house breaking your puppy

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Hi my name is lena i have a 7 week old doberman puppy she my lil diva red and rust .I have a couple of question i wanted to ask can anyone share some of they help tips on how to potty training or house break a puppy and what type of puppy food should she be eating the breeder told me he started her off on pro plan puppy large breed but its kind of expensive and she really don't be eating it .

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Look under the puppy training basics title under popular Doberman topics.

There should be lots of information available on the Internet about potty training, but they need some one home with them who is consistent in taking them out.  You should gradually be able to stretch that to every hour when they gain some control.  Don't take your dog out in public or introduce her to other dogs until about 3 -4 weeks after their last shots.  You and I are from the same area, and the parvovirus is pretty bad here.  A young pup will not likely survive the virus.  

Welcome to the forum.  There are a few of us now from the Detroit or Michigan area.

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No this not my first dog ,but this my first doberman. yea she some else (lol) at first she wouldnt eat her food the food the owner gave me . he insure me that she was eating dry food already so i can come get her , but shortly after she only ate little not even a handful i some time have to encourage her to eat . I thought that she was doing that because she was not use to me , than days went buy and she kept doing it so i decide to put water in it. (was i wrong for doing that)she started to eat it , but like you said these dog food have dat corn buy product in it so i be better off get some all natural dog food . i know blue buffalo is expensive .

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I don't see any harm in wetting her food down to soften it.  It shouldn't harm her and she may like it better.  You might try adding a bit of canned with the water.  I mix a small amount of canned with water to make almost a gravy like sauce and stir it in.  They find salmon or coconut oil quite good and that should get her eating.  If you continue to have problems or she starts to lose weight, you need a vet right away.  It may be something medical that is making her not want to eat.  Every puppy I have had experience with usually has a very good appetite.  They burn a lot of energy running and playing and eat quite a bit.  I must say I am worried if you think it's expensive to feed her now.  Did you figure out what it's going to cost in food later when she's full grown?  What will it cost to feed her if she weighs 60-65 pounds or more?  

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she eating more now that i  mix n some water. my boyfriend got a 50 lb pitbull and he buy like a 40 lb bag of pedgree for like 20 bucks and i thought was nice price. and when i saw got my pup i spend a lot of money on her so i going want the heathly dog food for her i dont mind buying you know the pricely dog food but i was expecting cheaper because my boyfriend dog food brand was nt that much and what store carries salmon and coconut oil and how much should i use  

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Start with just a half teaspoon of coconut oil the oil once a day.  Gradually work up to a full teaspoon.  Then you can adjust it according to how shiny or dry the fur is.  I like the coconut oil better than salmon be ause of the smell. 

Pedigree isn't a good food.

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Hi all !  I'm feeling a bit frustrated,...  Malina is now 13 weeks old, she seems to be a quick study and her vocabulary comprehension grows regularly; sit, outside, go potty, off, in, out, no bite, leave it, come by me and no).  Well, the only problem as of now is teaching her not to potty in the house.  Some times if you watch her body language she gives tall tale that she needs to go out and other times, she will stop what ever she is doing at the time and just squat and pee, she is either looking right at me or I'll find it by walking around bare foot.

I'm scratching my head,... I will take her outside after; she naps, eats, drinks, plays and she will even go out with one of us to feed the horses. I always give her positive reinforcement by praise and now I have been giving her treats for going potty outside,... even that doesn't seem to sink in.  Grrrrrr....
  
I have had a couple of dogs prior to Malina and have been very successful with house breaking (even with feral kitties), Malina just doesn't seem to be getting it.  Is she being stubborn or is her little brain not sparking right?  Oh,... and yes, if she is crated, she still has accidents, but that is understandable.

If anyone has suggestions or the same experience, can you share your ideas or success?  I'm at a loss.
Hmmm .....

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Im glad coconut oil was mentioned because ive been using fish oil and that stuff reeks haha. As far as food I use purina focus for large breed puppies right now, its about $55 for 32lbs. Alot of people will trash talk purina and I was leary about it but it seems to do well. However When Les gets bigger I do plan on switching him to blue buffalo.

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LSUfan.... Check out the web site below

www.dogfoodadvisor.com 

you'll find your Purina dog food doesn't rank very high.  Nutrition is important, especially in their growing phase.  I'll never buy grocery or department store food for my pets again after joining this forum and learning.  Also watch that you don't buy imported treats.  Treats from China have had fertilizer, plastic and other things added to stretch the ingredients.  They also are doing this to baby formula and baby food in China.  If they don't care what there human infants are ingesting, they definitely don't think twice about poisoning our pets.  

You can sign up to receive email alerts on pet product recalls.

Also, watch stores like Walmart, Target, Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, who refuses to take these poison dog treats off their shelves.  They can refuse to remove them, and I can refuse to shop in their pet department.

if price is a concern, you might try Costco dog food.  If you aren't happy, they'll take it back.  Even if it's 95% gone, you don't have the original bag or receipt.  ( Your purchase is on their computer system) They have 2 flavours of grain free that are made by Diamond.  It's not the very best, but affordable. The way I look at it, grain is for chickens, not for our fur babies.