I got a Rottie puppy at 9 weeks old, He is now 16 weeks I just have a few questions for some of the experienced people. I feed him Blue Buffalo Large Puppy Breed food, since he is 16 weeks now can I go to 2 times a day feeding.
Also I am struggling with his "nipping and biting" I could use some suggestions. I have 2 children and I really would like to solve this. He has a Nylabone, Rawhide bone, some rubber chew balls and a Kong ball.
Lastly, I am thinking about buying a "dog safe electric fence" any comments regarding those? I don't have a fenced in yard and I want him to be able to run more then he does right now. I take him for 2-3 30 minute walks a day and play with him with toy's another 1-2 hours daily.
Thanks for the help!
Hi Chris, congrats on your new puppy :) Blue Buffalo is a good food and at 16 weeks you should be able to feed him twice a day without any problems. He may need a bit more per feeding, but you'll soon figure out what he wants/needs by how much he eats each time. During the first year or so puppies have fluctuations in their appetite, usually corresponding to growth spurts (and the 'lull' in between). Just try to keep on top of that and be aware of how much he's eating, or isn't at any given time.
I've never used an electric fence for my dogs so am not sure which type it is you mean. Invisible fence? I'm sure other visitors can fill you in there.
As for the nipping and biting, this is perfectly normal although it can be frustrating and sometimes painful! Follow the advice on my page that talks about puppy biting and be patient and consistent. He WILL learn but it takes time.
Best of luck ~ Sue