Update from Emily who picked up Rory on Monday.
I hope you’re doing well. I thought it would be nice to send you an update on Rory a few days in. He is such a lovely boy and it’s so nice to see his personality and confidence emerging as we learn more about him and he learns more about us.
Rory had his first vaccination today, and all went well at the vets. Because of covid at the moment they aren’t letting owners in so it was a shame to not be able to be with him during his appointment.
He’s been on a few carries around the local area and has had so many compliments on how beautiful he is. He’s doing really well taking all of the sights, smells and sounds in his stride. We have a puppy party over zoom tomorrow night with his vets. I suspect it’ll be more interesting for us than for him, but hopefully we can get some good tips and contacts for people to have puppy play dates once lockdown restrictions are lifted and it is safe to do so.
He is settling in well and loves playing with his toys and anything else he can find. His favourite things to play with at the moment is a cardboard box and his brush (photos attached).
At night he will sleep quietly in his crate after a few whimpers for around 7 hours before waking up needing the toilet and whining. He’s also already worked out how to ask to go outside by standing by the door during the day, clever boy!
He is less fussed about food or treats at the moment, and we are struggling to get him to eat much of his meals. Although as I type this, he is very interesting in an apple Emily is eating. Was he a picky eater at yours?
Thanks for the update on how Rory is settling in. The first few days he might be a bit picky eating as he settles in his new surroundings.
He was not one of the most enthusiastic eaters of his litter. He will eat enough though and as long as bright, sleeping and growing, don't worry too much about the amount he is eating.
The food guides that come with puppy food tend to be overestimated, so don't worry if he is not eating everything the food guide is telling you.
I would say he is going to be below 10 kg at adulthood, so he should be on around 85 grams a day of the puppy kibble split into three meals with a little bit of wet food to encourage him to eat up.
Be careful with treats. If you have a training session and use several be aware to adjust their food accordingly.
Each time you feed him offer it for around 20 minutes and if he does not eat all of it, just remove and offer food again at his next feed time. Don't be tempted to start feeding them by hand.
Hope this is of some help.
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