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Caring for your puppy

Dogs make enjoyable and affectionate pets and they very quickly build up a strong bond with humans. There is a great variety in sizes of Gun dogs,

There are over 30 pedigree breeds recognised by the Kennel Club. There is also a great variety in size and type in the many Gun dog crossbreeds available. Whatever you  choose, your new puppy should be at least 8 weeks old and be fully weaned and eating from his own dish. By this age your puppy should have a full set of milk teeth. Dogs are a long term commitment: The average life span of a dog is 12-14 years.

 

Choosing and buying your puppy

 When choosing a dog you must consider the adult size of the dog, the size of your home and garden, exercise and grooming requirements. You also need to consider the cost of feeding, health care, professional grooming, holiday care and day care if you are at work all day. You need to decide between a pedigree puppy and a crossbreed. When purchasing a pedigree puppy make sure you receive the Kennel Club registration papers and a copy of

the pedigree.

 

Docking certificate and Microchip

 When purchasing a Gun dog puppy if the pup has been docked ! make sure you have the legal docking certificate and proof of the microchip number papers if the vet microchips at

8 weeks, If the vet decides for any reason not to microchip at this age, once you decide to have him/her micro chipped make sure the vet who microchips  your dog signs your docking certificate, which is a necessity these days and most of all required by law. Don't risk a hefty fine with somebody who wants to perform this act without paperwork to save money.

 

A healthy puppy should be:

 Bright and alert.

Have no signs of discharge from eye, ears, mouth and nose. Have a clean anal area.

Have a glossy coat with no bald patches and not have sores on the skin.

Should move about easily with no signs of lameness.

 

Housing

Initially an indoor kennel can double up as a bed but as your puppy grows, provide a bed or basket with suitable bedding for him. There are lots of products available and your pet shop will be happy to advise you. Feeding and Water When you buy your puppy you should be supplied with a diet sheet. If you decide to change your puppy

s diet, do this over a period of time, as sudden changes in diet can cause tummy upsets. Your pet shop will stock a wide range of canned, and dry foods that are balanced for your puppy s growth. Fresh water should be available at all times.

 

Handling/Settling in

When you take your puppy home he will need a lot of rest, but do not leave him unattended for long periods of time. It is advisable to confine your puppy to an indoor

kennel when left alone.

Toilet training

Each time he wakes up, after meals and at bedtime, take your puppy outside. Wait until he finishes and praise him. An indoor kennel can assist with toilet training. At first keep the bed to one half and place toilet training pads in the other half in case of accidents, especially at night.

 

Exercise

Your dog will require daily exercise. Always keep your dog on a lead in public, except in designated areas. Be prepared to clean up after your dog when necessary. Your dog must wear a collar with a fitted tag or disc when in public. The disc must bear the owner s name and address by law.

 

Socialisation and training

A well trained dog is a happy dog and is unlikely to cause a nuisance to others. A puppy should attend socialization classes as soon as he is old enough, which is usually after vaccination. There are weekly dog training clubs in most areas.

 

Toys

Your puppy will enjoy playing with toys. There is a wide variety to choose from so look at the website for suitable gun dog toys.

 

General care

Grooming - Groom regularly with specialist equipment suitable to the breed of dog and the coat type.

Worming - Your puppy must be wormed regularly with a proprietary worming preparation. Flea control - Regular flea treatments will be needed to prevent fleas and other skin

parasites.

 

Vaccinations

Your puppy must be vaccinated against the infectious canine diseases: distemper, parvovirus, leptospirosis, parainfluenza and infectious hepatitis. Regular boosters will be required. If you intend to take your pet abroad he will need a pet passport. This requires amongst other things vaccination against rabies. Your vet will advise.

 

Insurance

Puppies should be registered with your vet and insurance against unexpected veterinary costs should be considered.

 

ID Chip

You should consider having your puppy microchipped if not done already when the docking was done. Your vet or other pet professional can advise you on this.

 

Shopping List

  •  Food Food bowl

  • Water bowl Food mat

  • Basket/bed Bedding

  • Brush and comb Collar and lead Disc/tag Worm and flea preparations Indoor kennel Book on dog care

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