Puppy Boot Camp – Dom, Day 2: The Courage Meal

Dom the five-month-old German shepherd pup ate breakfast, as my friend Mary Beth would say, “Like he’s going to the chair.”

For a pup with a queasy tummy and no appetite, this is pretty good.

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As I explained yesterday, he has been experiencing some fear issues, and we are attacking it by changing his diet.

I have started feeding him my “courage mix”, a diet specially formulated for him. It is about a third lamb and rice kibble to ensure that he gets all his dog vitamins. I could go shop and find and cook the ingredients, as it really isn’t that difficult to cook a balanced meal for your dog. But since he is going home to a kibble-feeding family, I want to encourage him to keep eating it, and develop a hearty appetite in the meantime.

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The contents of the Courage Mix, in approximate measurements. Dom is a big puppy, about 50 pounds, and he will get an evening meal as well along with various treats throughout the day.

  • 1 cup lamb and rice kibble
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice

Compared to white rice, brown rice has more protein and is a tad lower in fat. These carbs are easy on the canine system and are a great alternative for a dog with an upset stomach.

  • 1 cup boiled hamburger

Meat-based protein, the best natural food for the canine system, and it adds flavor.

  • ½ cup boiled (frozen) spinach

Spinach is one of the best veggies to feed a dog.  It is rife with vitamins.

Vitamin A for skin, coat, and the hair.

Vitamin B complex, to help with appetite and nervous system.

Vitamin C boosts immune system.

Vitamin E for healthy bowels.

Spinach is a great source of fiber. It strengthens the bones, making it a powerful nutrient for growing puppies.

And of course, it is known for being packed with iron, which prevents anemia, and protein, the building blocks for energy.

  • 1/2 hard-boiled egg, with 1 tsp crushed eggshell for calcium.

Packed with protein, and great for settling an upset stomach.

  • 1 Tbsp canned pumpkin

The miracle cure for digestive problems. Canned pumpkin can fix constipation or diarrhea.

  • 2 tsp ground flax

Omega 3 fatty acids for a healthy skin and coat, boost immune system, and fiber.

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Nom nom! So far, he has been doing well. Day 2 and no more vomiting, and no accidents in his crate or in the house. Knock wood.

Next, we will discuss building confidence in a fearful puppy. Stay tuned…

About Nancy J. Bailey

Artist, author, bad karaoke singer. Woodsy ragamuffin. Mom of a horse named Clifford who plays fetch and paints with watercolors. He visits libraries and schools with me, to promote literacy and making the world a better place. Yes, he is house trained, no, he doesn't live in my house! I have written three books about Clifford. But my newest book, THE NORTH SIDE OF DOWN, is co-written by my awesome sister Amanda, who has Down syndrome. Her unexpected one-liner wisecracks can always make me laugh. If you make me laugh, you've made my day!
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