10 Most Frequenly Asked Puppy Questions
Boy or girl puppy?
It really is just a personal preference. Non-neutered male dogs can be aggressive and exhibited dominate behaviors. Females can have alpha behaviors and be aggressive as well. Spaying and neutering can lesson some undesired behaviors. Each puppy male or female has their own levels of dominate behavior.
Youngest age to get puppy
8 weeks is the recommend earliest age to get your new puppy.
How to stop chewing
All puppies chew, it’s a rite of passage. The need to chew is because they are forming new teeth and chewing provides some comfort in that process. Provide your puppy with satisfying, safe chew toys. If the puppy starts to chew on something not desired, gently correct him and quickly provide the safe chew item and they will begin to understand what are the acceptable items to chew on.
Best age to start training
Nine to twelve weeks of age is the time to begin short, very basic training sessions, 5-10 minuesls long. Puppies have short attention spans. Five to six months is the age at which your puppy can best benefit from more intense complicated training.
Frequency of feeding
The general guideline for feeding a puppy is, puppies under 3 months should be fed three times per day and then twice per day after that until 6 months of age.
Best potty training methods
Crate training a puppy is a highly recommended means to begin potty training. Puppies learn to hold it while in the crate. If one takes the puppy out and immediately puts them down in the same area each time there to go and gives the same command such as go potty and praise them when they do go, soon the puppy makes the association of where he is to go.
Required vaccinations and age
Earliest age to vaccinate is 6 weeks of age and re-vaccinate every three weeks until they are 16 weeks old. Basic vaccines are distemper, parvo and and at 12 weeks or older rabies can be given. Common non-core vaccines are parainfluenza, Bordetella(kennel cough) and Borrelia Burgderferi (Lyme Disease). Check with you vet for the recommend vaccines in your area.
What to consider when choosing a breed
There are many factors to consider when thinking about what breed of dog would be best for you. Some of the basics would be as follows: energy level of the breed, size of the dog, coat care requirements, basic temperament. The time you have available to devote to your dog and the environment condo vs. farm are major considerations.
Chew toys provide a way to channel your puppy’s natural need to chew. Toys should be considered for there safety, durability, fun and easy to clean. Tuffy or kong ,crestie beefy bones and tennis balls are good choices.
How to introduce puppy to other dogs It’s helpful to introduce the puppy to the other dogs in a neutral territory. Often adult dogs are very tolerant of puppies and their rambunctious behavior but not always. It’s safest to introduce the puppy while the puppy is in a wire crate so they can see and smell each other. Be sure to be present to watch over the initial meeting in case tempers flare.
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