Frequently Asked Questions
We have put together some questions that we have come across regulary over the years. If you would like to speak to me about any of the below don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Give the dog two or three days at home, to get to know and bond with you. Then you can take him out but remember until he has his vaccination around 11-12 weeks old you should avoid any public places where he could encounter dogs who might be unwell. Instead go to a friend’s house, also if they have healthy, happy dogs invite them to bring them round.
Give pup time to settle and relax in new places and just let him explore at his own pace and this will depend on how much social outings have been included in his earlier upbringing. You are creating a family pet and he should feel comfortable around all sorts of people and situations.
Our motto: Get your dog to meet a minimum of 100 new people by the time pup is four months old.
Dogs are fine home alone during the day provided they have activity with the family in the evening. Young dogs need some space to explore outside and play equipment to amuse them during the day. Older dogs can also be left home overnight. So if you head off for the weekend on Saturday morning give them a feed, they will be fine till you get home on Sunday night. Just make sure there is plenty of fresh water.
This is your decision. However if he is boisterous and grows large then don’t blame the dog if he damages your couch. If you don’t set some ground rules when he is young it is always harder to set them later. Ideally your dog should only jump up by invitation from you – and they must get down as soon as you tell them to. Make it happen.
Your dog should have an annual check-up and you should discuss what vaccination option are available (These can vary depending upon the latest research) Otherwise only if your dog is hurt badly (obviously). If pup isn’t eating but is bright and happy and behaving normally, then you can wait for 2 or 3 days before you worry. But if pup is drowsy or stumbling then get to vet quick. Any frothing at the mouth and pup is lethargic is also urgent. Changes in the poo will be an early indication if there is a problem coming.
Generally humans had inadvertently taught the dog to jump up when he was little because we would get home and puppy would rush to say hello and we would praise and fuss over him. So don’t blame the dog just look to retrain this behaviour. Block the dog from jumping. Don’t let him invade your personal space. Either turn away or use your body to gently crowd the pup so he can’t jump up on you. Don’t push pup gently with your hand or he thinks he is getting a pat. Be abrupt enough so he knows your cross. Also : Don’t look at dog if you don’t want him to jump up.
No way! You dog should let you take the bowl or food or toys away from him whenever you choose to. You are in charge, you pay the bills and you make the decisions! Do not allow bad habits to develop. However kids should be taught not to go near an eating dog. Remember that kids and dogs need to both learn how to respect each others space, this is the job of the adult in the household.
Pups from about 6 weeks thru to about 12 weeks will try to bite and chew on you just as he would if he was playing with his littermates. If he is just chewing quietly then gently lean your hand back into puppy’s mouth, this will make him uncomfortable. If he is being rough then a sharp growl from you should stop him. Do not allow play biting or you develop bad habits for the future family dog.
Pre-school kids are not reliable with dogs and should not be left alone with dogs. Even primary school age kids need to learn before left unsupervised. A great deal depends on how respectful the kids are as you need to teach both the kids and the dog to be good to each other.
Easy! Put dog on a lead before you open the door. Once both of you have developed a habit of waiting then you can relax about this.
Dog is being a dog… this is a very healthy activity and your dog is really more important than your garden. However you can give him somewhere to dig as an alternative. Place a load of river sand in a pile to one side of the lawn. This will become a play area for the dog to dig and roll. The sand is good for the soil and his coat and sand will fall out easily unlike the garden dirt. If you like a showcase garden then concentrate on the front garden, as your dog matures your backyard will improve again.
A big fat YES! – Most dogs love water and they also love sand. Probably nothing more fun for a dog, than to run on the sand and play in the surf. Most dogs also love rivers, dams, ponds, baths, puddles and MUD. Just remember to carry an old towel in the car to wipe dog down. If your into boating then remember you need to teach the dog to be safe around water and you can also consider getting a dog life jacket to help him stay afloat as well as help to lift him back on board.
This is a personal choice however, unless you spend loads of hours a day outside with your dog, it is difficult for the dog to learn how your family live in all aspects. Hence it does make sense to bring the dog in for a few hours every day to hang out with the family. Remember that outside space is play space and inside space is chill space. The dog needs to learn how to chill out with the family.
Easy one! A dog only needs to have a bath when he is really dirty. Mind you the bath is more about the human convenience as a dog is happy to smell of horse poo and dead bird, just not that convenient for us when he comes in the house. If we see a dog scratching a great deal there is a chance he may have fleas hence we often use the hydro bath to give a good shampoo and this helps to dull the fleas that then get washed down the sink with the rinse jet.
Puppies only need short walks to begin with and then building up as they get older. The amount required can vary greatly depending upon the dog’s individual energy level. Often people are worried they might have too much exercise with their pup but we always say the best thing to do is watch how your pup handles the environment. There is many factors to take into account.
Weather is of course a big one… too hot (say over 28) then keep it slow and around water and under shade.
Surfaces – I don’t recommend walking pups on roads or sidewalks for very long at all… instead take them to the park where they can be on natural surfaces.
Distance varies greatly for breed and age, generally I find if people like to take a dog running I recommend they do laps of a footy oval… the pup/dog off lead can then dart back and forth and cut across the oval when he wants… he will also realise you are coming around again so lay down and have a rest while he watches you sweat.
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Perhaps your dog is missing some minerals in their diet. Alternatively he may have been born and raised in a very confined area and due to boredom has developed a bad habit. Firstly, you need to keep the dog’s area clear of poo. That means at least a daily campaign of pooper scooping. The next option is to add some pineapple to his diet. You may need to gradually add this to the diet if the dog objects to the taste, aim to get to about half a pineapple ring mashed into the food. Dogs don’t like the acid residue in the poo.
Just like with humans, Dogs learn throughout their life. They start to intensively learn from 3-12 weeks old, unfortunately this means the majority of this really early development time the puppy is with the breeder. Hopefully your breeder conducts an early enrichment program to give plenty of experience.
In general it is accepted that Pups can start socialising at about 8 weeks old in puppy classes however in the early stages we are NOT talking about obedience training, we are talking about building a bond and communication with our pup. You also need to work with the dog in different ways at different stages of his life. It is not about spending 15 minutes per day training but it is about learning to live with your dog on an every day basis.
Legal Notice: Regardless of what you read on social media… or even what an individual police constable might interpret from the rules… VicRoads DO NOT have any rules that require a dog to be secured inside a vehicle… Meaning they do not need to be enclosed in a crate or strapped into a harness. However if the police think your dog is impeding the driver then you might find yourself with a fine.
Dog is not to Impede the Driver : Therefore, do not allow your dog to sit in the back seat and wrap his front legs around the drivers neck… nor should the dog be hanging his head out of the drivers window…. nor should your dog be sitting on your lap… Your dog does not have a license to drive a car, therefore no part of the dog is allowed on the drivers seat or lap. It is however, illegal to put your dog in the boot of a sedan, however if you have a Hatchback or SUV which has the boot area open to the rest of the car then your dog is fine.
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