joie de vivre
Join Date: Apr 2009
Dogs Name: Fiona & Tali
Titles: Fiona: CGC; Tali: CGC
Dogs Age: 4.21.09, 5.09.08
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Finding ways to stimulate her mentally and lots of play is what will help calm her down. Protein intake is not the reason for her energy level. Fiona ate like a bird (sometimes less) yet she had boundless energy. We would go to puppy class for an hour where she'd bark at me, bite me, tug on her leash, jump on anyone within reach, and then when we'd get home she'd leap from sofa to sofa in the living room, throwing any toys I handed her (my failed attempts at redirecting her), tugging on the area rug, trying to pull cushions off the sofas... *sigh* She was a challenging puppy, for sure.
Also, lucky you that yelping works to stop her biting. Yelping just excited Fiona more; like I was showing weakness and that was her perfect opportunity to take me down. My arms and legs looked like I was living with a small tiger for the first couple months.
As for nutrition, some people give cranberry supplements to be proactive for urinary tract health. If she has a hooded vulva then the area can stay damp and promote bacteria growth. You can try wiping her after she potties to help keep her dry and clean.
I'm not sure that there's a food that makes much difference in urinary tract health. I'd say any good brand all life stages food would be fine.
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