Sunday, October 21, 2012

Puppies first day home

First day home a vet visit is a good idea to start the pup on the right foot. At this time you can get pet insurance - get maximum coverage. You never know WHAT your pup will do or get into. Also maxing out pet insurance will cover all the puppy shots, neutering/spaying etc. My boy figured out how to open windows and climb out at the age of 4 months - all he got was a bloody nose (bush below the window broke his fall). Maggie would dive off cliffs, bridges to get to water... After the first year you can decide if you want to reduce the amount of insurance once you know if your pup is a 'smart' dog or a 'kooky' dog. 
  • At the vets if it is a good one should have a "Puppy Package" that comes with samples of food and treats and info booklet.
  • The person that you get the pup from should help you get you house ready - they do have several pups in the house after all. 
  • They should also be able to recommend food for your new pup, you need to continue with what the pup is eating now you don't want to upset the puppies tummy. If you do decide to switch do so slowly.
  • MAKE sure that you get an old blanket or something from the pups bedding so he can have that to comfort him when he gets to your place.
  • An old clock that makes a TicToc sound - replaces his mums heartbeat, this will help him sleep at night. Let him sleep in some ones room at night the sound of breathing will help relax and know he is not alone.
  • BABY GATES YES and baby door security locks - Monty could open cabinet and indoor doors.
  • A BIG dog bed, might as well get one that the pup will grow into instead of having to get a new one in three months. If you have an outside deck get another bed for there.
  • A car seat belt harness. One that will grow with the dog.
  • A big retractable leash is good, I like the longer nylon leashes with the clips at each end and metal loops inter-spaced along the length of the leash.
  • Stainless steel food bowls, get the bigger ones your dog will grow into them. A table to place them on so that the dog does not have his head lower that his shoulders when he eats. Water bowls one inside, one outside.
  • Secure your back yard so that the local kids can't come into your yard - our neighbourhood kids are a nasty pieces of work.
  • Old towels for when your pup gets wet.
  • Kennel, get a BIG one so you don't have to replace it later - stuff the back of it so that it is reduced to a space that is big enough for him to stretch out in but not more.
  • A short cheap leash for in the house. When you let the puppy loose in the house it's easier to 'catch' him by stepping on the leash ;-)
  • Spot and stain remover for the 'accidents' that will happen in the house. Along with extra rolls of paper towels.
  • With your berner/large breed pups do not let him climb up or down stairs till he is about 3 months old. Carry the wriggly, squirmy puppy.
  • You can train you pup to only use a certain area of your yard as a potty area but to do this you have to walk him to the area and stay in that are till he goes. Once he goes in that area praise him - a lot.
  • Do not yell, get mad or rub his nose in his' 'accidents'. If he just had an accident take him outside right away and walk him and say he is a good dog to do his business.
  • Keep using the SAME terms when training him and in every day use or training will take forever and that will confuse him. Also it is the sound/volume of your voice, speak quiet, don't forget they have way better hearing than we do.
  • Do not take your pup ANYWHERE on public ground till 30 days after the last puppy shot. You do not want you pup to pick something up. 
  • Start puppy school as soon as the 30 days after the last puppy shots are up. What is great too is to do show training with your pup, whether you show or not. I met a lady once who did agility with her 3 berners and another lady who did security training with her berner. All excellent training keeps the pups brain active and will tire them out!
  • This is a great way to go, just don't get recycled puppy stuff from people you don't know. Best to avoid stuff like that because you've no idea of where the stuff has been or why they are getting rid of it. e.g.: dog died of some contagious disease, you don't want to bring that into the house.
  • As for toys, make sure that nothing can come off like plastic eyes/noses. The squeaker parts are in deep enough and the fabric is thick enough so that the pup can't chew through them.
  • Don't forget to get something that will last for them to chew on, Kong's don't always last with berner pups.
  • Keep in mind teething. - Freeze chunks of banana - it helps with teething pain. The cold will reduce the swelling. The potassium is also great for them too.