OK - It's official! Creasey Bear has been home with us for 12 days and she's a keeper!!! We do not have any way to get pictures online right now, but when we can I will post them. She will be 10 weeks on Sunday and she is gorgeous!! She looks a lot like the first picture Donna posted in my other thread "Looking for a puppy". The housebreaking is slow - but I'm trying to be patient. She goes in a designated spot outside, for the most part. She scratched at the back door for the first time tonight and you'd think my first born got into college. I cheered her on for5 minutes! I'm considering thetraining bell by the back door. Any other suggestions? Crate training is remarkable. She can go for 4-5 hours at night. I stopwater about anhour before bedtime. She's just great and we love her so much!!!!
Thanks for the advice! Now I need some more. I spend the majority of the time with Creasey. My husband works two jobs. When he comes home she licks him to death and listens to him for the most part. It is obvious why. She is pretty brutal with me. I have open cuts on my hands from her teeth when she comes at me.It is usuallyafter a few minutes ofplaying or when my husband gets up after playing with her...shewill actually come over andbite at me! Why is she so aggressive towards me? She's biting the hand that feeds her, pets her, loves her, bathes her, blah, blah, blah....please help.
P.S. any suggestionsbetween Wayne's, Martin's, or NutroMax/Nutro Natural Choice dryfood? Sorry for the all of the questions...first puppy
If you're going to feed kibble/can food, my personal research has limited many name brand dog foods on the market today if you really want to stay clear of certain ingredients in food. In the past, I have recommend Pro Plan, and for some dogs it does well for them. However, if you do want to stay clear of the "no-no" ingredients, like corn, you might want to try Natural Balance, the special formulas that don't include grains. If you want to give an added bonus to the meal, you can try 100% meat/organ meat canned food to your dogs' diet, Wysong is commonlyfoundin the pet stores. Otherwise, you could always cook for your dog, so long as you give a balanced meal.
Ifyou want to learn a great deal about nutrition... you can always consult a PhD in that same field. Lew Olson is not only a longtime breeder judge and owner of Rottweilers, but one of these people that will spend countless hours educating people about the choices of food we feed our canines, including holding seminars on the subject. Her web site has articles and she also sends out a newsletter. I'm not endorsing her products for her in any way, but she has very good sound advice for any dog owner, especially in the breed. She is also a trusted monitor for myARHC group, including owing her own K-9 list,andI suggest anyone in the breed to come learn about health concerns.
Melanie, you said she tends to bite you after playing with your husband. You may want to have your husband not do any rough-housing with the puppy until you get the aggressive tendencies under control. You need to show your pup who is in charge now while she is still young, you wait too long and you will have real problems. These are not dogs you can baby and expect them to respect you for it later. You have to show her you make the rules, once her behavior improves you can have more fun with her, but if she regresses go back to tough love.She sounds like a alpha female, one who will naturally take charge if you dont.Keep in mind there are some dogs who cannot be played rough with, or they will become overexcited. This could be her problem. Since you are having problems with the biting I would recommend not playing any kind of tug of war games with her, do more fetching and none aggressive games. Best of luck to you- Scarlet</BLOCKQUOTE>
Mel, I just switched to canidea , I was feeding eukanuba found out that is not the best food to be feeding them , corn is the second ingredent . I thank Donna for that info . When I got it I put a cup in their bowls to see if they liked it and they chowed it down ! I have to order it on line right now but hopefully my feed store here will have it soon . And Scarlet is right about the playing rough with her , don't let her bite you ! My Apollo is going to be a big male (he and his sister are 10 months) when he was just a little pup he like to play bite but I stoped that ! No is the word to use for everything ! and lower your voice when you say it so she knows that your are not playing . I know it's hard they are so darn cute ! but now is the time for you to establish who's the boss ...since you will be the one whowill betraining herand with her all the time .Good luck and keep us posted ...