So next Saturday is Basil's second round of shots. Right now I'm feeding him three times a day on Orijen puppy and plan to switch… which I'll ask the vet about as to when to switch depending on his health and weight at the first appointment. I also add either chopped carrots, cooked yam or a little olive oil to his food at least once a day. He absolutely loves it. His bowel movements are now normal... and are only after every meal and sometimes once more in the evening... not 10 times or more a day like it was on Ol' Roy. I don't know if this means he doesn't have giardia but I will still take a stool sample.
His favourite treats are the Nylabones (thank you guys!) and dried papaya and mango... he just tried a dried banana last night and it took him awhile to like it but he ate it all He loves the papaya and mango because it's chewy so it's almost like a bone. I'm thinking of getting some of Dr. Harvey's veg to bowl, I give it to my birds and I think that would be a great supplement for his meals. He also loves his treat dispenser ball, I just put his kibble in it and he hasn't figured out the rolling part... he just attacks the ball
On days that I work I rush home on my lunch at 1pm and I feed him outside so that he's already out to play and do his business. I stay until 2pm and it's really nice to have that break to play with him. He's still kept in the playpen with access to his kennel. He has water, toys and a puppy pad in there. I leave the tv on for him so he has some voices around him. In the past week I've come home to dry puppy pads... he waits to go outside on my lunch! good puppy!
He's starting to whine at my bedroom door to go outside when he needs to but if he's out of my room he'll just start to sniff around and I'll know that it's time... I'm starting to not have to carry him outside... he's learning to go in and out of the door way (it's a bit of a drop when you're going outside). He's even starting to come inside when I head to the door and call him over The other day he played fetch with a smaller bouncy ball (just the right size for him to hold in his mouth but not small enough to choke on).
Basil absolutely loves his hour long walks in the evening, he's like a celebrity here... people stop us on the street and we've even had people pull over in their cars! Last night even a black cat wanted to walk up to him to meet him He's getting a little better about the sitting and laying down on walks.. he still needs his rests every now and then which I give him. I'm also teaching him to heel when he tries to pull... if he pulls I stop and stand firmly and say "heel". I start walking again if he sits down or if he comes back to me to put slack in the leash and he gets a "good boy" praise or a piece of kibble if I have.
He's still biting a lot, especially ankles and I haven't quite figured out what else to do about that. I try to say "good boy" if he's around my feet and doesn't bite them or if he's laying nicely when I'm doing other things. But I'm hoping the book that's supposed to come this week will help and I will be phoning the obedience classes next week. I believe they can start at 13 weeks? Which will be a week after his vet appointment this Saturday. I'll update you guys more after his vet appointment Saturday... sorry for the long post!