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Got a New Puppy?
This article provides the information you need t know straight away
It is best to feed a premium puppy diet (e.g. Hills Science Diet) as these contain all the nutrition that a young growing puppy needs. It's simple to feed, suits the needs of all size puppies and is completely balance. Do not change your puppies diet suddenly as this can cause diarrhoea. If you do want to change the food your puppy is eating, do it gradually. Mix a small amount of the new food in with the old, and slowly increase the amount of new food in each meal. Puppies should be fed 3-4 times daily until 4 months of age, then two meals per day. Don't give your puppy cows milk. It can cause vomiting and diarrhoea. We recommend water only alongside a quality puppy diet. If you really want to feed your puppy milk, choose a specially formulated puppy milk (lactose free).
Puppies need toys! They are an essential part of their development. Chew toys help with teething and help prevent bordem. Not all toys are suitable for puppies.
Talk to us. We can help you choose the best toy for your puppy.
Your puppy will have a natural immunity to disease acquired from its mother's milk. This immunity lasts for 6-8 weeks and after this time it will require a course of vaccinations. Ideally we would start the puppy vaccinations at 6 weeks and repeat at 9, 12 and 15-16 weeks to ensure your puppy as continuous immunity against the diseases we can vaccinate for. If your puppy is later in receiving its first vaccination, we will advise an alternative puppy vaccination course. Please contact us to discuss.
The puppy course of vaccinations is followed by an annual vaccination.
Your puppies will be vaccinated against Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus and Kennel Cough (Para-influenza and Bordetella).
IMPORTANT: Do not let your puppy off your property until 2 weeks following the final vaccination. Talk to us about ways to safely socialise your puppy during this important time, when you can' take them out on walks.
You will find further information on this website regarding the vaccinations
Microchipping and Registration
Your puppy needs to be registered with the local council by 3 months of age. All puppies (except working farm dogs) are required by law to be microchipped before they are 5 months of age.
You will find further information on this website regarding microchipping
Your puppy should be treated for worms every 2 weeks until 12 weeks of age. From 12 weeks onwards your puppy should be wormed every 3 months for life with a good broad specturm wormer like Drontal or Endogard.
You will find further information on this website regarding worming
Your puppy will need to have flea treatment applied regularly throughout its life. This will not only keep your puppy comfortable but also keep your home flea free! It is important that you treat your puppy with a high quality and safe product like Frontline Plus or Advocate to ensure they are effective and safe.
We highly recommend that you have your puppy desexed. Puppies can be desexed from 5 months old. This will help prevent unwanted pregnancies and health and behaviour problems later in life.
You will find additional information on this website regarding desexing and the importance of tis procedure.
Puppy preschool is designed for the benefit of both you and your new puppy.
The classes aim to socialise your puppy with other puppies of the same age, and provide both you and your puppy with basic obdience training. Puppies can attend puppy preschool as long as they are between 8 and 14 weeks of age and have had their first vaccination.
Ask our staff for further information.
Basic toilet training notes
Make sure that you take your puppy outside at every opportunity to go to the toilet. This should be immediately after it wakes from a sleep, before eating and after eating. Take the puppy to the place outside you want it to go to the toilet and use a chosen word. Praise the puppy when it does as it is told. It is possible to train the puppy to toilet just in one area of the garden or on a special area you have created as a dog toilet. If you plan to do this, introduce it right from the beginning.
Training puppies requires lots of positive reinforcement and ignoring behaviour you don't want to see. If your puppy urinates inside, give them no attention, just clean up the mess and carry on and if they urinate outside, shower them with praise. Remember the puppy will associate the praise with what they did as long as the praise occurs within 5 seconds of the action. If you yell at the puppy or rub their nose in it when they toilet in the wrong place this will only result in a confused puppy that is fearful, which will hinder toilet training rather than enhance it.
Pet insurance is now readily available and we recommend that every pet owner reviews what is available and makes a decision whether it is required or not. If you decide to get insurance, do it now! If you decide against it, make sure you have a contingency plan to be able to pay for unexpected veterinary bills for example if your puppy is hit by a car. Costs for these cases could rise well into the thousands.
You will find additional information on this website regarding pet insurance.