when should i start training Romeo?
Should i get a trainer?
Should i get a private trainer? petco training?
Romeo doesn't pee or poop outside but inside. what should i do?
How many times should i feed ROmeo? he is 3 month old.
is dry beneful pup food okay? because when i went to google and search about beneful some people said that beneful uses artifical meat and veg.

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Comment by Rachel & Romeo on July 16, 2009 at 2:58pm
thank you Abbea ^^
Comment by Abbea and Vivi on July 16, 2009 at 2:16pm
Oh, and another tip, look at the FAQ section for tips on potty training. Many find the best way to do this without tons of accidents all over the house is to crate train for the first year or so, until they are reliable. Don'y worry though, dogs actually feel comfortable and safe in their crate and will often sleep once they get used to it. The idea is, you schedule their food and water intake, take them outside to potty, praise and treat, then put them in the crate afterward, then in an hour or so take them outside to do their business and praise praise praise until they get the idea that going outside is a better idea because they get praise (and treats) for it. That's what I'm planning to do for my puppy when I finally get one. ^_^
Comment by Abbea and Vivi on July 16, 2009 at 2:10pm
I've heard Blue Buffalo is a good quality kibble. If you just look at the ingredient list you can tell the difference between that and something like Beneful. Someone earlier in this post said not to feed anything with a protein "meal" but I've heard otherwise. Chicken meal is the same as plain chicken, it just already has the moisture taken out of it at the point where they measure the ingredients (as you may know, the order of the ingredients in the list is determined by weight). So if something has chicken meal as the first ingredient, you are guaranteed that it has a lot of chicken in it, whereas if it just says chicken, then the next four ingredients are fillers then that same chicken when it's dried out would probably take a lower spot on the list. It's just a marketing thing to make ingredients look better. They can also split up single grains or fillers into several different names in order to put them lower on the list. Anyway, here's a list of good quality kibble brands that I've heard of so far: Blue Buffalo, Wellness, Innova, Canidae, Chicken Soup (for the Dog Lover's Soul), Orijen, and there's a few others too that I can't think of at the moment. Definitely look at dogfoodanalysis.com for more info. Hope this helped!
Comment by Rachel & Romeo on July 16, 2009 at 12:47pm
lol nvm. i think i will feed him Blue Buffalo Chicken & Brown Rice Puppy Food instead of Eukanuba. Eukanuba has chicken by-product meal and corn meal. EEEK. (i think) i heard that by product meal and CORN is bad?
Comment by Nicole, Stanley and STELLA! on July 16, 2009 at 12:44pm
Hi Rachel,

I currently have an almost 4 month old Corgi puppy. I feed her Hill's Science Diet and supplement it with boiled chicken and brown rice, sometimes with green beans. I also mix plain yogurt or cottage cheese in her food sometimes to supplement protein. As for formal, group training (like puppy kindergarten), my vet recommended that I wait until she get her last round of shots, so I'm going to do that. But, as other people have said, I've been training her myself with the basics--I've crate trained her for potty training, and she knows all basic commands-sit, come, down, stay, drop.

Besides this site and the internet, there are a lot of helpful books out there. Actually, I'm usually not for the "Dummies" books, but "Puppies for Dummies" is a good place to start and breaks down all of the puppy stages and what to expect. I've owned many dogs before, so I knew generally what to expect, but Stella is my first Corgi, so I bought several books on specifics of the breed. There are several good books on Corgi's on Amazon.Com. You might have some in pet or book stores in your area. The biggest thing too, is to have patience with little Romeo. He'll have advances and setbacks in training, especially at such a young age. The key is to be persistent and reinforce positive behavior. You will eventually see good results!
Comment by Rachel & Romeo on July 16, 2009 at 12:15pm
THank you everybody, esp Cindi. I want the best for Romeo so i think I will change his food to Eukanuba (since everybody is recommending). I also will sign him up for the basic training program veryy soon. lol he understand sit and come (sorta) and the biggest problem is him peeing and pooping everywhere around the house. (my mom HATES it) (Romeo hmm, peed on my bed) I def will get the fense thingy so he can sleep and pee there. and again, THANK YOU EVERYONEE ;D
Comment by Bev Levy on July 16, 2009 at 11:50am
Good advice here! Your puppy is very cute so enjoy him. I am really glad you want to be a good "puppy mom".
Comment by John Wolff on July 16, 2009 at 11:49am
I would keep a training journal. Make a vocabulary list of each command you want to teach the dog. This helps keep you on-task. Don't try to do everything at once. But plan your work, then work your plan.
Comment by Cassie and Jaunty on July 16, 2009 at 11:46am
Look for a GOOD puppy training class. Maybe from your phone book,talk to them and visit the training center before enrolling. Socialize, socialize, socialize! Read "Good Owners, Great Dogs" by Brian Kilcommons. And feed a premium food without artificial preservatives (Eukanuba), and without fillers and byproducts. The first ingredient should say, chicken, or beef, or lamb, or salmon etc. It should not have the word 'meal, after the main protein. Find a small pet supply store and talk to someone knowledgeable about what to feed. Or subscribe to "the Whole Dog Journal", they do a yearly rating of dry dog food, which is quite educating. Don't be overwhelmed, I've been showing dogs for 36 years and continue to learn new stuff about dogs every year. The most important thing is to love little Romeo, and want to do the best for him! Good luck, enjoy your baby.
Comment by Stephanie and James on July 16, 2009 at 11:14am
Ooo Thanks Beth! I could use that information too. :D

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