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    Congratulation on your new puppy. Owning a dog can be a rewarding experience, however it is also a large responsibility. I hope this will give you the information needed to make some good decisions regarding your puppy.

    What type of playing should I expect from my puppy?

    Stalking and pouncing are very important play behaviors in puppies in order to build proper muscle tone. A proper lightweight and moveable puppy-safe toy will stop your puppy from using family members as its target. Please remember that a toy that is too small can cause a choking hazard. Wads of paper and rubber balls work great.

    Can I discipline my puppy?

    Remote punishment is the best method of discipline. This method includes spay bottles of water, making loud noises and throwing an object in the direction of the puppy; (do not hit the puppy with the object). Remote punishment disconnects you from the punishment. Hand clapping, horns and shaker cans also do well. I do not ever recommend harsh punishment. I am a believer in sound/shock collars for larger breed dogs. Please remember you must be kind, loving, and careful with all discipline.

    When should my puppy be vaccinated?

    Vaccinations should be given between 6-8 weeks, 12 weeks and again at 16 weeks. Vaccinations are very important to protect you puppy from many fatal diseases. Rabies vaccinations need to be given yearly.

    Do all puppies have worms?

    Intestinal parasites are common in puppies. De-worming takes several doses of medication. These medications are safe and easy to give. Ridding the puppy of worms is important because some of them can be transmitted to humans.

    How important are heartworms?

    Heartworms are very important. They cause damage to the heart and the lungs. Dogs get heartworms from mosquitoes. Treatment is very expensive and hard on a dog. Therefore please do not forget to get you puppy on a heartworm preventative as soon as recommend. Most heartworm preventatives are given monthly and base on the weight of the dog.

    How often should I feed my puppy?

    For the first 5-12 weeks your puppy should be offered food four times daily. If your puppy eats all the food within 5 minutes you need to increase the amount. Remove the food after 30 minutes. You cut down the amount of time you feed daily when your puppy starts to refuse feedings. I personally feed my Dobermans Purina Pro Plan large breed with Mighty Dog cans for morning feedings and just Purina Pro Plan in the evening. My Chihuahuas are also feed the same but for small breed.

    How do I socialize my puppy?

    The best time to socialize your puppy is from the time you bring you puppy home until 3 months of age. Try to place your puppy in as many different environments as possible. Try and ensure that your puppy has good experiences with men, women, children, cats, other dogs, and other animals during this time period.

    What about fleas?

    Fleas can be cause medical problems in puppies and dogs. Many of the flea products are not safe for puppies under 4 months of age. Please read all labels to make sure the product of your choice is safe.

    Pet identification?

    I recommend that all pets have a microchip. It is just a simple injection.

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