Puppies

Pups like children, are opportunists and they will quickly pick up on an inconsistent owner and take advantage of the situation. They can also suffer as a result. Pups are very sensitive to mood swings of owners and this can often build insecurity in the pup, which then indulges in stress relieving activities such as digging and chewing. In severe cases, stress can lead to self-mutilation such as tail-chasing and chewing, the constant licking of paws and tail and the chewing of the front leg, which can produce a nasty, ugly sore.

Inconsistent moods and behavior patterns in an owner lead to a breakdown in a dog's respect for pack leadership; equally, an indifferent attitude can produce the same response. This loss of respect leads to the owner's frustration with his or her pet, which in turn builds up more stress in the pup resulting in further problem behavior.

An owner must be consistent in methods of training and treatment of the dog. Double standards of training within the family group only leads to confusion and stress for the pup. A pup goes through a fear imprint stage between the age of 8 - 10 weeks and a traumatic experience to a stressed pup at this time can affect its behavior for the rest of its adults life.

The vet will check the pup over and give it its first vaccinations for distemper, hepatitis and parvovirus. An annual vaccination and check up is required after this, unless otherwise stated by your vet.

A puppies first visit to the Vet should be around 6-8 weeks and then again at 12-14 weeks. A pups first visit to the vet should be around 6-8 weeks and then again at 12-14 weeks. The vet will check the pup over and give it its first vaccinations for distemper, hepatitis and parvovirus. An annual vaccination and check up is required after this, unless otherwise stated by your vet.
      

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