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Some videos I found which I thought would be interesting for new puppy owners...I'll add as I find them.
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What is Normal?
Signs of Good Health:
*Eyes: Bright, clear and free of discharge.
*Ears: Should be clean, free of discharge and odors.
Untreated ear problems are painful and can
cause hear loss.
Just a note about ears....Ears go up and down with puppy teething. Some do it faster than others. I haven't had any ears not go up with my puppies. Just be patient they will go up!
*Nose: Should be clean without discharge or sores.
*Mouth: Gums should be pink. Teeth should be free from
tartar or plaque. Check mouth and lips for sores
or growths. Bad breath can signal health problems.
I want new prospective owners of my puppies, to realize that Corgis DO shed and if this is a problem for you then you should consider a different breed. Pembroke's "blow" their coats twice a year in the spring and fall.The shedding is triggered by changes in the length of daylight. During heavy shedding loose tufts of hair can be pulled out by hand or/and with a shedding rake. Brushing a couple times a week will help the shedding problem and will keep it in good condition. Feeding a well balanced dog food can also help your dog to not shed as much. Just vacuum a time or two extra each week. Buying a FURminator to help with getting loose hair off really works! Every Corgi owner should have one.
*Weight: Active puppies are not usually overweight.
We love to play and just being part of the family.
Corgis make wonderful dogs for agility.
On the subject of weight...Proper nutrition is imperative to your Corgi's good health.Provide your Corgi a well balanced and nutritious diet and carefully monitor his weight. An over weight Corgi can lead to many serious health problems that will cause your Corgi a shorter life span.Corgis are real good at begging so you will have to overcome the want to give in to treats. Take him for a walk instead.
What I feed the dog and puppies...
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*Bowel: Make sure puppy has regular bowel movements and
not diarrhea. Remember though if you change food
diarrhea can happen.
Puppies begin their first series at approximately 7 weeks Just before they get their health certificates. Schedule an appointment with your veterinarian to keep your puppy on schedule. Vaccines are given in a series of 3. Each Vet is different and it will either be 2 or 3 weeks apart.
The following diseases can be controlled by keeping
your puppy on schedule:
*Distemper: this virus affects the respiratory, digestive, and nervous systems.
*Hepatitis: this liver disease is caused by a virus.
*Leptospirorasis: a disease caused by a family bacteria that causes a potentially fatal kidney disease.
*Parvovirus: this serious virus causes deadly diarrhea and vomiting.
*Bordetella (kennel cough): one of many microbes that causes bronchitis and bronchopneumonia. This vaccine is definitely a must if you are going to board your dog or he will be in contact with others.
*Lyme Disease: bacterial infection transmitted by ticks, causing debilitating joint disease and high fever.
*Rabies: this viral disease is epidemic in many parts of North America and can infect all mammals, including people. Rabies is transmitted by the saliva of an infected animal. Even when no injury is apparent, you should report your pet's contact with an unfamiliar or wild animal to your veterinarian.
*Dog's normal breathing rate-15 to 20 per minute.
*Dog's normal heartbeat - 100 to 150 beats per minute.
Take pulse under chest or under rear leg where it joins the body.
*Dog's normal temperature - 101 to 102 degrees.
Internal Parasites are a problem right from the start. Almost all puppies are born with roundworms. Our deworming schedule starts at 2 weeks and continues every two weeks until puppies are sold.
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External Parasites bite and feed on the puppies blood, causing itching and irritation so our puppies are started on Frontline (could be Advantage) usually the morning they go to new homes. And they should be continued each month thereafter. I personally use Comfortis. If you have a flea problem Comfortis is the product you want to be using once puppy reaches 4 months. Comfortis doesn't work on ticks. during bad tick times I use both Comfortis and Frontline.
Heartworm Control is a MUST for your puppy and all through his/her life. Puppies will be started here and they will need another dose every month afterwards.Once you take your puppy home and to the puppy's new vet, buy his/her heartworm control product. Heartworms come from mosquitoes and can be deadly to your puppy.
Trifexis is a great product which makes life easier. It contains both Comfortis and Interceptoor which is just one pill a month for fleas and heartworm preventative.
Corgis do drink alot of water so fresh water needs to be available constantly.
Definite Dont's for Dogs.
*Chocolate: Can be poisonous for pets. Click Here for more info
*Onion: is also dangerous for pets and can cause anemia.
*Dairy products: Cause diarrhea in lactose-intolerant dogs.
*Grapes:Can be associated with renal failure.Click Here for more info
*Bones: (from poultry, and fish): May splinter and stick in the
throat or cut into the intestine.
Your puppy needs from you:
*LOVE: Your Corgi relishes this from you. Being part of your family is the most important part of owning a Corgi.
*Patience:-puppies have short attention spans, so aim for small and steady signs of progress.
*Consistency:-of daily routine, attitude and expectations. Make a schedule for your puppy. A schedule which works in your lifestyle. This is probably the hardest part of housebreaking.
*Clarity:-use obedience vocabulary to teach your puppy
what you expect in every situation. Example: sit/stay or a
*Leadership:-you have to be in charge, but relax your
leadership with kindness and love. Read about your puppy being "alpha" above. You need to make sure you are "Pack Leader".
*NEVER HIT YOUR PUPPY...use a firm "NO!" and then immediately direct your puppy's attention to an appropriate activity.
Dog Activities and Training: Teaching A Puppy
The Fundamentals Of Obedience
Training the New Puppy click here
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