FOOD; Always feed your puppy food for at least the first 7-8 month (it has all the vitamins and nutrients that you puppy needs for healthy and rapid growth.
Feed you puppy 3 times a day for the first 4 months old, 6-12 months feed 2 times a day, After 1 year of age feeding 1 time a day is sufficient, however dividing you dogs portions up for 2 feedings is ok also. Remember to keep good records of how much you feed your dog, in case your vet ever asks you.
Start with ¾ -1 cup of food with about ½ as much water, gradually increase the food as the puppy grows while gradually getting rid of the water in the food. Let your puppies appearance be your guide neither to thin nor to fat) Good things to add to food include: canned meat, cottage cheese, cooked egg, or oil or some type of fat in the diet is good for a supple coat and skin.
A vitamin supplement is very beneficial during the first year of development.
SHOTS: Your puppy has received the first series of shots on __________________, these shot protect against D.H.L.P and parvo, also your puppy has received a deworming shot on ___________________, for your info and your vets info the names of the shots were___________________________________________________________________.
The 2nd set of shots is required at 3-4 weeks from the date above..
The 3rd set of shots to follow another 3-4 weeks after the 2nd series. After the 3rd series only an annual revaccination is necessary.
When taking your puppy to the vet for the 1st time, collect a stool sample so that your vet can check for worms.
RABIES: Shots are due around 6 months of age.
PARASITES: it is good practice to occasionally have your puppies stool checked to keep your puppy free from parasites!!
NOTES: Your puppy will miss his/her littermates. So except some crying. This will pass! It helps to have a blanket or something to cuddle up in. Also the pup will think it can chew on anything and everything, so make sure that is has plenty of its own toys to chew on. Always correct a negative with a positive. Example; if the pup has something that it is not supposed to tell it “NO” then replaces it with a toy that it is allowed to chew on. Your pup will happily switch with a little praise from you.
A word about house breaking your new puppy: It seems puppy’s needs to go out every waking hour. This is because of their small holding tank. Accidents will happen, again correct a negative with a positive. A firm “NO” and a trip to the outdoors, again use a lot of praise when they do their business outside. Get your puppy outside immediately after a nap, after eating or drinking, this will help you avoid some accidents.
We highly recommend the use of a crate with your new puppy. It will help in potty training as the puppy will try to hold it when he/she is in the crate, it also a safe place where the puppy can sleep and be when unsupervised. The crate is also a useful way to transport your new puppy in a vehicle.
If for some reason you cannot keep your puppy, please notify us, we would like to know where our puppies end up. Plus we might be able to help you place it in a good home!!
We like to hear how the pups are doing from time to time. So please drop us a line every once and a while. If you ever have any questions, let us know, we will probably be able to help you out. And most important: ENJOY YOUR NEW FRIEND!!!!!!
TOY SUGGESTIONS: Rawhide chews, rawhide bones, tennis balls and hard rubber balls. (Avoid stuffed animals.)
NAILS: Keep them trimmed. Long nails look unsightly and they can be painful to your dog.
BREEDING: In case you may be thinking about using your dog for breeding at some time in the future. Consider some things: your dog should be 2 years old or older, since this is the time that evidence of hip dysplasia can be verified by the O.F.A. AN x-ray of your dog’s hips should be taken by your vet then sent to the O.F.A to be evaluated.
Other hereditary factors to consider are the eyes, temperament, EIC, elbows, and etc. The dog should have a brucellosis test to be sure it will not pass nor contract a disease through breeding.
Raising a litter of puppies properly takes considerable knowledge, time, work, proper equipment. Unless you have something beneficial to offer, placing your puppies in a suitable home can be a problem. Also are you prepared to replace a dog if some hereditary or defiant problem arises from your breeding? Even the most experienced breeders encounter problems along the way. Dedication to bettering the breed is a MUST!!