Owning a puppy isn’t all fun and games, although it is most of the time…
Sometimes you have to be the adult and reign in your puppy for some puppy grooming time. This is true whether he spent the afternoon rolling in something smelly or if he spends most of his time indoors with you.
You definitely want to start your puppy off early with grooming so he becomes accustomed to your manhandlings. Here’s a list of what’s involved in keeping your puppy groomed…
Clip your puppy’s nails on a regular basis. This is not something they like, so be sure to start it young so they can learn to tolerate it. As for yourself, learn how to properly cut the nails so you don’t injure your puppy by cutting the quick. There are nail clipping tools on the market that safely take the guess work out of it.
A dirty, stinky dog is something only his owner can love. Do everyone else a favor and keep him clean by bathing him. Puppies aren’t sure what to make of it at first, but can learn to look forward to the back scratching , hair drying, and bonding aspects of it. Be sure to use special dog soap/shampoo products, not people products. Dog soap is specially formulated for your dog’s fur and skin.
If you want to go the extra mile and pamper your puppy; specialty products are all around. You want styling mousse, blow dry cream, pixie dust, or volumizing cream? You can easily find any of these online.
Don’t wait for your puppy’s next vet appointment, check his ears now and then. Sometimes you’ll spot drainage from an infection or something strange that has no business being there. If your dog’s ears flap over, you might be surprised at what you find when you lift them up.
Trimming isn’t for the novice, but if you insist on doing it instead of using a trained professional, read some good books and/or watch some videos. Also, get a good quality trimmer and make sure the guard is securely fastened. It might help to have a picture handy of what you want your dog to look like and study it hard before you begin.
Some dogs like the attention they receive when they’re wearing a cute bow or dapper neckerchief. Don’t forget to compliment them – they’ll be waiting for it.
When you have a new puppy, it’s hard to know where to begin….
You have to figure out where he’ll sleep, where he’s to stay when you’re not home, how to get him to go potty outside, how to train him to come, how to give him a bath, and when to get his shots. It’s a little overwhelming, isn’t it? One of the most immediate issues will be concerning the feeding of your new puppy…. In this article we’ll cover what to feed your puppy, how often, and how much.
First of all, puppies should be with their mother until at least eight weeks old.
During this time they should get everything they need from their mother so we won’t worry about that here. Once the puppy is weaned from his mother and you bring him home, this is when your tour of duty starts.
Puppies need puppy food, not adult dog food. Check the ingredients on the package and make sure the first ingredient is meat. Skip the brands that list grains or meat by-products as the first few ingredients. This is not what your puppy needs for healthy growth, plus the grains may upset his little tummy.
Stick with puppy food for at least the first year. After that, it could depend on your dog’s size. Larger dogs may need to stay on puppy food longer, but ask your vet to be sure.
A dog’s stomach usually doesn’t like a lot of variety and you’ll notice some diarrhea or throwing up if you suddenly change dog foods. If you are going to change the brand or flavor, do it slowly by mixing the first brand with the second and increasing the second over a period of time so their stomach can handle it.
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Very young puppies…
may need to be fed three or four times per day. Sometime after 8 weeks you can switch the feedings to twice per day. Feed your puppy at the same times every day and be consistent with this. Imagine how you would have felt if it was dinner time and your mom didn’t feed you until 2 hours later.
PS. we don’t recommend giving your Puppy a fresh cup of coffee and biscuits…that is a big No No..
Dog food packaging should list feeding amounts based on the dog’s weight. If you are unsure, or if it doesn’t seem right to you, ask your vet for their recommendation. Of course you don’t want to starve your pup, but you also don’t want to over-feed him either.
Now you have the what, when, and how much regarding the feeding of your puppy. If you have any problems, your vet’s office is just a phone call away.
Spend a little time doing research in the beginning and find a dog food that is right for your puppy. You can find quality products in pet stores and also online. Check the first five ingredients on the dog food packaging. They should be things you would want to eat yourself like vegetables and meat; not by-products and grain fillers that can be hard for your puppy to digest.
2. Puppies need a lot of exercise but will also need periods of rest as they grow.
This varies from breed to breed, if you are walking your puppy and they stop and refuse to go any further, they have probably had enough. Try not to over exercise you puppy as this can cause problems with joints while they are developing. This is crucial to their well-being. They need physical exercise, such as running around and playing with other pups and they also need mental exercise like learning to retrieve a ball or play hide and seek. Also keep in mind that a bored puppy is a mischievous puppy who can get himself into trouble.
3. Constant fresh water is a must.
Puppies get thirsty and they need fluids to aid in good health and growth. Keep an eye on the water bowl at all times and keep it filled.
4. I’m sure you’ve figured it out by now that puppies are like two year olds.
They need to have a safe place to be when you’re not around to supervise them. They’re also like young children in that they like to put things in their mouths that they find laying around. Keep your valuables up and out of reach of your puppy until they’re old enough to control themselves.
5. Take care of your puppy’s teeth by brushing them
and/or giving them safe, hard bones. Get them used to teeth brushing, nail clipping, and brushing when they’re young.
Find a good vet upon recommendation and take your puppy in on a pre-determined schedule. Most vet offices will send you a postcard reminder when the next appointment is due.
7. Lastly, it probably goes without saying that a puppy needs lots of love for both physical and mental wellbeing. This shouldn’t be so hard to do because you fell in love with him before you even brought him home.
If you take care of your puppy’s health requirements, such as keeping him safe, sticking to a schedule of checkups and vaccinations, and feeding him quality food, you should have many years of happiness with your new best friend.
it’s important for dogs too. I’ve compiled the most common questions and answers about dog teeth brushing in this article.
Why do it?
Brushing takes care of plaque and tartar. It can also help prevent infections and periodontal disease. If you’re not sure why you should prevent plaque and tartar, just ask your dentist or your vet. Good oral hygiene is an important part of good health.
How do I brush my dog’s teeth?
Start when your dog is a puppy so she can get used to it. Begin with a piece of gauze wrapped around your finger and gently rub the gums and teeth. That way your puppy can get used to having your finger in her mouth.
Another way is to start with toothpaste on your finger and have your puppy lick it off. Dog toothpaste is flavored so your pup should like it. If she doesn’t, try a different flavor. Next introduce the toothpaste on the toothbrush and let her lick that. When she is used to it, start gently brushing a few teeth at first, then all of them on the outside of her mouth only. You can give her a treat when she’s done.
What do I use for a toothbrush and toothpaste?
There are toothbrushes made for dogs that are different from your own toothbrush. They have softer bristles and are angled to fit in a dog’s mouth. There are several active ingredients in pet toothpastes that are meant especially for dogs. Don’t use people toothpaste on your puppy because it may not have what she needs, may have ingredients she doesn’t need or shouldn’t have, and may upset her stomach.
How often should I brush my dog’s teeth?
Your dog’s teeth should be brushed daily. Make it a routine; brush your dog’s teeth in the morning right after you brush yours. Eventually you’ll find your dog waiting her turn when she sees you brushing your teeth.
What do I do if my dog won’t let me brush her teeth?
If your dog would rather bite you than let you in her mouth, there are several options.
1. Put an additive in her water that fights plaque and gum disease.
2. Treat your dog to chews that are coated with enzymes that prevent bacteria and work on plaque. Ask your vet’s office what they recommend. There are also special dental toys for the puppy to chew on.
3. Try tooth wipes made for doggie teeth.
4. Have your vet do the cleaning under anesthesia. This is the most costly option.
Although your puppy may be young, it’s never too early to start with a good oral hygiene plan. Speak with your vet about the best time to start, and then use the information above to get a successful tooth brushing routine going.
It sure would be nice if that sweet little bundle of fur you fell in love with came already fully trained, wouldn’t it? Perhaps you should have gotten an older dog – one who already understands the meaning of “sit”, “stay”, and “go potty”. But no, you really wanted a puppy so that you could mold him into the perfect fit for your family and lifestyle.
Puppy training is serious business
You don’t want to mess up. After all, you have certain requirements; like a dog who doesn’t pee in the house, a dog who doesn’t bark all night long, and a dog who will follow your every command and hang on your every word.
If you’ve never owned a dog before and you’re really unsure how to proceed, consider hiring someone to train your pup. Take time choosing a professional by asking them detailed questions about what training methods they use.
What is included in the training? Is it a short, intense program or is it a suitable length with follow ups? Make sure the methods they use to train your puppy are something you and your family can continue with and reinforce. You’ll want to follow up with their references..
This is a good choice if you feel you need some help and you don’t want to pay the fees of a professional trainer. Take your puppy to school through a pet store program. Find out who will be teaching your pet and what their qualifications are. Make sure it’s not just an employee who’s punching a time clock and doesn’t really have experience in training dogs.
Your puppy will be trained with other puppies and this could prove too distracting, depending on your puppy. It’s something to consider. Also keep in mind that the puppy classes need to fit into your schedule.
Owner-led puppy training.
If you feel you want to train the little guy yourself then give it a go. Although there will be some frustrating times ahead, this is a rewarding bonding experience. Arm yourself with dog training books and watch some training videos before you even think about starting. In fact, start in on your own training to be your dog’s trainer before you bring your puppy home. The key ingredients are patience and consistency.
These are the routes to consider when thinking about puppy training. Any of these can be successful as long as you remember that training your puppy is an ongoing thing. Training is not something you do for 8 weeks and then stop, because your dog will forget about it if you let him.
When you decide to buy a puppy, there are many websites now available to help you find the right breeder of your puppy. One thing to remember is none of these websites check or vet these breeders, that is down to you!
You must make sure you carry out at, the very least, some basic checks
….to ensure your puppy is healthy and the temperament fits in with you expectations. The Puppies-UK website was the first dog breeder website that started in 1997 and is still going to this day. There are now hundreds of puppy and dog breeder websites now, with some sites having thousands of adverts for puppies. You will find that many of the breeders will advertise with six or seven of these sites so you will be seeing duplicate adverts on your search.
The key to finding the right puppy from the right breeder is to do your research BEFORE going to see any puppies. Before you visit any of the sites, do your research on the breed of dog you think you would like. Believe me, going to a breeders with cute amazing little puppies, it becomes very tempting to purchase there and then. Only later do you realise that you made a snap decision and that the puppy is now to demanding and does not fit in with you families lifestyle and other commitments.
Another common mistake that people make when looking for a puppy, they start looking for the perfect puppy. “Perfect puppy” remember like you and me dogs are living things, do you know of the perfect looking person with a perfect temperament, no they don’t exist! So it’s the same for puppies.
I know you may be spending many hundreds of pounds for your puppy and you want as near perfection as possible
……but you will need to compromise. We believe the most important thing NOT to compromise on is the temperament of the puppy, this is why it is so crucial to see the mother (and father if possible). See how the puppy interacts with the rest of the litter. Is it the most dominant (Alpha) terrorising the rest of the litter, this may look funny at the time but may be harder work with later. The puppy that is timid and is alway sleeping at the bottom of the litter may well be more nervous and scared when older but maybe this fits okay with your lifestyle as you will be with the puppy all day because you are retired for example.
When you arrive at the breeders house, look around you.
Are there other puppies form other litters or breeds? Is the environment clean and does not smell of smoke? Is the breeder asking questions about you to ensure their puppies are going to a good home? Apply common sense and do not be rushed into buying even if they do offer a “special offer” if you buy there and then.
The whole process may be time consuming and you may need to travel many miles but taking the time now will ensure many happy years with your new puppy.
Here are some amazing facts and figures about your puppy.
The first is that psychologists believe that humans can’t resist a dog, because they bring out our nurturing instincts. So there’s no point in fighting it and enjoy your new companion.
As well as the odd bark or yelp, your puppy has a number of ways of letting you know how he’s feeling. A wagging tail is a sure sign that things are going well, the faster it moves the more excited he is. Also keep an eye out for the ears. Erect ears mean he’s up for action, while ears that are flat or held back can be a sign of fear or submission.
Dogs are often aware of sounds that owners just can’t hear. It is generally accepted that a dog’s hearing is up to four times more acute than a humans – able to pick up frequencies that are way beyond our range. Their eye sight on the other hand is less sophisticated, seeing the world in shades of black and white.
A wet nose is one of the key signs of good health, helping a dog pick up scent molecules more easily.
Small dogs mature much more quickly than large dogs.
The average lifespan of a healthy pet is around 13 years. Poodles are one of the hardiest breeds around, living for as long as 17 years.
You’ve decided to take the plunge and make contact. Here are some questions to ask the breeder before arranging your first visit. It may be worth having a pen and paper handy to make notes, so you can think over their answers.
1. Did you breed the puppy that is advertised?
This may seem an odd question to start off with, but it is always worth checking. It’s better to buy directly from the breeder, because you will want to see the puppy with its mother in the place where it was bred.
2. Are the puppies available to see and handle where they were bred?
Insist on seeing puppies where they were born and bred. Hopefully this should be in a clean, warm and loving environment.
3. How big was the litter and how many puppies are left for sale?
If you are making the trip to meet the breeder, check that there is choice of puppies. Repeat the question when you visit, you should get the same answer as you did on the phone/email. If you don’t, there might be a problem such as illness. Puppies are vulnerable to disease and other complications at this early stage of life and you want to buy a healthy puppy from a strong litter.
4. Has the mother or puppies suffered any illness or had other problems?
Honesty is always the best policy. If there has been illness you should expect to be told. As long as treatment has been effective this shouldn’t be a concern.
5. Have the puppies been treated for parasites such as worms and what about vaccinations?
Generally puppies should have already started worming treatments before your first visit, the same goes for first vaccinations.
6. Have the puppies’ parents been screened for inherited diseases?
Some breeds of dog can be affected by inherited conditions. Tests for these are now widely available, with schemes run by both the Kennel Club and the British Veterinary Association. There are also DNA tests for certain breeds.
Happy with the answers – then it’s time to arrange the first visit. Just confirm that you will be seeing the mother with the puppies. You’ll want to see for yourself that they are interacting well together.
Don’t wait until something goes wrong to introduce your new puppy to the vet. Make an appointment in advance so you can take him to your local surgery for a preventative health check. The staff will be delighted to meet him and pass on important information about worming, teething and other equally vital tips.
The best way to choose a vet is by recommendation. Ask around, other dog owners in the area are sure to have a point of view. A good practice should be able to do more than look after your puppy’s health. It is often a point of contact for training schools and will hold puppy parties where your new pet gets the chance to meet other dogs.
What’s on offer depends in part on the size of practice. All will be able to cope with routine treatments including operations. However, more complex procedures and intensive care wards are sometimes only available in larger practices and specialist referral centres.
Check in with the surgeries on your short list to see which you feel happiest with. While most split their days between consultations and surgery hours, these vary. Emergency out-of-hour care is vital, so make sure you know how this works.
During your first visit, the vet will give your puppy a thorough physical examination, checking for a number of things including worm infestation. A vaccination schedule in line with that already set up by the breeder should also be provided.
Regular preventative check-ups will pick up potential problems early. The vet will look at your puppy’s eyes, ears and mouth. Check his tummy, as well as listening to the heart and lungs. They will also be vigilant for lumps and bumps on the body, together with a good look at the pads and nails. Nails may well need a trim. A look at the bottom area should reveal a clean dry area free from lumps. Your puppy’s coat will also be inspected to make sure the skin is free from flakes, odour or any other abnormalities. A common problem is flea infestation, if there are any signs of flea dirt, the vet will treat this immediately.
Your first visit can be a tense affair; both you and your puppy will be unfamiliar with the routine. So, it’s a good idea to hold him on your lap and under control. The consultation will generally start with some questions from the vet. This will help them understand the patient and owner better. It’s also your opportunity to bring up any concerns you might have.
It’s important that you prepare the house well in advance of the arrival of your puppy.
Getting a good night’s sleep will be vital to both of you as you settle down to living together. Therefore it makes sense to set aside sleeping space in the house, somewhere where your puppy can relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of family life.
There’s a wide variety of beds available, so it’s down to personal preference. Owners of small dogs may be attracted to igloo-style beds that provide maximum privacy. However, be careful with your money, it may make sense to buy a cheaper bed to start with and then move on to something more substantial for your dog’s adult years. Whatever you decide on, make sure that your dog can stretch out fully when asleep.
Specialist dog bedding is recommended as a base for hard plastic baskets
….but old towels and blankets will do just as well. Beds should be placed in a warm draught proof part of the house. One tip that many breeders give, is to take a piece of cloth with you when you go and collect your puppy from his mother. Rub the cloth over the mother to pick up her scent and then place it into your puppy’s bed when you get back home. He will be comforted by her presence.
Feeding bowls come in all shapes and sizes, from very basic plastic ones to novelty ceramic artworks. Whatever you choose, make sure there are separate dishes for food and water. The water bowl should always be available and don’t forget to place it out of the way so it isn’t continually being tripped over by the rest of the household!