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When you bring your pup home they will have had their 6 week check up with the vet, and their first set of vaccines, and micro chip. You will receive their medical record from my Vet. We will go over everything you need to know, but I am always here to answer questions. Please never hesitate to contact me with any question.
My Pups eat Purina Pro Plan Focus, Large Breed Puppy food Chicken and rice Formula. It is very important that you continue using this food at least until they are use to their new homes. If you switch their food right away they WILL have soft stool or diarrhea, which makes it a lot harder to house break, and is terrible for their health! If you do switch the food wait at least a month. When you switch an adult or puppy's food make the transition over about two weeks or more, 75% old with 25% new, then 50/50, and the last days of the transition 25% old 75% new. All of my new families will get a Pro Plan puppy kit, and I can give you a small bag of food to get you started. Milkbone's are a good treat, be careful of soft treats, or cheap treats. Everything in moderation when introducing a pup to anything new to eat.
They will be teething just like a baby everything to the mouth.
They will need chew toys, raw hides, rope toys. Rope toys are usually a favorite, and can be thrown into the washer, you can also soak them in water and freeze them. Raw hides are also good but do not buy the cheap ones! They must be Thick and big, they should be bigger than your puppy. Raw hides expand when wet, so if they get a big piece off that could give them an upset stomach. Raw hides that are made to look cute such as moccasins, candy canes, ect. are junk, don't buy them.
Of course they will need 2 dishes, stainless steel or ceramic - non tip are best!! Plastic dishes can cause little bumps around their mouth and nose. The dishes that are raised are ok, but some dogs like to lay down and eat. It has been debunked that a dog that stands to eat is less likely to getting a stomach turn. The dish being on the ground, or raised makes more difference.
Crates are an excellent way to train and a nice safe place that your puppy will love!! I highly recommend everyone get one!! You should be sure not to go to small, they should be able to get up and move around easily, stretch out if they want. At night, or if you are away from home you can not just let your little angel wander about. There are to many unsafe things around a household , and they need to learn the house rules before they can be left out alone. A crate that is at least for 45lbs - 65 lbs a medium sized crate. I recommend the metal crates as opposed to the travel crates, they have way more ventilation. Keep your crate positive! Do not over use your crate, your dog should be aloud to roam around the house while alone before they are a year old. Dogs that are in the crate to long will get anxiety.
POTTY TRAINING ~ Take your pup out often in the first few days (1Xper hour) , if you can avoid an accident from the beginning your little angel will easily associate going potty with out side. If you watch their behavior closely you will be able to tell when they have to go. They will be unsettled and looking for a spot, perhaps spinning around. Get them outside quick if you see this behavior. Always praise them like they have just saved the world when they go potty outside. After your pup has been in their new home for a few days, you've taken them out often, your off to a good start with housebreaking, now you need to help them gain some control and help them be able to hold it in for longer periods of time. For instance if you are using a crate at night and you are getting them up around 2am to go potty, start making them wait till 2:30 for a couple of nights then 3, and so on. Before long they will be able to hold it in all night and during the day you shouldn't have to take them out so often. Pups get the ability to hold it in longer at 5 - 8 weeks old.
IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE WITH HOUSEBREAKING. Puppy Pads or Piddle Pads work better than newspapers and are a great tool for housebreaking, When housebreaking communication is key, if you place your puppy pad in front of the door you intend to take them out the most, that will draw them to the door and that will be your sign they have to go out. Hopefully you catch them before they do their business and can get them out the door, but if not the puppy pad will soak up the accident and be easier to clean. Do not discipline your pup if they make it to the puppy pad, do not praise them either. I only recommend you use these if you are having trouble, and honestly you should not be training your pup to go potty in the house, only if there is a medical reason or you have a stubborn puppy (Malamutes).
Collars that snap on and adjust are great for identification Only, and the fact that they adjust will help because they grow so fast (something between 10-14" is a good start). These type of collars are not good for training and walks!! Walking leads or choke chains (slip collars) with a leash are what you will need to walk your pup. If you use a snap on or regular collar they are going to learn to pull you on their walks!
A Choke Chain DOES NOT choke your dog. This type of collar or a slip lead is best for teaching a dog to walk on a leash because of the way they work. They should be placed just behind their ears and under their chin.
A small slip lead or loop lead like this Is, in my opinion the best thing to use to teach and train a pup to walk on a leash. You could get a regular collar to keep on your angel all the time, then just slip on their lead for walks.
After your little angel is trained with walking on a leash then a retractable leash can be used to give them a little more space to explore.
You will need a slicker brush, a Comb, and a de-matting tool . There are many tear free puppy and dog shampoo's on the market that are good and specific for problem skin if needed. To many to list, just remember you get what you pay for. I always recommend plain old Johnson & Johnson tear free baby shampoo, to get started with, for your pup.
Vet Visit Your pup will leave our home dew clawed, current on vaccines and wormings, and will have had a check up by the vet. We will provide you with their medical record/statement from our vet. You will need to take that record to your pups first appointment with their new doctor. They will need a set of 3 vaccines total , every 3 - 4 weeks. My vet gives their first set and they will probably be in their new homes by the time they need the next set.
The big day - Pick up day Please contact me with the day and time you would like to pick up your angel. I will give them a bath and have them all ready to go. If you are traveling alone to pick up your pup, please bring a crate. If someone will be with you then a lap will be fine for the ride home. We will go over their medical record and answer any questions you have. Also remember I am here for you and your angel their entire life, never hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns! If you still have a balance on the day of pick up please bring cash, or if you prefer to pay with credit or debit card, I ask that you process the transaction before you arrive to pick up, or call me with your info and I can process it from here. If you would like to pay with a check, I must receive the check 10 days before pick up. I do not accept checks on the day of pick up.
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I put a great deal of time and care into my pups!! My mothers are given a special diet when they are bred until the pups are about 4 weeks old. This provides them with added protein and calcium. My mothers are also given puppy food after whelping until the pups are 4 weeks old. Then I slowly return my mothers back to their normal diet. My mothers DO NOT go through labor and delivery alone! I am with them every step of the way, no matter what time day or night. I hand deliver each pup and cut the cord myself, avoiding any umbilical hernia's. After each pup is born the cord is cut and they are all cleaned up by mommy, I put the puppy on a nipple and make sure it begins eating. It is so important for the mother, that each nipple is being used equally. It is imperative that each pup eat well several times a day! This is why I spend hours and hours with puppies. This is another reason why my pups are so well socialized. This is my system for a happy healthy Beautiful puppy.
Before your puppy leaves my home they will have had a trip to their vet to have their dew-claws removed (3-5 days old), worming's (4, 5, 6 wks), they will be current of vaccines, and they will have taken another trip to the Vet for their 6 weeks check up, to insure they are in great health. My Vet is Nicole Wernette DVM, of Mayville Veterinary Clinic. Everyone at Mayville Vet does a great job! I highly recommend them if you live in my area. A lot of Breeders and Kennels administer vaccines themselves and they never actually take their puppies to see the Vet. All of my pups are Vet checked! All of my puppies are well socialized! I do not work outside of my home. This is my job and I take it very seriously! I spend a lot of time with all of my dogs and my puppies. I even take notes on each pups behavior and personality. This way I can help match just the right puppy with your families lifestyle. For instance A puppy who is real active and likes to play a lot would be better with an active family maybe with kids. A puppy that is a little more laid back and prefers to watch the action from afar, that puppy might be better for a quiet home.
Bringing your new baby home: - The first day home for a new puppy can be scary for them. After all they have been hearing the same voices, smelling the same scents, and they are used to being with their litter mates. We want to make the transition as easy as possible. It is a good idea if you can make visits to your little angel before the big day. Some new parents have brought toys or blankets up to leave with their puppy. I encourage that! That way the puppies will have something from their old home to take with them to their new home. It helps to give them a since of security, they feel safe with something familiar. Bring your puppy home on a quiet day. A day that you are not expecting any company and you will be able to stay home as well. Your puppy will need his or her "own room". What I mean by that is they have to have an area of their own where they know they will be safe. This is the 1st place you should show your pup when they get home. At night or when your not home your puppy should be confined to an area where it won't hurt themselves our damage your home. A lot of people use crates for this, or you can simply corner off an area of your house with a baby gate, and put in a bed, food, and chew toys. If you use a crate it must be a large enough crate for your puppy to grow, and be able to stand and move around in. Keep the area or crate open when you are home so the pup can walk in and out as it pleases. You only need to do this until your puppy is trained, and knows the rules of the house. Do not use his area/crate for punishing!!!!
Dog proof your house just like baby proofing there are some things you need to do. Keep household cleaners out of reach, or in a cupboard. watch your plants! some plants are dangerous to dogs, Poinsettias, azaleas, rhododendrons, Japanese yew, English ivy, and probably more but these are the ones I know. Keep your floor clean, they can find the smallest little things to eat off the floor. Especially when they are pups and teething. Also it is very important to cover or hide electric cords. If you have a pool or hot tub that are not fenced in you need to be careful. Dogs could walk out onto a pool cover.
Meeting the children - Kids get so excited bringing home a new puppy. Here are some rules to explain to them: NO TEASING! that can and usually does lead to bad habits like jumping up on people or even biting. Teach your children to be gentle when they play no tail pulling. Supervise your children when thy are holding puppies. My puppies are all large or medium breeds, and usually don't like to be held after they get bigger. Also NO RUNNING around the pup the first day or so, it will only scare them!
Training - When you get your puppy home before taking them inside, show them their yard and their boundaries. Praise them like they just saved the universe when they go potty outside. Treats can help with that!! You have to be consistent and simple when you train a pup. Use the same simple one syllable words over and over. Such as NO! The tone of your voice is important too. You do not have to yell at your puppy just use a stern voice and stay consistent! It is important to teach this to your children, they will be part of the learning process for your puppy. If everyone in your house is using the same simple words and staying consistent, your pup will be trained a lot faster. Most dogs just want to please their owners, when you're happy, they are happy. Frequent Bathroom breaks the 1st week or 2 is the best way to housebreak. If you can take them out every couple of hours that is for the best! Take them out as much as you can, after any activity like eating or playing, but always after waking up.
It is a very good idea to have some of the essentials bought and waiting at home for your new pup. You can always take them out to show off after they are a little more comfortable with their new family. Doctors Foster & Smith guarantee what they sell, they are cheaper than a local pet store, and more knowledgeable about what they sell. Because they are actual Veterinarians you can trust the recommendations they make to help you choose a quality product for your pets. I know how confusing it can be with all the products out there ! I use Petedge.com for all my purchases, they have all the products I need, However if you don't buy a lot you will pay a lot for shipping.
Food and nutrition - I use Pro Plan puppy food. My puppies start eating softened puppy food at about 4 weeks old, when their teeth come in. They will also continue to stay on mothers milk until they are 5 1/2 weeks old.
I recommend Purina Pro Plan for puppies until they are about a 8-10 months old. Then I switch my dogs to Purina Dog chow. It is important that you use a quality food!!!!!!!!!! Generic pet foods may appear to be a bargain until you realize that they don't provide the needed nutrition your dog needs to stay healthy and fight sickness. Cheaper foods DO cause U.T.I.'S in a lot of pets, even if the label shows that the ingredients are the same as more expensive foods, it is the quality of the ingredients that is the difference!!!!!. I do not recommend soft foods at all. They are not good for your dogs teeth and they can make your dogs stool even more fowl smelling and loose. Maybe use canned foods as more of an occasional treat. Do not switch your dogs food, stay consistent once you choose a quality food. If you do switch foods it is important to do so gradually. On the first day you would want to have the mixture be 75% old food 25% new food, the next day 50/50, and the 3rd day 25% old food 75% new. Your dogs stool will soften when you switch. If your dogs stool does not become normal and firm again within a a week or so after the complete switch over your new food may not agree with your dog. All dogs are different just like people, some foods do not work for some dogs.
Quality dog foods: There are so many great foods on the market, they do not have to be expensive to be a quality food. Do your research and choose a food that is good for your dog, and affordable, plus easy to acquire.
Human foods- Be very careful giving your dog table scraps! Some human foods are harmful or even fatal to dogs. CHOCOLATE, RAISINS, GRAPES, ONIONS, RAW EGGS, RAW MEAT OR POULTRY, CHICKEN BONES THAT SPINTER, (only knuckle bones, or milk bones should be given) . Personally I don't think there is anything wrong with giving an adult healthy dog a piece of fresh meat as a treat as long as it is cooked properly. If I can't finish a steak, I certainly do not throw it away.