Choice Of Puppy, Care and Health Related Issues

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Puppies are no doubt, adorable bundles of wagging tails, soft eyes and warm puppy kisses that pull at your heartstrings, begging you to take them home. As difficult as it may sometimes be, the choice of a puppy should not be made on the spur of the moment.
Doing so has often resulted in the acquisition of a dog that does not meet the expectations of his owner. Often times these dogs are eventually resold and, unfortunately, some end up dead. Indeed, this is not the fault of the poor puppy; the inexperienced and uneducated owner is to blame.

This is why at Revolution Kennel; we run you through some important tips to guide you in selecting a puppy whether or not you are buying this puppy from us or other kennels. At Revolution Kennel, we pray every day that our puppies end up in the right homes where love, care and passion for them are paramount.

Before buying a puppy, talk to several owners about the breed you are interested in, gather information and make an informed choice. Each breed was developed for a specific function and, as a result, their personality and traits may not match your lifestyle. Be sure to become completely familiar with the breed you are interested in before deciding to buy a puppy. Remember, your puppy is depending on you to care for and love him for life. This is where you will find the link to OUR DOG BREED useful in our web-page (www.revolution-kennel.com).

Afterwards, the next Question we ask at Revolution Kennel is what you want from your chosen breed:

Show-breeding or Pet?
If you have your heart set on a show dog, remember that all dogs should always be, first and foremost, your companion, deserving a lifetime of love and good care. If you intend to show your dog, you will want to obtain a pup that displays the qualities that are necessary for the show ring. Keep in mind that until a puppy is fully grown, no one, not even the breeder, can be 100% sure that the puppy will indeed grow up to be a good show dog. At Revolution Kennel, we are careful in selecting show quality pups from each of our litter and we have been 90% correct over the years. This is so because at birth we carefully study all pups and that way, we see their individual potentials.

You will be buying a puppy that has what is termed “show potential.” This means that the pup possesses good show conformation, and if he continues to develop along these lines, he should become a good show dog (an example of the correct breed standard). Unfortunately, it is common for conformation to change as the puppy grows, and some promising pups don’t quite develop according to their potential. This could be caused most times as a result of improper care, feeding and exercise by his new owner. Most show quality puppies end up to be the best guard dogs as they often times possess these traits right from birth.
This is why at Revolution Kennel we carefully study bloodlines before breeding. This way, we can GUARANTEE our puppies when whelped.

Although Pet quality dogs may not excel in the show ring, there are many other options such as obedience, tracking, lure coursing, guard etc. that you may decide to pursue. It is important to keep in mind that the true value of your dog will be in the loving companionship that he provides, and the bond that you develop. Showing should always be secondary to these goals.
If you are looking for a pet puppy, your pup will not have to meet the exact specifications of bone structure and movement set forth in the breed standard. If his shoulder is a little too straight, or his neck too short, it will not matter. Good temperament, however, is one attribute that should never be sacrificed in the pet puppy. It is important that a family pet have a happy, stable personality. This does not mean that he is not a pure bred dog as long as he meets up the basic breed standard.
Most time people undermine this but a moderate temperament is better than having a dog with extreme aggression. In our experience at Revolution Kennel most times, dogs with extreme temperament are not recommended for breeding because of the genetic involvement of their character if passed down to their progeny.

HEALTH:
Anyone who has ever brought home a sick puppy can tell you how frustrating and heartbreaking it can be. The whole experience can turn what should be an exciting, happy time into a nightmare.
A sick dog can be compared to a sick child. There is no way he can be abandoned and this will mean you spending so much money at the vets. Most times the dog ends up dying.
Be sure to perform a visual inspection before purchasing any puppy. All pups spend a lot of time sleeping, but when they are active they should appear alert and energetic. Bloated stomachs, except possibly right after eating, can be a sign of worms. Eyes and noses containing a mucous-filled discharge can signal a viral or bacterial infection. Never take a puppy home in this condition. The stress of being in a new environment can quickly worsen the problem. It is up to the breeder to provide the puppy with proper care.

Likewise, a puppy that is vomiting or has runny diarrhea, especially if it contains blood, should be immediately treated by the breeder’s veterinarian. This might be a symptom of parvovirus or some other disease. Even if it is not, puppies can dehydrate quickly and this, in itself, can prove fatal.
Many of you will attest to buying puppies that end up dying weeks after they get to your homes. This might be as a result of a virus passed on from the breeder’s kennel. Most kennels are dirty, smelling and unhealthy. Dog breeding is not for everyone because overall hygiene of the kennel is paramount and adequate space is required to keep a particular number of dogs.
Also observe the way in which the breeder cares for his dogs. Are they well fed and are their living conditions clean? Do the dogs show affection towards the breeder? Clues that suggest otherwise may mean you should look elsewhere for a puppy.

It is very common for some breeders (Puppy Mills) to overlook de-worming or giving their puppies and adult dogs regular vaccines. They often times lie about it, some may show you medical checks that may be hoax.

At Revolution Kennel we do not only do the business of breeding, care and health checks are also very important to us, this is passed down to our puppies.

RAISING PUPPIES:
When your puppy arrives at home, you should have separate bowls for food and water, a supply of the same food that the breeder was feeding may be necessary before he is gradually introduced to whatever other food you may decide, a collar and leash and a few safe chew toys already on hand. You should also have a safe area prepared for him to sleep and play. Planning for the needs of your puppy beforehand can help to make the first few days in his new home easier for both of you.

It is important to continue feeding our puppies bought from Revolution Kennel with Chicken, Diamond Pet food or Taste of the Wild Premium Food (as available in your area) as this will help the puppy adapt faster to his new home. Most times, if you automatically change his diet, it might make the puppy stay off food for a few days and you don’t want this. Not to say you cannot change his meal but this should be a gradual process because he may be sensitive to his new environment.
We will be glad to sell you some of our premium food (if we have available at the time).

Although you will be excited about your new arrival, and the temptation is strong to show him off to friends and family, it is better to wait. Take him directly home and keep visitors to a minimum. Until he is fully vaccinated with the series of necessary shots (vaccines), the youngster is very susceptible to several canine diseases, some of which can be transported on shoes and clothing.
During the first year of your puppy’s life, he will be learning about the world around him, what is expected of him and how his actions affect his environment. If his needs for love and care are met, the pup will learn that the world is a safe and friendly place. Puppies learn by repetition, so be sure to be consistent and use positive training methods with lots of praise.

One of your best resources will be a book that is written specifically on the breed of your choice. (Learn from our BREED HISTORY page on our website.) If you purchase such a book, you will, no doubt, refer to it often and it will prove to be an invaluable aid during the first important year of puppy-hood. You may contact us for advice, as we can arrange our vets to visit you often and also give you our professional advice (free) when the need arises.

EXCERCISE:
As puppies grow, they require supervised exercise, just like kids getting into adolescence. That is why at Revolution Kennel our team has ample time to exercise our dogs by walking, ring training for the show and all our dogs exercise thrice weekly on the treadmill which helps and balances their overall fitness. Don’t just feed your dogs and lock them up in Kennel´s. They want to have fun just like you.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:
Lastly, you should keep one thing in mind before you take that big step and start looking for a new friend. Dogs are social animals. They crave human attention, and they want and need to be a part of the family. If you don’t have time to spend with your dog, please reconsider if the acquisition of a dog is a good idea right now, or if, perhaps, you should wait until a future date when you will have more time to spend with your friend. When buying a puppy, make sure that you plan to keep him for life, and that your commitment to him is as strong as the commitment he will make to you.

CONCLUSION:
Revolution Kennel is about one of the best kennel´s in Nigeria and in Africa. Our contemporaries in Europe and the rest of the world can attest to our ever urge to get some of the best bloodlines. We attend and participate in international dog shows to learn a lot from the big names in the industry. We have a wonderful and unique kennel team, totally devoted to the care of our dogs. This only shows you that we are not just in the business of selling but reflecting the true breed standards of our dogs.

We will be glad to sell you a dog (whether adult or puppy) and will always be on hand to guide you whenever you need our professional opinion.

Thanks again FANS! As usual, roll your comments and contributions in.
We will be glad to respond to your questions and enquiries

Kennel Blindness (Part 2)

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Blaming the fact that your dog is not looking good (physically) or winning shows on bad judging, politics or anything except the possibility that there may be something wrong with your dog.

Kennel blind people always have an excuse for why their dog didn’t win a show, competition etc. Also why their dogs do not meet with the breed standard.

While some of their reasoning may be legitimate, consistently losing under a variety of judges usually means a dog does not fit the standard in one or more important aspects.

Suggestion: If your dog is not looking good, ask several knowledgeable people to evaluate your dog. Tell them to be honest and listen with an open mind. It might be a dietary problem, lack of ample exercise or he might not be a pure breed (standard of his supposed breed) like you expect.

RISK FACTORS

Kennel blindness is more apt to be a problem for the following:

  • Breeders who do not have an ‘eye’ for a dog. Some breeders are simply not born with an ‘eye’ for a dog. Despite having read and studied their breed’s standard, they are incapable of correctly evaluating structure and movement.

  • Ignorant breeders who are carried away by a dog’s temperament and personality. Many kennel blind people think all puppies are cute. These owners usually decide to breed their dog, not to improve the breed, but because they love his personality and want more puppies just like him. In our opinion, we always tell our clients that most times (99%) puppies look gorgeous when they are born but what becomes of them as they develop and loose their puppy fat? Most times, some of these dogs grow up not to be what the buyer expected. This is sad and disappointing.

  • Breeders who have produced quality dogs in the past but are now struggling to stay on top may be more prone to over-looking faults in their dogs.

  • Breeders working with small numbers of dogs may be prone to kennel blindness as there might never be room for them to truly evaluate their dogs in comparison to each other. They see their dogs as all nice and a true quality of the breed standard without the need for research. Because small breeders have less to choose from, they may not want to open their eyes to problems in their breeding program. To them, all their dogs are perfect. From here you hear things like: My dog is taller, his dog looks like a GSD instead of a Rottweiler, those puppies are too expensive, Paul´s cheaper and they are the same, John´s dog is better than Michael´s bla, bla, bla. The story never ends. Working with a limited number of dogs should be an advantage in breeding when you know, understand and respect the breed standards. Who suffers this? The potential buyers. Such breeders get them confused and they may end up making the wrong decision with choice of puppies/dogs.

  • Breeders whose every waking moment revolves around dogs may be greatly affected by this. Such breeders will NEVER take NO for an answer. They will object to creative ideas, tips suggestions etc. Making dog breeding a “live or die” situation can affect objectivity. It totally blinds the breeder from the truth. In Part 1, we did say that no-one can ever have the perfect breed of dog because dog standard can always be improved on in the right direction. This is what we aim at REVOLUTION KENNEL.

CHARACTERISTICS OF PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT KENNEL BLIND

They are truly objective and rarely satisfied with their own dogs, criticizing them more than others would. Regardless of time and effort already spent, they are ready to remove from their program dogs that do not pan out, even to the point of starting over with new foundation stock. This is when buyers have to be careful when buying adult/adolescent dogs.

Good breeders are NEVER in a hurry to have Adults dogs to enhance fast mating and breeding. This is the new trend in our country. Most people want READY-MADE dogs (Adults), most times so they don’t have to pass through the stress of puppy transition to adolescent then adulthood. These impatient breeders want a dog they can start breeding immediately with.

Kennel Blind breeders would rather buyer finished products from other Kennel´s therefore, taking another man´s glory. Breeding as we always say is not for the weak. It is tasking at the same time, rewarding.

On the other hand, a good breeder would rather settle for a nice puppy out of a good Pedigree/bloodline, raise this puppy with so much love and care to see that this puppy comes out good. You can see potentials in a good puppy especially when you know his/her pedigree/bloodline.

Food for thought: What breeder will honestly sell you a full grown adult that is outstanding or the best in his kennel? Why would he be selling of the best female or male in his breeding program? Most times, adults are sold for different reasons like: aggression, infertility, incorrect bite and other faults. Only a few breeders sell good adults because of decongestion, relocation etc. Either way, it has to be for a reason.

Breeders who are not Kennel Blind have an ‘eye’ for a dog and can appreciate a beautiful one regardless of who bred or owns it.

TIPS FOR CURING KENNEL BLINDNESS 

If caught in time, kennel blindness can be cured before it has a lasting, detrimental effect on your breeding program. Following are some tips.

Avoid over-emphasizing a certain feature in your breeding program to the detriment of overall correctness.

Although most breeders try to emphasize the excellence of the whole dog, it is human nature to over-emphasize certain features. In fact, the importance we give to a particular trait in our dogs is how we express our “breeding personality” and create what we feel comes close to our ideal. One breeder may be a stickler for fronts and another for toplines, the other for heads. The danger here is that by focusing on just one feature we can become “blind” to other faults that may be creeping into the breeding program.
To assess your kennel blindness level, ask someone whose opinion you respect to objectively evaluate your dogs.

Some of the best people to ask are knowledgeable breeders who are not kennel blind themselves. Be sure this person really understands the breed standard and request that they honestly critique the virtues and faults in your dogs. Ask more than one qualified person and compare their evaluations with your own. Personal research (online, books, article etc) would also help.
If you are falling short of your objectives, it is most important to admit it to yourself.

As difficult as it is to admit failure, the realization that our dogs do not possess certain virtues can be the first step in devising a plan to obtain what we really want.

At REVOLUTION KENNEL we speak quality and we are very objective in our breeding. We have been to a few International Shows including:

  • the World Dog Shows (2010, 2011),
  • IFR Rottweiler Show,
  • ADRK Shows in Germany

with the sole aim to learn more on breed standard/improvement. Moreso, discussing with breeders alike have greatly contributed to our breeding success and we will love to share this with you and also learn more from you.

Thank you for your time.

Revolution Kennel Team

Kennel Blindness (Part 1)

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Our Definition: Kennel blindness is a “disease” which renders a breeder incapable of seeing faults in his own dogs. Kennel blind breeders tend to twist and distort the standard to justify the dogs they breed. In their eyes they breed the best and no other person does.

SYMPTOMS of Kennel Blindness

An inability to see and appreciate the good qualities in a competitor’s dogs.
Kennel blind breeders tend to focus on negative features in dogs other than their own.

Our Suggestion: Re-read your breed’s standard keeping in mind that most standards delineate the essential aspects of a breed, allowing breeders the freedom to express their own concepts of the non-essentials. In this way a range of excellence may be produced in a breed without sacrificing each dog’s ability to fit into the standard.

The Bitter Truth

The belief that you have bred the “perfect” dog.
No “perfect” dog has ever or will ever be bred in any breed. Even your best can always be improved upon.

Our Suggestion: Realize that your concept of what is ideal may change. Experience with a breed may gradually change the priority a breeder gives to certain features. A stickler for correct heads may gradually start emphasizing angulation and movement, realizing that the latter are also essential aspects of the breed.

Conclusion

We can do better in our dog breeding if start welcoming criticism, comments & helpful tips with open arms. It is also nice to commend other people´s efforts and softly let them know what they are doing right or wrong.

At Revolution Kennel, we are open to this.

If this article was helpful, it will be nice to have your comments coming in.

Have a good week ahead you.

Revolution Kennel Team.

Chewing Destructiveness in Dogs (Puppies & Adults)

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Does your dog (puppy, Adult) chew out your shoes, visitor’s shoes, clothes hanging on the line, foot mats, buckets, car etc? This article might be a MUST read for you to learn a few tips. If this helps you as a breeder or a pet owner in any way, it will be nice to get your comments, this says a big THANK YOU to the auditor (Revolution Kennel Team) of this amazing article.

Dogs, especially puppies are extremely playful and inquisitive and they many times, over do it. While playing with people and other dogs is an important part of socialization and social development, exploration (territorial marking). We can therefore say it is a normal behavior for puppies to investigate their environment by sniffing, tasting and perhaps chewing on objects throughout the home.

Dogs that chew may also be scavenging for food (as in garbage raiding), playing (as in chewing apart a book or shoes, foot-mats etc), teething (dogs three to six months of age that chew often chew on household objects), or satisfying a natural urge to chew and gnaw (which may serve to help keep teeth and gums healthy).

Some dogs may chew because they receive attention (even if it is negative) or treats from the owners each time they chew, and the owners are unconsciously rewarding the behavior. Chewing and destructive behaviors may also be a response to anxiety. Dogs that are confined in areas where they are insecure may dig and chew in an attempt to escape. Dogs that are in a state of conflict, arousal or anxiety, such as separation anxiety, may turn to chewing and other forms of destructiveness as an outlet.

Most times, puppies chew and get destructive when they are lonely and without a partner (another dog). If you have another dog and your puppy still chews irrespective, then the problem might be he/she lacks enough exercise and playtime from you. You need to give him more time to exercise and play. This helps puppies burn out energy. If you don’t help your puppy stop chewing and been destructive, he/she will continue this bad manner even when he is an adult. Guess you don’t want your adult dog been destructive. This will be very embarrassing.

If your puppy or adult dogs keep garbage raiding (eating from the bin), there is a problem. It might be that they don’t get the right amount of food or protein and other essential vitamins, so they crave for more. Try giving them ample food and also fresh clean water regularly. You can also try some nice vitamin supplements to compliment their food. Always empty your bin and keep it far away from your dogs as a matter of precaution because this is bad. Dogs shouldn’t eat waste as this is definitely bad for their health.

We hope this help you with your dog´s habit and we will like to answer any questions you have relating to this topic.

Thanks for been a fan of Revolution Kennel.

 

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Tips On Raising Puppies

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English: Chihuahua puppy

English: Chihuahua puppy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Raising a puppy is a way to build an unbreakable bond with a loving companion. Watching the puppy grow, learn, and mature under your care is very rewarding. There is a lot of responsibility involved however, and the owner should be prepared for the level of dedication required of them.

Puppies can not fend for themselves. They need good nutrition (food), exercise (walks, games), socialization, and training to become good pets. A puppy should receive proper veterinary care as well. Vaccinations are given to protect the pup from contagious disease. They are boostered several times while the immune system is developing. Young puppies are susceptible to intestinal parasites, and will probably require de-worming to keep them healthy. Spaying or neutering should be planned around five to six months old.

Puppies should be fed at least three times a day, and they should always have access to fresh water. Considering that we live in a tropical region (Africa), it is important that puppies have fresh water everytime to avoid dehydration. A name brand premium puppy food will provide proper nutrition to grow up healthy and strong. At Revolution Kennel, we only feed our dogs with the best premium food.

Supplemental vitamins are not usually required when a good balanced diet (Premium food) is fed except you choose to (optional). Puppies should be fully weaned (off breast milk) before they are sold.

ONLY BUY HEALTHY PUPPIES. DO NOT BUY A PUPPY JUST BECAUSE YOU THINK HE IS CHEAP. ITS YOUR RIGHT TO READ ABOUT A PARTICULAR BREED WITH KEEN KNOWLEDGE OF HIS GENUINE BREED QUALITY.

Crate training is the fastest way to house-train a puppy. That is if you choose to make this puppy an indoor partner. It helps to establish a schedule for sleeping, playing, feeding, and eliminating. The crate is never used for punishment, as the puppy should consider it a safe and happy place to be. If you choose to keep your puppy indoor, you must toilet train him.

A puppy’s stools should be checked to be sure they are formed. If the puppy has diarrhea, he can quickly become dehydrated. Blood in the stool is a sign of serious illness or intestinal parasites. If the stools are not normal, seek veterinary care as soon as possible. If you notice anything abnormal in your dog´s stool, you must report to your vet because the fastest killer of puppies is Parvo.

This is why at Revolution Kennel, we do not give out our puppies to their new homes/owners until they are about 8 weeks old. At this time, our veterinary would have de-wormed, vacinated the puppies. Further vacination/de-worming dates will be advised prior to pick-up.

Obedience training begins as soon as the puppy’s attention span allows for it. Around six weeks old (depending on breed and pedigree), dogs can begin learning basic commands like sit, stop, dont etc. Patience, persistence, and time are all that are required to properly train the puppy. Commands can become more complex as the puppy matures if owner is not consistent.

Puppies should be well socialized to people and other pets. Beginning at a very young age, the pup should learn proper interaction and social skills. This is the best time to introduce your puppy to members of your family and he will soon learn what family is about. He will at this stage see your family members as his family and will protect them even even if it costs him his life.

Fear of people when the dog is older is a result of improper socialization when he was young. Many behavioral problems can be avoided in this way.

IF YOU DONT LIKE DOGS, DONT GET ONE ONLY FOR SECURITY. WHY USE YOUR ENEMY TO PROTECT YOURSELF. A DOG FEELS & KNOWS WHEN HE IS NOT LOVED.

Timidity from our experience can be associated with some dogs overly aggressive nature. We always say a dog with super temperament is better than an aggressive dog because he knows when to be protective and friendly.

Caring for a puppy is a challenge that will bring many rewards. Having a well trained, happy, and healthy dog begins with raising a puppy properly.

We hope this article has helped you. Your comments, questions will be answered.

Thanks for your time.