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Hey guys
first off, Marbles is adjusting well, Snoopy is starting to play with him, but is still very jealous and even though I offer the same treats, Snoopy has to get his an Marbles as well, it is frustrating, but we raise our voice and Snoops will stop.

About housetraining...better, Marbles is 7 months, and we can hold him in the crate at least 7 hours..but out of the crate, he goes to the door and pees, sometimes poops...He is slowly getting it, at least he goes to the door, but he doesnt hold it, just goes, even 2 hours after walking him...still work to do.

Marbles is chewing everything...I need help on this one....
I have a water bottle to squirt him with since raising the voice and saying "NO" really loud means nothing to him..and neither does the water bottle....he is chewing things like crazy...we had to replace a $600 nightstand b/c we let him sleep with me a few hours after a night shift...and he chewed the side off of the nightstand

..I give so many treats, toys, and I have to crate him somtimes in the daytime just to get an hour of peace to get work done...any advice? or he will just grow out of it eventually? Im sure he will.

Also, Marbles always acts thirsty...we give him a lot of water, but he just drinks and drinks..then pees and pees...in the crate he holds it for 7 hours, outside, he pees at the door in 2 hours..we try to limit the water, but I wonder how much does he need, are we giving too much or too little?

Another question...he is so hungry all the time..he had definatly bulked up in the time we had him..we want him to get all the nutition he needs, but when does he reach the adult height and we know to be careful with feeding? He came to us at 16 lbs, at 6 months, he is 7 months and 23 lbs, much thicker, but if he is hungry we dont want to hold back food so he can be healthy, he is still small compaired to Snoopy, but Snoops is a 15 incher, Marbles' dad was also 15 inches and we want him to be tall too, but of course we never know what he will be...we just dont want to over feed him but at the same time we want him to grow.

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Manda
 

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Hi Amanda,

First, congratulations on Snoops and Marbles getting along better... :thumbup:

Did you try spraying everything in Bitter Apple spray? It worked for me! I had to re-spray everything everyday for the first few days, just to make the taste stronger (or maybe it was just my paranoia), but it worked.
Also, if he is not responsive to the water bottle, try using a minty breath spray, they hate that!

Goood Luck.
 

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Great that they are getting on together now. Are you following instructions on the dog food as far as feeding is concerned? I wouldnt restrict water, Susi drinks bowl loads but Snoopy only seems to need very little. If Marbles is very overweight then he's getting too much food, or not enough excercise. But dont worry if he is only slightly meaty, he is still a pup.
 

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Amanda, this may sound strange but could Marbles possibly be diabetic? The constant thirst and hunger could indicate that. I've never had a diabetic dog, but do know that they can have the disease.

At 7 months, he should be ready to be on a twice a day feeding schedule with his total food allotment split between the two feedings. He's gained a lot of weight in the time he's been with you, so maybe his food intake should be restricted a bit.

It's good to read that he's adjusting well, and that Snoopy is beginning to warm up to him. Keep us posted.
 

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Marbles should be getting the last of his adult teeth now. That means he will no longer have a real strong "need" to chew so getting him to only chew appropriate itejms should get markely easier. Losing those Baby teeth and getting adult teeth is painful for puppies and chewing helps relieve some of the pain. A wash cloth with an ice cube inside is a great teething aid. As you can see, Bagel and I were on Marbles side but now as his last molars come in, he needs to learn what is and what is not appropriate to chew on.
 

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Amanda, It sounds like all the good advice has already been given! Patience with the potty training! /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif . As far as food intake, the formula I was given was 1 cup of food for 20 lbs of dog per day.

Chloe wanted me to ask you if she could have Marbles' baby teeth that fell out (poor girl now only has eight teeth on her upper jaw) LOL.....
I tried to tell her that once they were out, I could not put them back!!

Seriously, Marbles is still growing, and is also still getting adjusted to his new home.
 
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