Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! We both went back home for Thanksgiving and took the opportunity to socialize Loki as much as possible with our families. He has been great around people, but not so great around other dogs. Loki is roughly 3.5 months old and needs to learn how to play nicely with other dogs.

I have mentioned this in earlier posts, but my sister’s dog Mochi is not a fan of Loki. Loki likes to play/provoke Mochi until he reaches his breaking point and snaps back. This behavior is not uncommon for puppies with no sense of boundary, and the only way a puppy learns is through trial and error. Apparently shibas are prone to nipping behaviors during play, but a lot of dogs do not tolerate this type of ‘rough play’ behavior. We tried introducing Loki to Andrew’s family dog Billy, but the same scenario happened =( . We are planning to take Loki to the SPCA puppy socialization class this Saturday. Hopefully he will learn how to get along and play nicely!

Mochi: “Leave me alone already”

On an unrelated note, I think Loki vomited two nights ago. He vomited again last night, and early again this morning. I noticed that he chewed on grass during our walks outside, which is an indication of an upset stomach and the need to self-induce vomiting. Reflecting back on what we fed him the past few days, his vomiting actually makes a lot of sense.

We went on a mini shopping spree at Pet Food Express and bought him all sorts of treats – a pig ear, some chew treats for his teeth, liver-flavored crackers, and a bully stick similar to his cow hoof. My mistake was giving him too many treats in a short period of time. His stomach did not appreciate the massive amount of protein. We fasted him for half a day, and then reintroduced him slowly back to his regular diet. I will be closely monitoring the treats that we give him from now on. If he had any traces of blood in his vomit, I would have taken him to the vet immediately. Luckily, he has been responding well and we avoided another costly trip to the vet.


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