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Old 10-12-2012, 07:54 AM   #11 (permalink)
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If I remeber correctly, her success has a lot to do with keeping them separated much of the time while they were young and giving them separate attention and training time.

That's how it can be done!

She's also lucky since the worst dog fights are between females living together - especially littermates.
Good of you to echo what I said; the pups were trained separately. Perhaps you also agree it's good the OP has access to others here who have raised littermates successfully.

I for one would like to see this thread return to the original topic, what to feed the young spoo pups. You can if you wish start a whole new thread on raising littermates, for those interested. What to feed puppy is an endlessly interesting and important discussion, I hope to hear more!
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Here is another option for those who have the time and are inclined to prepare their dog's food. I have spoken with Hilary Watson at length and she is as pleasant to speak with as she is educated and experienced in the field of pet nutrition. As I have mentioned in multiple threads, I always try to get the opion and advice of certified, recognized experts in whatever area I am researching for my dog.

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This product is only available through vets in Canada but can be purchased via the Hilary's Blend on-line store by any US based owners who might be interested. there is a ton of valuable information on this site.
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I'm the proud owner of two 10 week old standards and I'm at wits end trying to find the right food.
Hello, and congratulations on your new puppies! When I got my girls (sisters) also at 10 weeks old and it is sure a learning experience and double the trouble, but it is all worth it! I'm not sure if they do this in the US, but here at the Petsmart, they let you bring back opened dogfood if your dog doesnot like it or has a reaction. I went through a few different brands, but it seemed that Acana was the best (good bowel movements) and overall healthywise. They are 2 years young now, and they still chomp on it!
And yes, separate puppy school classes is great bonding time.
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I am interested in this conversation since I will be picking up my 7 1/2 week old spoo on Tuesday!

The breeder recommended feeding a mixture of 1/3 EVO small bite, 2/3 costco puppy food, and a TBS of Tripett on top. She also mentioned that she feed them yogurt and meaty bones on occassion. She reference the website dogfoodanalysis.com. I found it very interesting....

The reason she "dilutes" the EVO is because of the very high protein content. The costco food, also a good quality, has less protein.
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I am interested in this conversation since I will be picking up my 7 1/2 week old spoo on Tuesday!

The breeder recommended feeding a mixture of 1/3 EVO small bite, 2/3 costco puppy food, and a TBS of Tripett on top..
Good Luck with your new puppy. I have heard very good things about EVO...but it is out of my price range. Costco I was planning on switching to, until they had the recall this past summer. But I would love to learn more about Tripett (is it tripe?)

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Yes! Tripett is tripe with a few, very few, other ingredients that comes as a wet dog food aka canned.

It is interesting to look up the various dog foods on the dog food analysis site. Since my hubby and I have had a lot of time to research and think about what we are going to feed our lil spoo, we have been trying to find human grade dog food. Kind of scary what is in some of these commercial dog foods!

I have heard that Orijen is a very good dog food too! Like you, I am kind of discouraged at the prices....but hopefully it will pay off with a healthier dog!
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I have heard that Orijen is a very good dog food too! Like you, I am kind of discouraged at the prices....but hopefully it will pay off with a healthier dog!
I know this is a little off topic, relates to pickiness...my older shih poo is eating Orijen senior. It is out of my price range if I were going to feed it to my spoo. My ten pound shih poo is one of the pickiest eaters. I find that I can feed him just Orijen and he will happily eat it, day in and day out. Before I was buying a good quality kibble, PLUS canned food and it was hit or miss whether he would eat it or not. I was literally throwing food away and wasting way more money than I realized. Orijen is quite a bit higher than I would like to pay but I don't have to dress it up to make it appealing to Joey. The conveniance of that is totally worth it. Just something to think about.
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Her is my "I wonder". How much protein should a pup be getting, anyway? My breeder mixes the two foods to bring down the protein of the higher quality food because she says it is too high for a pup. I looked at some of the puppy formulas and they seem to have high protein levels. How high is too high, and what is too low?
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I am by no means an expert on canine nutrition, sorry. It's in a dogs nature and physiology to eat a diet high in protein, though. I found this informative link Best Puppy Foods which may help you decide what is best for your puppy. It sounds like you are doing all your homework so you may have already come across it.

There seem to be so many good foods available, there aren't any foods that meet in the middle in regards to protein for your new puppy? In reading the above article, it really seems to stress that calcium levels should remain low, but that high protein levels weren't as concerning. I haven't come across what protein level would be too low for a dog. I think vets will put dogs on low protein diets that have impaired kidney function. Most of the things I've read caution that over-feeding is more damaging than high protein diets.
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I have heard that Orijen is a very good dog food too! Like you, I am kind of discouraged at the prices....but hopefully it will pay off with a healthier dog!
I have been feeding Orijen for over 3 years now and I am very happy with the food. Orijen seems expensive but in reality it is not.

My standards get about 2 cups a day. We do free feed but keep track of how much they eat. You cannot free feed puppies or piglet dogs. I love the fact that all food ingredients come from Canada.

I am a very thrifty person when it comes to what I buy. The dogs have never been healthier -knock on wood.

My one girl did have an anal gland problem because the stools were so small but I added one teaspoon ground flax for bulk. I buy the flax at Costco for 5 dollars and keep it in the freezer.

I have fed Purina Pro Plan and Orijen food is actually cheaper to feed in the long run.

This litter is the first litter where I have fed only one type of dog food.

I always worried about the protein level so fed the Purina with the quality dog food to bulk up the quality food for the puppies. This time, because of all the recalls, I could not find a filler dog food for my puppies that I liked. I fed the straight Orijen Large Breed Puppy and really watched how much I fed them. Showed hubby how to measure accurately and started with a 1/4 cup measuring cup.

If you overfeed Orijen I know it will cause diarrhea.

The puppies scarfed down the food like I was starving them but never cried or whined for food except when I was putting it in the bowl. The puppy weights all increased but this litter did not have any pot bellies. I did feed the puppies additional things like fresh pea pods from the garden, apples etc. This litter has been the quietest, most content litter I ever had.

I will continue to pay attention to see if they sell the company or change the formula as this has happened to many other quality foods. When Science Diet first came out, like 25 years ago, it was one of the healthiest food.

So StandardsX2 go ahead and switch slowly to Orijen. If you are sure your puppies do not have worms you can put them on some dog probiotics to firm up their stools. The one I use is called Acute Care and I have to get it from the vets but I am also sold in it. No more immodium or kaopectate in this house....at least not for the dogs!

I also had two standard poodle puppies at once. I had a three year old and a six month old daughter at the same time too! It can be done but does require some planning. Good luck.
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