I'm visiting my nephew who is babysitting 2 adorable 13 week old pups. They are brothers that were adopted from a shelter by a guy who's never had dogs before. The guy works for a golf course, who has offered to pay for obedience training and specific training to have the dogs chase birds/ducks/geese off the golf course. While he seems to be feeding a healthy, good quality of dog food, he's instructed my nephew to feed them only twice a day. They also seem to be starting to train them already without a professional, where a person takes them out on the course and when they see these feathered intruders, the humans call the dogs and all together they chase the birds.
I remember what Melissa taught me about only letting pups walk/run for 10 minutes per month of how old they are... does anyone have advice to give these folks (besides getting a good trainer on board right away...and who's good in RI?)
I'm telling my nephew to get the MSP book and check out this site, and he said he'd pass the info onto the guy, but it may take them several days before the guy gets back and is ready to check us out here - my nephew is not responsible for their care after tomorrow...
The pups appear to be lab mixes, about 10-15lbs, but the shelter said Irish Wolf Hound & boarder collie. What say you experts out there? What would you recommend for a "work day" time schedule, how many rest periods for how long, and how much food to feed how often? They seem to be high energy dogs that can get pretty rough & tumble with each other even after "work". My 16 week old, 25lb Luna has had a ball with them, but I could see that she has way more stamina than them and I either have to leash or crate her at times so the puppies can rest.
Thanks for your help - these little guys are so cute, and I hope we can help them get a good start!