|10-09-2013 11:59 AM|
|Oakley's momma||I can't give any advice as I am just beginning the journey with my 7 week old... I just wanted to say he is adorable!|
|10-06-2013 06:59 PM|
|Swampy||Thank you everyone. I will not be spraying my yard with that stuff. I will just have to find something else. We do believe we rescued him and we're hoping the other puppies got away from that situation. The only thing we've been trying to teach Bones is crate training and potty training and he gets all his exercise playing with the other 2 dogs. The only reason I was worried about the dominance thing is because my other dog has some issues with it but we're about to get him fixed soon so hopefully that will take care of some of it. I don't care if he is a mix, he's still part of the family. This is the first animal we've ever paid for, the other 2 dogs are rescues and the cat was free. But Bones was only 50. And I'm glad we got him away from that situation. Thank you everyone for your input!|
|10-05-2013 12:20 AM|
|katieliz||no, no, no chemicals. very sweet looking little dude, like selzer says, what's done is done, and it sounds like even tho you bought and paid for him, in reality you rescued him (and i mean that in a VERY good way). as everyone says, he is very young, and you shouldn't expect too much too soon. also want to say that relative to the pure bred issue...if he is a little bit of a mix you may avoid some of the health problems that currently plague the pure breds. i sure wouldn't worry about it, he is SO cute.|
|10-04-2013 11:51 PM|
Welcome to the site.
He may be purebred. $50 is not going to make anyone breed uncontrollably. I wouldn't worry about it, what is done is done, and you have a cute little guy.
I would not make a pup this young fast walk anywhere and certainly not for 10-20 minutes until he gets bored. He is a baby. Let him play, run, jump -- but do not force it.
I do not like the way you explained they had to pull him through the bars of the crate. This doesn't sound good.
And forget all the dominant yuck you hear from Cesar. If you must, look up NILIF. Nothing In Life Is Free. And that has some leadership techniques for people who have issues in that area. It sounds like you aren't, and you probably won't.
I encourage puppy classes, but after you boy is clear of worms, he needs to be vaccinated a couple of times 3-4 weeks a part for parvo-distemper, and then he will need a rabies shot. I would wait until the second parvo-distemper shot +2 days before taking him anywhere that dogs are likely to be in any numbers, like parks or pet stores. There is just too many diseases out there, and vaccines only take care of the worst of the killers. Baby puppies and very old, or immune deficiant dogs are the most susceptible to these diseases, so be careful.
Picking up poop is important. Make it a regular habit so your puppy will not try to eat it. If he was living in crappy conditions, and has already had a significant load of worms, this habit is something you want to form, or to enable. Get rid of the poop immediately. It will eliminate other problems (pun intended).
Good luck with your puppy. PLAY with him. Don't worry about perfect obedience just yet. Train him in little spurts during the day 1-2 minutes. Mostly play with him, be happy with him. Build a bond of trust with him.
|10-04-2013 11:30 PM|
Nope, not safe. My JRT got into some this summer and was very sick. I had to take him to the e-vet. Luckily he pulled through but it was scary.
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|10-03-2013 05:57 PM|
Here is a link to answer your question about the Sevin Spray.
Poisoning our pets | Dog Days of Summer | Indy Week
|10-01-2013 08:38 PM|
|Swampy||Thanks everyone for the feedback. I have one more question. As Bones is getting over hookworms, I was looking online about hookworms and I didn't know I was supposed to be picking up his poop out of the yard every time so my yard didn't get infested. So, I bought some Seven Dust to spray in the yard, as that is what the trainer at petsmart told me to get, and it doesn't say on the bottle if its safe for animals. The trainer said it was and the guy at lowes said it was but I need to know for sure before I spray it. So, does anyone know for sure that its safe and how long after I spray it will I have to keep the dogs inside? Also should I get my other 2 dogs tested for hookworms? Puppy has only been here for 6 days and has been on medicine for it since he got here. Thanks again!|
|09-30-2013 11:05 PM|
Why do you say he may not be purebred? He is adorable! And looks purebred to me.
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|09-30-2013 09:55 PM|
|09-30-2013 08:31 PM|
I was at work at the time, and my wife was well aware I've wanted one since I was a kid. My father-in-law drove to choose one for me. Now, he said he saw the mom and dad. And what he described was sort of upsetting. He said the father shep was chained to a tree, and the mother locked up with the puppies, all dirty. Apparently the 'cage' they were in didn't have a door, and they had to pull the chosen puppy, I now call Bones, through the bars of the cage to get him out.
Anyway, I'm already in love with the little dude and it wouldn't change at all, but is there a way at some vets office I could get like - sorry again, haha - a blood analysis or something to find out what Bones exactly is?
Thanks again for all the help!
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