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So sorry to hear you are having troubles with your dog. Every dog will misbehave if the owner does not take the time to train it using positive reinforcement. Dog’s are not born knowing what is right (in a human’s view) and what is wrong. Not enough exercise is also one of the biggest contributors to problems. When you combine no training and not enough exercise the poor dog will suffer terribly because you will always be disappointed in them. It sounds to me like you have a choice to make: either invest the time and energy into training and exercising your pup or find a good golden retriever rescue organization and give him up to someone that does have the time. Ultimately, the most humane thing to do is that which is best for the dog.
Rotating brands monthly is far, far too frequent and your dog will end up with IBS. I made the mistake of rotating my last dog’s food too frequently and the poor guy suffered with IBS for years after.
Rotating flavours within a brand monthly is fine. I also agree with your vet to limit rotating brands on an annual basis.
With regards to the pureed veggies and fruit – just cut back on what you are giving her by 50% and see if that helps. It’s always better for their tummies to start off small. The daily pumpkin isn’t necessary unless you are treating constipation or diarrhea. I would stop the pumpkin and use it only when you need to.
Hope this helps!
Hi Richard, so sorry for your puppy. Having loose poops is so uncomfortable. A pup away from its mom at 5 weeks is by far too young – it likely has some sort of parasite like worms. These DO NOT go away and must be treated. I agree with anon101 – young puppies are prone to so many things that it is best to start with a fecal sample. If you cannot afford a vet go to your local humane society as they often have reduced prices and treatment options.
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