At Lovdog, we love dogs. That is why we have made it our business to support you and your dog with words and deeds. Perhaps you are asking yourself: “And what should the whole thing look like?” We have thought about the following - Dr. Lovdog our question and answer format with experts on everything to do with dogs. We give you the chance to ask your questions via social media and our experts answer them with all their knowledge.
This week we start with Melissa Simeoni. Melissa is a passionate breeder. Your kennel is the officially approved veterinarian Simeoni Whippster kennel, a kennel for the English greyhound breed Whippet recognized by the FCI / ÖKV / ÖKWZR. You can find it at the following link: www.acheronwhippets.at
1. What does a breeder do, what does he / she learn the puppy?
It all depends on how much the breeder cares about the development of the puppies. Assuming the ideal case, the breeder should teach the puppies to:
- House training - Of course, a puppy that moves out with its breeder at ten weeks is not yet completely house-trained, but the puppies should know that you do not go to the bathroom in the house. Puppies are said to have already roamed on many different surfaces, so that it is easier for them to find a toilet place in their new home.
- Species-specific social behavior - only puppies can learn this if they grow up in a decent environment and if they have the opportunity to get to know other dogs besides their mum.
- Get to know new things - also include wearing collars, walking on a leash, driving a car, car encounters and encounters with other animals and people, cutting claws and general care.
- Rest periods - that's more important than you think. Sometimes you have to send human children to bed so that they don't get overdone. It is no different with dogs.
- Everyday noises - such as vacuum cleaners, washing machines, kitchen appliances, televisions, etc.
- Different food - so the puppy's intestine will not have a hard time when the food is changed in its new family.
- Human visits - ideally all kinds of people, from children to the elderly.
- Vet visits - Of course, the first vet visits are also on the agenda.
2. How do I find the right breeder?
It is best to visit the breeder at home to get to know the dogs and the person, to find out whether you get along and to learn about the breeder's skills. It is very important to pay attention to the hygiene and to the other dogs that the breeder owns. But gut instinct can also serve you well. If you are not 100% sure that you will buy the dog from the breeder and not "save" it, then you are on the safe side.
3. What do I have to teach my puppy first?
The first thing the puppy needs time to get used to and explore their new surroundings. Remember, the puppy has just lost its home and all of its caregivers. It can take a few weeks before he feels comfortable in his new home. In this case, it is important to be consistent and not allow the puppy to do anything that you would not allow an adult dog to do.
4. From what week can I practice tricks with my puppy?
In theory, this works from the start, but in practice it would be better if you only start when you have the feeling that the puppy is really comfortable in his new home and has accepted it as his home.
5. What should you watch out for in a puppy for training to work?
As with everything, patience is important. Avoid overtaxing the puppy and breaks are absolutely essential. By that I mean sleeping breaks. Because only those who sleep well can process what they have learned well.
6. How much should / can you train with puppies?
That is a bit race dependent. At the beginning you train for a few minutes at a time, if that works you can improve. In further training units, what has been learned is repeated and consolidated again and again in many different places. You will have enough to do with that for the time being :)
7. How do I find the right puppy school?
At the puppy school it is important to make sure that the trainers are really knowledgeable about puppies and that they have a good education. It would also be an advantage if the different groups of puppies are divided into sizes or weight classes.
Above all, puppy schools should be there so that the dog is socialized and can play with other conspecifics. Because, especially while playing, puppies learn more than you think. Of course it's not bad when you learn the first commands, but please don't overdo it! - Your puppy is a baby.
8. When do I have to go to the vet for the first time?
Usually the first time you go to the vet for the second vaccination is around 12 weeks old. The puppy is examined again.
9. How do I convince my partner that I will have a puppy?
By carefully thinking together how to imagine and divide life with a dog. There is nothing like a well thought out concept. If the partner persistently refuses, it is still better to think again about whether the acquisition of a dog is really that good. Because it is important that everyone living in the household is there for the dog.
10. What can I do if my dog is very itchy all over its body?
Severe itching can have many causes. From various allergies (e.g. different feed, grass mites ...) to acute stress or joint problems. It is best to contact a trained nutritionist or a competent veterinarian.