The Ring Equipment – Best Puppy Training Tips
Here is a brief checklist of the things you will need before you bring your new puppy home:
1. Your puppy will need a nylon flat buckle collar and nylon leash before you bring it home. There is no need to buy an expensive collar or to buy leather. Your puppy will be growing quickly and will soon outgrow its first collars. The leash should be about six-feet long.
2. Your puppy will need a crate for sleeping and house training. Even if you don‘t plan to have your puppy sleep in the crate on a regular basis, all dogs should be crate-trained. It is recommended that dogs ride in crates when in vehicles (or use a harness), and most dogs must ride in a crate if they fly by plane. Choose a crate that is large enough for your dog to stand up and turn around but not so large that it will be tossed around in case of a car accident. Dogs can be injured in crates if the crate is too large.
3. You will also need to choose appropriate grooming equipment for your puppy. You can start with a good boar bristle brush and a greyhound comb (a long metal comb with one-inch teeth). Long-coated breeds will probably need a pin brush. Your puppy will also need a good shampoo and conditioner. Choose a shampoo and conditioner suited to your puppy‘s coat. An Afghan Hound will have different shampoo and conditioning needs than an Airedale, for instance. Some coats are naturally silky and soft while others are harsh and wiry. Check the labels on dog shampoos and conditioners to check their suitability to your new dog’s coat.
4. Make sure that you have toys for your puppy before you bring it home. Your puppy will be coming into a strange home and it will appreciate something fun to cheer it up. Choose a few things from different toy categories such as balls, ropes, squeakies, stuffed animal-type toys, and so on. Your puppy will soon let you know what kind of toy it likes best. 5. If you buy your puppy from a breeder, get the breeder to give you a sample of the food that it’s been used to eating. Sometimes breeders will send some food home with you so your puppy‘s diet won‘t be interrupted. As far as bowls are concerned, metal or ceramic bowls are usually best since they won’t trigger allergies. 5. Make sure that your puppy has a bed, especially if you don‘t plan to have it sleep in a crate. The bed can be a mat, a nice stuffed dog bed, something fancy, a rug, or a place on the sofa or your bed. But beware: wherever your puppy starts sleeping in the beginning, it will likely want to continue sleeping there.
5. If you buy your puppy from a breeder, get the breeder to give you a sample of the food that it’s been used to eating. Sometimes breeders will send some food home with you so your puppy‘s diet won‘t be interrupted. As far as bowls are concerned, metal or ceramic bowls are usually best since they won’t trigger allergies. 5. Make sure that your puppy has a bed, especially if you don‘t plan to have it sleep in a crate. The bed can be a mat, a nice stuffed dog bed, something fancy, a rug, or a place on the sofa or your bed. But beware: wherever your puppy starts sleeping in the beginning, it will likely want to continue sleeping there.
6. Make sure that your puppy has a bed, especially if you don‘t plan to have it sleep in a crate. The bed can be a mat, a nice stuffed dog bed, something fancy, a rug, or a place on the sofa or your bed. But beware: wherever your puppy starts sleeping in the beginning, it will likely want to continue sleeping there.
Supervising Puppy Play
Here are some important tips to help keep your puppy safe and sound.
1. Do not let your puppy put things in it mouth that it could swallow. Most puppies will chew on or try to eat just about anything they can put in their mouths. Sometimes they can even try to swallow things that could get stuck in their throats. As a result, they could choke or swallow something that would perforate the lining of their gastrointestinal tract and require surgery. Your puppy might eat a rock, a sock, a knife or something else dangerous. Your puppy could try to eat many things that would cause an obstruction and could lead to it death. So it is very important that you keep an eye on your puppy when it is playing. Make sure it does not chew on something or try to eat something which could cause a problem. When choosing toys or chew things for your puppy it is important that you always choose things that are larger than your puppy‘s mouth. This will help prevent your puppy from getting them inside it mouth or swallowing them. Make sure that you monitor your puppy whenever it has a chew toy. Even the best chew toys may sometimes splinter or tear off in chunks which could give your puppy something to swallow. For this reason, many people do not like to give their puppies or dogs rawhide chews since pieces of rawhide do come off as the chews get soft.
2. Do not allow your puppy to play with much larger puppies or dogs without very close supervision. Even if your puppy is the same age as that nice Great Dane puppy, it‘s likely that the much larger puppy could dominate or accidentally hurt your puppy. Have your puppy to play with other puppies closer to its size.
3. Do not take your puppy to a dog park. There are often very rambunctious, off-leash dogs at dog parks and a puppy is at a disadvantage in terms of size. Any adult dog will be able to intimidate and possibly injure your puppy. Dog parks can also be places where the disease is spread and puppies are at greater risk of catching diseases.
4. Do not allow your puppy to go jogging or running alongside a bike with you. Puppies should never be subjected to repetitive movement on pavement. Repetitive motions such as these in a young puppy can lead to joint injuries. Save these activities for later, when your puppy is an adult dog. You can, however, take your puppy for walks, take it hiking, and take it for exercise that does not overexert it joints and muscles. Supervised swimming is a great exercise for a puppy.
5. Do not allow your puppy to overdo things during weather extremes. Don‘t let your puppy wear itself out in the hot summer sun or playing in the snow. Puppies will not always realize when they are tired or even thirsty. Make your puppy come in and stop playing when you think it has had enough play; don‘t wait for your puppy to show its tired.
Essential Dental Care
Just as tartar and plaque can build up on your teeth, your dog‘s teeth can also suffer from dental problems. Dental disease is the most common disease found in dogs. Some of the signs to look for include:
- Bad breath.
- Loose teeth or teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar.
- Your pet shies away from you when you touch the mouth area.
- Drooling or dropping food from the mouth.
- Bleeding from the mouth.
- Loss of appetite or loss of weight — your dog‘s teeth may be keeping it from eating, or bacteria may be spreading to it organs.
Fortunately, there are some good ways to keep your dog‘s teeth clean and healthy. Here are some things you can do to keep it teeth pearly white and it breath fresh.
1. Brush your dog’s teeth regularly. You can use a toothbrush specially designed for dogs. There are also toothpaste made for dogs. Some people prefer to use enzymatic toothpaste to clean their dogs‘ teeth. The most important things are to brush your dog‘s teeth at least once a week and to be sure to brush all of the teeth, including the molars in a back and the teeth on the sides. These are places where cavities often occur which can lead to problems.
2. Provide your dog with plenty of safe dental chews. Owners report that their dogs love Greenies dental chews, Nyla bones, kongs. Dental chews made especially for cleaning your dog‘s teeth and hard chews are often recommended. Cow hooves are another favorite, along with deer horns and other hard, natural substances.
3. Diet plays a role in keeping your dog’s teeth clean. Many people like to give their dog raw meaty bones, marrow bones (often with the marrow removed to cut down on fat intake), and frozen poultry such as chicken wings and turkey necks. All of these comestibles are not only good for your dog‘s teeth but they can be a healthy part of it diet.
4. If you feed your dog commercial dog food then studies have shown that hard, dry dog food is slightly better for your dog’s teeth than canned food. In either case, you will need to keep up the brushing and provide your dog chews to keep it teeth clean.
5. Use a scaler to remove tartar when brushing is not enough. A scaler is a small pencil-like tool that allows you to scrape tartar off your dog‘s teeth in between a visit to the vet. 6. Do ask your veterinarian to examine your dog’s teeth when you have your yearly visit. Your vet should be able to tell if your dog‘s teeth are in good health. Your veterinarian can use a scaler and other tools to remove tartar if necessary. At some point in your dog‘s life, you may need to schedule a professional cleaning under anesthesia. If you take good care of your dog‘s teeth throughout it life there is no reason why it can‘t have healthy teeth throughout its life, but it‘s up to you to keep it teeth clean and to examine them regularly for signs of trouble.
How to Help Your Puppy Feel Comfortable at the Vet
As adults, we have a tendency to become frightened in uncertain situations. The same is true for puppies. If your puppy is normally confident and calm-tempered at home, when you take it to the veterinarian‘s office, it may become panicky, aggressive, shy or cautious. The strange sounds, unusual walking surfaces, new smells and sights might alarm it. Fortunately, there are a few ways you can help your puppy familiarise it with your veterinarian. The first steps involve preparation. If your puppy is normally inside and only taken out to relieve it or for period walks, start by socialising it. Taking it in public around new people and in new environments will not only help it when you take it to the doctor but might also make it a calmer puppy inside your home. Different places will allow it to see new people of all ages, different clothing styles, and various smells. Try to vary the walking surfaces between tiles, gravel, and dirt or asphalt so that it will not feel as unsure in the veterinarian‘s office. Try exposing your puppy to new sounds, whether it is vehicles passing by, children playing or umbrellas opening. Exercise patience, though, because your puppy may act out the first few times you change it environment. You need to make sure that your puppy obeys and responds to you. Educate yourself about obedience training, teach it to lie down, stand up, stay, and sits down at your command. Your puppy trusts you to set boundaries and will follow your guidelines, making it feel safer. In addition to puppy training tips, your puppy should also be comfortable with the way a veterinarian will handle it. Several times a day, pick your puppy up and put it on a countertop so that it will not be afraid of the height of the examination table. Touch all of it body parts as if you are massaging it. Make sure you examine it face, body, legs, and paws, inside it mouth and ears and tail. Squeeze it shoulders and hips gently and lightly press on its spine. Get it acclimated to having various body parts touched. In addition, your veterinarian will give it a bear hug from the front and behind, as well as a belly rub, the position for x-rays, so try these positions, too. Do not forget to reward it with treats! Before your veterinarian appointment, drive there, sit in the parking lot a few times and give your puppy treats. Ask the receptionist to make a big deal over your puppy and reward it with treats. It is usually best to make the appointment when the doctor is least busy and arrive early so you and your puppy are not frazzled and whisked away. You can ask the staff to give your puppy treats and either ask them for a towel or bring one yourself for your puppy to lie on. Your puppy may be more comfortable on the floor, so ask your veterinarian if the examination can be performed there instead of the examination table. Remember to give your puppy treats throughout the appointment. If your puppy is still having difficulty going to the veterinarian‘s office, ask if you can go immediately from the car into the room, bypassing the reception area altogether. You can also give your puppy calming herbal remedies or arrange for a home visit from the veterinarian.
Pet insurance policies vary a great deal so, if you are considering purchasing pet insurance for your pet you should consider what kind of insurance you would like to have. Your premium will depend on the kind of insurance you choose. Most pet insurance does not cover well-pet visits, such as vaccinations and a yearly physical. If you do choose this kind of coverage, you can expect to pay a very high monthly premium. Many plans cover accidents and illnesses up to a cutoff point which will vary, depending on the company. However, existing conditions and hereditary illnesses are almost never covered. Some plans do cover cancer treatments. Deductibles will also vary a great deal, depending on the plan you choose. They can be as low as $50 all the way up to $500. Some plans do offer coverage for spaying and neutering, dental procedures and other needs, above and beyond ordinary veterinary visits. You will pay substantially more for these plans in monthly premiums. Types of Plans There are at least a dozen pet insurers in the United States and many of them offer different policy levels, so you will need to read the policies carefully in order to choose which one best fits your dog‘s needs. In most cases you can get either a basic plan or a premium plan from an insurer. As you might imagine, the difference is usually what is covered by the plan. Most basic plans will cover accidents and injuries. If you want a plan that covers more, you will have to get a premium plan and pay a premium rate. In all cases, pet insurance is based on the owner paying the veterinarian up front and submitting a claim to the insurance company for reimbursement. Companies generally pay 70-90% of the claim submitted, minus any deductible or coinsurance amount. Range of Costs and Benefits In the United States, monthly insurance rates for pet insurance range from $5.75 per month for a basic policy ($200 deductible, coverage for accidents; no illness coverage), to $76.79 per month for a deluxe policy with a low deductible ($100 deductible; accident and illness coverage to 80 percent; spaying and neutering covered; essential preventive care; rabies vaccination; free lost pet recovery tag; annual physical exam and dental cleaning; continual coverage for some chronic and long-term conditions that may have arisen in the previous policy year). You can find all kinds of policies and rates in between these two extremes. You should be aware that actual premiums may vary depending on your pet‘s age, breed and where you live. Keep in mind that you can use any veterinarian you like when you have pet insurance. You are not limited to using a veterinarian chosen by your pet insurer. Pet insurance does help protect you from large, unexpected vet bills that can come from accidents and, in some cases, from illnesses, depending on your policy. However, you must make sure that your policy covers your pet‘s problem or potential health problem. Otherwise, the policy won‘t be any use to you. So, if your dog develops cancer and you have a pet insurance policy that doesn‘t cover cancer, the policy won‘t pay for anything. This is something to consider before choosing a policy or deciding if you want to get pet insurance.