There is nothing nicer than waking up to the “coffee breath” of a puppy. There is nothing more delightful than watching a puppy in play. There is nothing more satisfying than looking your puppies alert and yearning eyes.
Your puppy’s formative years are very important. Use positive parenting techniques to develop a well-balanced and happy pup. Here’s how.
GIVE IT TIME WITH ITS MOM
Puppies should spend at least 8 weeks with their mum’s and siblings. They learn invaluable lessons on pooping and social etiquette.
PUPPY PROOF YOUR HOME
Before you get angry with your puppy for chewing your favourite slippers, scan your home and remove everything you can think of that might get chewed. Put acceptable chew material in place.
KEEP PUPPIES SAFE
Crates are great props to contain puppies when they aren’t being watched. Trauma can last well into a pup’s life. Make sure you keep them safe and away from fireworks and traffic or loud noises.
MAKE NAMING POSITIVE
Get puppies to learn their names in a positive sense. Don’t call puppies by their name when they’re in trouble, or when you want to cut their nails, bath them or put them away in their kennels. Use their names when you’re calling them for food or to love them.
GIVE THEM APPROPRIATE TOYS
More toys equate to smarter dogs. Playing experiences allows them to explore and experience different motions and tactile experiences. Give puppies squeak toys, bully sticks, jaw hide and jolly balls. Toys that are too hard might break their teeth.
Use the pups age in months plus one hour to gauge the intervals between potty breaks. So, if a pup is 2 months you would need to take them out every three hours. If you’re using a puppy pad inside they might get accustomed to that and may pee on something similar like a towel. Outside breaks are a better option.
Re-inforce positive handling by touching your puppy everyday. Make your contact with them loving and kind.
INSTIL GOOD BEHAVIOUR
Rewards teach pups to think. Teach a pup to like a word by saying their name or making a sound or click and then giving them a treat afterwards. That way you will get them to respond to your chosen word. Redirect bad behavior by showing them what they can do instead.
Use a short leash to start with, not an expandable one. Start walking with your pup on cement where there aren’t any smells or insects to distract them. Once you have a level of manageability, take them outside.
CALLING YOUR PUPPY
Play hide and seek, calling them and then rewarding them with excitement and treats. This will teach them to come.
Give visitors treats to give the pup – that way they will see visitors as a good experience and they won’t develop aggression.
VONDIS PUPPY FEEDING SUGGESTIONS
VONDI’S PUPPY MENU: 6 – 12 weeks:
When feeding a puppy on Vondi’s Dog Food one would base it on the size of the head, as the size of the head is the same size as the tummy. This would be the quantity per meal.
• 7am Oats. Pour hot water over, stand until soggy. Sprinkle Vondi’s vitamin supplement on top. Small qty raw egg mixed in every day.
• 10am Puppy Crunchies
• 11am Vondi’s Dog Food
• 4pm Puppy Crunchies
• 7pm Vondi’s Dog food – Sprinkle Vondi’s supplement on top.
This is a guideline. You don’t have to be too strict about times and in what order you feed what.
VONDI’S PUPPY MENU:
12 weeks – 9 months: Feed Vondis Food 2 – 3 times per day. Reasonable quantity or 5% of his body weight PER DAY
9 months – adult: Feed Vondis 1 – 2 times per day. Reasonable quantity or 4% of his body weight PER DAY .