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Care of your puppy

We are often asked what to buy to prepare for your puppy. So we hope these suggestions help.
. Brush
. A collar including identity tag.
. Feeding, water dishes.
. Appropriate food.
. Chew toys - These are essential as your puppy will be teething.
. A crate
This needs to be large enough for your puppy to stand up inside and turn around. We always feed our dogs in their crate and they also sleep in them at night. The size we use is 41" long, 27" depth and 30" height.

Feeding your puppy

Since weaning your puppy will have been fed four times a day, each meal has been a mixture of biscuits and tripe with full fat goat milk. When you collect your puppy we recommend a minimum of three feeds a day going down to two meals at six months. We use Arden Grange biscuits with our English Setters and Royal Canin biscuits with our Irish Setters, we buy our tripe in pre-packaged pound blocks.

When you collect your puppy we can show you what amount to feed. We will provide you with a small bag of biscuits and some tripe to get started.

If you choose to change your food do it very gradual over several weeks to avoid stomach upsets.

Grooming your puppy

We recommend you get your puppy used to being brused on a regular basis, an adult dog will need regular grooming to avoid tangles in their coat. It also helps set up the relationship between you and your dog.

We are often asked about trimming their coat, as a pet we dont feel this is necessary, never shave their main coat as it will grow back very coarse. You can trim the hair on their feet but remember once you start you will always have to keep on top of it.

Please trim their nails on a regular basis.

Walking your puppy

Please remember your puppy has a lot of growing to do in the first twelve months, too much exercise will put a strain on their joints, and can cause damage that cant be reversed. We do recomend plenty of mixing with people and other dogs to develop their social skills and short walks to get them use to their lead and collar.

Socialisation, puppy classes

Most puppy classes cover socialisation, basic training, behaviour, walking to heel, recall, biting and jumping up.

Classes are kept small and cover all aspects of behaviour and obedience training. They are made to be fun for you and your puppy. Remember to take a good supply of treats. Please dont expect too much from your puppy at its first couple of classes. They may prefer to watch what is happening before taking part.

The first sixteen weeks of your puppies life is critical regarding socialisation.

At this time you need to introduce your puppy to as many things as possible. You should meet other animals and introduce them to road noises and everyday situations outside as well as in the house. All new sounds need to be introduced in a positive way. Never comfort your puppy if it is startled or frightened, this only reinforces the fear. Your puppy when it leaves us will be used to noises from our busy household such as the vacuum cleaner, washing machine and the television. They will also have experience of being handled by our older children and mixing with our older dogs, and playing outside.

Most puppies nip and bite, its called 'bite inhibition' it is part of its learning. You will need to use some positive and negative reinforcement techniques to slowly correct unwanted puppy biting.