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Congratulations on the purchase of your new puppy. Your puppy has been raised with love and affection and will give
you many years of happy companionship.
FEEDING
A well-fed puppy is a happy puppy. The following diet is a suggested guide only to the feeding of your new baby and of
course may be added to as you discover items your puppy may particularly enjoy. Remember that as in humans a
varied diet is important with no particular item in excess.
At the time of purchase your puppy has been on 3 meals per day, small but often being the best way to go. Try and
keep feed times as regular as possible while at the same time working around your own lifestyle.
The above meals have basically consisted of one of the following, taking care to alternate these items:
Dried Food
Royal Canin (small puppy breed in the sky blue bag). Most puppies enjoy them dry however for
variety they can also be soaked in hot water to soften and allowed to cool. A little grated cheese or raw mince may
also be added to enhance the taste. There are many brands of dried dog food on the market and the quality varies
tremendously. Always make sure that puppy has access to clean water as dried food makes him very thirsty.
Chicken hearts (cooked) and sheep hearts (raw). You will need to cut the sheep hearts into small pieces and
the chicken hearts into at least halves.
Fresh Meat – Your puppy has enjoyed fresh meat warmed in the microwave. Gravy beef or chuck steak is
ideal (diced), also If you look in the dog food section of the supermarket (where they have the dog rolls) “Jimbo’s”
have a good selection of veal, lamb and beef, or straight beef in one kilo or half kilo containers. This is already
pre minced so makes feeding really easy. We generally make it a rule that once or twice a week when puppy has
raw meat a calcium supplement is added (Calipup or similar). This is best obtained at your vet or pet shop – add
about a quarter of a teaspoon (mixed well in).
Chicken – Puppy also loves his chicken in his time with us – this is cooked, with no bones and once again you
can add rice. In fact chicken and rice cook-up has been the stable diet of your puppy in his first few months of life.
Dog Biscuits – Small puppies find these a little difficult to deal with, however as time goes by puppy will enjoy
these more and more and in fact by the time he is an adult you will probably only be giving him a couple of biscuits
for breakfast. There are many brands on the market, experiment a little until you find his preferred choice. We feed
our adult dogs “Pedigree Meaty Bites” they really like the “with Chicken” flavour and others such as “Tux” dog
biscuits because of their superior nutritional value. Other preferred brands include “Bonny” and “Pal”.
Dog Rolls – Do not feed any type of dog roll until puppy is at least 12 weeks as they may cause loose motions
in a youngster. However good quality dog rolls supply further variety for puppy as he gets older. We find our older
dogs love the “Possyum” and “Chunky” brands. These do not need to be kept in the fridge until opened. Don’t feed
this type of dog roll too late at night as they are extremely dry and puppy will drink a tremendous amount of water
after his meal.
Grated or sliced cheese – great for a snack and rich in calcium.
Tined Food – The occasional tin of dog food is OK but they really are the “Junk Food” of the animal diet. The
brand we normally use is “Natures Goodness” which comes in Kangaroo, Lamb and beef flavours. Avoid any
casserole flavours as they don’t usually agree with puppy.
Many other items that baby will enjoy include a beef brisket bone to chew on, rabbit (all bones removed) and just
about anything that you enjoy for dinner. Always ensure puppy has access to clean water.
Warning : do not feed any of the following : pigs ears or rawhide, chop, chicken, fish or rabbit bones.
As your puppy gets older, gradually reduce the number of meals per day so that at adulthood he is on just biscuits (a
couple of Tux/Bonny/Eukanuba) in the morning and a more substantial meal at night.
House Training
The golden rules in house training your puppy are Always take him outside to the grass the moment he wakes from his nap etc
Always take him outside after each meal Keep puppy reasonably confined for the first month or two at night – for instance sleep him in a large travel case or purpose built box with his blanket etc.
Always take him outside to the toilet immediately before putting him to bed
Use the same encouraging words when taking him out to the toilet (eg “go wee-wees”) and praise him when goes
During the day take him out at regular intervals, at least every hour or so for the first 3-4 weeks
Try not to growl when he has an “accident” (at least not for the first few weeks)
When trying to get him to go don’t play with him until he has gone to the toilet.
Many owners try to house train their puppies onto newspaper, we have found it more successful to train directly onto
grass. However it is advisable to leave a few sheets of newspaper on the floor for puppy.
Fleas
There are several brands of flea control on the market which are available from vets or pet shops. The ones we prefer
are either “Advocate” or “Frontline”. Some brands cover worm treatment as well. While rather expensive, it really does
work and one application lasts about 3 months
There are new ones on the market each year, just watch that they don’t upset him if it’s a pill.
Vaccinations
At the time of purchase of your puppy at about 9 weeks, he will have had one vaccination and for a strong immunity
against diseases it is imperative that a full programme of vaccinations is completed. Your puppy is due for another
vaccination at 12 – 13 weeks and then annually. As your puppy’s immunity is not particularly strong until at least two
weeks after his 2nd inoculation, it pays to be on the cautious side and keep him confined to your own property with
limited exposure to other dogs.
Worming
Most flea applications now cover for worming as well however should you decide to use one that does not provide this
service it will be necessary to worm puppy regularly throughout his life. A suitable worming regime is as follows:
Up to 6 months of age…………….worm monthly
6 months onwards………………….worm
every 4 –6 months
The best worming products are obtained from your vet, follow his advice on what to use.
We hope that you enjoy your new puppy, should you have any queries or problems please do not hesitate to contact
us. Please remember that your puppy can be returned any time up 7 days after purchase no questions asked and full
refund will be given as long as pup is in good health and well cared for. Vet check may be required before any refund
is made. After this time if you can no longer keep him/her we will still take him/her back and rehome.