During this period, the puppy is very strongly developed and gradually turns into a "teenager". He is getting older and smarter.
The puppy, of course, remains a mischievous and ugly person, but he makes significant progress in understanding words, intonation and even the general mood of the host. Now his joyful jumps about the return of the owner from work can be interrupted by one harsh word.
The puppy becomes very sensitive and sensitive. This should be remembered. Punishment should be carried out mainly by voice. Punishment by a newspaper and, especially, by a hand - only in the most extreme cases. For example, in those cases when the puppy started eating something from the ground and in response to the prohibitive command "Fu!" He only runs away from the owner and continues to eat some kind of muck. That is, when the dog consciously not only does not fulfill your command, but does the exact opposite. This behavior must be stopped at the root.
By the way, keep in mind that at this time natural stubbornness, very characteristic for this breed, is already beginning to appear. Do not get scared when you read these words. Natural stubbornness, when the dog grows up, will grow into a natural stubbornness in achieving the goal. I stress - in the fulfillment of the task set by the owner. And so, the emphasis of all four paws and the categorical reluctance to go near (and only a half-meter behind) is an absolutely typical behavior of a bullmastiff puppy.
Feeding the puppy
At this age should develop a diet of feeding , given that the puppy is growing rapidly and the number and composition of the proposed food should change. Mainly increase. Plus, the consumption of vitamins and minerals, of course, is also increasing. Your dog, like any other, not every diet suits, not every dog food, including dry .
Even very famous companies such as Purina, Bosh , Royal Canine , Pedigree Pal, Eukanuba , Eagle Pack. As you can see, the list is quite solid. You can recommend the feed of the last two companies, especially the "Eagle Pack". And all the known varieties of the product are good - both Growth, Puppy, and Adult and Lamb and Rice and Hy-Ration, which of course need to be given in accordance with the age specified in the feeding instructions, And the real needs of the dog's body.
When feeding a dog with dry food (as, indeed, with natural food too), one immediately sees the effect of this food. That's only when feeding natural food (meat, porridge, cottage cheese, etc.) is more difficult to understand what exactly caused any deterioration in the animal's condition. How to determine this deterioration? Yes, it's very simple. First, look carefully at the animal's fur. It should be smooth and shiny. Elastic to the touch.
She should not easily comb out or especially sleep. Secondly, pay attention to the feces and urine of the animal. The dog must recover easily, without much effort. The feces must be brownish-gray, without a pungent odor, medium consistency. Not diarrhea and not "pebbles." The urine should have a pale yellow color. And the last. One of the main indicators of a dog's health is her behavior. If the dog is active, cheerful, she has a good appetite and regular stools and urination - everything is in order. Hence, the feed that you give to the animal, it is suitable and well absorbed by it.
By the way, the term "digestibility" is defined as the amount of food digested by the body, i. E. Not contained in the stool. The amount of energy and nutrients that enter the animal's body depends on the level of digestibility. This level can be measured in several different ways, but the main ones are two. The simplest method is that the chair is collected and examined in order to compare it with the feed that the animal uses, in composition and in quantity. So you can monitor the digestibility of food on a daily basis.
Laboratory analysis: enzymes that act on the feed and imitate natural digestion are added. This method is used to quantify the assimilation of constituents, mostly of animal origin.
In addition, it is possible to assess the total digestibility of feed: digestibility of dry matter, proteins, fats, etc. High digestibility is necessary to maintain good health of the animal, as it eliminates the lack of nutrients caused by poor digestion, and also prevents certain digestive diseases.
To ensure high digestibility, three things are very important:
- Correct selection of components: purified grains, animal proteins that do not change properties during heat treatment;
- Specific nutritional formula: low fiber content, which impair digestibility;
- Way of preparation: too long cooking and (or) too high temperature during processing create a negative effect on digestibility, especially for proteins.
It should also be noted that well-digested products allow the animal's organism to derive maximum benefit from their use, and a reduced amount of stool, by the way, is one of many positive effects. (Continuation of the article read here )