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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-16-2012, 09:36 AM Thread Starter
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Feeding a new puppy

I read in the excellent guide to puppy raising that someone on this site recommended that all food for new puppies should be enclosed in a chew toy, to encourage them to chew. Mmm. I know the breeder is already feeding our puppy from a bowl. Seems counterintuitive to discontinue that and enclose all food in chewy toys. Advice on this front? Thank you.
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Huh? I have never heard of that.

Maybe the book was talking about when they are chewing everything in sight. Then you can put a little treat/food in a kong or chewie to distract them from the furniture.


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Am I reading this wrong?

From Ian Dunbar book on puppies:

"Dog food (dry kibble) During his first weeks at home, make sure your puppy receives all food stuffed in chewtoys, or handfed as rewards for socialization and training."
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Hhmmmm . . .I'm obnoxiously literal and that's how I read it too. However, based on what I know, I disagree with this statement, but haven't read the book, so would need more information behind the statement. However, I've never heard of a puppy needing encouragement to chew . . .in fact, the opposite is generally the rule

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I read that too. Timmy will eat a lot of his food when its used as a rewrd but Timmy doesn't seem too interested in just eating, never was, too busy. I have lately been putting his dry kibble in a kong and he does seem to like eating that, I guess he likes working for his food. I'm going out later for a food run and I think I will start adding some wet food to his diet.

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food in a toy

Guess it's something to keep in mind if eating becomes an issue. Breeder thinks it must apply to another breed (actually the book is puppies in general not necessarily Havs) because she tells me that Havs like squeaky toys and paper and an empty water bottle to drag across the floor. Makes sense to me. Thanks for your input.
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I think Ian Dunbar is working toward getting puppies started chewing acceptable toys rather than other things. The problem for us (we tried it too) was that Kodi just couldn't get the food out of the Kong when he was little, and would simply give up and not eat.

When he was older, we had a different problem. He learned that he could just chew the small end off the darned thing (yes, even the black ones) and get at the food more easily that way. The problem being that the small rubber piece left behind was a real choke hazard. Kodi has ALWAYS avoided hard rubber toys like the plague if there is no food in them, and he's only slightly more interested if they HAVE food in them.

Like others have said, this might work for some puppies, but it didn't work very well for us. I liked Dunbar's book very much, but I didn't follow it like the bible. I chose what made sense and worked for us, and modified what didn't.

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The idea is to get them using the kong , It's the entertainment aspect. The reward of getting a kong for training , the chewing aspect that teaches them the appropriate things to chew. The Kong is a valuable tool. You have to make it exciting for them. Put is some really good treats once in a while Most of a puppies feeding should be a kong or hand feeding. Very little out of a bowl. There is so much you can teach this way , rather than just handing it over in a bowl. Here's more... http://www.dogstardaily.com/blogs/50-ways-kong

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