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First couple of weeks with Bailey...
It's been a couple of weeks since we welcomed Bailey into our home and he has been a joy. He is turning three months this weekend. House training is going good, albeit a few accidents when I get too engrossed in work and forget that its potty time. I am still getting to know him and his mannerisms but all in all he has been a very positive addition to our household.
I do have a couple of questions with his behavior and I wonder if you guys can shed more insight on what they all mean. I'd like to think that I will eventually get what they all mean but a little insight from experienced owners will absolutely help so here they are.
1. Bailey has been eating very erratically these past few days. He used to devour his food every time I lay it in his ex-pen but recently, he has been ignoring his food taking small token bites but always leaving a lot of food in his dish. I am feeding him Orijen puppy food and started mixing in the Wellness 95% Chicken canned stuff this past weekend. His first feeding with the canned stuff mixed in he devoured it but after that he would barely touch the stuff. I tried switching back to dry and he still does not eat as heartily as before. He is still on a 3 times a day feeding schedule and I pick up the dog food if he doesn't touch it for 15 mins. I've also tried limiting his treats so he will get hungry for the next feeding session. None of these things have worked and he seems to be eating less and less. The thing is I believe that he is hungry since he keeps on sniffing around looking for some thing to chow on and will eat the kibble (both dry and the ones with the wet morsels on them) that is on the floor. I'm thinking if there is some odor in the dish that turns him off the food (I am using a stainless steel bowl for both water and food dishes. Another theory is that since he is teething its hard for him to chew on the kibble (but he doesn't seem to have problems chewing on treats and other stuff). Could it be he is having taste fatigue with the dog food? Maybe I should change his dish? Another note is that the person who we got Bailey from has the food dishes out all day to allow the dogs to graze as they please. I'm just wondering if this is the reason, why did Bailey eat well the first week and half with us? Any thoughts?
2. Bailey is a very playful pup especially after his naps throughout the day. But he has this "mode" he gets in where he crouches down low to the floor and starts barking, growling and jumping from side to side. If you go near him he snaps at your feet and starts the whole routine of jumping, growling and barking again. I don't know if this is normal for havanese pups but my wife is worried that it might be something to be concerned about. I'm thinking that its just his way of getting his excitement out after a nap. Letting him chase me around the house seems to work in calming him down. Is it also normal for puppies to bite at your feet and hands when they are excited?
3. Bailey is usually a good boy when he is taken out to "go potty" he usually go straight to his pee spot and does his business. When its time for "number two" he still needs a little help from me to find his spot but once he locks in, he does his business right away. Our cue when its time to take him out is that he starts sniffing intently around the living room and stops in front of the sliding door. Like most of the time it takes him a couple of mins to go (longer when its "poo" time). But there are times where he continues to sniff intently (same way he is looking for his "poo" spot) and stops abruptly and starts digging like there is no tomorrow. When I try to stop him, he goes into the "mode" I talk about in point number 2. We live in AZ and our backyard is still pretty much sand so he isn't destroying any landscaping. Also, its an enclosed backyard so I know that no other animal has been using it to "go potty". I just stop him so he keeps from dirtying himself and from keeping it from being a habit. Is this normal for havanese pups? I guess the real question is that what is he "looking" for?
Sorry for the long winded post but I wanted to get enough details in so you guys can understand the situation better.
Thanks guys for all the help and insights.