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Should You Consider Changing Dog Foods?

On a mission for nutrition?  Belle, that was a good donut…  Cujo, Where’s my donut?

Previously we created the post How to Choose the Perfect Dog Food where we discuss Diamond, Pro Pac Puppy, and things to consider before you commit.

Over time Belle seemed to not hold weight as well, and she would lose her appetite easily.  Pro Pac Puppy does have great ratings on Dog Food Advisor but if your dog doesn’t want to eat the food their will be no benefits!

Typically Boston Terriers are more likely to be overweight, but so far I have trouble keeping weight on my dogs.

I researched all of the dog foods at our local Tractor Supply, and coop but still did not know which one would be more likely to keep weight on.

Then my mom mentioned Victor.

Its great for active dogs…. although it might have to much fat for some which could make them more prone to being overweight.

I ordered my first bag of Victor Hi-Pro Plus from Chewy.

Belle gained her appetite back!  We also switched Cujo to Victor.

Our current puppies Stella and Sherry do great on Pro Pac.  They still have an appetite, but its just not the right food for Belle and Cujo.

BUT is dry dog food right for you?

Dry dog food has less nutrition than wet dog food.  If you are wanting a higher quality product check out the newest addition to the dog food market… delivery service.  Meals are customized to your pet.  If your considering this service see Reviews.com article on the best delivery products available here.

Questions to Ask Yourself Before Switching to a Different Brand

  • Is my dog still interested in his food?
  • Does he still hold weight, or his he overweight?
  • Do I want a brand with more nutrition?

Some people alternate dog food brands because they feel it gives their dog better nutrition.  I haven’t ever tried this approach, but it works for some.

We are about to go off subject… but Belle had her puppies 11 days early..

They were all dead.

It was a SAD SAD day.

Belle looked so sad.. then she had to be put on antibiotics for an infection.

We only hope to prevent this problem in the future… but we aren’t going to dedicate an entire post on miscarriage.

Plus I really don’t want to relive the experience.

Therefore… it is important to feed your dogs quality food so that they can bounce back from illness better.

Insulation

The kennel wasn’t holding heat… Cujo’s heating pad wasn’t enough.  We decided to insulate.

If you have not been following our dog kennel construction posts you can catch up here.

Measure between the studs to find the correct width of insulation then stuff it in between!

On the ceilings we stapled it in place, but this isn’t needed on the sides.  Eventually we will use shower board to cover up the insulation.

How To Cut Insulation

You will need a utility knife, tape measure, and a short 2 x 4.  The 2 x 4 needs to be at least the width of your insulation size.

  • Determine the length that you need with a tape measure.  (Its okay if the insulation is an inch or so longer but NEVER go shorter because holes will make the insulation less effective!)
  • Use the 2 x 4 to flatten out the insulation, and to help you cut a straight line
  • Place your knees on the 2 x 4 to hold the insulation flat
  • Scrape the knife repeatably across the insulation insulation until it is cut.
  • Shove the insulation into the space!  It doesn’t have to be pretty… eventually you will want to cover the insulation with some type of easy to clean board.  If you don’t cover the insulation it will get ruined…

or dogs will rip it to shreds!

This is the type of insulation we used.

Did you know that insulation makes you itch?  In other words I couldn’t wait for this project to be done!

I have not completed a post on pen building yet because we haven’t decided what material to make our pens out of.   Some kennels even have companies such as D and D Kennel Buildings & Supplies LLC. build their dog pens.

The pens will be our next project!

Right now we have a temporary pen for Cujo and Belle stays in the house.

When it comes to dog pens the goal is a material that is easy to clean…but affordable as possible.

Adding to Our Breeding Program

Should we add an AKC dog or a more affordable dog to our breeding program?

We decided to add a dog or two to our breeding program.

For our first step we made a trip to the Wheaton, Mo Dog Auction.

The cheapest Boston terrier at the sale was $1,500… and that was for a puppy.  I wanted to add another AKC dog but in the end we settled for two NAPR females who have an AKC daddy.

12 weeks old…

so it will be awhile before they can have puppies.

They are perfect!!

Now we will be able to offer more affordable puppies.

Stella and Sherry didn’t know what to think of Belle and Cujo for the first couple of days, but eventually they started playing.

The many faces of a Boston terrier!

Have you thought about how you will add to your breeding program?