In light of yesterdays arrivals, I thought that today’s blog should look at the implications of adopting a pup. Yesterdays litter, named after cocktails, are ten week old collie crosses and are very cute! There are three boys and five girls who as adults, will be medium sized dogs about 26kg so just smaller than the average Labrador.
There aren’t many of us who can resist going ‘awww’ when we see a puppy! There really is nothing quite as adorable as a cute, cuddly pup full of life and love. The look from a puppy’s big, round eyes can melt any heart but if you adopt one of our puppies we would prefer that you are prepared for its arrival.
You will certainly need some basics such as a lead and collar, a bed or cage, bowls, toys and food. We will tell you what your pup is being fed and if you are going to change this please do so gradually to avoid any tummy upsets.
Before the new pup arrives have a walk around your house and garden and make sure that it’s a safe place for a pup to come to. Lift all shoes, cushions and anything else you don’t want chewed and keep them out of reach. If you have young children move any toys that you don’t want chewed or that the pup could choke on. Lego bits are some pups favorite and a common cause of intestinal blockage so why not use a baby gate to restrict access to bedrooms etc where such dangers could be lurking! Your new pup wont be able to tell the difference between your new shoes and his chew toy so remove all temptation. Put all cleaning fluids, washing powder etc out of reach in the house and the garage. Please make sure that your garden is secure and enclosed or be prepared for constant supervision.
Once the pup is home, toilet training begins. Pups don’t understand that they cant just toilet anywhere they like so you need to take them outside every hour or so and give lots of praise when they get it right! It may be a good idea to restrict the pups access to certain areas and keep it in an area with tiles so when accidents occur they are easily mopped up. I use baby gates for this but accidents are inevitable so be prepared with a mop and bucket and ignore any little mistakes. It will take a few weeks before your pup is reliably house trained.
Pups need lots of time and attention and straight away they need to learn what is right and what is wrong behavior. It is much easier teaching a pup to do something right in the first place than trying to correct an established behavior. Once the pup has had its second injections why not consider taking him along to one of the local doggy training classes. Here he will learn to socialize with other dogs and you will learn how to train your pup. Socialization is very important so you need to get your pup out and about meeting people and other animals. This is that part of having a pup I really enjoy as everyone wants to speak to you when you have a new pup. You will have lots of opportunities to teach the pup to sit, rather than leap all over everyone who wants to say hello to him. Its good to introduce him to other animals at this age so its great if he can meet the neighbors cat or rabbits if you don’t have any.
Its great fun having a pup, a lot of hard work but really worth every minute as you watch your pup mature into a well-balanced canine citizen! A trained dog is a happy dog!
Here are three out of the eight pups who arrived yesterday. They are cuties and we hope that they wont have long to wait for their forever families!