CARE OF YOUR NEW PUPPY
WARNING: Some Shelties have a bad reaction to Lepto. NEVER GIVE YOUR DOGS RIMIDYLE. Side effect of Rimidyle www.srdogs.com/Pages/rimadylfr.html
If you give a 7 in one shot with Lepto you can give 1/4 tea that morning may ward off a reaction. Make your vet appt early in the morning so if he/she has a bad reaction you can get back in that day.
NEVER TAKE YOUR PUP OUT IN PUBLIC UNTIL HE/SHE HAS HAD ALL OF HIS/HER PUPPY SHOTS.
When taking your dog to the vet, leave your pup in the car until the vet is ready for him/her. Do not sit in the vets waiting room with your new pup where there are many sick dogs coming in and out. And, especially DO NOT let your pup walk on the vets floor. Always carry your pet into the office and place the pup on the top of the vet table. Vet’s office’s usually clean the table after each visit. The morning of your pups first vets visit: Collect a stool sample of your pup from that morning, place in a plastic bag and take with you on your appointment so the vet can get for worms, coccidia, etc. This will get your pup off to the best start.
ALL puppies are born with worms and the possibility to develop coccidia. The stress to a puppy in movement to a new home will sometimes bring on coccidia. Although, most pups make the transaction with no problem. Please make sure your vet checks the stool sample for this on the first puppy visit from the stool sample. It is nothing to be alarmed about and when treated as soon as possible will go away in about 9 or 10 days with medication. It usually occurs when a puppy is stressed from a flight at a young age or sometimes can happen when just moved away from it’s litter mates to a new home and new surroundings.
TRAINING YOUR NEW PUPPY
In the beginning, God created the Heaven and the Earth, Man, a bit later, created the fable that “the dog", when he understands, always wants to please” Training your new pup is a matter of letting him/her know what you want.
Before starting to train you new pup have a plan. Decide what you want him/her to do. If you don’t know he/she wont know either. Whether you are training for obedience, showing, rally or just wanting a well mannered house pet have the correct equipment prior to starting. For basic training you will need:
Collar: For a young pup one that is small with a buckle so you can adjust it to fit where it wont go over the pups head if he/she pulls on it. By placing a bell on it you will know where he/she is when moving about the house. When older a very fine choke collar can be used.
The lounge: Its length of fifteen feet or more will enable you, if you are slow, speedily to debunk some bad habit pups learn early on. When the pup is very young you can tie a string to the collar for a lounge and let him drag it around. The string can be burnt with a match on the end so when he/she drags it around it doesn’t start coming undone. Leave it straight without knots so it doesn’t hang up on furniture. This way when you want the pup to come and he doesn’t you can go to the end of the string and pull him/her gently to you calling his/her name.. I like the string better than a leash because the string is so light the pups don’t know they have it on and they can’t figure out how you are able to control them. Therefore, when older they don’t know for sure if you can get them or not. Never chase your dog unless you want him/her to think it is a game...Just remember you’ll never win and it is very dangerous to have a dog that does not come when it is called and runs the other way.
The leash: Is usually 6' or less and used to walking the dog on the street or show ring.
LET'S START TRAINING "TIPS"
Do the next 5 items at least 5 times during a 5 day period. The week you get your pup.
Give him/her 5 new surfaces to stand and walk on.
Take him/her into 5 different places in your home.
Let him/her meet 5 new people some of which are children.
Let him/her hear 5 different sounds. All loud, can be cars, tractors, radio music
Let him sleep in 5 different places. A car, a garage, a bedroom, a crate, etc.
Teach You Puppy to Think
Like all children, puppies need to work through challenges: they need to figure things out.
When we teach our pups nothing, they grow up to be seemingly brainless dogs. Over-protective actions on our part can diminish a pups budding confidence and encourage uncertainty and anxiety instead.
Puppies are better than that. They are bright and responsive if we nurture their intelligence. They can work through challenges, and we much give them those opportunities.
Be fair to your interactions with the puppy
Set and maintain a regular routine with the puppy (i.e.:: mealtimes, potty times, walks, etc). Routine provides puppies a sense of security. However, puppies also need stimulus to help them build confidence in new situations.
Provide a crate for your puppy as a safe haven. It is a den, NOT a punishment.
If your new puppy isn’t drinking much water, add a couple of drops of lemon juice to it’s water or chicken broth
Have a set area outside for elimination. Encourage the pup to eliminate right before a play session or training the pup for a walk (the play session or walks becomes a reward).
If the puppy wears a collar, it is much easier to leash train. (i USE A VERY FINE CHOKE COLLAR THAT FITS WELL SO IT DOES NOT HANG DOWN LOW ENOUGH SO THE PUPPY CAN GET IT IN HIS/HER MOUTH))
Don’t let your puppy make mistakes....prevent them from happening. This is much more than just house breaking. For example, coat all exposed electrical cards with dish soap so the puppy looks for more palatable items to play with, like toys. Make sure he/she has toys available at all times.
Don’t ever let your puppy do anything that you would not want your adult to do.
Don’t do anything for your pup that you can teach him/her to do for itself.
Don’t train Teach instead
When teaching use a small treat to reinforce every command every time.
Discourage biting as early as possible. RULE ONE .....NO BITING
Most of All.......Let your puppies be puppies.