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Dog foods / Re: Bichon Friies feeding
« on: Nov 06, 2015, 08:44 »
I have been away for some weeks down in Devon where Muffin has had a marvellous time - although he did not appreciate having to have the occasional wash after rolling in mud and other more disgusting things.

I have been keeping him on the Harringtons as it does not seem to stimulate his hyperactivity and I did not want to keep chopping and changing all the time.  But now we are back home I need to look more seriously at his diet.  He scratches a lot and I understand that this may be due to the type of protein in his diet,  Just to confuse me, I also realise that it may be nothing to do with his diet and may even be an inherited trait.  What is an ignoramus like me supposed to do!

I will take some time to read the latest discussions on this forum and try to formulate a plan of action.  Poor little Muffin started to cough again recently (he had kennel cough when we got him from the rescue centre) and the vet gave some antibiotics after finding his glands were swollen.  He has not coughed now for a few days so I am keeping fingers crossed that it will be okay. 

I love this little doggie and would do a lot to give him the happy life he deserves - I just have to find out the way to go!

Dog foods / Re: Bichon Friies feeding
« on: Sep 04, 2015, 19:17 »
Muffin is on the mend now after his cherry eye surgery.  As the Harringtons was coming to an end I decided to try a "better" type of dry food and after discussion with my pet shop owner I got a pack of Canidae Pure Land.  He has had it for a couple of days now and appears to be coming manic again.  It seemed such a good choice but I am now totally thrown.  It doesn't even have a high quantity of protein (I mention this even though the link between high protein and hyperactivity is disputed).  At this precise moment Muffin has calmed down (a couple of hours after his evening meal) and is resting in the midst of the chaos he has caused.  I feel exhausted.

I would be so grateful for any further advice.  Has anyone got a Bichon Frise or other toy dog which has had hyperactivity problems?  How were they resolved if so?

Thank you all.  This website has been a godsend.

Dog foods / Re: Bichon Friies feeding
« on: Aug 27, 2015, 17:38 »
I haven't forgotten all you helpful people on this forum.  Our little Muffin has had a recurrence of the cherry eye that he had while at the rehoming centre and has had to have further surgery so we have just been keeping him on the Harringtons for the time being as it seems to suit him.  We took some with us to the vet for feeding in the two days he spent there.  He has returned home today (with a collar to stop him scratching)  and we are not going to do anything at the moment until the stitches are dissolved and he has a clean bill of health.  He seems his usual active self but at least he is no longer manic!

Dog foods / Re: Bichon Frise feeding
« on: Aug 21, 2015, 09:53 »
Again, many thanks for all the help given.  Muffin has a Kong.  I fill it with sticky stuff (peanut butter usually) to bind the contents together but he still empties it with great speed.  He hurls it around to get the last contents out.  I had not thought of freezing it!  The things we have to do to keep our dogs occupied!

Muffin went a bit crazy again for a period yesterday.  I wondered if it was because I had been giving him some Sainsburys dog biscuits as part of an (ultimately fruitless) training session to stop him doing some of his more annoying acts.  Possibly they contain undesirable additives too so I will go to my local pet shop today to get some better treats.  The owner sells a large range of good-quality dog foods and he never tries to push anything on to me.  It was he who suggested I look up the subject of dog food on the internet and this led me to your website.  When I spoke to him again he recommended Burns for Muffin but again suggested I do some research before buying it.  Does anyone have any experience of Burns for small dogs please?

I do hope I can one day help someone else when (and if!) I have made progress with Muffin and his dietary issues.

Dog foods / Re: Bichon Friies feeding
« on: Aug 20, 2015, 08:51 »
Wow, thanks very much for your prompt responses.  It is good to know we are not alone with our problems - it helps when we are reduced to thinking "Oh my goodness, what have we done!".  I will certainly take time out to go through your forum in greater detail - I did take a look through before posting and I thought how much more knowledgeable than myself everybody seemed; I am grateful that you are trying to help me.

Muffin will always be a stubborn little dog, I think, but I hope that by following your advice and by trial and error we can start to create the best diet for him which will hopefully make the other training easier.

I would be most grateful to receive any other advice that your members can give and will get back to you with our progress.  I would also be grateful if it is okay to give items such as pigs ears - I don't know what if anything has been added to them.

Dog foods / Bichon Friies feeding
« on: Aug 19, 2015, 20:53 »
I am new to this website and a not very knowledgeable dog owner.  We have three weeks ago rehomed an 18 month old Bichon Frise (Muffin) from a rehoming centre in London where I live. 

We have previously had two Staffies from the same place.  We were given a selection of Pedigree dog food when we obtained the dogs and the Staffies seemingly did fine with the dried food (forgive me, I knew no better).  After a break of a couple of years we decided to get another dog but one who was a bit smaller as we are getting older and not as fit as we were.  We were asked to consider taking Muffin having been told that he had already had more than one owner and the last owner had given him up because he did not get on with their other (already living there) dog.

I do not think our problem with Muffin is entirely food-led but believe that some of it is.  We have been feeding him as suggested by the rehoming centre, dividing his (Pedigree small dog) food into two halves given morning and evening.  Always an energetic dog we soon noticed that after his feeds he would go a bit crazy, not quite bouncing off the ceiling - he is too small - but racing all around the house, leaping on and off furniture and generally on the move very quickly.  He also has an irritating habit of picking up anything he can and chewing it.   (Picture a half-naked 60 plus year old woman chasing a dog with a bra in its mouth down the stairs.)  We are getting some advice and are trying to curb the latter instinct as well as doing other fairly basic training which it appears he has either never had or never taken on board.

On our first plea for help to the rehoming centre it was suggested (amongst other things) that we buy some things he was allowed to chew such as pigs ears as this might keep him occupied for a while.  When the racing around the house continued it finally occurred to us this week that it might be linked to his diet.  Knowing very little about doggie diet I bought a bag of Harringtons small dog food which was the best I could find in my local supermarket one evening.  That was the first evening he did not run around in his crazy way.  I also that evening gave him a pigs ear which he happily chewed, carried around and hid all evening and the next morning. 

To cut the story short, he is still something of a crazy dog but is no longer bouncing around the house for an hour or two after each meal.  I understand that Harringtons is not the best of the additive-free food but it sure seems better than what he was getting.  I also wonder what the pigs ears and other such chewies contain in the way of nasty things.

I would really appreciate some nutritional advice.  We are not wealthy people and are both retired but are prepared to do the best we can for Muffin.  We want this to work even though we have been very unhappy sitting in the wreck of our home as a dog goes crazy.

When he is not going crazy Muffin is loveable and we take him for long walks every day.

I could add that my impression of the rehoming centre has gone downhill somewhat given the things we were not told and that they thought he would be suitable for us but this is not the place.

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