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Postby Dans88 » Fri Aug 05, 2016 3:11 pm

Hello!

We picked Atty (Athena) up at the start of July. She is from the Bandit and Bodie litter.

She is such a good girl and possibly the quietest and chilled out puppy I have ever owned! Atty is so lovely and she is finally starting to show affection towards us.

She was lucky enough to embark ( :lol: ) on her first holiday just 2 weeks into us having her and it was our honeymoon to cornwall. Atty was so well behaved and enjoyed being by the sea and watching people surf. Great for socialisation!!!!!
She came into restaurants with us and slept under the table like a good girl. She even stayed with the surf hire guy for 30mins while Jon and I surfed on our favourite beach where we get engaged last year! I tell you now, we didn't get anywhere in a hurry - everyone wanted to say hi to her and give her fuss!

We have had a few slight issues with feeding recently...
We cut out the treats - this made no difference.
We eventually decided to slowly change her food to Science Plan, the puppy kind. I even got her a lovely mason cash bowl :o
She loved it for the first few days...now she nibbles it and walks off. She doesn't have a lack of appetite though as she is always there when we are cooking dinner and her nose goes crazy when we dish our dinner up. We have done really well in not talking to her when we have our food so that she doesn't beg and we don't feed her scraps while we are eating.
She still has mad moments and I wouldn't say her personality has changed since being off her food - I don't want to change too many things with her diet or else we will never find out what is up. I possibly thought her teeth might be hurting?? Any ideas?

Now on to another issue - cars. She doesn't flinch when out on walkies at cars whizzing past - night or day. However, she does not like my car or my husbands car. She starts dribbling as soon as she is in the car. I have tried making it a pleasant experience for her by taking her favourite duck in there and tug rope but that doesn't make a difference. The boot is a nono. She didn't like that. Anyone had experiences of dribbly dogs in the car?

I look forward to sharing our experiences on here with everyone.

Attached are a few piccies - sorry they're not the right way up, I can't work out how to change it!

If you are on instagram please take a look at our page tamaskan_pup

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Re: Atty

Postby Kelly_Rose » Fri Aug 05, 2016 4:20 pm

She is adorable! I look forward to seeing her grow!

For the food issue, have you tried soaking it so it's soft if you think it's her teeth? Maybe soak it and put it on the fridge so it's cold too which could help soothe any pain she might be feeling in her mouth - remember she is also experiencing growing pains in her face too so lots of frozen treats may help! (Frozen stuffed kongs, frozen carrots, soak a rag and freeze it).
If she doesn't settle on science plan, I'd consider switching to a raw diet as Tamaskans thrive on it!

For the car issue, the dribbling is a sign of stress, common for all puppies especially if they have a long car journey when they are first picked up from the breeder.
What we did with Ragnar was give him super high value chews and treats in the car - pigs ears were the most successul. We found he was so busy chewing on the ear he seemed to forget where he was and he ended up being very excited to get in the car and get his ear!
Other techniques are counter conditioning - basically just try to make every step of getting into the car a positive one. As soon as you see the car, she gets treats, praise and play. When you approach the car, treats, praise and play! You open the car door, treats praise and play! Even do a few dry runs to the car where you don't drive but still load her in and make it a positive experience for her.
It takes time, but they get used to it eventually, just keep it positive for them! Also try to avoid feeding at least 2-3 hours before a drive so she doesn't get sick as that will just make her anxious of the next trip.

Keep us updated on how she gets on, and with lots of photos! :D
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Re: Atty

Postby Dans88 » Fri Aug 05, 2016 4:27 pm

Thank you so much for your reply!! I don't think we have too much to worry about health wise as she has just got in her toy box and set up camp in it!! crazy girl :D

I will certainly try the high value treats! Great idea. Thank you! I did suggest to my husband that maybe she doesn't like my car and that we need to get a new one - didn't go down too well :lol:

I have just put her dinner in the fridge. Must be awful getting growing pains in your face. She has grown incredibly quickly over the last few weeks and has slept lots.

We will keep the photos coming.

Thank you again for the advice.

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Re: Atty

Postby Ash1978 » Fri Aug 05, 2016 7:56 pm

Hi, Dakota is the same with the car, she is your girls half sister as her dad is also bodie :) but she was 3 in June.
She was so bad in the car as a baby and wouldn't go near it and even played dead and wouldn't get in but I just kept putting her In and now she jumps in willingly but still does dribble a lot as when I get my other dog Lola out sometimes her back is all wet LOL
She's never sick anymore in the car like she used to be but it took along time, but I don't feed her before we go out in it as if she's feeling car sick then it can't feel nice having a belly full of food.
Lynn recommended me trying bachs rescue remedy as this can help and someone where I worked said to try ginger biscuits as ginger is ment to help settle there tummies. Also u can get them car aptimial things and the collars which I tried on Dakota but not sure if it was that good. It's mainly trial, era and persistence really I have found.

As with food Dakota is very picky about what she eats and mine both eat when they feel like it. They really love raw food and bones as treats. I also heard frozen bananas are a good treat for teething puppies.

A few of us are doing a camp over at lynns fri 12th - sun 14th if u might like to join us as I'm sure we have all have stories about our lot we can tell u and we are gonna do a long walk on the Sunday. If u wanna go look in events u can see if you would like to maybe come and show your little girl off :)

Lynns on holiday at the moment but she will be back by that weekend. Hopefully see u there :)
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Re: Atty

Postby Blustag » Sat Aug 06, 2016 10:55 am

Hi and welcome to our forum. For the feeding please go back to the fish4dogs puppy food as the Science Plan is not a good food and not suitable for this breed. Puppies often go off their food when they go to their new home as there is no competition when eating. Although I feed them separate when they are bigger they still have their littermates alongside and think they are going to pinch their food lol. Keep to the diet with no treats as I explained when you collected puppy as if you are also giving other foods/treats you will never know what has upset puppy or caused runs etc etc. Introduce treats on at a time so if any one causes problems then you will know to avoid it in future. Pigs ears etc can cause the runs and I only give them to my adults occasionally. Raw meaty bones are good for treats and will do no harm but not marrow bones.

As for the travelling there is a lot written on our forum about training for car rides which you will find helpful.
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