Jules (whom I've introduced in Introduction
) will have been with us 2 weeks this coming Sunday!
She has settled in and when we reach the 2-week mark, we'll start introducing new food (raw). We're following the breeder's advice for now and keeping her on her old diet first. We feed her 3x in total every day at 8, 1 and 8, her old schedule, with her recently upgraded measure of 1 and 1/2-2 scoops of puppy kibble. This nicely fills her 5-inch diameter dog bowl. She gets snackies in between from training (we adjust her meal size accordingly, though not by much; I give her bits of what's on the dinner table (chicken, pork, beef, fish, rice), cheese bread sticks and peas).
She does all right with training, so that rules out ADD, doesn't it?
But then they're always attentive with food, the little buggers. That's the thing, though. Jules is outright frisky with her treats, but seems to disdain her food. Meal times need to be supervised so I can call her back to her dish. Not that she always comes when I call. We're still working on that one.
I'm used to our other dogs scarfing down their food in minutes if not seconds; even the girl who's a dainty morsel-by-morsel eater doesn't walk away until her bowl is empty and licked clean. Jules sort of tastes, takes a tour around, tastes again. Like an explore-y toddler unstrapped to a high chair.
I wonder if she's just not hungry? She'll be five months old this 24th-- is that old enough for twice-a-day feeding? But she's still a baby and we exercise her amply with morning and afternoon walks and romps so we don't want her getting thin as she shoots up (though she's already 21 inches, heh).
Or is she just ready and even impatient for something new? I drizzle the sauce of what we have for lunch/dinner over her food or crush her cheese biscuits and mix it with the kibble and that does get her to scarfing.
This morning, I showed her an egg (fresh, just about to be put in the fridge) and she was all let-me-at-it-I-want-it!
But my mom is scared of projectile pooping and she thinks an egg might be too rich and too sudden for Jules's stomach just now. I've read good, nice and hilarious things about Dobes and eggs. How do you introduce an egg to your Dobe's diet anyway? 1/4 of an egg to start?
Oh, and here's prim lady Jules posing for a photo when we were out for a walk: