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Puppy Care

 

 

Your new Puppy

 

 

Watch out "Here I come"

 

With lots of love, proper nutrition's, tender care, exercise, good training, grooming and regular veterinarian care your puppy should grow up to be a happy, well mannered, healthy and faithful companion.

 

Take some time and find out a few basic facts about puppy behavior and how to take care of them. You will be rewarded with a beautiful relation between you and your dog.

 

At the end of this page you will find a list of how to puppy proof your home, with warning about toxic material in house holds.

 

Supplies

You will Need 


You will need to have certain basic supplies when bringing a puppy home. The following item are suggestions we have to help you with your new puppy.

 

Collar and Leash

Vom Pegasus puppies all come with this very important part of your puppy's life. Please make sure that you check the collar size frequently, since your puppy will grow very fast out of the one he/-or she is wearing. We start all of our puppies on a lightweight nylon. Later in life you can switch to leather or fur saver. Never leaf the collar around your puppy's/dogs neck during the stay in his/-or her crate. If the collar catches to the crate it could get very dangerous for your puppy.

 

Crate

We at Vom Pegasus Kennels believe that the crate can be a beautiful tool, as well as a "safe" place for your puppy, later dog. The crate will become your puppy's "den", his special place to sleep, stay and go to feel safe. We always recommend to feed your puppy in the crate, so for your puppy it is always a very good place to be, but never leave the food or water in his crate.

Introduce your puppy to his crate soon after you bring him home. Always use a command like "Kennel, House, Crate, Den,..." when putting your puppy up. Always give him/-or her a reward (hot dog piece, treat) once entering the crate as well as verbal praise. Try to make entering the crate something positive for the puppy's first few times, let the puppy go in, give him/-or her a treat, close the door, wait a moment until the puppy settles down and than open the crate door again, repeat this game for longer periods of time. Always praise your puppy for going inside.    

The location of the crate in your house should allow your puppy to observe family activity's, but your puppy should still feel secure in his own "den" and get some rest.

Your puppy should nap in his crate from the beginning, but never use the crate as a punishment. Always remove your puppy's collar before crating!

 

Identification Tag

You can purchase an ID Tag at any local Wal-Mart store for a little over $4.00. The ID Tag should have your puppy's name, your name, address and phone number with an area code on it. This tag can make all the difference in the world if your puppy should ever get away from home. You should permanently attach it to the collar of your puppy/dog.

 

Identification

Please go to the Grooming and Veterinarian care below and read more about different options of Identification. We do offer individual micro shipping on all of our puppies.

 

Toys

Safe toys are an important part of your puppy's life. Toys will help your puppy learn, exercise, and provide a safe way to satisfy your puppy's need to chew. Make sure to choose toys that are made for puppies and cannot be splintered, torn apart or swallowed. We "Vom Pegasus German Shepherds" do not recommend to use tennis balls. They can grind down your dogs adult teeth and you may have a big dental bill as a result of it. Also never play with little bouncing ball, as puppy's/dogs can swallow them easy and may suffocate from a stuck bouncing ball.

If you do have small children, please be aware of that your puppy will see your child's room as heaven, with all toys of the world offered.

 

Food and Water Bowls

Food and water bowls should be cleaned daily. We "Vom Pegasus German Shepherds" clean all of our food and water bowls in a dishwasher daily. We recommend to have the food and water bowl in a food stand. Always have fresh water available for your puppy/dog.

 

Food

Your "Vom Pegasus Puppy" grew up on Royal Canine Puppy. For your convenience we sell Royal Canine Product at our Charles Town Facility. Royal Canine products can also be found in pets stores around your area. Please visit www.royalcanine.com for more information.

 

Treats

We "Vom Pegasus German Shepherds" recommend to give your puppy occassionally treats. You can find a wide variaty of treats in your local pets stores. Please be advised that "Greenies" can be harmful if swollowed in big pieces. Pig ears can bring out dogs aggression. We do not recommend feeding pig ears at all, even so dogs love them.

 

Grooming Tools

Your "Vom Pegasus Puppy" has been allready Introduce to bathing and little brushing. Please keep up the foundation we established for you and your puppy by combing him/- her at least once a week.

Make sure you have the proper grooming tools. We "Vom Pegasus German Shepherds" use combs, Rakes, Rubber Brushes and Shedding Blades on our dogs. All of our dogs are maintained by Sabine Ernsting "Proffessioal Groomer".

 

Puppy Kid

We "Vom Pegasus German Shepherds" would be more than happy to get a Puppy Kid ready for you. Our Puppy Kid would include all of the above and can be purchased at any time. Please contact Sabine @ 571.643.1213 for more information and pricing.

 

Health and

Veterinarian and Coat Care

Veterinarian

As our contract states we would like you to bring your puppy to a veterinarian within 72 hours after purchase.

It is very important to choose a veterinarian before or after purchasing a puppy/dog. We are very familiar with the Greater Washington D.C. area and would be more than happy to give out referrals or you may want to asked neighbors, friends or family if they know about a reliable doctor.

Try to choose a veterinarian close to whre you live. In case of an emergency, you do not want to drive too far. Go and meet the veterianarian and check out the staff and their facilities.

Also it is very important to know where the nearest emergency pet clinic is. Most of the Veterinarian have open until 6 pm from Monday to Fridays, Saturdays from 9am to 12 am and often appointments only for saturday. Your local emergeny pet clinic normally picks up the after hour services or they may even a 24 hour emergency clinic. Get familiar with both, your veterinarian as well as your nearest emergeny clinic and have the phone numbers handy.

 

Vaccine

Newborn puppies receive disease fighting antibodies in their mother's milk. With 6 weeks the manufactur of vaccine, as well as most veterinarian recommend the first puppy vaccination to build the puppy's immune system. After that vaccinations should be adminerested every 3 weeks until the puppy is 20 weeks of age. After the 20 weeks your veterinarian will put you on a annual schedule.

 

Grooming

They are many nice grooming stores around the city's. If you do decide to take your dog to a prossional grooming store your groomer will not only give him a bath and dry your dog, but also will make sure that the nails a clipped down, ears are checked for infections and cleaned out and that excessive hair is bushed out. We do not recommend to bath your German Shepherd Puppy to often. Frequent bathing can dry out the skin and haircoat.  

We also do not recommend any type of dips on a frequent level. In todays days we have Frontline and other treatments for flea's and ticks and it is not really neccessary to dip your puppy/dogs.

Asked your groomer how many dogs she is grooming that day. Remember, so fever dogs are in the grooming store, so calmer it is, so faster your puppy/dog can come home. If your groomer has more than 10 dogs that day, you may want to take your puppy someplace else. Saturdays are normally very busy day's in grooming salon.

 

Identification

We recommend to Micro ship the puppy for identification.

We offer "Home Again" micro shipping on request of a puppy purchase. We charge $75.00. You also can asked your veterinarian to microship your puppy for you.  All of the Schutzhund organization require an identification on dogs. 

 

Eyes and Ears  The eyes of your puppy should be clear and bright and free of any red spots, heavy discharge, or other abnormal conditions.

The ears should be clean, without a foul oder. It should not be red, inflamed or hot. You should check your dogs ears about once a month.

 

Mouth

Your Puppy's/dog's mouth should be pink, with healthy gums and no redness or swelling at the tooth margins. The lips should be free of sores or growth. Teeth should be keept free of tartar buildup and there should not be bad breath.

 

Teeth

Teach your puppy early on to brush his teeth. Make it a daily routine if you like. Special toothpastes and dental cleaning products made for pets are availble at petstores or your veterinarian. Start out by gently massaging your puppy's gum and teeth with a fingertip. Once your puppy is used to have his mouth handled by you you can start swabbing his outer surface with a piece of cotton and than slowy gratuate to a very soft doggy tooth brush. Plaque, a sticky, colorless film, forms continuously on the teeth. If plaque is not removed, a cement-like substance called tartar builds up at the gumline and may lead to diseases and infections.

 

Body and Coat

Your dog's/puppy's body should be free of lumps, tumors, fleas and ticks. A normal coat is thick, shiny and silky.

 

First Aid

Accidents can happen. It is very important to keep calm, act quickly and safely transport and injured puppy to a veterinarian. I would always call the veterinarian that you are on the way with an emergency and give them a heads up what type of injury occoured or what happened.

 

Plan Ahead

Keep phone numbers of your veterinarian and the emergency clinic handy, make sure that all house hold members know where to find this numbers. The best way is to include directions on how to get there.  

Keep hydrogen peroxide in your hous to clean and disinfect minor wounds and scratches. Do not use on deep puncture wounds!

Keep an assortment of sterile dressings, gauze, adhesive tape and cotton swabs.

Have tweezers at home to remove broken glass, splinters, burrs or ticks from your puppy's skin if you have to. The best is to take your puppy/dog to the veterinarian that they remove any foreign objects.

 

The following first aid treatments shoud be used only until you can get professional help for your puppy/dog.

 

Allergic reaction

Symptoms range from tearing and itching eyes, swollen face, sneezing to difficulty in breathing, collapse. They may have bumps all over the belly and face. - Take your puppy/dog immediately to the veterinarian if this reaction seems servere or swelling increases.

Breathing problems

If your puppy gasps for breath, breathes noisily, or show other signs of inadequate breathing, such as a blue tongue, seek medical help immediately. If your puppy stops breathing you might want to try CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation). Breathing problem may happen due to allergic reaction, your puppy swollowed something and it is stuck in his throat. An allergic reation to his vaccination can cause swelling of the airway as well.

Swallowed objects

If your dog has swallowed an object, you think it may hurt your puppy/dog. Call your veterinarian for advise. Take your puppy/dog to the veterinarian and have the object removed if your veterinarian recomments this.

If you know that your dog swallowed an object that he/she should not have and your veterinarian did not recommend you coming in for removal, but you see problems with your dog within a couple of days after swallowing the object, take your dog immediately to your veterinarian for surgery. Do not wait! Sign of problems may vomiting, not eating, no drive or life in your dog, unhappy or sad facaile expressions.

Broken bones

Restrict movement while on the way to the veterinarian and try to control any serious bleeding.

Eye injury

Do not attempt to remove a foreign object from the eye. Restrain the dog to prevent self-injury and take him to the vererinarian immediately

Bleeding

Bandage the wound. Immediate medical care is essential if bleeding is excessive.

Heatstroke or heat exhaustion

Symptoms include excessive panting, high fever, wabbeling and collapse. Take your dog immediately to your veterinarian, keep the AC in your car on high and try to keep your dog cool, but stable.

Poisoning

Symptoms vary with the poison taken. Generally look for lack of coordination, diarrhea, servere vomiting, delirium, collapse, and convulsions. Seek Veterinarian immediately.

Other symptoms of Illness

  • Loss of appetite fro more than one day
  • Diarrhea, constipation, or difficulty with urination.
  • Blood in urine or stool
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Coughing and sneezing
  • Head shaking
  • Servere pain reactions
  • Limping
  • Scatching or biting at himself
  • Scooting along on the ground
  • Bad mouth oder
  • Lumps
  • Dull hair
  • Sadness
  • Listlessness
  • Agressive or unusual behavior

 

Training

Owning a dog is a life-time commitment. A cruscial part is teaching your puppy the proper pet manners. It is your responsibility to prevent your puppy from excessive barking, wandering in neighbors garden and eating their flowers or leaving little presents behind and scaring the neighborhood because you a dragged down the street with no control. Knowing and teaching your puppy simple commands, like come, sit, down or heel may save your puppy's life one day. You also always should obey the leash law. Find a good dog school in your area, come and visit our dog school or send your puppy back to us for the training your puppy deserves.

 

Training Tips

Come

Teach your puppy early that "Come" is the bestes thing ever. Reward your puppy everytime he comes back to you with verbal praise and his "Payment". Never correct your puppy, even so he may not have come on the first call.

Growling and biting

Prevent this behavior from the start. Correct your puppy on a leash if when growling or biting and show your puppy the behavior you would like to see. Always reward the puppy's good behavior with praise and a treat "Payment". Even if your puppy bites you by accident during playing, do not allow it, say no bite and corect it, but show your puppy the correct behavior and praise it.

Jumping

Again teach your puppy early not to jump up. Asked your friends to greet your puppy on his level not on their's. Teach your puppy sit and make him wait until he wil get his deserved greeting. If your puppy does jump up, always use the same commend like "Off". I do not recomment to use down. Down is a totally difference exercise.

Chasing cars, bikes, joggers

Correct this behavior very strong and hard the first time. Keep him on a long leash and correct him very sharply with a strong "No" or "Pfui". Use the same comment for other unwanted behavior, which needed to be corrected immediately.

Roaming

You may want to put in a fence or an electric fence to keep your dog from roaming in the neighborhood.

Begging

Never allow your puppy to beg. Put him on his place during breakfast, lunch and dinner. You also can put him into his crate during that time. Soon he will know, it is dinner time I have to go to my place. Be very consistent with this training.

 

Travel Tips

If you plan a trip make the dicission if you take your puppy along or if you know a good facility which will care for your puppy.

 

Leaving your Puppy Behind

  • Ask your veterinarian, breeder, or other pet owners to recommend repuatble boarding facilities.
  • Make reservations in advance of your trip. Many facilities book up early, especially over holidays.
  • Make sure that your puppy is current on all of his vaccinations.
  • Make sure that you give the boarding facility a supply of things your dog needs during his stay.
  • Leave feeding instructions and a supply of your puppy's regular dogfood.
  • Make sure the boarding facility has an emergency contact number. 

Traveling with your Puppy

  • Make sure that the hotel will take dogs.
  • Your puppy needs to be up to date on all of his vaccinations. 
  • Take your puppy's dogfood along.
  • Make sure you buy bottled water during your trip for your puppy, never use tapwater.
  • Make sure that your puppy has identification on his collar and best is micro shiped with Home Again.
  • Keep your puppy in a safe traveling crate on longer trips.
  • Never leave your puppy in the care alone.
  • Make frequent stops for your puppy.
  • Never leave your puppy free in the hotel room.
  • Make sure that you know a veterinarian in the area you are visiting.
  • Have your vaccination records with you.
  • Have an up to date Rabies Vaccination for that state.

 

 

Here are some suggestions to help you puppy-proof your home

 

Do not leave cigarette butts in ash trays where the puppy can get to them. If eaten, cigarette butts can lead to nicotine poisoning.

 

Secure electrical cords and make them inaccessible for your puppy.Your puppy can suffer electric shock burns and my even die from chewing on them.

 

Do not burn candles if your puppy is close by,or he or she may knock it of the table.

 

Be careful with chicken or turkey bones, if eaten they can be life threatening to your dog.

 

Keep your puppy away from toxic plants. Rhododendron, Japanese yew, and lily of the valley, as well as peach and cherry pits, can cause problems if eaten, just to name a few.

 

Keep the toilet lid down if you use toilet bowl cleaners. Puppies are drawn to the water in the toilet and could get very ill if they drink it.

 

Keep your puppy away from any cleaners, period. If inhaled or drunk by your puppy, they could get very ill or even die from it.

 

Be certain anti-freeze is out of reach and any drippings are cleaned up completely. All dogs are attracted to its scent. Anti-freeze is highly toxic.

 

Keep medication away from your puppy. Puppies like to chew and easily can open childproof containers.

 

Keep cellar doors and upper story windows closed. A curious puppy may trap him/herself or jump out of the window.

 

Be carefully to leave needles or pins out, or the puppy may swallow them.

 

Use caution with rodent poisons. Hanging strips, fly paper and other exposed toxins must be kept out of your puppy's reach.

 

Avoid flea collars and flea dips until your puppy is at least 15 weeks old. Make sure to read the instructions before applying anything.

 

Do not invite other pets to your house until your puppy is fully vaccinated.

A puppy's resistance to infections is lower than an adult dogs until about 16 weeks of age.

 

Make sure that glass or any breakable things out of glass, like Christmas decorations is out of your puppy's reach. They may break it and could get a very bad cut.

 

Make sure your trash is put away very well and that open metal cans are put outside right away. If the trash can tips over the puppy may try to lick the empty can and can hurt himself.

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