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« on: July 10, 2009, 10:17:28 PM »

I am adopting another dog tomorrow.  Kobe is an 11 month old brindle pitbull.  The poor thing has been raised on Ol' Roy.  His dull coat and large stinky poops sing it's praises!!!  I want to switch him to what I feel which is currently Taste of the Wild which is grain free kibble.  Would it be better to just switch him cold turkey or wean him off the Ol' Roy by combining the two.  I cringe at the though of giving him even one more ounce of it, but I don't want to deal with major stomach upset.
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« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2009, 10:39:09 PM »

When we got Minnie at age 4, she came with a big used bag of ol' Roy.
We pitched it in the dumpster.

I think at 11 months you shouldn't have a problem adapting to a new food. Pictures! and congrats!  Grin
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« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2009, 10:44:59 PM »

Personally, I'd consider mixing it for just a couple of days. Or alternately, mix your kibble with rice for a day or two.

I would not go buy any Ol Roy, but if they're giving you a few cups that's different. Whenever I bring a new dog in this house, my first goal is housetraining and decent poop. Then I worry about food after all that is stabilized.  
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« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2009, 10:51:20 PM »

How exciting.  funny dance  A new adopted fur butt. celebratestars

From years of reading.........the general rule of thumb is that switching from a lower grade to a higher grade food should not pose a problem. Just do the switch. Tummy troubles start when switching between lower grade brands and from higher to lower. If in the event, your new fur kid gets an upset tummy, you can back track and mix the Ol Roy in with the higher grade food.

I've been switching my foster dog, Bella, back and forth between Evo, Instinct, and Core which are all grain free. She has done very well. When I got her she was on Ol Roy or maybe Beneful........ick.  I also mix in some canned food from Evo or Wellness. She made the switch without any problems.
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« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2009, 12:14:02 AM »

Woohoo!  Congrats on new pup!  Can't wait to see pictures!  Would be interesting to see pics now, and pics in about a month after eating better food.

When we got Honey, she had a dull coat, too.  Only we fed her Iams, thinking that was okay.  Still, I don't think old lady was feeding her enough.  With more regular feedings and more regular brushings, Honey's coat was so purty!

Jasmine gets the benefit of our experience and got different food, when she all but refused to eat the iams!  LOL!  She is currently eating California Natural and has a pretty coat, too!
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« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2009, 05:59:43 AM »



Congrats on the new pup!!  I can't wait to see pictures!!!   Happy Yell

I would try just switching first and if theres a problem then go back to ole roy. 

Molly was on science diet when we got her from the shelter.  Actually she had very good poops and a good coat.
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« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2009, 12:01:55 PM »

I've had several trainees come in for work dogs and all were on crap food. I decided to fast them for 24 hours and then just start cold turkey on my higher quality food. I haven't had any problems doing that.  You might get a little gas or diarhea but most dogs adjust easily.  How exciting about the new dog Smiley!! We need updated pics on the puppy along with this guy, what's his name?

ETA: Nevermind, I missed the name the first read.
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« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2009, 12:11:17 PM »

Can't wait to meet the new guy.  Just make sure there aren't any stinky piles that I can step in.   blushthanks

Oh and by the way.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   woof
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« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2009, 09:18:20 PM »

 bdsong and congrats on the new pup!  You gotten good advice so basically I have nothing to add.
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« Reply #9 on: July 12, 2009, 01:04:02 AM »

Woohoo on the new pup adoption.  When we adopted Reggie I just gave him the food we had and bought him canned food to gain a little weight.  He has not had any problems at all.  He as at a good weight now and still doing good.  I think you should have good results with this dog too.
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« Reply #10 on: July 12, 2009, 06:06:27 AM »


So, hows it going? 
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« Reply #11 on: July 12, 2009, 08:26:11 AM »

Thanks for all the advice.  Unfortunately, I don't think I will need any of it afterall.  Kobe is not working out at all.  Yesterday was a nightmare.  WHen I took the dogs to meet on neutral territory (a baseball field), things went great.  But yesterday, Hunter got tired of being humped pretty quickly.  He started with the growling and snapping which escaladed.  In the beginning Kobe submitted, but would go right back to humping and eventually he got tired of being snapped at and the fights began.  I tried giving positive reinforcements when they were together and civil, but it is not going to work.  It escalates too quickly.  I spent the day yesterday playing musical dogs.  Bailey did really well with Kobe in the beginning, but now is tired of the humping too and starting to snap. I do not want to see what happens if he decides to snap back at her. She is only 15lbs!  So Kobe must go back, which I am upset about because he is really an awesome dog, but I guess my dogs don't agree.  I don't think neutering him at this point will work because he is already 10-11 months old.
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« Reply #12 on: July 12, 2009, 09:20:03 AM »

Neutering can still help, so don't discount that.

Have you considered letting someone else monitor the introductions? A trainer, or humane society worker?
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« Reply #13 on: July 12, 2009, 03:05:04 PM »

I can understand your fears and concerns.  I can also understand if you choose not to go with the adoption. 
I ws thinking the same as MM depending on your resources, there may be a way to work things out and I think neutering would be a must.  Reggie was neutered when I got him at a year and a half.  He has mellowed a lot as far as being a dominant poo and acts more and more like a puppy.  He has become more and more playful and happy.  I think neutering him and giving him a chance was the right thing for him.  BUT thankfully I did not have to deal with the aggression factors you are dealing with so keeping him in the home was not an issue.
I sure hope it works out for you and all the dogs on whatever works out best for you.
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« Reply #14 on: July 12, 2009, 04:29:05 PM »

Sorry it's not working out.
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« Reply #15 on: July 12, 2009, 05:28:51 PM »

I just got back from grocery shopping at Walmart and for the first time I saw the Ol' Roy dogfood. eeek I am sure I have seen it before, just not ever paid any attention to it. 
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« Reply #16 on: July 12, 2009, 10:23:33 PM »

Sometimes no matter how badly we want things to turn out a certain way they don't. Sorry this doesn't seem to be one of those that will work. Neutering and training might help but that, to me, would seem like a commitment that is also a gamble.
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