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Old 08-27-2017, 09:11 AM
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OK so I'm new to this whole world.
I've had big dogs all my life but I saw Taquito and felt so sad. He looked nervous and lost in that noisy shelter that I just couldn't walk away.
So now he's home.



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Old 08-28-2017, 05:26 PM
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Adorable! I saw you were frustrated about not being able to post in other sections yet. Just ask your questions here in Newbie Corner until you have a few posts under your belt. Comments on this post count too!

You said in the other section that your little guy isn't eating and interacting negatively to your other dogs? Can you elaborate here? Is he eating at all? What are you attempting to feed him now? Maybe we can recommend something to help get his appetite going.
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Congrats on your new addition, what a darling boy. I don't think I could have walked away from him either!
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Thank you so much!
I took him to the vet and as it turns out he's got several rotten teeth. So I've made an appointment to have his teeth done. If some need to be extracted then we can do that. I expect that his bad breath is related to his bad teeth.
I've figured out how to get him to eat his dinner. I soak Wellness Core Grain Free Small Bites kibble with chicken broth. Then I add Wellness Core Grain Free canned food. Both are Chicken and Turkey. He eats about half a cup of that mixture, I always make about a cup but he always leaves about half. He's not interested in breakfast at all.
I'm concerned that he might not be getting enough calories but my vet said he won't starve, offer the food and when he's hungry enough he will eat it.
He won't eat breakfast at all, no matter what I do. So he eats dinner only.
I did drop a sausage on the floor and he got to it before the Goldens did!!! So I'm thinking he's used to getting table scraps and not dig food.
His interaction with the Goldens has improved somewhat. He still doesn't respond when they invite him to play with play bows. All he will do with them is try to hump. Of course the Goldens don't stand for it and they growl. Most of the time Taquito moves back but Monday night Emma growled twice and Taquito kept jumping her. She finally snapped at him. No contact but a lot of noise. He finally got the message.
I told my vet and she said don't worry, they're just establishing the hierarchy. Don't interfere. She said my Goldens are well mannered and behaved (she's their vet too) so they won't be aggressive but they do need to set the rules themselves. Any interference from me would make the process longer.
Today there has been no jumping after both Max and Emma made very emphatic corrections.
I've never had a little dog so I'm seeing him as a very fragile little guy, but oh boy he's got ATTITUDE. He even growled at me when I asked him to move from my home office desk chair.
We're learning. It's an adjustment for all of us.


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Oh and he's earned bed privileges.
And he's following the Goldens around outside. He's intrigued by my wild pumpkin plant that suddenly sprouted.



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Wow my other long post disappeared. I'll go hunt it down.


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OK I had a very long post that answered all the questions asked but now I don't see it.
I'll have to try and post again later.


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I saw it! Hope his dental goes well. As far as growling at you---its OK to growl, but he has to do what you need him to do. If this is to get off your chair, he can growl, but he has to get down. I know a lot of people don't allow their dogs to growl, but this only makes the dog suppress his growl, and try to bite next time! People that say that their dog bit them 'with no warning' probably punished the growling! I have a chi that is a fear biter, and I am careful with her. I can talk to her before I pick her up, and try not to grab at her. She is so much better, but I always tell vets, groomers etc to speak to her first. They can't believe she is/was a fear biter. I got her at 12 weeks and the first time I went to pick her up, she tried to bite me! Lots of work later, she is great.
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