent soul needing so much help and not knowing where to start. Not helped by no background knowledge but she is v young and will adapt quickly once she is settled I'm sure.

    Altho she is not fully vaccinated, you can still take her for walks as long as you keep her away from other dogs and dont take her to areas that lots of dogs use. That will give her some exercise, break boredom and get her used to your area. Walks are good for strengthening bonds too and you will find out a bit more about her - how she reacts when she sees another dog, traffic etc.

    Try not to pile all the hurdles up in front of you making a a mountain you cant climb. Tackle them one at a time. You will find everyone here more than glad to help.

    good luck :D
     
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    She is absolutly gorgeous :)

    Well done to you for taking her on and hope her problems sort out quickly for you.

    Many many happy loving years together

    xx
     
  10. blkdragon666

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    HI all thankyou for all your advice & kind words & we are taking on board all your advice we will try that today & see how she goes,she is a lovely little girl,well the breeder says that the owners are hard to get hold of so she cant tell us anything,but we tend to think the breeder has kept her from the litter & shes either got much or shes sold her due to lack of money the lady did say that is lovely temperment she is good with kids as she had 3,but we dont know if thats true as she was on a farm,we did'nt see any kids we only got her word for all tha she has said,it is a bit daunting & i am more worried & nervous than my husband,:) thankyou so much for all your advice :thumbup: we are trying our best for this little treasure & we hope we get it right for her sake.:)
     
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    Thankyou to you all for your advice she is a sweet little girl,i am trying to get my wife to calm down as shes very worried & nervous & i have said that she must try & relax other wise poppy will pick up on it,shes ate more food today so thats a good sign :D i will take her out now & see how she goes.:) thankyou to you all.xxx :D
     
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    Hope Poppy enjoys her outing. I'm an old worry pot too so quite sympathise with your wife. I'm worried if I dont have anything to worry about :lol:

    I think it's lovely that you are trying so hard to please Poppy and give her a happy home. Sounds like she has landed on her feet. You will make mistakes and learn from them but she will always forgive you - their love is unconditional and that is priceless :thumbup:

    I had Heidi from a tiny pup and worried 24/7 that I would do something wrong and ruin the blank canvas I had been given but if I wasnt sure how to deal with a situation I used distraction to put her mind on something else while I sorted out what was best. People here were invaluable and put my mind at rest so many times. I now have a 14month old little girl whom I love sooooo much and is a joy to share life with. You will get there too :D:D
     
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    My cocker Sonny is now 1 year old and although I had him since he was 9 weeks old (not sure it was a good breader I got him from) I aways had problems getting him to eat.

    Sonny is definately more of a wet food dog and it can be a struggle to get him to eat dry food - I have now changed him over to Naturediet which he loves with a little bit of arden grange mixed in (sometime he eats this and sometimes he does not). If something is bothering him the first thing he does is stop eating so it may be just that she is taken time to settle in. I bought Sonny a kong stuff a ball and he definately eats more dry food from it than from his plate - does not like other treat balls though but obsolutely loves the kong one.

    Poppy is a lively looking dog by the way she reminds me of another cocker I know - Sonny he is black and tan and very similar markings :) Hope she had a great walk.
     
  14. blkdragon666

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    Hi all well just to update you all poppys been out she is totaly fine with other dogs & children,all she wants to do is play,:thumbup so thats a big releif,she was a bit jittery on the lead having not worn one before but she did very well,:thumbup: she seems to be quite socialised really,shes a bit wary of people she dont know but thats understandable,the only thing she was unsure of is cats,she also ate a full meal this lunch time which is good news,:thumbup: :D we are so proud of her :D bless her,we cant wait for her to be able to go out properly in the field throw her ball,ave a good play & good run,:D thankyou to you all for all your help & advice :thumbup: shes now curled up fast asleep.:) xxx
     
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    Brilliant!!! Glad it all went well - lots of positives to build on now :thumbup:
     
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