Vaccinations are a vital part of your dogs health programme, it is essential that they are kept up to date. They are the single most important preventative measure that you can take, they also ensure regular annual health check ups for your dog.
Your puppy has slept indoors for the first eight weeks of its life, remember this has been with its mother, brothers and sisters, In the UK I do not recommend these dogs live outside as the weather is to cold and unpredictable. Your puppy should be introduced to its sleeping area as soon as you are home. Be aware that your puppy will cry for the first few nights, also bedding should be washed regularly.
As your puppy is in a new environment it may be a little off its food in the first few days, don’t worry this is normal. Your puppy will need to be fed four times a day until its four months and then three times a day till its six months, after this you can reduce it down to two meals a day and keep it on this regime for the rest of its life. At first dry food should be softened with water. Do not give your puppy canned food alone as this is to fatty for them and can result in diarrhea.
There are a number of different flea treatments available and all work in different ways over different time periods. We recommend you talk to your vet or local pet store to see which one suits you and your pet.
Never give a dog chocolate, it is toxic to them and will build up in their system. Cow’s milk is another thing that shouldn’t be given to dogs as they are lactose intolerant. Dogs should have a ready supply of clean water, particularly when dry foods are used. If you wish to change you puppies’ food over to a different brand, this should be done gradually over time, by changing too quickly, your pet may experience stomach upset and bowel troubles.
Your puppy should be washed with a mild detergent. Dog and puppy shampoos are readily available at your local pet stores. It is recommended by vets that you wash your dog no more than two weeks as excessive washing removes essential oils from the skin and coat. Make sure you check and clean your dog’s ears. This can be done with a warm damp cloth or cotton wool. It is best to introduce grooming early so you dog gets used to being handled.
Start at home by teaching your puppy the simple commands of “come”, “sit” and “stay”. They are never too young to learn and the sooner the better. This will also help to build a bond between you and your puppy. If you want check your local area for puppy training classes.