Just wanting to get some opinions/help if possible.
So we picked up our pup (4 months old) from the breeder on Sunday morning. He got sick on the car ride home (no surprise)…seems like he was kinda nervous...but after he threw up he slept the entire rest of the drive. He is getting used to his new home and has already staked his claim on the couch :rolleyes: lol. He hasn't had an accident in the house at all...and is generally very calm and sweet. We are already in love with the little guy LOL
My bf took him to the vet on Monday and he got his rabies shot and his puppy physical (everything looked good...didn't have worms or anything...and I thought all puppies had worms LOL). He was a very good boy at the vet and was pretty tired when he got home.
I took him to work to show him off yesterday and he was so sweet to all my co workers who cooed over him...pet him, got on the ground with him, and held him. No aggression towards them at all. I also took him to the vet again yesterday b/c my bf forgot to get his bordatella vaccination...so we had to go back. He was very anxious while we were there and got pretty scared when he heard big dogs barking....but didn't growl or act aggressive towards the vet or the nurse. We came home and he was tired...slept again.
Here are my big problems....he hasn't eaten much (I know he won't starve...but I'm starting to worry). I tried to give him his heartworm medicine in peanut butter and in cheese and he didn't want anything to do with either one (what else could I try?). He takes a few bites of his food (Merrick) and then isn't interested. He's thrown up a few times in the past few days (every time he's in the car). Maybe he's just a bundle of nerves and doesn't want to eat? How long should I let it go before I get worried?
**My mother in law was at our house yesterday & this morning and when she tried to approach Jackpot and he growled at her and tried to bite her...and in the process of trying to bite my mother-in-law...Jackpot bit my boyfriend (broke the skin on his hand & everything). BF is okay...but I'm really worried that we have a "fear based aggression" thing going on and I don't know what to do about it. At the time my MIL tried to say hello, puppy was on the couch and eating a bone...MIL was not fearful when she approached and was talking gently. He continues to growl at her even when she if a few feet away and they are in a different part of the house (tried to introduce them again this morning). (I thought maybe he was possessive of the couch...so we tried to have them interact in a different room of the house). Still a "no-go" as he growls at her every time she gets close. (and we can't use a treat as a 'peace offering" becuase he doesn't like anything...serious... he won't eat any of the very high quality treats we got for him!)
BTW...I've taken him for several walks around the neighborhood and he's kinda skitish with cars going by, and loud noises...I just tell him its okay and we keep walking....should I be doing anything else? He sits right next to me and growls at other dogs when we meet them on the sidewalk. (Obviously he wasn't well socialized by the breeder...so it will be my job to do this...but I'm just not sure what steps to take. I am committed to work on this and will hire a trainer to come to our house if need be!)
Any suggestions? I know that when myself and my bf are with him he is as sweet as can be and he can mess with him while he's eating a bone...take it away, etc and he doesn't mind. But for some reason he is really not liking my MIL.
Thanks for any and all responses and sorry my post is so long...we just have LOTS of questions LOL