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Hi all,

This is my first post and doodle. I have a couple questions/need some help from experts which is why I'm here.

Ruby is a cute phantom doodle whose always hungry. She's eating 1/2 cup purina puppy food twice a day and still looks for food in her feeding corner. I don't leave the food or water dishes out all day but she knows where they go. Can I give her more?

Ruby doesn't have a problem in the crate, naps during the day or at night. At night she whines for potty about every 2 hours, which should be closer to 3. In between those potty breaks she gets up and whines till I get her out and either pet her or she falls back asleep in my lab. I know this is a good habit but when I take her out it's like 30 degrees and she comes in shivering so I held her till she warmed up and fell back asleep. How do I break this behavior, let her whine it out? 

I'm lucky, I got her just as they locked down the state so I'm home instead of work to train her.

Thanks for any suggestions/help

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Comment by DonMarie & Picco on Sunday

You should switch over (slowly) to a high quality food.  Purina is no quality at all.  You can check out https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/  Doodles tend to have sensitive stomachs. 

Comment by Jan, Lily & Nessy on March 28, 2020 at 7:45am

Cute helps a lot. ;)

Comment by Tony David on March 26, 2020 at 10:35am
That's what I thought about feeding her. I bought one of those snuggle puppies. It only chased her out of her crate, maybe too loud? Tried to let her whine it out last night, didn't work, never stopped. I was wondering if it is her bed, maybe she sleeps better on the floor. She not scared of the crate, I can get her to nape in it, just not longer than an hour.
Potty training and leash walking are going great, I'm glad she's super cute
Comment by Jan, Lily & Nessy on March 26, 2020 at 6:59am

Also, you can order something called a "snuggle puppy", it is a stuffed animal with a heart beat. They make similar for babies, and those are usually cheaper and would work just as well.  It may sooth her loneliness in the crate at night.

Comment by Jan, Lily & Nessy on March 26, 2020 at 6:56am

An eight week old puppy should be fed at least 3x per day, probably 4x.  If puppy is hungry, feed them.  The bag of food should have an estimate of how much to feed.

When they're a year old, then you can go to the recommended 2x / day.

To weigh a small puppy, get on the scale, weigh yourself. Now weigh yourself & puppy. Subtract former from latter.  If you don't have a scale, remember a gallon of water or milk weighs 8 pounds, try to estimate what your pup weighs by comparing the two...  Since you should be taking her to the Vet every 2 weeks for immunizations and such, weigh her there (they usually do, just write it down).

As I said, when in doubt, a growing puppy should be fed pretty much as much as they want, especially before 6 months of age.

Always provide fresh water during the day, and limit a bit before bed time.  Better to get up in the middle of the night to take puppy out, than have them get dehydrated (it could prove fatal).

Patience, as she grows, she will be able to sleep longer.

Remember, not too long ago in her little life, she had Mom & siblings to sleep with.  I took to simply putting my fingers in the crate to settle my puppy when I was certain she was just lonely (not needing to go out).

Always warm a shivering dog/puppy. Always.

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