So, yesterday, he did not get a single lick of anything. And, while he's still a silly pup, he was not over the top weird at any point.
The reason that I'm transitioning him from the containers to nothing with the little bread piece (it's about the size of a box of stuffing's dried bread piece, which is to say, pretty small.) in the little container, is not because of the cat food, but his brain.
I know what would have happened if we'd gone to treats/biscuits, and just stopped giving him the little white container to lick. He would have accepted the treat, then wanted to have the container. Aka, obsessed on it.
So, last night, we implemented my plan. We took a washed out container, and when the cats were fed, he had to sit as per usual, and Dh dropped the little bread piece into the clean container, and was offered the container, as usual, but there was just the bread piece in it. Then, Henry got his dinner, and he got to have the 2nd little bread piece in the washed out kitten food container. (By the way, that changed, too. It might be the new kitten food, not the regular cat food. I had forgotten how new this kitten food is.)
He accepted the bread, which he'd never had before, but looked super confused. He kept sniffing the container, which Dh was holding - he's not allowed to have it, just lick it - but there wasn't much he could do because he was getting the container. It didn't smell or taste like cat food, but he had the container, so he couldn't complain in any way. No antics to try to get something, etc.
Once he becomes completely disgusted with it, and stops thinking that the container is a good thing, he'll stop getting his treat in it, and just be handed the treat.
As I say, he would have obsessed on the container, and I don't even want to deal with that.
After he got the 2 small pieces of bread, Dh handed him a piece from his hand - after Krypto sat, etc. That's going to make the transition from any container seamless.
He's been bathed 2 or 3 times since we got him, 2 1/2 months ago. The weather was hot. So much so that he was pretty much dry by the time that he came in.
He didn't mind the baths at all.
The first time was when he came home from the pound. They put all kinds of 'stuff' on him, including external flea meds, so they washed it off before he came near me.
Then, when he went for his rabies shot etc. he got a bath when he got home after everyone pet him.
And, one other time.
The water was nice and warm, because of the weather. Now, I'd have to heat at least 1 big pot of water on the stove, maybe 2. I'll be glad when a hot water heater gets hooked into a running water system.
The septic system was finally done a bit ago, but the engineer - Ds's boss - suggested not sending the papers through for 2 more months. He said that if we did, and a problem occurred with the system again, our recourse was limited, and the fee to cont. would be higher. So before the end of the year, the final sign-off papers will be filed.
Anyway, he doesn't associate the squirt bottle which is for leaving the cats alone (he was so big already when we got him, and uses his front feet to play so well, that I was afraid that he'd accidentally injure a cat's back trying to play with them. Remember, he was with his litter up until the day that he came here, so was playing with several large pups his own size. He had no idea that he couldn't do the same with cats.) with water, per se.
I have a squirt bottle that I use for all kinds of things. Wetting a paper towel to wash off the top of my computer...dust, rinsing off plant leaves, etc. etc.
To make sure that he didn't develop an issue with it, I 'accidentally' get water on him when I spray a paper towel or some such, at regular intervals. He doesn't react at all.
The one that I used to startle him from racing after the cats, or pawing at them, is a different type, and he knows the difference.
Now that he's an old hand at rain, lol, so he's seen it 3 x's, he has decided that he can empty his bladder out in it. So far he doesn't feel the same way about other business, but I'm hoping that's next.
I consider it progress that he's now willing to stand in the mud and on wet hay without looking devastated.
But, he still thinks that murky puddles and wet plant leaves are a good idea.
Well, that's what is going on here. Thank you for the thought!
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