Category Archives: Your Puppy

Toilet Training

Toilet training on command Toilet training should not end with housetraining. About seven million dogs live in this country, many of them live in towns and built-up areas. As pressure on available space becomes greater, the public is becoming increasingly conscious of the problems of dog fouling, especially on pavements and areas where children play. If you want to avoid the fairly unpleasant, but necessary task, of picking up after your dog in the street, it makes sense to train your dog to go before you leave home. This is not as difficult as it may seem, but requires a fair amount of patience in the early stages. If you have been successfully working at the housetraining process, you will, by the time you are able to take your fully vaccinated puppy out, have a particular phrase that your puppy will associate with going to the toilet. You should also have a fairly regular routine and will have some idea of when your puppy needs to go. Try to arrange your first walk to coincide with this time. Go out to the garden as usual, repeating your chosen phrase until your puppy does what is required. Praise enthusiastically and then take him out for a walk. If he does not go to the toilet, take him back inside for a while Read more […]

Occasional lapses & Submissive urination

Occasional lapses It is not uncommon for housetraining to break down when the puppy is put under stress of any kind. This includes being punished unpredictably, if he is unwell or if there is a sudden change in family stability, such as Christmas, quarrels or any sudden change of attitude towards the puppy for whatever reason. Bodily changes as your puppy is reaching sexual maturity can also cause a short lapse in ability to be clean. It takes quite a long time for your puppy to become reliably house-trained. Until he is one year old, do not expect too much. Occasional lapses during the first year are understandable and to be expected since your puppy is still a young animal. When they occur, go back to the original housetraining program again. As your puppy matures, lapses will become less and less frequent. Submissive urination Some puppies, especially females, are prone to leaking urine when excited or stressed, or during encounters with high-ranking humans or dogs. They will sometimes produce a small puddle when being greeted or scolded, sometimes turning on their backs or sitting with one hind leg raised. This is a natural response designed to appease. It is their way of saying ‘look (or rather smell this!), I’m Read more […]

Fading Out of Puppies

In “Our Dogs”, Mr. H.Goasling refers to an account in a book published about 40 years ago of navel ill in Scottish Terrier puppies. The symptoms of this were not quite the same as those in puppies I have lost in recent years. Most of the puppies to-day are dead within 48 hours, whereas when navel infection is the trouble in my experience they die one by one spread over perhaps a week or more. I have never had this complaint since I adopted the farm method of just touching the navel of each puppy as soon as the cord has dried and fallen off (which is usually in about two days) with a piece of bluestone (sulphate of copper). In the case of recent losses by Fading away I had postmortem examinations made of several puppies, asking the Veterinary Surgeon to pay particular attention to the state of the navel, and he reported in every case that there was no sign of trouble there, and diagnosed the deaths as due to Haemelytic streptococcus. I have often wondered how Mrs. Fordham “got away” with her method of tying the cord because in the only case in which on veterinary advice and against my own inclinations I interfered at an early stage by applying iodine to the navel, the bitch licked holes in the puppies and the perished. Read more […]

New Puppy

Is he here yet? The day has come! The new puppy will be at home when you get back from school! The excitement of a new puppy can go on for a dozen years or more if you and your family take some precautions to keep your pet safe and healthy. Although all accidents and illnesses cannot be prevented, there are plenty of things you can do to reduce chances that your pet will suffer. First, a vet exam First things is to get Woofy to a veterinarian for an examination and vacation. Choose a veterinarian to visit regularly; don’t count on the discounted shot clinics offered away from veterinary offices. Woofy needs a personal doctor just as you do. While you are at the veterinarian’s office, ask questions about predisposition’s to medical problems. For example, some breeds are sensitive to skin or allergy problems, others to joint problems or bloat. The best place to get medical answers is from a qualified veterinarian. After initials vaccinations are done, take Woofy to the veterinarian for regular checkups, usually once a year, for boosters and a routine examination, and take him when you suspect or find a problem and when he’s ill. Now I understand you don’t want to run to the veterinarian’s office every day or every week, Read more […]

Vitamin C and the Dog

It is common knowledge that dogs product their own Vitamin C like most other animals, but they are comparatively poor producers. Stress can quickly burn up the small amounts that they make. Table 1: Daily Production of Ascorbic Acid In Animals Animal Milligramper kg of body weight Snake 10 Tortoise 7 Mouse 275 Rabbit 226 Goat 190 Rat 150 Dog 40 Cat 50 Ape,man and guinea pig 0 Stress may take the form of separation from the mother and the littermates and the relocation in the new home. Immunizations, tail docking, ear cropping and deworming are further stresses. Teething is also another stress. If a puppy is put through confirmation and obedience training, there is added physical and mental stress. All these stressful conditions, place a great demand on the dog for Vitamin C, that it seems unable to meet. When less than optimal levels of Victamin C is available to the animal, the body as a whole or some of its organs, systems or parts are weakned enough to open the door to virus, bacteria, deformities and diseases. The Antigerm Factor: If a dog is low on C, he is wide-open to disease. He constantly has his nose and mouth in places where germs abound. Vitamin C when used on high doses is a therapentic Read more […]

Puppy Care: Magnesium

Magnesium in various forms is used quite a lot with puppies. There is nothing safer for a stomach upset than milk of magnesia, giving anything from a teaspoonful to a tiny dog to two tablespoonfuls to a large one. It is an antidote to lead poisoning. A saturated solution is often used for enlarged joints. Magnesium sulfate is used to draw the sepsis out of injuries; in fact, in some form or other, the puppy is almost bound to meet it. Sometimes puppies have hiccups or gas very badly. A teaspoonsful of magnesia will quickly relieve these complaints.

How to Select a Puppy: Selecting G.S.D. Puppy (Purpose)

I was recently asked by a newcomer to the breed whether it was possible for anyone to claim that the puppies they sell are of “show quality, guard dog quality, pet quality and have STRONG HIPS.” It was clear to me that this person was very confused because some other breeder told him that it is extremely difficult for anyone to claim that puppies at 8 – I0 weeks are show quality etc. I could only give him the benefit of my experience and the knowledge I gained from talking to breeders in Australia, Holland and Germany, which I would like to share with fellow enthusiasts without prejudice to anyone. Taking one aspect at a time, the consensus of opinion is as follows: (i) Show Quality: It is quite possible to pick the better puppies in a particular litter, but thats as far as most reputable breeders would dare to go. The reasons are that at eight weeks, it is impossible to predict that a particular puppy will be free of any show disqualifying faults like missing teeth, soft ears, cryptorchidism etc later on. In addition to this, a puppy may look super at eight weeks and a disaster at eight months. Some of the top VA dogs were first sold as pets and later re-purchased because they turned from ugly ducklings into swans. (ii) Read more […]

How to Select a Puppy: Making the right choice

Before you look out to buy a puppy or a dog there are some important points to be considered. What kind of a dog ? It is very important that the dog you are planning to buy is a dog, which is capable of living in your lifestyle. One of the main considerations is the dog’s personality. You may be looking for a dog that will just be a good pet or you may want a good guard dog, etc. After you have selected the purpose of the dog, go through the different breeds & read about the character & behavior of that particular breed and then make a wise situation if that breed will suit you. What age of dog ? This is one of the most important decisions you should make. A puppy is very delightful and cute, especially if you have children in your house, but there are other reasons why an older dog would be more suitable for you. If you’re looking for a good companion, then take a pup, so it is easier to build a bond. Some people may want a dog, which is quieter and does not need much of attention. Puppies: If you bring home a puppy, someone must be there to attend to it all day long. It is very necessary to spend a lot of time with the puppy so that it builds a base for a good relationship. Older dogs: If you chose an older Read more […]

How to Select a Puppy: Introduction

There is no animal that has a relationship with man as close as that of the dog. Man keeps dog for so many purposes. They are companions to lonely people, playmate to children and a pet to share the pleasures of list, a watch guard for the house and to some, dogs are also a status symbol. If carefully chosen, your dog will give love and satisfaction and on the other hand a dog acquired without forethought will disappoint you, and the fault is yours not the animals or its breed’s. The first point concerned before choosing a dog is whether your way of life and personal circumstances allow you to keep a dog. The dog is a social anima,l which should not be left alone everyday when the family goes out to work. A bored and lonely dog can be both noisy and destructive. It is very important to give your dog sufficient attention, you need time to prepare his meals, to give its daily brush and to take it for a walk. No dog should be allowed to roam on the road. About all the dog is going to need a certain amount of training, both for your sake and for the sake of community. So the time, which you can make available for the dog is very important. The next point concerns the attitude of all the members of the family. Is everybody Read more […]