Holding Aces – Giving your puppy the best start to life!

Holding Aces – Giving your puppy the best start to life!

We know the essentials in giving your puppy a healthy start to life, including care, training and overall health.
Your puppy has already been exposed to a variety of experiences in a positive and safe environment. From birth, each puppy is well socialised with people, kids/adults and all types of farm animals and stimuli. Learning to interact with other dogs, building friendships, confidence and trust, is an important stage in puppyhood which you should continue with your new puppy. This will ensure your puppy the best future, to develop into a confident and friendly, well-behaved member of society.

Diet – Puppies are introduced to wide range of foods in their diet. They are not fussy eaters; they eat a clean and healthy well balanced diet. We do not purchase pet food from the supermarket. Please speak to your local pet shop or vet, regarding the best products for your Dogue. We recommend and endorse Advance. You will be supplied a puppy starter pack of Advance for your puppy, with a promotional code to register online, should you wish to continue using Advance as recommended, it can be very rewarding being a member of Advance, but what is more rewarding than a healthy puppy?

Your puppy has eaten the following:

Advance wet food in cans, Advance puppy dry foods – biscuits, Raw meats such as: Ox hearts, Ox tails, Ox tongues, Chicken, lamb off-cuts and beef. The puppies love their raw meats! Chewing is great for healthy teeth and gums!

Worming: Your puppy is regularly wormed at 2, 4, 6 and 8 weeks of age. Next worming is due at 12 weeks.

Vaccination – Please refer to your puppies vaccination card, it will state the date of when the first vaccination was carried out. Speak to your vet to make an appointment, most vets recommend second vaccination to be done from 4 to 6 weeks of the first one.

You are legally required to have your puppy registered with your local council so that he is easily identifiable, should he go missing.

Your puppy has been microchipped, a small implant device the same of a grain of rice was inserted beneath the skin on the back of the neck Please keep records up to date by transferring the microchip ownership into your name. The transfer of ownership form will be provided to you, should you make an error or loose the form, simply contact me or download another copy from the internet.

Desexing your dog prevents unplanned pregnancy and has positive effects on behaviour and health. Desexed animals are less likely to wander or fight over territory; in turn reducing the likelihood of car injuries and bite wounds. Desexing also comes with health benefits for both male and female dogs. Female dogs desexed early are far less likely to suffer from mammary tumours later in life and male dogs are less likely to develop prostatic disease. You puppy can be desexed as early as 8 weeks of age when the operation is straight forward and recovery is very quick. Your local vet can provide this service. Some RSPCA veterinary clinics offer desexing at a discounted rate.

House training – Toilet Training a puppy or a dog takes time and patience and, just as with children, every puppy or dog is different and will learn at its own pace. To make the process of toilet training successful and as efficient as possible, you need to use reward based positive reinforcement training. The first step is to give your dog plenty of opportunities to go outside. The second is to reward the dog every time (or as often as possible) it eliminates in the place where you want the dog to go. The reward must occur immediately after the event (within a few seconds), not when the dog comes back inside, as the dog will not make an association between going to the toilet in the right spot and the reward unless it is given straight afterwards. The reward can be in the form of praise (a pat on the chest or saying ‘good’ dog in a pleasant tone of voice), offering a food treat or giving the dog their favourite chew toy. This system relies on you supervising the dog as much as possible throughout the day so as not to miss the opportunity to reward the dog for the good behaviour. The more often you can do this, the faster the dog will learn. You should also look out for signs showing the dog is about to go to the toilet so you can take them outside and are ready to praise them as soon as they have finished. When dogs are about to go to the toilet they tend to sniff the area, circle and then pause in the spot (though individuals may vary so owners may watch their dog to get an idea of what they do). Remember to take your puppy or dog to the toilet area first thing in the morning, as dogs will often need to go to the toilet at this time.

Positive reinforcement also involves ignoring ‘unwanted’ elimination – i.e. if the dog goes to the toilet in the wrong place it is best to display no reaction. You should clean the area thoroughly with a non-ammonia based cleaning product (these can be found at your local veterinary clinic or animal supplies store) to take away the scent and reduce the likelihood of the dog using the same place again next time.

Old-fashioned responses such as ‘rubbing the dog’s nose in it’ or administering any form of punishment will not teach the dog anything, in fact it may actually delay the learning process. The dog may instead learn that eliminating in front of the owner is inappropriate and this then makes rewarding elimination (when they do go in the right spot) difficult. It is very important to note that young puppies often do not have full control over their urination until they are a bit older. That is, urination is a developmental process, so very young puppies can make a mistake without being able to prevent or control it.