Food type @how much

Wife just purchased 9mth old chihuahua what type of food how much @ how often should she be fed & ANY ADVICE ON TOILET TRAINING WOULD BE APPRIECEATED

Answer #1

Bring your puppy out often, like when you wake up, after you feed it, before bed.. with my dog I did about every four hours… EVEN IF HE DOSENT LOOK LIKE HE HAS TO GO. Make sure you treat and praise your pup when he dose well, they love to please you. Don’t punish for accidents, its your fault for not taking it out often enough. IF he goes outside, then goes bathroom as soon as you get back in maybe it wasnt out long enough. CLEAN spots that have been urinated on, dogs will continue to use the same spots if they can smell their urine. love your puppy, make walks fun and rewarding, stick to a schedule or it will never get done. Good luck.

Answer #2

A good quality dog food is what you should be feeding a dog, not corn based crap.

Good post Phrannie.

Innova, Innova Evo, Orijen, Horizon Legacy, Wellness, Taste of the wild, Artemis, Blue buffalo– some good quality kibble brands that I would recommend.

unfortunately a bit hard to find, though I’m pretty sure Wellness and Blue Buffalo are carried by Petco and Petsmart.

Don’t fall for marketing Lies and feed your 4-legger junk food such as kibbles n’ bits, pedigree, dog chow, hill’s, or beneful

They’re concerned about Profit… not the health of your dog. is a good site to compare dog foods and is informative as well.

Feeding your dog 2 times a day should be good. I’m pretty sure feeding guidelines are given for most dog food products.

Answer #3

Ok…here is the instructions for housebreaking a puppy. If this dog has never had any training, then you must treat it as tho it is just a tiny pup…except that it is capable of holding “it” far longer than a puppy (ie, you don’t have to get it out at night)…BUT, it’s imparative that when you do take it outside, that you wait until it’s done it’s business.

HOUSEBREAKING… The number one ingredient to have a house trained dog is…VIGILANCE. You must make housetraining your ‘mission in life’ for anywhere from 10 days to two weeks.

Keep slip-on’s by the back door, and a bathrobe or something quick to get into handy…because for this two weeks…housetraining will be your mission.

Your goal is…to beat the puppy to the punch…You’ll learn his signals just by doing all that vigilance…like they’ll start sniffing, and circling…you pick him up and take him out BEFORE he goes…Rules of thumb are also…For puppies, take him out immediately when he wakes up (do not let him follow you to the door…pick him up and carry out the door)…take out immediately after eating. During play a little puppy should be taken out every 20 minutes or so (aren’t you glad they sleep so much?? )

Crate the pup when EVER you cannot watch it (when you leave, or are ultra busy)…instinct is for them to not dirty their nest…so make sure the crate is only big enough to stand up, turn around, etc…A new puppy will need to get out once during the night…but that only lasts a week or 10 days…You don’t want the puppy having to go so bad he dirties his nest…you do NOT want to break that instinctive barrier…once that’s happened it’s hard to undo.

When you get the pup outside…repeatedly say ‘pee pee’ or go pee…then love them up BIG when they go…this will eventually get them to go on command, and save you from having hang out and wait in the future. DO NOT bring him in until he goes…plan on cooling your heels in the beginning.


Make a promise to yourself and to your pup…there will be no punishment for accidents. If the puppy does pee or poop in the house…roll up a newspaper, and hit YOURSELF in the head, repeating the words…I didn’t watch my puppy…

Here is a list of dog kibble…ones that have already been rated by ingredients and nutrition. You can start out by feeding as per the instructions on the package, then…if this particular pup starts losing weight…feed more…if it starts gaining too much weight, feed less…

Authority Harvest Baked / Score 116 A+ Bil-Jac Select / Score 68 F Blue Buffalo Chicken & Brown Rice/ Score 106 A+ Canidae / Score 112 A+ Chicken Soup Senior / Score 115 A+ Diamond Maintenance / Score 64 F Diamond Lamb Meal & Rice / Score 92 B Diamond Large Breed 60+ Formula / Score 99 A Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Ultra Premium / Score 122 A+ Dick Van Patten’s Duck and Potato / Score 106 A+ Eagle Pack Holistic / Score 119 A+ Eagle Pack Holistic Chicken / Score 114 A+ Eagle Pack Large and Giant Breed Puppy / Score 94 A Eagle Pack Natural / Score 94 A Eukanuba Large Breed Adult / Score 83 C Eukanuba Natural Lamb and Rice / Score 87 B Flint River Ranch / Score 92 B (non-specific fat source) Foundations / Score 106 A+ Hund-n-Flocken Adult Dog (lamb) by Solid Gold / Score 93 A Iams Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Premium / Score 73 D Iams Large Breed / Score 83 C Innova Dog / Score 114 A+ Innova Evo / Score 114 A+ Kirkland Signature Chicken, Rice, and Vegetables / Score 110 A+ Kirkland Signature Puppy Chicken, Rice and Vegetable / Score 108 A+ Natural Balance Duck and Potato / Score 114 A+ Nutrisource Lamb and Rice / Score 87 B Nutro Chicken, Rice, & Oatmeal / Score 85 C (non-specific fat source) Nutro Natural Choice Large Breed Puppy / Score 87 B Nutro Natural choice Lamb and Rice / Score 85 C Ol Roy / Score 9 F Pedigree Complete Nutrition / Score 42 F Pedigree Adult Complete / Score 14 F Pet Gold Adult with Lamb & Rice / Score 23 F Pro Plan All Breed / Score 68 F Pro Plan Natural Turkey & Barley / Score 103 A+ Purina Benful / Score 17 F Purina Dog / Score 62 F Purina Come-n-Get It / Score 16 F Royal Canin Bulldog / Score 100 A+ Royal Canin Natural Blend Adult / Score 106 A+ Sensible Choice Chicken and Rice / Score 97 A Science Diet Advanced Protein Senior 7+ / Score 63 F Science Diet chicken adult maintenance / Score 45 F Science Diet for Large Breed Puppies / Score 69 F Solid Gold Bison / Score 123 A+ Timberwolf Organics Lamb and Venison / Score 136 A+ Wellness Super5 Mix Chicken / Score 110 A+ Wolfking Adult Dog (Bison) by Solid Gold / Score 97 A

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