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Ok so we have been trying to figure out what to do. Carly came home to us last week , with a bag of food the breeder was giving them. She at first didn't bother with it. Then the breeder suggested adding a bit of warm water and she took a bit convincing but ate the bowl full . That night diahrra set in and had some blood in it. Them she didn't eat for a day. Which I understand if she had a upset tummy. So I put her on rice and chicken and she ate like she had never seen food before. The poops got better firm but diahrrea in the end. Yesterday lunch we gave her 80/20 rice and her food again. Last night i put out her food just to see if she would try it again she ate maybe two pieces. She ate it all but took a bit longer. I just gave her lunch 50/50. She basically ate it but went around the food and was even spitting out the dog food. I'm beginning to think she doesn't like the dog food. Can you help me figure out if I just keep trying the food or do I like into a new food. If so any suggestions ? Thanks


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This is what we did when we brought Bernie home (we had a similar issue) - got the idea from info on this forum. Put the bowl of food out in the morning mixed with water for around 10 minutes, if she doesn't eat it after that point take it away and put it out again at lunch - same deal. Keep repeating this for all 3 meals. She will learn to eat when foods put out - when she gets hungry enough she's gonna eat! As for whether or not she likes the food...maybe try a different brand? Bernie was really picky (I'm sure he would have gotten used to the food we were given from his breeder eventually but I wanted him to have food he enjoyed!) so we tried a few brands and settled on Blue Wilderness - he loves it! Even on this food though he had to learn that food is put out 3 times a day and he needs to eat it when its put out or else he's missing a meal.

As for the diarrhea - thats normal for the pup just coming home. It's really stressful leaving littermates and mom so diarrhea and lack of appetite can definitely be a side effect from stress. Monitor the diarrhea though because if it continues and you continue to see blood she could have a parasite. Usually they do a stool sample on the first vet visit and that will let you know if she has one or not. Bernie came home with a parasite that was easily fixed with a weeks worth of medicine!

Its hard because we love our pups so much and want to cater to their every need, but as my breeder says it's important that you train the dog...not the dog train you lol. Hope this helps!
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Kind of hard to tell because the week you've had her she's still adjusting. Some puppies can be like that and end up with a more sensitive stomach to the whole life changing event. Do you have any friends with large breed puppies who can maybe give you like a sandwich bag full of kibble for her to try?
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Thank you , we did have a sample tested and if came back fine except I found out they only did one teSt and not the giardia so we might take another sample in. Now that I think of it her last poop was good just had like a mucusy sac at the end of it not really diahrrea. I have been thinking of the food you mentioned and have read a lot about it I wonder if the pet store has trial sizes. Might look into that. I have been sound exactly what you mentioned putting food down only three times a day and then putting the bowl away after 10 mins but there has been no problem the last few days as its been rice and today she ate all the rice but left the food so no problems not eating just not eating the kibble


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Kind of hard to tell because the week you've had her she's still adjusting. Some puppies can be like that and end up with a more sensitive stomach to the whole life changing event. Do you have any friends with large breed puppies who can maybe give you like a sandwich bag full of kibble for her to try?
I do have one friend that just got a Burmese mountain dog. I can check with her. So if I do get a new food and she eats it up and likes it then should I assume its the food she didn't like? I have just never seen a dog eat around her food and even had one in her mouth and spit it out. :p


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Thank you , we did have a sample tested and if came back fine except I found out they only did one teSt and not the giardia so we might take another sample in. Now that I think of it her last poop was good just had like a mucusy sac at the end of it not really diahrrea. I have been thinking of the food you mentioned and have read a lot about it I wonder if the pet store has trial sizes. Might look into that. I have been sound exactly what you mentioned putting food down only three times a day and then putting the bowl away after 10 mins but there has been no problem the last few days as its been rice and today she ate all the rice but left the food so no problems not eating just not eating the kibble
I definitely recommend trying Blue..idk if they have trial sizes but they do have some smaller sized bags (I think maybe 4 pounds or something?) as for not eating her kibble (and this is just a guess - because this is how it works with my dogs and even my baby sisters haha) if there's yummier food with the kibble she'll probably just skip the kibble and eat the yummy rice. maybe try feeding her just kibble and using the rice as a treat? that way she's still getting the rice to help with the diarrhea but its not distracting her from her kibble. Hope you find something that works! The first few weeks home can be so tough!

Edit: P.s. Bernie used to do the same thing (I tried mixing peanut butter with the kibble to get him to eat it). God knows how...but the dog managed to eat all the peanut butter and basically avoid all the kibble...

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Last night I did just put her kibble down and she went to her bowl and sniffed at it and was looking under it behind it around it for anything but that kibble. Plus she was hungry at that point so I am sure she would have ate it but she just went and laid down looking defeated.


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Ok so I went to the pet store and got too overwhelmed and came home with two types of sample packs , taste of the wild pacific stream and performatrin ultra chicken brown rice puppy. I asked about the blue wilderness and they had it and said the taste of the wild was very much the same if I wanted to just try the sample bag before purchasing and wasting money. Now the one thing I was wondering is I noticed the taste of the wild is smaller pellets which she seems to like compared to the big pieces , is the blue wilderness small pellets ?? I'm so confused , I want to get her small pellets but good wholesome food that is good for her. Any advice?? Can someone let me know the size if the blue line of food for pups ? Thanks


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JMO, but one should use caution food hopping with such a young puppy....

Just in the samples you just brought home you have two different protein sources!

How will you ever begin to figure out if it is a parasite, stress, protein, your drinking water, total volume, a dog treat or some other food related ingredient that is causing the tummy troubles!

So far she has been on her breeders food, chicken, rice, her breeders water, your water and perhaps other dog treats or snacks...

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With golden the size of the kibble doesnt matter much..... Granted I dont buy giant breed dog food, but Ive yet to find a size or shape that a golden pup couldnt handle...

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