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.

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