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Food & Nutrition > Need for my puppy to GAIN weight! Ideas?

Ringo

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Barked: Thu Oct 18, '12 8:29pm PST 
My nine month old German Coolie puppy has been on the thin side for months now. He was eating Diamond food for the first 3ish months of his life, then a mixture of Orijen Puppy and Blue WIlderness Puppy, then went straight to Orijen Puppy at around 6 months, then gradually onto adult Orijen at about 8 months.

I took him off of the puppy food because he has stopped growing upwards for some time now, but still really needs to fill out..enough that people have had the nerve to ask me if I've just rescued him off of the street, even though his ribs can't be seen unless he is stretching, but easily felt. His hip bones are more prominent. His legs are nicely toned, but his litter mates seem to be more filled out and while they eat raw and him on kibble, he is on a great kibble so I'm a little lost here.

He's about 28lbs at about 19" high and eats about two cups of Orijen a day. Any suggestions of another good quality food maybe with higher calorie count? Or other ways to help me gain some weight on this boy?! He is active, but not so much that it should be eating all of his food away!

I'm not talking about moth balls or cottage cheese or anything like that, I'm looking for a long term solution please!!! Thank you smile
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Food & Nutrition > Orijen shortages: alternatives?
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Barked: Thu Oct 18, '12 8:18pm PST 
Yes, Evo is definitely the closest. I am in the same boat as you and am actually considering switching to Evo permanently!
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Choosing the Right Dog > Australian Koolie (German Koolie)

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Barked: Tue Aug 14, '12 4:57pm PST 
I have a Coolie and he is quite the dog! Lovely drives and the perfect amount of intensity, when called for. He can also be a complete goof, which I really enjoy too.

What made me want to post a reply (seeing how this thread is a few months old!) is that someone mentioned above that the C/Koolie they knew was a one person dog, but mine as well as others I know are actually very outgoing! Of course a lot has to do with upbringing, but I've also had a Border Collie and have a little Aussie and they were more of the one person-velcro-type dogs and they were raised the same as him. My Coolie has full focus on me for the vast majority of the time, but as soon as I say "Let's go say hi!" as we approach someone, he loves wiggling on over to whoever the new victim is and just smothers them with wet ones as he wags his entire body!

My guy is only 7 months now, and of course has tons of energy, but he releases that energy with the outlets I provide and then is the perfect house pet. In short, when the guidelines are clear and they are given some activity/job, they are more than happy to just go with the flow of your daily life..as long as they are included! smile
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Choosing the Right Dog > Working Dogs?

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Barked: Sun Jul 8, '12 9:54pm PST 
I am always curious as to what breeds people find are the best all around workers. I have friends that breed many different working breed, working line dogs and know many more that own them...and it seems there are always the two main ones that pop up. The Germans Shepherds and the Border Collies. I've owned a few of both, but I am looking to add another working pup sometime in the not-so-near future, and would like fellow dog lovers input on "their breed" of working dog.
I know it will vary greatly from sport to sport as well... I probably would get another BC for herding, or another GSD for Sch/IPO, and a Malinois for Ring Sport, Lab for field work etc, etc.. but I am talking overall. Someone that wants to take one dog and compete in many things- what would your ideal breed be? thinking
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Puppy Place > Wire Crate

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Barked: Wed May 9, '12 9:56pm PST 
So sorry to hear your pup is having some not-so-pleasurable experiences in this new crate!

I've never even thought about the toes getting caught, but I see dogs at the kennels I've worked in get their jaws temporarily stuck quite often. We generally end up trying to discourage the biting by spraying bitter apple so that they don't want to try it again. Usually works, for the adult dogs. My puppy hasn't tried this, but he will pull the clip-on bowl off of the crate door and onto the crate floor in being destructive... I usually just try and make sure he is always occupied with a bully stick or something? Haven't seen him try in a while now...

For the toes getting caught, maybe try a liner on the inside of the crate temporarily? It's also risky because if not secured right, the puppy could pull it in and chew on a piece of the liner. One thing I do do is put a relatively big bed or towel down so that the edges are covered at least, so the crate tray endues aren't exposed, leaving a gap.

Hope this helps a little..best of luck!
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Sports & Agility > Neutering age & growth plate development?
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Barked: Tue Apr 24, '12 8:23pm PST 
Thanks everyone for the input and great info! Sorry I'm late on the response..busy week red face

Thank you Rexy for the links- very informative. Everyone has made some very valid points, and I am finally confident in that it is the best idea to keep him intact, at least for a year or so. I'll ask my vet about when his plates are closed.

I will admit, I am a little nervous with this being my first male in many years- and definitely the most confident one I've had, and that he will be intact for so long! But it will be worth it..wish me luck! shock
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Sports & Agility > Neutering age & growth plate development?

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Barked: Wed Apr 18, '12 11:14pm PST 
Ringo is my new sport prospect puppy. He is a 13wk old German Coolie and I plan on working him in Agility and hopefully Canine Disc, possibly Dock Diving..the possibilities are endless. I have always heard many, many opinions on when/if to neuter sport dogs, and I wanted to hear what people here have to say about it.

This is my first dog I got with the intention of doing sports, and am really looking for any/everyone's input. Does anyone find that waiting until 18 or more months for the growth plates to close helps prevent injury in sport dogs? Or any other benefits I should be aware of? I know of the behavioral benefits of neutering earlier, but would like to know if there are any better reasons to hold off on neutering if it is beneficial for his physical self.

Also to add- I am a responsible owner and am able to prevent my dog from fathering an unwanted litter if I waited until after sexual maturity to neuter, etc., etc. Any advice regarding neutering age and how/if it can/cannot effect his growth plates/body is greatly appreciated! big grin
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