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OMG! I never knew Hartz did that I am NEVER buying it again unless I absolutely have to.
I use the Hartz brand from Walmart just because I have 4 dogs and the rest of my family uses it as well (While I pay for it all) so I can’t really afford more expensive stuff.
Although I have noticed it doesn’t work very well on my Pomeranian. So I’ll probably have to invest in something better for him. They had Oatmeal Naturals at Walmart and it seems okay. I would prefer something I didn’t have to order online (and isn’t to expensive). I’ll be going to Pet Smart next Saturday so I’ll see what they have.
I’ll be curious to see what responses you get.
Does anyone have opinions on I Love Pet Head, Hartz, Oster Oatmeal Naturals, Pro Sense, Pro-Pet and Bio Guard. I was thinking about using my Mane N tail Shampoo and Conditioner that I use for myself and my horses. I have no ideal how it would work.
Thanks everyone. The vet gave me a 5.5 oz can of Science Diet and on the bill it shows that it was $2.20 for that tiny thing and then Ty (My Pom) didn’t even like it so I tossed it out to the other dogs that will eat almost anything.
I have been feeding him Pure Balance Chicken, Vegetables and Brown Rice Puppy and mixing it with his Purina Pro Plan canned that the breeder gave me. He is starting to eat hard kibble again and I think he prefers that so I am going to see if I can slowly move him back over to hard kibble. The breeder was stuck on Pro Plan, but I think it’s a bit over rated and expensive for the quality so I was thinking something along the lines of Purina One Smart Blend or Diamond Naturals.
I don’t know we’ll see. I have 2 $5 dollar off coupons for the Pro Plan so I may use it for my Sheltie and Shiloh my Sheltie pup in particular.
EDIT: I do like the Purina Pro Plan Sport Training Treats. Ty really likes those, but they are a bit expensive.
- This reply was modified 7 years, 4 months ago by Sheltie_Pom. Reason: Added more
Thought I would jump in and put my two cents worth in.
In the wrong hand prong collars can be very dangerous, at my Obedience class there is a boy with a 85-ib black and white dog, this dog is very energetic and loves to run. This boy is short and only about 60 ib, and I’m sure you have experienced a big dog pulling on you at one time or another and it’s alot of weight. Anyway the lady there worked with the dog and he would listen to her but he knew he could get away with whatever when the boy was leading him so the instructor gave him a pinch collar to use and showed him how to sue it properly and that dog leads perfectly now.
I have even used a pinch collar on my Sheltie because she wasn’t paying attention to the martingale collar when I corrected her.
I personally prefer martingale collars like this one http://www.petsmart.com/dog/collars-harnesses-leashes/top-paw-martingale-dog-collar-zid36-8798/cat-36-catid-100012?var_id=36-8798&_t=pfm%3Dcategory
And I bought a black one in size small for Ty, because I am required to use it for Obedience, which I hope to show Ty in someday.
My vet and Obedience instructor thinks Pom’s are yappy and hard to train. So far Ty has only ever barked once and I have had him for a week and his leash training is going very well.
Thanks all. Right now he is sharing a harness with the rabbits since it is the one that fits him and I know he will outgrow it soon, then I will put him into my non-pull harness that I originally bought for my 8 ib doe that passed away in February, I am sure she won’t mind if Ty wears it.
Thanks guys. I have been soaking his food in water and mushing it up then mixing it with a bit of canned. I picked up two cans of Pure Balance Chicken and Brown Rice Puppy formula and I have started mixing his food with that.
Thanks guys. The reason I want to switch to canned is just until he gets his adult teeth, because he literally fried two of his back teeth and it’s painful for him to chew. The reason he fired them was partially my fault and I feel HORRIBLE!! I had a small heat pad in his crate to make sure he didn’t cold or chilled since our house is cooler than what he’s used to. I had the heat pad stuck in the crate and the cord was running out and wedged under the opening gate, I didn’t think he could pull it into his crate but he did and chewed it up. He got electrocuted and I found him in the morning and we rushed him to he vet immediately. He fried his two back teeth and his the part of his tongue by those two teeth and ruined the heat pad in the process, I’m not sure how long he was without the heat pad but he is doing alot better now.
I feel so horrible and I’m blaming myself for this happening, I had thought about him chewing the cord but I wedged it in the door when I closed it and I thought ‘Oh, he won’t be able to pull it out.’ But the little booger did, he had 5 toys, some food, water and chews and he had to go for the heat pad. I just feel so bad for letting it happen, I wonder almost if I should even have him, but my life would be so incomplete without him. I have vowed to NEVER EVER let it (or something similar) happen again (to him or another dog).
I am hoping they carry Pure Balance canned food because it is rated at 5 stars on here.
Thanks everyone. Do you think it would be alright to train him to lead well with the harness and then switch to a training collar? Because I would like to do obedience and they won’t let me use a harness for shows. Moreover, if he walked well with a harness and was trained well with it once I put the training collar I shouldn’t have problems with him pulling or anything.
I found a brand I like Diamond Naturals, on here it is rated at 4 stars and is about $0.75 cents a pound. They also have a good kind of puppy food. We raise Shelties on a small scale (No we are not a puppy mill, we care about where our puppies go and how they are treated), so the 40 ib of puppy food would be fine, because it would be used up within a month on average.
Thanks for the advice. I am considering just going all natural and making the food for him, but I guess my thinking is what if I get hurt or we go on a trip and he can’t come? I doubt my family would want to go through all that trouble just for him. Especially since none of the are big cooks, in fact they hate to cook.
I don’t want to sound like I’m making excuses (I know I sound like it), but I need to do what is best for my dog and budget. Money is kind of tight especially since my last $500+ dog bill.
Thanks everyone. I checked into Victor, but they charge to much to ship to my area, so it makes the price at more like $1.75 – $2.00 a pound. I am ready to start pulling my hair. Iams is cost more than it’s worth, Purina Pro Plan is a joke and Pure Balance isn’t as good as it sounds from some of the reviews I have read.
- This reply was modified 7 years, 5 months ago by Sheltie_Pom.
so I think I may have narrowed it down tom these brands, Pure Balance, Iams (Because they have a kind specialized for toy breeds) and Purina Pro Plan (Because that’s what he’s on now). The reason I pick these is because Walmart carries Iams and Pure Balance and the puppy is on Purina Pro Plan. I live over an hour from the nearest pet store and don’t go to the city very often so I can’t just get in the car and run and get a bag of food for it once I run out.
Hello, thanks everyone. I’ll check out those sights. I don’t plan on switching him right away, because the lady I am getting him from has some $5 dollars off coupons, so I’ll probably use those for the Purina Pro Plan and then slowly switch him over. I have other dogs so if the bag doesn’t get finished up as fast as I want I can feed them some of the food, it’s just Poms are so small that I want to get him on a good brand that gives him all the stuff he needs since he is so little and won’t eat much. My other dogs are pigs and will gobble up anything that tastes good.
Does anyone like Purina Pro Plan?