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.
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.
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