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[QUOTE=krandall;670457]Male puppies don't pee any more or less often than female puppies... he's just still very young. Marking is a completely different issue, and he's too young to be doing that. I wanted Kodi to learn to go pretty much as soon as I took him out. So I didn't spend much time outside with him on potty runs. If he didn't go within a minute or two, we went back inside. He learned pretty soon not to fool around about it. :-) Of course we also spent LOTS of play time outside, so he learned that going potty (and lally-gagging) wasn't the only way to have "out side time" When you think they need to poop, you may need to spend a little more time with them. Most need to find the "right" place, and do their little "potty dance" circle to get ready!
I'd check with the vet about cutting the AMOUNT of the Heartguard pill. Some pills are meant to be broken, others do not have the medication evenly distributed, and you can end up feeding a part of the pill that has little or no medication in it.
As far as frequency, yes, every 6 weeks (or 45 days) is fine AS LONG AS YOU NEVER FORGET!!! I do the same thing, but mark it on my calendar so I don't make a mistake. You need to know the temperatures overnight in your area to know what months you need to dose. Remember that you are doing for AFTER exposure, not before. For me, that means that we start with a blood test to make sure he's clear (that's VERY important if you dose only part of the year) and then start Heartguard in June. He gets his last dose in Dec. I use Heartguard. I don't even know what Heartguard Plus is, but I tend not to like "comb" drugs.
Kodi never needed his kibble softened, but he had all his (puppy) teeth when we brought him home, and was a bit older than your guy, at 11 weeks. As long as he has all his teeth (some Havanese puppies get them late) it wouldn't hurt to try some dry and see how he handles it. If you are feeding kibble, make sure it's a good quality one![/QUOTE
I did ask the vet tech before I left and she said give the whole pill..I"m just questioning it in my mind because it seems like a LOT for a little teeny weeny.
Thanks for your the other info! I have so much to learn..