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Selecting The Right Puppy

Discussion in 'Rescue & Adoption' started by Vicki, Sep 8, 2008.

  1. Vicki

    Vicki Administrator Administrator

    Selecting The Right Puppy

    Written by Administrator

    Thursday, 15 May 2008

    Gorgeous, graceful, tall and light of limb, built for speed. Long, flowing coat, noble in appearance. Solid, big-boned, big body, built for strength. Medium size, agile, fearless, strong yet gentle. Fearless hunter, yet lovingly devoted to family and children. Cute, small, adoring, frolicking, full of fun and mischief. Short, dirt resistant coat. Bold, energetic, outgoing. Quite, calm, stable. Aggressive, non-aggressive.
    So many choices, so many combinations!!!

    The choice of selecting a puppy or an adult dog is yours alone; however, since 3 out of 4 prospective dog owners want a puppy, the problem of selecting and preparing for the new arrival usually means the arrival of a young puppy.
    There is nothing wrong with bringing home an adult dog! In fact, such a purchase often has definite advantages. The adult dog is usually house broken and the rigorous feeding schedule necessary for the young puppy can be avoided. NOTE: These suggestions for selecting a puppy also can be followed when selecting an adult.
    Selecting the right puppy for you and your family is very important. Dogs come in all sizes, shapes, coat length, color and temperament. Will the little puppy grow so large that you are uncomfortable with him? Will you be able to provide adequate room to fulfill his exercise needs? Will you be able to spend the necessary time to raise him properly or do you have other more pressing considerations? If you select a cute puppy whose adult coat will be long and flowing, will you have time to brush him daily? Will his temperament suit your needs?
    Investigate your prospective puppy thoroughly. Ask about his adult size and appearance. Ask about temperament. When studying a prospective puppy, look for signs of withdrawal from people as well as signs of being too "pushy". Watch for signs of aggression. If you want a calm, stable puppy, look for an easy-going little guy. If you want an outgoing puppy, look for an adventurous pup. Observe his reactions to you and your family. Is he friendly? Does he like children? Is he calm or active? Which puppy will best suit your needs and lifestyle?
    Do you want a male or female? Your preference as to the sex of your puppy is strictly a personal choice. Unless you are getting a purebred dog and want to breed to improve your stock, we strongly recommend that your new puppy be spayed/neutered as soon as he is old enough. Your veterinarian can tell you at what age it is safe to spay/neuter. Many Animal Services Departments offer SPAY Clinics to help reduce the cost. Their phone number is listed in your local telephone directory.
    A puppy should be at least 8 weeks of age before you bring him home. Pick out a healthy, attractive puppy to join your family. Often a puppy will pick you! Ask questions about his health. Trust your eyes and hands to tell if the puppy is sound in body. His ears and eyes should not have suspicious discharges or odors. Legs should have strong bones. Bodies should have solid muscles. Coats should be clean. Lift the hair to see if the skin is free of scales andparasites. Ask for a Health Certificate showing which shots have been given and which shots are due. This Health Certificate should also give the date on which the puppy has been wormed. Be Selective!

    Prepare for your puppy's arrival before you bring him home. Allow yourself ample time to properly begin his life with you. Is your backyard fenced? A puppy loose on the street is asking to be run over by a car or cause problems with your neighbors. Is ample shade and water available? If you are planning to leave the puppy in your backyard while you're at work, he will need a dog house to protect him from the weather.
    Puppy's first night at home is likely to be disturbing to the family. Keep in mind that this is the first time he has been away from his mother, brothers and sisters, and he may be confused and frightened. If you have a special room for his bed, be sure there is nothing there with which he can tip, pullover, or chew . Check furniture that he might get stuck under or behind.
    If you want him to sleep in your room, he will probably be quiet at night reassured by your presence. If left in a room by himself, he will cry and howl, and you will have to steel yourself to ignore his whining. After a few nights alone he will adjust. The first night he is alone, it is wise to put a loud-ticking alarm clock as well as his toys in the room with him. The alarm clock will make a comforting noise and he will not feel alone. Sometimes a softly-playing radio works well.
    Every dog likes to have a place that is only his. He holds nothing more sacred that his own bed. If you get your puppy a bed, be sure it is one that discourages chewing. It should be large enough to be comfortable when he is full-grown. Locate it away from drafts and radiators. Encourage your puppy to sleep in his bed. Stop playing 1/2 hour before his bedtime and he will settle down faster.

    As a general rule, an 8-week to 3-month old puppy should have four meals a day; 3-months to 6-months, three meals a day; 6-months to one year, two meals a day. After the age .-of 1 to 1-1/2 years, most adult dogs should do well on one meal a day. All dogs are individuals and the amount that will keep your dog in good health will vary from dog to dog. If your puppy's stools are soft, he may be eating too much. If so, cut back on the amount of food (not the number of meals). When he is normal again, increase his food more slowly. When changing anything in your puppy's diet, always do it gradually. The following feeding schedule will give you an idea of what the average puppy should eat:
    Morning meal: Dry puppy kibble, (add small amount of warm water and mix);
    Noon meal: Canned Puppy Food (or meat) mixed with dry puppy kibble, (add small amount of warm water and mix), plus a puppy vitamin;
    Evening meal: Same as noon meal.
    When you are ready, changing over to an adult diet is not too difficult. Very often the puppy will change himself -- he will refuse to eat some of his meals. Most dogs will adjust to one meal a day fairly easily.

    No matter how you get your new puppy or dog, you should arrange to get him to a veterinarian as soon as possible for a routine checkup and to set up a schedule of inoculations. Select a veterinarian you feel qualified to treat dogs. He will get to know your dog and will be glad to have you consult him for advice. Puppy shots and regular booster shots will help to guarantee many years of enjoyment and companionship. Most dogs will never have a health problem. For the few diseases that you might be concerned about, remember that your veterinarian is your dog's best friend. A dog needs little medical care; but, that little is essential to his good health and well-being. He needs:
    1. Proper diet at regular hours.
    2. Regular check-ups and inoculations.
    3. Clean, roomy housing.
    4. Daily exercise.
    5. Frequent grooming.
    6. Companionship and love.

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    Last Updated ( Thursday, 15 May 2008 )

  2. dreaded

    dreaded Puppy


    For the past week or so I've been hunting down info.on owning a Pitbull,i already have a 17month old rott (cosmo).And the love for the Pitbull just hit me.The info.you posted here is a Great Help for us beginners.Keep up the good work!

  3. ~BullyPom~

    ~BullyPom~ Little Dog

    So my APBT/Bully mix is 6 months old, the vet said it is time to switch her over to dog food... is this a good idea? should I wait a bit longer?
  4. Krista

    Krista Krypto Super Dog

    I think you should atleast wait until she is a year old.

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