Quick Tips for Pup

 

 

  • Do not shake the puppy it can be very harmful for him.

 

  • Smacking a puppy or shouting at it can make him fearful and or aggressive. The best way to correct your pup is by being firm but calm and assertive. NOT AGGRESSIVE.

 

  • Do not expose your puppy to "outside" animals until at least fifteen days after her rabies shot has been given. And its immunity is fully up and running.

 

  • Don't bathe her until she is four or five months old, unless she is entirely filthy. Puppy's skin is very sensitive and dries out quite easily. You can use a wet cloth to clean her if she is very dirty. Either use dog shampoo to bathe her or baby shampoo. In summer you can shampoo her once a month and bathe her with water ever fifteen days if you need. In winter its best to avoid a bath altogether unless you can do it in a warm place with warm water and dry her immediately after, especially her chest.

 

  • Do not pick the puppy up by the scruff of the neck.

 

  • Do not allow children to be rough with the puppy. You wouldn't let the neighborhood kids do so with your ten-week old baby. Puppies are just like little babies so what you wont allow done to your baby you wont allow done to your puppy.

 

  • Do continue her vaccinations and deworming. This is very critical. After the initial vaccinations and booster injections your puppy will only require these once a year.  

 

  • Don't let the puppy near stairs until he has entirely mastered them under strict supervision.

 

  • Do keep the puppy well protected uring the first several weeks home. A puppy that gets loose may wander away and forget, or not know, where home is.

 

  • Do toilet train your dog with kindness and attention to detail.

 

  • Do give your puppy all the love and attention you can possibly spare. Shis going to need it and will return it to you, with interest.

 

  • Do not leave your puppy unattended. And try to puppy proof your house as much as possible. That means that don’t leave objects on the floor or medicines etc in reach of your puppy as se can chew them or swallow them and create a medical emergency.

 

  • Always make sure your puppy is in the shade and cool….they can dehydrate very quickly. Don’t leave her out in the sun. If leaving her in a car always make sure car is in shade, and a window is slightly opened.

 

  • Make sure your puppy always has a water bowl within his reach with fresh water in it so he is never thirsty. You can remove the water bowl half hour after the last meal so your pup doesn’t pee a lot during the night. Provide fresh water early in morning when pup wakes up.

 

  • Regularly brushing your puppy is good for his blood circulation and for your relationship with him. It will also get him used to you handling him. On a daily basis you should check his ears, open his paws and open his mouth so he is comfortable with you handling him. This will be of great use if you need to take him to the vet or if you ever need to apply medicine to him.

 

  • When feeding your pup you should stroke him when he is eating just a couple of times but at each feeding time so that he is used to you handling his bowl and does not become possessive about his meals.

 

  • Puppies like to chew but you should not let him chew your fingers or legs etc. As a puppy it wont hurt but as he grows bigger it may. One way to stop this is by saying ouch a little loudly when he does it and then ignoring him for a couple of minutes after. The pup wants to play with you, and wants your attention, so ignoring the pup when he bites, and giving him attention when he behaves nicely teaches him that he gets what he wants if he has good manners. Very soon he will get the message. Teach your children how to do this as well it is important.

 

  • While brushing your dog, you can check the skin all over. If you notice any hairless or swollen patches, this should be mentioned to the vet.  If you see any sign of fleas - either live insects or, more commonly specks of dark grit like material which may be flea droppings, contact the vet for advice on flea control. Fleas and ticks can be very harmful for your dog.

  

  • Eyes 
    Look at the corners of the eyes for signs of redness or discharge.  Some dogs have a slight, watery discharge from their eyes, which can easily be cleaned every day with a piece of damp cotton wool.  If the discharge is enough to cause tear staining around the eyes or becomes thick or discoloured, this should be checked by a vet immediately.

  

  • Ears
    Lift the ear flaps and look at the opening of the ear canal, also take a quick sniff.  Dogs ears should not be waxy or smelly. If your dog's ears become dirty, this may require veterinary attention.  Some drop eared dogs do get smelly ears quite often and these will need to be cleaned regularly.  A small amount of wax can be cleaned from around the ear using a little cotton wool, but never poke anything down your dog's ears.  Make sure when bathing your pup that water doesn’t go in pups ears

 

 

  • Feet
    Pick up each foot in turn, feel and look between the toes for thorns or tangles of hair and check the nails.  Nails should touch the ground when the dog is standing, but should not curl round.  It is important that your dog's nails do not become too long.  This will cause his feet to be uncomfortable, and long claws can easily become caught on carpets and clothes, causing pain and distress.  You can have nails cut at any vet.

 

  

  • Don’t tie your puppy. Your pup needs to be free and not tied up. Play with her as much as you can, a good dog is a tired dog, exercise is vital for a growing dog. When she is four months (after rabies is done) you can start taking her for walks for even 20 minutes at a stretch two or three times a day. Never overexercise your puppy as this can lead to physical problems. Once she is an adult a half hour walk twice a day is minimum. And if you can take it up to an hour along with some good play time as well in the day you will have one happy dog. 

 

 

Good luck with your pup. Remember the more you invest in your pup now, the more wonderful a relationship you will have.