Bringing Home a New Puppy

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Bringing Home a New Puppy

The thought of bringing home a new puppy can be exciting and even a little overwhelming. Making sure you and your family are prepared is the first step to succeed. Holding a family discussion to talk about rules, guidelines, feedings and potty times before bringing home the new puppy is very important, especially when there are children in the home. If the puppy is going to be left alone for long periods of time make sure to check out home care visits.

In addition, sectioning off an area of the home is equally as important to supervise your new little one from getting hurt or into (too much) mischief. It is recommended to keep them in a crate while they are left alone without supervision for the beginning stages of their young lives.

What do I need?

Before you bring your puppy home, be sure you have the following supplies to get you and your new fur ever friend off on the right paw:

  • A high quality or premium pet food and treats – this will assure that your new puppy is off to a good and healthy start.
  • Food and water bowls. Stainless steel or copper are recommended.
  • A leash and collar
  • Identification tags to attach to the collar with your puppy’s name and your phone number. It is advisable to also add your veterinarian’s name and phone number.
  • Safe chew toys are perfect when your little one is still teething
  • Flea, tick, and parasite controls

Additional recommendations:

  • Brushes and combs
  • Dog shampoo
  • Nail clipper
  • Vitamins and supplements – please talk with your veterinary clinic first.
  • Travel crate for visits to the veterinary office or any other travel.

Will my new pet get along with my children?

The best introduction for children and pets is to allow them to meet prior to the purchasing or adoption phase. Ideally, your children should be a part of the process and choosing the family pet.

Children get very excited (and well who wouldn’t!) over the thought of a new pet, but it is critical that they understand that the new puppy is still fragile. Just like babies and children, puppies need lots of rest, so allow for supervised time periods of interaction throughout the day. Play sessions should not exceed 20 to 30 minutes and no more than 3 times per day when the puppy is still growing.

Loud noises and sudden movements can be very scary for a puppy. Children, especially younger, don’t always understand the fragileness and may be tempted to shout at or around the puppy. Teasing and rough play also form bad habits, such as excessive barking and jumping that will be hard to break if not curbed immediately.

Allow children to take part in helping to care for the dog. Giving them chores such as feeding or brushing the new puppy will help them to take responsibility in the care and upbringing of the new family member and will help them to form a lifelong bond.

Ok, but what about other pets?

Bringing home a new puppy makes us eager to get them settled in right away and part of settling in is getting your new pup acclimated not only to the human members of the family, but also the furry (or maybe furless) residents too. This big world and all the new things can be very exciting, but also very scary for a new puppy, so allowing them to get used to their environment is highly recommended before introducing them to other pets.

Keeping your pets separated for a few days is advisable, but that doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t begin to get familiarized.  Start by placing your new little pooch in a gated area or in a crate. Crates act as a den or safe place for a dog, so leaving it open will let them know they can go into their safe zone at any time. Give the puppy and your other pet(s) items that offer scent- this way they can get to know one another before their meeting.  Do let your pets smell and touch each other through the crate or pet gate after the first day.  Do this several times over the next few days.

Once they’re ready to meet face to face, supervision is essential and an area for them to separate should be readily accessible in the event trouble should arise.

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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Not Just for Royalty

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Named after the ill-fated King Charles the II during the 17th century Renaissance, these regal pups didn’t just earn their title- they live their title through grace, beauty, intelligence and a sweet and mild temperament. Though, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel may be a noble breed, they will gladly descend from their royal throne for a backyard frolic or a squirrel chase. If you’re searching for a canine companion who loves the company of others and the comfort of a lap than look no further.

Ranked one of the top breeds in the United States, the Cavalier is not without its share of health concerns. Though they are likely to live long happy lives, they are best fit for an owner who can see to it that they receive proper diet, exercise and veterinary care.

Health and Wellness Overview

  • Major concerns: mitral valve insufficiency, CHD, syringomelia
  • Minor concerns: patellar luxation, entropion
  • Occasionally seen: retinal dysplasia
  • Suggested tests: cardiac, hip, knee, eye
  • Life span: 9–14 years

How do I keep my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Healthy?

As fellow pet parents we know how much you love your dog and that’s why we want you in the know of your pets overall health and well-being. It is important to know the breeder and any warranty’s offered before you adopt your forever friend.

Regular diet and exercise will help your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel:

  1. Be more alert and content with their surroundings.
  2. Sleep more soundly.
  3. Improve socialization with both people and animals.
  4. Live a longer, healthier and happier life.
  5. Build and maintain strong bones and muscles.
  6. Improve their overall cardiovascular health.

Diet

The quality and types of foods cavaliers are fed can be very important for their genetic health. The Cavalier should be fed a high-quality dog food appropriate to the dog’s age (puppy, adult, or senior). Since this breed is pre-disposed to some very serious progressive health conditions — mitral valve disease being the primary one — we believe it is advisable to feed cavaliers the best diets aimed at strengthening their hereditary weaknesses, such as their hearts, kidneys, liver, and blood circulatory system.

Diets, including raw meat and vegetables when possible, and under the guidance of veterinarians who are knowledgeable about canine nutrition meals is the best thing you can do for your Cavalier. By preparing your Cavaliers’ meals yourself, with proper supplements for heart-health, you can assure that they are getting the best nutrition possible.

We know your pup is family and you want to share your table scraps and that’s ok! But please do so sparingly, especially avoiding cooked bones and foods with high fat content. Treats are an important part of training, but should be given in moderation as this breed has a tendency to become overweight, which can have a negative impact on their health.

Exercise

The amount of exercise your Cavalier should get is dependent upon their age and any pre-existing health conditions. A puppy will have different energy levels than that of a senior dog and so supervision is required to monitor your pup’s energy levels.  Begin with slow walks allowing your little one to set the pace. An ideal walk for most Cavalier King Charles Spaniels is half an hour twice a day at a brisk pace. If you are in shape, and your dog is as well, you can try slow jogging with your pet, but be mindful of their short legs, as they tire more quickly than dogs with longer legs.

Add some variety to your dog’s Physical Education!

  1. Play fetch or frisbee
  2. Check out the neighborhood dog park
  3. Invite a friend with a dog to walk along
  4. Try out obedience and training classes

A lifestyle filled with happiness, love and balance is sure to make your Cavalier thrive.  Visit premierpups.com to meet you future fur ever friend!

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Adventures with an Aussiedoodle

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With a long soft coat and beautiful bright eyes, meeting an Aussiedoodle is sure to be love at first sight! A perfect mix of both the Australian Shepherd and the Poodle it is no wonder that this loveable pooch has ranked as one of the most popular puppy breeds today. First originating from an Australian Poodle, Aussiedoodles are now more common in the United States than in Australia. These small loveable dogs are packed with huge personalities and measure in between 12 to 18 inches and weigh in between 15 to 35 lbs.

The Perfect Companion

Whether you’re looking for a working farmhand or an adventure seeking pal, you can’t go wrong with the Aussiedoodle as your perfect companion. Having adopted the work ethic and endless energy from both parent breeds, this little one is always up for any challenge or task. And with proper training and socialization you won’t have any problem leaving this dog off of a leash.

At the end of a long active day they are as cuddly and calm as they are energetic and playful, making them extremely well rounded.  This perfect companion will make for an excellent addition to the family. With strong traits of adaptability and affection your new puppy will surely get along well with children and other pets.

Let’s Get Active!

With its strong desire to be active- partnered with a heightened curiosity, your new companion will need plenty of exercise each day and the opportunity to run and show off their agility talents. Swimming, hiking and fetch are just some if their favorite sports. In addition, to being full of energy and love they have an extremely high level of intelligence – in fact, their level of their intelligence has been compared to that of a small child. And just like a child their brains also need to get plenty of exercise and stimulation so give them plenty of toys, puzzle feeders and lots of game play. You can even give them household chores to do, such as taking in the mail or carrying groceries or laundry, and they respond happily.

Surprisingly attentive and in tune, these pups will react to the attitude and emotion of their owners accordingly, however  like many mixed poodle breeds, this loyal and loving dog is a big seeker of attention and if they’re not getting enough of it they’ll be sure to let you know! So if you’re looking for a working, playful and loyal companion, look no further!

Top 5 Reasons to adopt and Aussiedoodle

  1. Active and Hardworking
  2. Hypoallergenic coat available in a variety of colors
  3. Very loyal and loving temperament
  4. Highly intelligent
  5. Extremely obedient
  6. Adaptable and affectionate
  7. Loves to Play
  8. Always up for an adventure
  9. Affordable

 

Okay, so we couldn’t stop at just 5! There are so many reasons to share your adventures with an Aussiedoodle. Visit us at premierpup.com to find out more.

 

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The History of the Havanese

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Beautiful reddish havanese puppy dog

Named after the capital city and now the National emblem of Cuba, the Havanese is the nation’s only native breed and is believed to be a descendent of the ancient dog breed, the Bischon. With its roots dating back as early as the 1500’s the Havanese is said to have been born after its ancestors from the Tenerife in the Canary Islands –also known as the “islands of the dogs” and were brought to Cuba by Settlers, Sea Captains and Spanish Merchants.

The settlers arrived in Cuba from the island of Tenerife in two separate waves- the farmers, laborers and craftsmen were the first to arrive and then the “Segundo’s”, or second sons of the Spanish aristocracy. It didn’t take long after their arrival for this breed to make it into the homes and hearts of Cuban Aristocracy.

By the 18th century, Havana became a top vacation spot of many influential people around the world. It was during this time that this breed began to find its way into the courts of England, Spain and France where, in the latter two countries, they were often shorn in the manner of the larger European Poodle.

Known by many different names over the centuries, the Blanquito de la Cubano, or White Cuban, in the early 1700s; the Dog of Havannah (in the late 1700s); the Cuban Shock-dog (so-called for the familiar shock of hair that falls over his eyes), the Cuba-dog, and the Havana Spaniel (all in the 1800s); Ie Havanais (in France around the turn of the century); and, of course, the one that appears in several references over the years and has the advantage of being wonderfully descriptive – the Havana Silk Dog.

With its long soft coat of silk their hair protected them from the intense heat of the Cuban seasons- for this reason the coat was never clipped. The infamous topknot that this breed still sports today, also derived from its time in Cuba as their owners often tied up the hair to protect their eyes from the harsh sun.

The pivotal moment in the breed’s history came in 1959, with the Communist takeover of Cuba. During the Spanish Revolution as many Cuban Aristocrats fled to America only 11 of these beloved dogs were left to save from extinction. Of all the Havanese in the world today, save those from the “iron curtain” countries, stem from those 11 adorable immigrants. The gene pool of the Havanese breed today is now estimated to be over 8,000 in number.

Remarkably, throughout their worldly travels, the Havanese has remained virtually unchanged from that of the dogs discovered within painted portraits dating back to the eighteenth century.

Did you know?

Among historical celebrity Havanese owners were two of the world’s most celebrated writers. Ernest Hemingway found the love of a Havanese during the 20 years he spent in Cuba. Approximately a hundred years earlier, Charles Dickens owned a tiny Havanese named, Tim. So if you’re a writer by employ or by heart, this may just the token of love and support that can help you make written history.

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For the Love of Cockapoo

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A young red Cockapoo puppy enjoying being amongst the trees in a local forest

A cross breed of the Poodle and Cocker Spaniel the Cockapoo is an exceptionally intelligent designer class of hybrid. Like its poodle ancestors, the Cockapoo is known for its friendly disposition and jovial personality. And with the lineage of the cocker spaniel you can believe that they are naturally inquisitive and loveable making them the perfect family breed.

Because the cockapoo is not yet classified as its own breed we must recognize them as a type of pet. The combined traits that any Cockapoo inherits from their parents can be variable in more ways than one. A primary example is the coat–  not all Cockapoos have a low shedding coat like the poodle nor do they all have a smoother, longer and heavier shedding coat like that of the cocker spaniel.

So what can you expect upon the newest arrival of your family?

Play, play and more play!

The cockapoo breed is very active and may easily find their way into mischief solely out of boredom, yet they are also easily entertained! So be certain to give your newest family member lots of exercise and play.

Socialization

It is recommended that these pups be socialized as they have a tendency to fear things later in life that they may not have experienced in their early years (just like a kid)! Introduce them to other animals and other people, not only will this make for a well-rounded pup, but an exceptionally obedient pet.

My heart is your heart!

The cockapoo is an extremely sweet and sensitive animal that will react to your moods. Treat them well and you will be the recipient of endless love!

Training

Positive reinforcement is the use of a reward system for encouraging a wanted behavior to be repeated. As an example, if you want to teach your pup to sit, you reward him when he sits. By doing this, he’ll quickly associate the behavior with a reward. It is important to keep in mind while training the cockapoo that we must ignore the behaviors we don’t want, and we reward the behaviors we do want. Rewards can include food, treats, petting, or playing with a favorite toy.

What about housebreaking?

Be consistent! Make sure to take your newest addition out for potty breaks every two to three hours.  Cockapoos LOVE to know when they’ve done something good and they welcome praise with a good deal of tail wagging, so make sure you give lots of praise when they go where you want them to.

Do not feed your pup late at night! Keep in mind that during the initial training period you can expect to wake yourself up at least once a night while potty training, to make sure your pup makes it through the night without an accident.

Dogs that have good training tend to feel more comfortable with their place in the household. Be sure that everyone in the family knows the training plan and follows it.

Regardless of whether you live alone or have a family with other pets, the Cockapoo will fit right in with a little training. If you’re ready to have a little more love and overall joy in your life, then a Cockapoo is the right choice for you! Visit us now at premierpups.com.

 

 

 

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Mini Bernadoodle Big Personality

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This small package of fluff and fur is packed with an overflow of love, affection and personality. Weighing in at 18 lbs. and going up to as much as 35 lbs. the Mini Bernedoodle is a cross between the Miniature Poodle the Bernese Mountain Dog.

If you’re looking for a pet for the whole family, or if you’re a single and looking for a lovable and loyal fur ever friend with good health that will put a smile on your face with their comedic antics, you don’t need to look any further- with a life span of 15 to 18 years – this little one checks off all of the fur ever friend boxes.

They will steal your attention and affection!

These pups are full of energy and devotion. Though they only need a moderate amount of exercise, they will need a whole lot more of your attention. They do best in homes where they are not left alone for long periods of time. They want nothing more than to be with their humans and are just as ready to go on an adventure as they are to snuggle up on the couch.

Just like their poodle parent, they are full of intelligence and can be easily trained. Do be careful, because they are so smart they can just as easily learn bad habits just as well as the good! It is always a good idea to begin training and socialization at an early age to make sure you raise a well-rounded friendly pet.

Keep them busy

As for outdoor activities, this breed can do it all! They enjoy short and easy or long fun filled walks, challenging hikes, and they absolutely love to swim! A visit to the dog park is always a great option as well as the Mini Bernadoodle, though a little shy at first, loves to make new friends and playmates.

When it’s time to settle indoors for the day make sure to have plenty of toys and things to chew for this loveable pooch as boredom can get the best of them. Without enough stimulation they are bound to go after anything that may be lying about… even your favorite pair of shoes!

Full of life and love the Mini Bernadoodle can adapt to almost any environment you bring them into and they are sure to put plenty of smiles on your face. If you want to learn more about adopting a Mini Bernadoodles check us out at premierpups.com

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