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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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