Saturday, May 5, 2018

Positive Puppy Training: How to Raise a Puppy

Positive Puppy Training: How to Raise a Puppy

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Positive Puppy Training

Did you just get a new puppy or you are thinking about buying a puppy?
Do you need tips on how to buy the right puppy for you?
Are you unsure on how to train your puppy?
Do you think your puppy needs obedience class?
Do you wonder how many vaccines your dog needs?

If you have thought about any of those questions then this book is for you! This book will include how to raise a puppy in a positive way and what to look for when buying a puppy! You will learn potty training tips and how to stop destructive behavior in positive ways and much more! 

Teaching your dog how to behave takes consistency and positive attention! In this book you will learn many tips and ways to raise your dog in a healthy positive way!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Dog Vaccines & Treatments

You can usually bring your puppy home at 8 weeks and they will need many shots before they are a year old. They will need rabies, distemper, and possible bordetella shots. You need to get them heart worm tested and protected.

Rabies vaccinations should be given at 12 or 16 weeks, boostered in 1 year, then boostered every 1 or 3 years depending on the vaccine used, and the state law. I live in Michigan and my dog needs to get a rabies vaccine every 3 years after she was a puppy. I have to buy her a dog tag license every year. You can be fined if you don't show proof of rabies and your dog doesn't have a dog tag.

The distemper shot is a very important vaccine for your dog! Distemper is a serious disease that can be fatal. Signs of the disease are fever, not eating, lethargic, eyes running, diarrhea, and can have nasal discharge. You can prevent this disease with the distemper vaccine. Start vaccinating at 8 weeks, then re-vaccinate every 2-4 weeks until 16 weeks, then have them get a yearly booster.

The Bordetella vaccine is a bacteria that can cause a respiratory disease, which is the kennel cough. This cough can last for weeks to months in dogs. Dogs that live in shelters, pounds, or go to a kennel should get the Bordetella vaccine. Carley has had this vaccine, but she is never boarded or around other dogs, so I don't give this vaccine to her anymore.  Bordetella Vaccine requires only one dose in adult dogs, but immunity is only a couple of months. Puppies should receive a booster every 2 to 4 weeks (starting at 8 weeks), until they reach 16 weeks old.

Heart worm in dogs is contracted by mosquitoes. I get my dog tested every year and treat her with a heart worm chew monthly for 7 months. I usually get her tested around April before the mosquitoes get bad. Dogs at 6 months of age or younger do not need to be tested to begin a heart worm preventative.  After 6 months of age, you need to wait to give the heart worm prevention until you receive a negative test result. If your dog is ever positive for heart worm then your dog will need to be treated at a vet hospital.

A Fecal test is testing the dogs stool for intestinal parasites. Your dog will need to be treated if the doctor sees any worms in the fecal test.

Flea protection is important as well. I use advantage on my dog. It comes in tubes and you place the treatment in between their shoulder blades. My dog went to a dog park and came home with two fleas on her and I freaked out. That year I didn't give her any flea protection and so I gave her flea powder instead after seeing fleas. It worked to kill the fleas.
Your puppy can start vaccines as early as 8 weeks. Keep your dog protected so she or he can live a long healthy long life!

Buying a New Puppy

I consulted the Veterinarian Doctor at the Vet hospital I worked at before purchasing my pure breed Labrador retriever. I remember he told me to make sure the dog comes from a recommended good breeder and it comes from a good line from both sets of dog grandparents and parents.  He said to know if there was any history of hip dysplasia and retina detachment. Other breeds may have a different set of issues, it's helpful to research the breed. At first I didn't even know what he was talking about until I did some research of my own. After doing some research, I found out hip dysplasia and retina detachment is common among the Labrador breed. 

Luckily Carely hasn't experienced any of this. She does limp a little after playing outside or from a long walk, so I give her glucosamine chews daily. Also you can give your dog a daily dog vitamin. Hip dysplasia normally happens during a young dog’s growing stages. Hip dysplasia can affect both the left and right hips. This can cause terrible pain to your pet. The disease usually is due to the laxity of the ligaments and muscles around the joints. It is mostly a genetic disease. 

Retina detachment in dogs happens when the retina detaches from the two outermost layers of tissue in your dog's eye. So I had to make sure that the dog I brought home didn't come from a history of parents or grandparents that experienced those concerns. Carley has been pretty healthy so far at 8 years old, she just had a senior check up with her blood taken and urine checked.

I remember when I chose Carley, I just said I wanted the smallest and whitest one. I wasn't even thinking about her temperament. However when you choose your new puppy, there are ways to determine if you dog is high strong, happy go lucky, hand shy, food dominate. Luckily Carley was just easily excited and didn't obey very well. If you place the puppy on it's back and he/she doesn't like it or is relaxed can tell you whether the dog is easy going or unsure. 

You can also see if the puppy is food dominate or not by putting a fake hand by its dish when the dog is eating. If the dog growls or bites the fake hand or stick then unfortunately your dog may bite you when eating. You can take the fake hand and pet the dog with it to see it its hand shy too. Most puppies are just glad to get attention and haven't developed any issues yet unless it an abused dog or a dog from a shelter. After picking out which puppy you would like then you need to think about vaccines, flea medicine, heartworm protection, testing, ect.. Also what type of dog food your puppy will eat. We bought puppy chow for Carley when she was a puppy and she loved it. Most puppies love any food just as long as they are eating.

Puppy Socialization

Socializing your dog is so important especially when you have children. When Carley was a puppy, we would take her everywhere with us.  She loved playing with other dogs and making new friends everywhere she went. Three years after bringing Carley home, we welcomed our first daughter. Carley was so well behaved around Audrey, just as I hoped. She was gentle and sweet around our daughter. Now we have a 4 1/2 month old and Carley is even more gentle around our second child. 

Although Labradors make good family dogs, its important to socialize them. We would take her to our family's or friend's homes, to the pet store, for walks, dog parks, and pretty much any place they allowed dogs. That gave us the opportunity to discipline her when she jumped up on people or became too excited!  She loves company and it can be difficult to keep her from jumping up or getting too excited, but after five minutes she calms down. We usually will have her on her leash when we have company over and give her a quick jerk of her leash to discipline her if necessary. Using treats helps to distract her and reward her for good behavior too. Now at 8 years old, Carley has slowed down a bit, but she is still our crazy friendly dog!