YOUR PUPPY'S NUTRITION
SCIENCE DIET Healthy Development Formula dry puppy food is what we feed our puppies. We encourage you to keep your puppy on this brand of food for the first 6 months of your puppy's life. Science Diet is vet recommended kibble and can be easily purchased at your vets office, online or at any major retail pet stores. We suggest ordering online from CHEWY. This online pet supply store will ship your puppy's food straight to your door and you can always enjoy free 1-3 day shipping on any orders over $49.
We recommend feeding your puppy twice a day Morning/Evening pulling food up after each feeding. If you find your puppy is not eating enough at each feeding, you can switch to 3 times a day. Fresh tap or filtered water should always be available for your puppy. When you puppy reaches 6 mos. of age we recommend you switch over to an adult food. If you decide to switch to another brand of dog food, we recommended you do it gradually over a 2-3 wk. period.
NUVET SUPPLEMENTS are highly recommended for your puppy's complete nutritional health. We believe every dog should be given a vitamin and mineral supplement for its lifetime! Nuvet is the #1 vitamin and mineral supplement on the market made in a pharmaceutical facility using FDA human grade ingredients. There is no better product on the market to keep your pet in the best health possible for its lifetime.
We believe in this product so much that we will extend your puppy's health guarantee from 1 yr. to 3 yrs. as long as they are kept on Nuvet for the entire contractual period. We suggest ordering ahead of your puppy's arrival so that you have it on hand when you get your puppy home. Click the link for ordering information.
We can't stress enough how important it is to give your new puppy plenty exercise for optimal health. It is important to learn their limitations so that you can prevent injuries and heartache down the road. Running on slick floors or climbing stairs can be damaging to puppy's joints and ligaments so it is very important to limit those activities until your puppy has matured.
Short walks through the neighborhood, Playing fetch in the yard or taking trips to the dog park are great ways to keep your puppy exercised and happy. Introducing your puppy to water at an early age is highly recommended and swimming is one of the best ways to exercise a young puppy's joints.
Introducing your puppy to car rides, strange places, strange noises, unfamiliar people, and other pets/animals are just a few ways to socialize your puppy. Make sure your puppy has has its full set of vaccinations before scheduling play dates or visiting dog parks.
Preventing early behavior problems before they start is the key to a happy life with your dog. The first year of your puppy's life requires a good deal of time and energy. It is up to you to help your puppy become a well behaved family member.
Enrolling your puppy in training/obedience classes when they are of appropriate age can be beneficial especially if you have children. Please research and find a professional trainer that can provide you their credentials.
Our puppies will generally have a low to non shedding, shaggy coat that will require weekly brushing. They should be thoroughly bathed and groomed a minimum of every 2-3 months. This routine should start at a very early age so that they are totally relaxed and comfortable with the whole process.
GROOMING SHOULD ALSO INCLUDE....
*Keeping hair free from the eyes.
*Weekly nail trims
*Expression of anal glands
*Grooming potty trails
*Bi-yearly teeth cleaning by a certified vet
*Ear cleaning and maintenance is a must! You should have the hair removed from your puppy's ear canal by your vet or groomer. The canals should be kept clean and dry at all times to prevent ear infections. Please consult with your vet if there is a yeasty or foul smell coming from the ear canal. Your vet can recommend a anti fungal wash to keep your puppy's ears nice and healthy.