Things To Do While Getting To Know Your Puppy

Don’t start off the relationship by being tough and critical. Harsh discipline has no place here; you’re a teacher, not a cop. The pup has to feel he is a member of the family. Affection first, rules later. Establish a loving bond, and trust will come from the sense of security he gets. Sound Levels […]

Intestinal Parasites & Heartworm

Internal Parasites (Worms) Puppies are born with worms — an unappealing thought, but that’s the way it is! The worms that puppies are born with are roundworms (ascarids), although there are other intestinal parasites that can infest puppies: hookworms, whipworms, tapeworms and single-celled parasites called coccidia and giardia. Puppies should be wormed at birth and […]

Vaccinations/Innoculations (Puppies)

Vaccinations/ Inoculations Vaccinations against common diseases are usually given in combinations of at least three and as many as five at two- to four-week intervals. Canine distemper can be passed simply by sniffing an infected animal’s urine. Parvovirus is passed in other dogs’ stool. However, active immunity to these diseases does not develop until about […]

Raising a Great Puppy, Part 6: Dangers of the Waiting Room, First Vet Visit

The Dangers of the Waiting Room Previous Installments: Raising a Great Puppy, Part 1 & Raising a Great Puppy, Part 2: Six To Fourteen Months: Puberty And Adolescence & Raising a Great Puppy, Part 3: Teen Fears & Raising a Great Puppy, Part 4: Socialization Recommendations And Tips & Raising a Great Puppy, Part 5: […]

Raising a Great Puppy, Part 5: Puppy Peculiarities

Previous Installments: Raising a Great Puppy, Part 1 & Raising a Great Puppy, Part 2: Six To Fourteen Months: Puberty And Adolescence & Raising a Great Puppy, Part 3: Teen Fears & Raising a Great Puppy, Part 4: Socialization Recommendations And Tips Hiccups Puppies get hiccups after eating, drinking or play. No cause for alarm. […]

Raising a Great Puppy, Part 4: Socialization Recommendations And Tips

Previous Installments: Raising a Great Puppy, Part 1 & Raising a Great Puppy, Part 2: Six To Fourteen Months: Puberty And Adolescence & Raising a Great Puppy, Part 3: Teen Fears The Value of Meeting Strangers When dogs meet people other than their owners — especially children, if there aren’t any in your household — […]

Raising a Great Puppy, Part 3: Teen Fears

Previous Installments:  Raising a Great Puppy, Part 1  & Raising a Great Puppy, Part 2: Six To Fourteen Months: Puberty And Adolescence Teen Fears Don’t be surprised by sudden changes in your dog’s reactions. The “fear of the familiar” is not an uncommon syndrome: suddenly, something the dog has seen many times seems frightening to […]

Raising A Great Puppy, Part 2: 6 To 14 Months: Puberty And Adolescence

(Did you miss Part 1? Raising a Puppy) SIX TO FOURTEEN MONTHS: PUBERTY AND ADOLESCENCE Hormonal changes take place in both the male and female during this time that are similar to the changes that human beings go through during puberty. The surge of hormones can be as dramatic for some dogs as it is […]

Raising a Great Puppy

Raising A Great Puppy (Editor’s Note: The first part of this blog post was previewed in the final installment of Picking a Puppy. New material begins at BONDING TO PEOPLE…) This chapter is an essential tool for anyone getting a puppy of any age — there is so much to plan for and deal with […]

Picking A Puppy: Part 6: The First Vet Visit, Sneak Peek: Raising A Great Puppy

Did you miss the previous installments? Picking a Puppy, Part 1: Timing & Picking a Puppy, Part 2: Meet the Parents, Boy or Girl Picking a Puppy, Part 2: Meet the Parents, Boy or Girl Picking a Puppy, Part 3: Personality Testing Picking a Puppy, Part 4: Buying Long Distance, Socialization Picking a Puppy, Part […]