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Getting A Puppy? - FAQ's!

How do I housebreak my puppy?

Is crate training going to hurt my puppy?

What type of food do I choose and how often should I feed the puppy?

Should my puppy have loose stools?

How do I know if my puppy is sick?

My puppy sleeps all of the time-is that normal?

Is it alright to take my new puppy jogging or for "speed" walks?

Can I take my puppy to the local "dog park" or over to meet the neighbors as soon as we get home?

What is hip dysplasia?

Should I sign up the puppy for training classes?

Car sickness-is that normal?

What about grooming?

How often do they  "Do business" anyway?

How often should they urinate?

What are the symptoms of a bladder infection?

What about nipping and biting?

The puppy is chewing everything!! What do I do?

My puppy is afraid of us!

My puppy is hyper!!

The most important thing to do is to get familiar with your vet and with the services in your area! Word of mouth is the best advertising-so to have a great experience with your new puppy-take advantage of the services near you. Also- if you have any questions-feel free to contact our kennel and we will help you out with training and with health issues.

 

How do I housebreak my puppy?

The easiest way to housebreak a puppy is to be consistent in the method that you are comfortable with! We recommend crate training. It is simply only allowing the puppy out of the crate when the pup is physically playing with you or eating. Otherwise-the puppy should remain in the crate to sleep as well as pass some time! As soon as the puppy wakes up in the morning or after a nap-IMMEDIATELY take the puppy outside and DO NOT come in until your puppy has finished business. It is normal for a new puppy to have 4-5 stools a day and to urinate every 2-3 hours. After a job well done-the puppy is allowed back into the house and given a treat and LOTS of praise and attention! Continue with this method as long as it takes! PATIENTLY clean up a mess and never yell.

 

Is crate training going to hurt my puppy?

Absolutely NOT. Just like children-they need their own space to rest and take time to relax from family life. They may cry for awhile and sound like they are going to die-but they won't! :) If you give in to their tantrums-you will have a noisy-fussy puppy that will grow into a noisy/talkative adult. Make sure that your pup doesn't need to do business before you place him back in his kennel!! If you have a hard time letting the puppy work out the crying-simply play music in another room-watch a TV show-or take a short walk. This should only take several days for the puppy to adjust.

 

What type of food do I choose and how often should I feed the puppy?

We have our babies on Diamond Brand Puppy food. If you don't have that brand in your area-I would recommend Iams. There are 2 things you need to consider when you are choosing a dog food. 1) Crude protein content should be 28%-31%.  2) The first ingredient should be a meat or a meat by-product. The better quality of food that you choose-the healthier your puppy will be and will help keep vet costs at a minimum. We recommend that you allow unlimited access to food and water for the first several weeks. If you don't keep the bowls in the puppy's crate-make sure that every time they take a bathroom break you are taking them to their water and food. It is VERY important that your new puppy knows that you are going to meet their needs consistently. Let them eat as much as they want to! Their amount of intake will change from day to day. Try not to give your puppy too many treats-that will cause them to be chubby and they will not have room for their healthy kibble.

 

Should my puppy have loose stools?

It is normal for your pups intestines to take the brunt of the stress of moving to a new environment. It is ok for your puppy to have stools the consistency of pudding. It is NOT ok for it to be 1) watery or runny or the stool is accompanied by excess mucous 2) abnormal color-yellow/green/ or contain red blood 3) abnormal color/consistency accompanied by a VERY offensive odor. If your pup is having "pudding" type stools-it should pass within 24 hours. If the stool doesn't firm up-go ahead and have your vet take a sample and see if there is a problem brewing in his tummy.

 

How do I know if my puppy is sick?

First symptoms of a sick puppy are abnormal stools as discussed above. Other symptoms are vomiting, lack of appetite, excessive water intake or lack of water intake, frequent urination without a lot of urine-(sign of a bladder infection), distended belly (pot-bellied), joint discomfort, extreme lethargy.

 

My puppy sleeps all of the time-is that normal?

 YES- a 6-8 week old puppy will sleep a lot! 20-30 minutes of playtime will wear them out for hours! That is one plus of using the crate training method -- you have a guaranteed nap time! As your puppy grows-his energy level will increase and he will be ready for longer periods of playtime.

 

Is it alright to take my new puppy jogging or for "speed" walks?

I would not recommend taking a puppy under 8 months of age jogging.( Or for long periods of "speed" walking.) Your puppy is growing fast and the hips/elbows and other joints shouldn't be exposed to excessively hard activity other than general play and lazy walks. An occasional slow jog of 10 minutes or so is fine-but the daily 3 mile run is an absolute no-no! Give your puppy plenty of growing time to establish the cartilage and bone structure necessary for a healthy long life.

 

Can I take my puppy to the local "dog park" or over to meet the neighbors as soon as we get home?

I would highly recommend that UNTIL YOUR PUPPY HAS ALL OF THE REQUIRED BOOSTER SHOTS to keep them away from public places! Even though your puppy has had 1 shot-that will not make them immune to some of the deadliest puppy bugs out there. The local dog park is a regular germ festival and your little fellow will pick it up quickly. They also can come in contact with dogs that might not appreciate their zest for life! I would recommend to wait until they are 12-16 weeks of age.

 

What is hip dysplasia?

 It is a genetic disease that causes premature arthritis and/or cartilage to deteriorate. The environment and diet also play a big role in this issue. Excessive activity and poor diet will aggravate and worsen the disease. (For example-lots of jogging, lots of stairs to climb everyday, generic puppy food.  Signs of the onset of true dysplasia are aching joints, won't jump or run fast, limping (don't confuse that with an injury!!) general fatigue. Symptoms typically  will appear before their first birthday and will eventually lead to having the puppy put to sleep within several years. Dysplasia isn't the same thing as arthritis in an older dog. It is normal for an 8-10 year old dog to begin slowing down and showing the signs of aging. It isn't normal for a young puppy to do that!!

 

Should I sign up the puppy for training classes?

By all means-YES!-especially if you are a first time puppy owner. You will learn things about yourself and your puppy that will make the training much easier! Be sure to select a GOOD trainer that offers classes that are reasonable in price and has a good reputation. I would recommend calling your vet and checking out several programs before you sign up.

 

Car sickness-is that normal?

When a puppy gets nervous their little saliva glands go on overdrive...that will cause an upset tummy in a car! Also-unfamiliar motion can cause them to get dizzy and lose their meal. To avoid the hassle-limit the puppies meal/water several hours before a trip. Typically a puppy will outgrow the issue. Even though they get sick-continue to expose them to car trips. If they are having issues overcoming the need to yak in your vehicle—talk with your vet about medications to make the drive less eventfull.

 

What about grooming?

Regular brushing and an occasional bath is a good idea for Goldens. Retrievers should maintain an oily skin for the best performance so keep the suds to a minimum-and water to the max! We recommend a baby shampoo for our pups-there is no need to buy a special dog shampoo unless you prefer a different scent. Retrievers shed constantly—you will notice larger volumes of hair loss during seasonal changes. The best advice is to take him to the groomer and get the undercoat brushed out professionally—or even get them shaved if you prefer. I recommend the use of the Furminator Rake as a great product to pull out the undercoat as well as prevent matting. Using too much soap—heavily chlorinated pools and cheap dog food with low protein content will have a huge impact on the coat performance and skin condition.

 

How often do they  "Do business" anyway?

It is typical for a new puppy to have 4-5 bowel movements a day and to urinate every 2-3 hours. As they grow the frequency will diminish and they will learn to hold their bladder/bowels for longer periods of time. It is important to feed them a high quality food! The cheaper the food--the more they will eat and the more messes to clean up. By the time they reach adulthood they should have 1-2 bowel movements a day.

 

 

How often should they urinate?

Typically a young pup will need to go every 2-3 hours. At night they should be able to go 4-6 hours without needing to head outside...assuming that you are using the crate method of training!! Within several weeks of bringing your puppy home they should be able to hold it for 6-8 hours in their crate at night and every 3-4 hours during the day. Beware--the more they drink the more they need to go, so keep an eye on their consumption!

 

 

What are the symptoms of a bladder infection?

It can be common to have a puppy contract a UTI during their potty training. Several symptoms include, frequent urination (needing to go outside every hour and only dribbling a little bit), or when they are outside they make numerous pit stops without releasing a lot of urine. Also, if they have urinated outside (and you feel they have emptied their bladder) and upon coming in the house decide to leave a itty-bitty puddle--that is a clue! You will need to get a urine sample and have it tested and begin an antibiotic. DO NOT CONFUSE AN INNOCENT ACCIDENT WITH A BLADDER INFECTION. Expect to have accidents when you are potty training! If you are really having serious issues with potty training, contact your vet or a trainer in your area for advice. Feel free to contact us for pointers, too!

What about nipping and biting?

Puppies are natural nippers and biters...so it is your job to train them how to have good manners and use their mouths for productive and positive interactions. The puppies are small-but they are smart and they will pick the path of least resistance...in other words-if you aren't disciplining and training properly expect it!!! (A puppy will pick the most passive person in the home and tend to single them out for naughty behavior, too.) We recommend a gentle squeeze on the muzzle and the command of "no bite" in a low tone of voice while you make direct eye contact. (NEVER RAISE YOUR VOICE OR SNAP THEM IN THE FACE! That will teach them to fear you and it will NOT stop the bad behavior and it is sure to make it worse!!!) Some folks say just give them a toy to chew on or distract them and they will grow out of it....PHOOEY! (giving them a nice toy after they have snapped at you only reinforces the behavior!!!) DO NOT let the problem go! If your puppy has this annoying habit, the longer they get away with it-the more set in concrete the behavior becomes. Contact a trainer, your vet or us if you need help curbing this unwanted behavior asap so it can be nipped in the bud.

The puppy is chewing everything!! What do I do?

A chewing, teething puppy can be a challenge and you begin to think you've purchased a beaver instead of a dog! It is best to make sure that they are UTD on all of their dewormings and that you are giving them plenty of food. A hungry puppy will find things to satisfy the urge to chew...so start with a satisfied tummy! Make sure you have a variety of chew toys that have a taste and scent that makes them curious and keep their attention. The number one mistake new puppy owners make is to give a new puppy way too much freedom. DON'T leave the puppy unattended....DON'T allow them full access to your home before trust can be built...DON'T use old socks, shoes, toys or clothes for his play things...they won't know the difference if the shoe is well worn or if it is the $200 Nike...DON'T ignore them....a puppy will be naughty to get attention-so when you are too busy to play, let them pass some time in their kennel with a few special HARD chew toys.

My puppy is afraid of us!

Your puppy is experiencing a very stressful time in it's short life! Make your home a relaxing, quiet place for them to explore and make sure to spend LOTS of time playing and talking to your puppy. Overstimulation shuts a puppy down and makes them want to find a corner to get away. Simply allow the puppy to sniff and snoop around your place. It will take them a day or two to get used to their new home and family and they will fall into your routine in a jiffy.

My puppy is hyper!!

That is normal! It is a puppy and they have a huge zest for life!!! The longer a puppy is away from his family-the more wound up they tend to be. An under-exercised puppy is a wild puppy. So PLAY, PLAY, PLAY AND WALK, WALK, WALK! Wear them out with your loving and attention and that should help the busy beavers!

 

 

Page Last Updated September 04, 2017

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