Vet Care


The Puppy was checked by our Veterinarian prior to leaving our home.  We suggest you visit your vet within a day or two after arrival.  All the information your vet needs is on the “Vet Copy” of his medical record. Your veterinarian will put the puppy on a schedule to finish up his/her shots. This is also a good time to talk to your vet about spaying or neutering your puppy.  We strongly suggest you spay or neuter. This is part of being a responsible pet owner.  


Bath Time


Before bathing always brush and comb their hair out thoroughly, making sure to comb out any mats. Get a good tearless puppy
shampoo and mild conditioner.  Take care not to get water in his ears. After towel drying him, use a hair dryer with the temperature set on warm not hot.  I keep my hand constantly moving under the dryer to make sure it’s not getting too hot. For a more natural Bolognese look…. after bathing just comb out and let your puppy air dry in a warm place.  Between baths one of our favorite items for keeping puppies clean are baby wipes….. They work great for puppies!  I use them to clean puppies eyes, muddy feet, bottoms, you name it… it gets wiped with a baby wipe! Our favorite brush is the green pro-brush by www.lespoochs.com.  It is a little spendy but worth every penny. It really brushes them out well in half the time!
          

Play-Time


Puppies love to play and tend to run after moving feet, or even lie down at your feet when your standing.  it's so easy to accidentally step on the puppy.  Please be careful to supervise small children. If a puppy gets hurt too many times he will either become very
timid, or aggressive.  It's also important to resist the urge to wake up the puppy to play with him. Like his human counterparts, he will play to exhaustion and could become so tired he will forget to even eat. Do not play
aggressively with your puppy. If you want a well behaved, calm puppy don't
play games like tug of war or wrestling with your puppy.  Instead, teach him to
fetch or sit or come when you ask him.  Puppies love training and learning
new tricks easily.  Some owners enjoy puppy classes.  Please take a few
minutes and read the Puppy Development  page on our website.  


Potty Training


Try and take the puppy outside to relieve himself every hour or two for the
first few weeks.  We recommend that you keep your puppy confined when you
are not with him.  He needs a large enough space for his bed, food and water
and to move around, but small enough that he won't want to soil his quarters.
Remember though, he is still a "baby". And like humans, he doesn't have

complete control over all his bodily functions. So it's more a matter of "catching"

him at the right time. Scolding him after the fact will only confuse him.
           
Thank you .... for giving this puppy a wonderful home and for continuing to

support and appreciate these rare breed dogs.  We are always so grateful to

find loving homes for our puppies.   Please keep in touch…we love pictures! 
             

Puppy Health and Vaccinations


We are always concerned about maintaining the highest standards to keep our dogs and puppies healthy so they can live long, high quality lives.     Recently, another breeder informed us of a new vaccine that has made a tremendous difference in the way she vaccinates her dogs.  The vaccine is called NEOPAR.  NEOPAR was co-developed at the height of one of the nation's worst epidemics of Parvo by Dr. Bob Page of Dresden, Tennessee.  NEOPAR is from 700% to 6500% more potent than any of the other parvo vaccines available and can be given safely at 35 and 49 days of age.  The puppies are protected earlier with less strain to their immature bodies than with other parvo virus vaccines.  Along with the administration of NEOPAR,  there is a recommended schedule of a 2-way vaccine called NEOVAC DA2 (Distemper-Adenovirus) to be given at intervals with NEOPAR, which gives puppies the highest protection from common puppy health threats.
    
Dr. Page is the founder and owner of NEOTECH, LLC. , a small vaccine company located in Dresden, Tennessee.  Dr. Page is considered to be one of the nation's leading authorities in canine pediatric health.  He maintains an advisory position with many of the nation's show and pet registraton organizations, national canine health tracking and service dog institutions.  On his website, there is a "Tool Page" column that he writes quarterly and answers many common questions
concerning pets.

We have started using his vaccines and highly recommend them.  His website is www.neotechvaccines.com and there are many interesting articles and vital information to keep pet owners informed.  Also, when we have contacted NEOTECH, everyone has been very helpful and willing to answer any questions.  We always appreciate responsible breeders and medical professionals who help us give the best care to our dogs and puppies.

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Feeding


It is very important to make sure your puppy is eating, especially during the transition into his/her new home. We feed our dogs grain free foods. You will receive a baggy of food with your puppy.  Moisten the food with a little water or a spoonful of cottage cheese in the morning and evening for the first few weeks or until the puppy has all his teeth in and is eating dry food well.  Keep clean, fresh water and a small dish of dry food available for the puppy at all times. If you wish to feed a different brand of dry dog food, mix the food sent with him half/half with your brand.  We do not feed dog food with corn or wheat to our puppies or adult dogs. It can and usually does make their eyes tear. As your puppy gets older you can introduce new foods, either mixed with his dry food or given as treats. 


We feed our dog’s eggs, meat or a little cheese for treats.  When introducing new foods, do it slowly, one at a time, giving just a bite or two to start with. You can usually tell if your puppy has had enough to eat. His little belly will feel full, but not hard. He will be playful, not listless, and he will have normal bowel movements.  If you ever observe your puppy straining to go potty.  Check his little bottom to make sure he does not have poo stuck to his bottom, plugging him up.  Always keep him clean and the hair clipped around his bottom. DO NOT .. feed puppies or grown dogs.. Chocolate, Onions (raw or cooked) or Raisins.  These foods are extremely poisonous to puppies and small dogs!
           



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