Puppies should be dewormed at 4, 6, and 8 weeks of age. Only prescription dewormers (ie., those available from a veterinarian, not from a pet store) are effective.
Puppies should make a visit to the veterinarian at 8 weeks of age. At this appointment, they will have a full physical exam to determine if there are any health concerns.
At 8 weeks, puppies will receive a vaccine for canine distemper, adenovirus, and parvo virus (DAPV).
At 12 weeks, puppies will return to have the DAPV vaccine booster and will receive a Rabies vaccine. The DAPV will now be good for 3 years and the Rabies will be good for 1 year.
Puppies have very specific nutritional needs that need to be taken into account to ensure that they develop into a healthy adult dog. We stock Royal Canin Veterinary Exclusive pet foods that are formulated to target specific health and dietary requirements. Puppies should eat a puppy development food for the first year of life.
Because puppies grow so quickly, it is important that they are maintaining a healthy body condition score. In your puppy's physical exam, talk with us about how to guage your puppy's body condition score and to decide on a correct feeding plan for your puppy.
It is very important that you house train your puppy properly and completely. Puppies and dogs that are house trained only in certain situations and in certain houses are NOT fully house trained.
To be most successful with house training, you must be religious and consistent about letting your puppy/dog out for potty breaks at regular intervals. While your puppy/dog is in the house with you, keep it within sight at ALL times so that you can keep an eye on it and catch accidents before they happen. Dogs will generally instinctively keep from soiling their living space, so if you can keep your dog's living space small and clearly defined, you will have more success. If you cannot keep an eye on your dog at all times, you must keep it in a crate between potty breaks.
If your dog does make a mess in the house, DO NOT RUB ITS NOSE IN THE MESS. Your dog will not understand your reasoning behind this punishment. Instead, ensure in the future that you are watching your dog carefully and giving it consistent potty breaks.
When you bring your dog outside for a potty break, praise it thoroughly for relieving itself outside where it is supposed to.
Your dog will soon develop desired habits.
If possible, it is best to start puppy class with your new pup at 12 weeks. If you do not have the opportunity to attend puppy class, or if you adopt an older dog, it is never too late to start obedience training with your dog! Despite the old addage, you CAN teach an old dog new tricks.