The domestic dog has been one of the most widely kept working and companion animals in human history. Dogs are known throughout the world to be a "man's best friend," they are sociable pets known for their loyalty and companionship. There are some dogs though whose efforts go way beyond companionship. These could be sporting dogs participating in agility trials or acting as a guide dog for the blind or as a guard dog for security purposes. Strength, physical agility, endurance, keen natural senses and mental agility are fundamental to such dogs realising their potential as reliable friends, colleagues and life savers.
From the moment a puppy is born, it will change in countless ways on its way to becoming an adolescent dog. It is a wonderful time to be the owner of a helpless and adorable young puppy. Many dogs will show puppy-like behaviour for the rest of their lives, but after 12 months the puppy period is officially over.
Picking A Puppy
When you are looking to buy a puppy, watch the puppies play amongst each other. Watch them react to one another and to you. Their personality will quickly become obvious, so pick the puppy that meets your wishes. When you have found a suitable puppy, check if its eyes are sharp and bright. Its skin and ears should be clean and should not have an unpleasant smell to them. Does your puppy have a good set of teeth? A healthy puppy is quite often heavier than it may look, but should not be overweight. Healthy puppies will feel dry, warm and firm with normal skin tension. When you pick them up they’ll start to wriggle. A healthy, happy puppy litter will make soft murmuring sounds, sometimes alternated by a sharp squeaking if they’re hungry or while drinking. The best thing is to bring a lively and healthy puppy into your home, which should always be the case if you buy the animal from a breeder. Of course sometimes the unexpected may happen and your puppy can fall ill.
What You Will Need Before The Puppy Arrives
Before you welcome your puppy into your home, you will need the following items:
• dog basket or bed
• food and water bowls
• collar, lead and dog identity tag
• dog/puppy food
• dog brush and comb
• dog carrier to transport your dog
• Puppy training mats & wee wee pads
House Training Your New Puppy
It is best to start house training as soon as you have collected your puppy from the breeder. The chances of success depend on your ability to spot nature’s call. Your puppy will most likely first begin turning on the spot and start snuffling the floor. You should, however, keep an eye on the regular times when your puppy will have to pee or poo. This will be after activities, naps or feeding. If you are at home often, you can walk your puppy on a regular basis: after each activity and nap or if the puppy has not peed or pooped. Have the puppy walk alongside you. A puppy will most likely not make it through the first few nights without having a little “accident”. Use Beaphar Puppy training mats for this purpose. Before going to bed, put one in front of the door. You can choose to spray it with Beaphar Swiftie: its scent is very attractive to your dog.
If you are not at homemost of the time, it is wise to leave your puppy in an easy-to-clean room, such as the kitchen. Cover the floor with Beaphar wee wee pads. The animal will soon show its preference for a certain spot, which will allow you to remove the other training mat. Now you can start moving the preferred spot towards the door, which should also be sprayed with Beaphar Swiftie. After a while you can start placing the training mat outside. The day you remove the mat entirely your puppy should answer nature’s call outside! If he does, reward him with a delicious treat.
During a puppy’s development, play is of vital importance. Because you will not always be at home, it is important that your puppy learns to play alone. There are a lot of fun animal toys sold in stores that will make sure your puppy has a great time. Puppies and dogs love chew sticks made from buffalo hide. These are available in the Beaphar range. When purchasing toys for your pet, keep in mind they will be chewed and so should not contain any toxic materials, protrusions (your dog can chew them off and swallow them), no sharp edges and it shouldn’t be possible for your dog to swallow the toy whole. Avoid little balls and small baby toys.