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Remember getting a puppy will alter your life for years!
BEFORE YOU GET YOUR DOG. RESEARCH! RESEARCH! RESEARCH! What do you want your dog to do? Which breed does what? Has the dog been bred for, Guarding? Working? Companionship? How big will your dog get? Do you want a Lap dog, sporty dog, agility or Crufts champion or, (God forbid), a fashion accessory? How much exercise can you give, how much does it need? Does it need constant grooming and care? Can you afford that? Will it be good with your kids, family, other dogs?
FREE INFORMATION! I have a free rough guide I can E mail anyone with some things to consider before you even go and look at a puppy, and above all, BE SENSIBLE! BE STRONG!Be prepared to walk away no matter how cute they are!!!! I also have a few hints on positive training for those with puppies, older dogs and rescue dogs too. It’s just a few hints and tips I have gathered together that worked for me, and are working for my clients, just ask and I can send it to you. Don’t forget the internet, but be careful, you may have to read many conflicting reports before you get the correct information for you, and I never, ever, visit blog pages! a lot of it is either contradictory, just downright rubbish, or in some cases even dangerous.
TRAINING! The first thing to teach your new dog is its name and what is acceptable behaviour. Once they know what that means the rest is a lot easier :-) Almost everyone teaches the basics, sit, down, stay etc. great fun, useful! SO WHY STOP? Keep it up for the life of your dog, keep it fun, and interact with your dog! EXERCISE, EXERCISE, EXERCISE....... a tired, happy and contented dog will not be a naughty dog!!!!! RECALLING YOUR DOG! After pulling on the lead, this is probably the most common problem people contact me with. You must be able to call your dog, HAVE IT WANT TO COME TO YOU, AND STAY THERE! Sadly a dog that pulls on the lead, or does not come when called doesn't think you important enough and would prefer to run off and do its own thing. Your dog cannot see, or understand danger as well as you, and you could one day save its life! Get the recall sorted. Happily it is relatively simple to master, and I would highly recommend a whistle for distance recall, in high winds, traffic noise etc. Most if not everyone does it incorrectly, I will happily show you how to perfect your recall.
FOOD! Don't leave food down all day, I feed adult dogs twice a day and if it's not gone in half an hour then it gets taken away, food is your most powerful tool don’t lose it. If your dog is a pet and not a working dog keep the 'crude protein' levels low, and remember NO HUMAN PROCESSED FOOD AND NO FEEDING FROM YOUR PLATE! Dogs enjoy and need a varied diet to maintain health. They are omnivores, and can have fruit (but not grapes, seeds or nuts) and vegetables. I have a free fact sheet on basic nutrition to get you started. Don't waste money and get the cheapest food, but buy the best you can afford.
HEALTH! Handle, groom, and inspect your dog’s coat, feet, eyes and ears, and do your dog (your vet, and yourself) a favour for the future. CLEAN ITS TEETH from a pup. I recommend lifetime (for life) pet insurance and not an annual renewal or money from a pot, or if you are good with your money why not set up a separate bank account for you dog and pay the money in to that by direct debit? (it will help with vets fees, and when your loved one does depart, they will leave you a gift for you and your next pet).
ROUTINE! Dogs are never happier than when they know what's coming next! Remember your dog cannot speak, so they will look for 'Triggers', behaviour from you that tells them what is about to happen (for example, picking up the lead means going for a walk) try and establish triggers to avoid confusing or stressing your dog. Like us dogs can get stressed if they do not know what is happening.
THE GOLDEN RULE? NEVER! EVER! encourage or reward bad behaviour, or forget at the end of the day your dog is an animal. You should praise them all day, every day when they do something good, that simple vocal reward will establish good behaviour and eliminate the bad.
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This keeps my dog Bess healthy, tick, worm and flea free, helps with immunity and makes her coat soft and really shiny. (I personally think it helps keep her breath fresh and stops her and the house smelling doggy too.)
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“A modern and well equipped facility with more post-graduate “RCVS Certificate” vets than any other practice in the region” Taverham Vets are also proud to be the first veterinary practice in the area to offer laparoscopic procedures for routine operations such as spays, Bess was 'done', fit as a fiddle next day, no collar, no stitches, no problem can't recommend it enough.
Acupuncture for animals Acupuncture for Dogs and Cats Veterinary acupuncture is a gentle and proven way to relieve pain, stiffness, muscle tension and many other conditions suffered by animals. Shelagh is a qualified practicing vet who treats cats and dogs with acupuncture in the relaxed environment of her home, with fantastic results.