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Is my puppy a runt?

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by BellasMama, Nov 13, 2013.

  1. BellasMama

    BellasMama Puppy

    Yes I repeat commands to her and I praise her when she does anything correctly... She's such a good little girl.... Well, a good TEETHING little girl.

    I was going to check the threads for some good reads on training this breed too.

    She's still so young she pretty much just plays with squeaky toys, eats, and mainly just cuddles.

    She loves to play with my kitten, the kitten- not so much lol.

    Glad I can be refreshing! *flips hair* If I'm gunna do anything, I'm gunna do it well-informed and correctly!!

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  2. Jamielvsaustin

    Jamielvsaustin Good Dog

    I like you :)

    Part of the gas issue could be the quick switch of food-or adding too much canned food at once. I'm curious to know why your vet said no more canned food? I'm not trying to take anything away from vets but typically they don't have a lot of "nutrition" knowledge. Remember how the guy at the pet store was a sales rep for BB...vets are typically the same for Science Diet... Your vet may be different so continue doing what you're doing-being open minded. If something doesn't seem right or the best option for you and your pup-ask tons of questions. One of the things I like most about this forum is-a lot of times people will provide backup data for why they're saying something...was it _uno that gave you the website that compare kibble?

    One more thing about food switches that just popped in my mind-when you switch food try to keep 75% of the old food and add 25% of the new food for a couple days, then 50%/50%, and then 75% of the new food and 25% of the old food...until you're using all new food.

    There is a YouTube channel that you might be interested in-Kikopup.,.she has videos for almost anything you can think of. Very helpful, practical and sometimes funny :)
  3. BellasMama

    BellasMama Puppy

    That's precisely how I added the canned food to the diet, and then swapped for Blue Buffalo.. Took almost a week total with 3-4 feedings a day.

    I felt sort of proud of myself for doing that on my own and then reading about it on the forums :)

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  4. BellasMama

    BellasMama Puppy

    Oh duh, you asked me other questions lol. The vet said it can get too expensive. There was no nutritional talk even though I mentioned being concerned about her weight. The vet said he couldn't see her ribs so she's fine.

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  5. kbell6987

    kbell6987 Little Dog

    she is a very cute pup and she is lucky to have you, read as many of the stickies as you can, and keep an open mind (which you seem good at already), and you will do very well raising and caring for your pup
    welcome to the forum
  6. CrazyK9

    CrazyK9 Good Dog

    I am with the others... you have no idea how awesome it is to have someone on here that is new and actually taking the time to research with an open mind.

    Good luck with your puppy!

    The only thing I really have to add to this thread is about the kitten. Be extremely careful as they get older. While its a lovely idea to have them be buddies, I've never been too keen about it. The problem I have is, you're teaching the dog its ok to put its mouth and paws on the cat. I prefer to have the dog see cats and their belongings as untouchable. That way, they avoid them and aren't triggered by anything the cat does as an invite to play which can be deadly for the cat when the puppy grows up. Now, that's just the way I do things and I'm not saying allowing them to play is wrong. Just realize there may come a time when your dog does show animal aggression and play can quickly turn into a serious thing.
  7. BellasMama

    BellasMama Puppy

    I totally see where you're coming from. I allowed it the 1st week and a half as I felt it necessary for them to acclimate to each other, but if they are doing anything towards each other that's short of peaceful and combat free, I break it up.

    It's cute that they know to be gentle with each other, but Bella is going to be way too big, heavy and able to inflict injury on Chloe (the kitten) too easily.

    Boy, it's FUN to be a single mom of a 6 yr old boy, 6 month old kitten and 10 wk old puppy. (Read that in your most sarcastic voice possible).

    Not sure why I ever thought this was a good idea, lol.

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  8. keagan

    keagan Little Dog

    Welcome! I wish all into threads were as rational and reasonable as this one.

    Your puppy is really cute, by the way!
  9. BellasMama

    BellasMama Puppy

    Thank you!!!!
    (Bella last night) [​IMG]

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  10. Jamielvsaustin

    Jamielvsaustin Good Dog

    Perfectly shaped ears! Wait til she gets a little older and they start going crazy :)
  11. Lee D

    Lee D Good Dog

    sounds like youre doing pretty well and getting some good advice so im just gonna say good luck with the pup, and welcome to PBC :sonn_u11:
  12. BellasMama

    BellasMama Puppy

    Update: it's been 2 weeks and Bella has gone from just under 10 lbs to 14 lbs[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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  13. syrick

    syrick Puppy

    wow. add front white toes and thats clsoe ot what my pit looks like who is 8 weeks now. shes about his size. trust me shes on track. either wayit deosnt really matter. a slong as youll love her unconditionally. my boy achilles is great he gained some weight. adorable. i love your dog. h and apbt's can get over 100 lbs jsut so you know. ive seen a video fone thats 127 lbs. huge dog btw. it all depends. i was worried that my pit had had his growth stunted because he was tken off milk to early and underfed after that. i fattened ihm up and he seems to have gotten bigger than msot his age. hes almsot that size now.
  14. GoingPostal

    GoingPostal Good Dog

    APBT do not get over 100 lbs, they are a medium sized breed, you are probably seeing Ambullies still marketed as pit bulls.
  15. BellasMama

    BellasMama Puppy

    Aw! Thx for the kind words! I also worried about my puppy's nutrition and being underfed from the idiot "breeder" I bought her from. How'd you fatten yours up? I have her on a higher fat diet by adding 1/4 cup canned food to a 1/4 (or 1/2 cup in the morning) 3 times a day.

    The 1st vet I talked to told me to take her off the canned food because it would be too expensive and would make her picky, but her coat got very dry and brittle immediately. As you can see her shine is back now that I reintroduced the canned food again and a different vet today said the oils seem to be doing her well and she agrees with my feeding plan :)

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  16. brindlexpitt

    brindlexpitt Derpidoo

    Your pup doesn't need any "fattening up." Super cute though.

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  17. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    Please don't listen to syrick. Fattening your puppy up will be detrimental to her growing joints. And as stated, APBTs don't get even close to 100#. They are a medium breed that generally ranges from 30-60#. Dogs that are over 100# are mixed with some kind of mastiff.

    And yes, feeding canned food can create a picky dog that will only eat canned food. What are you feeding?
  18. BellasMama

    BellasMama Puppy

    1/4 c Eukanaba canned chicken and beef in gravy for puppy
    1/4 c blue buffalo life protection puppy kibble

    3 times a day. She's allowed to eat for 20 mins.
    She's a pit, mastiff mix.

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  19. BellasMama

    BellasMama Puppy

    Also, I'm not interested in fattening her up. I was just letting syrick know I had the same concerns, but how I've been feeding her has been promoting great health, coat, energy and her bowels are great too lol!!

    I just was interested to hear how he fattened his boy up.

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