This is a multi-topic thread. First point is hip dysplasia. The mother of my puppy was a purebred GSD. Father a pure bred Australian shepherd. Both breeds common victims of hip dysplasia. I read it is more common in purebreds than mutts, but off a mutt is from 2 different pure bred dogs it is just like it is a purebred. I have noticed "Lela" walking side ways. Always tripping over herself, and can't climb stairs. I know she is only a puppy, but it seems odd. I read more about hip dysplasia, and it says puppies with symptoms tend to not enjoy getting up, and instead lie down like a frog with both hind legs sticking out. Lela sits like this. I have an overall vet check on the 19th of October, and I am going to ask then, but I wanted to get your guys' opinion. Second point is bath time! I am going to give Lela her first bath, and I really want her to enjoy it, and because I want her to like water so she can swim at dog beaches, and pools, etc. How can I make it enjoyable? I am doing it in my sink because she is very small and it is very large, so should I clog the sink to make it raise just an inch or two. I only have one toy for her so far and it is plush, I am fine with it getting wet but she sleeps with it in her crate and I would need to dry it tonight. Just any helpful tips and advice will do
. Third point is puppy socialization. She only has had her deworming shots, and first set of parvo so far. I have found a high rated training class near by that has socialization classes. Is it safe for her? I don't want her being afraid of other people and dogs. Also, if you have the time could you check the training class I found and judge it by the website? It looks good to me, but I am not sure, I would do obedience, agility, and the socialization with them. It is called WAGS & WIGGLES in CA. Thanks! Sorry for he long post
Sorry... One more thing. She wakes me up at 4 AM whining, and only falls asleep of you stay near her crate petting her. I found out heartbeats remind them of their mother, and i found a video that plays 12 hours of heartbeat sounds for this purpose.
What do you think? Sorry again for the long post. I am on my nexus and it is harder to type.