TAKING PUPPY HOME
All pups travel with their blanket and toy giraffe for comfort. Please note air travel takes a lot out of pup and they will need a couple of hours to bounce back. Allow pup access to plenty of water but wait a few hours before feeding pup and only feed a small amount. Please check your puppy care guide for what to feed puppies after flight or long travel.
Pup will be brought up on high protein dry food which is available all day for her to access. Twice a day she will have raw mince mixed with rice and veg. She will also have a variety of bones to chew on, mainly chicken necks and brisket bones, these are only given after meals to prevent choking and scoffing. Please make sure you wean her on to your choice of food gradually.
Access the clean fresh water is essential daily for your dog.
I recommend making a large batch of food for Pup and portioning into daily amounts in ziplock bags, I will give you some of his/her dry food so you can change to yours slowly. Twice a day he is used to getting a mix of raw mince ( preferably chicken or/and lamb, beef ) with an equal portion of rice and 1/3 steamed veg. Broccoli, carrots and pumpkin puree, also fruit like apples.
Put 2 in the fridge and replace from the freezer as you use. 1 zip lock bag contains a days portion.
Unfortunately, if his food is changed suddenly at this young age he/she can end up with stomach upset, diarrhoea in particular. So if you just slowly add what you would like to feed him to this mix and the new dry food to my dry food it will be easier on his stomach.
This info for feeding below was borrowed from RSPCA website I have added my thoughts are in italics and blue writing, brackets.
Between four to six months of age puppies cut their permanent teeth and grow rapidly
Introducing fresh raw meaty bones at around 12 weeks of age ensures they are chewing actively around the time their permanent teeth are erupting.
This chewing is important to alleviate "teething" issues and also provides several important health benefits including keeping teeth and gums healthy
Raw bones should be introduced gradually. The bone must be large enough so that the puppy cannot fit the whole bone in its mouth or swallow the bone whole
Some examples include raw lamb ribs (not lamb chops though), raw lamb flaps, raw chicken wings
Too many raw bones can cause constipation. One raw bone per week is generally well-tolerated
'Meaty' bones are better
Always supervise your puppy when eating raw bones
Dogs ‘like’ bones very much and sometimes become protective. Do take care and discourage young children from approaching dogs that are eating. (My personal feeling about this that a dog should not get protective over their food especially if children are in the house. The best way to do this is to feed pup first then offer the bone. Pat pup whilst eating, take the bone away and give it back, play with Pup and the bone if he does not get upset praise him. Do not allow your dog to get snappy).
Avoid large marrow bones, T-bones, 'chop' bones e.g. lamb cutlets, large knuckle bones or bones sawn lengthwise as dogs may crack their teeth on these
Do not feed the following (note this is not an exhaustive list): onions, onion powder, garlic, chocolate, coffee or caffeine products, mouldy or spoiled foods or compost, bread dough, yeast dough, avocado, grapes, raisins, sultanas (including in Christmas cakes etc), currants, nuts including macadamia nuts, fruit stones (pits) e.g. mango seeds, apricot stones, avocado stones; fruit seeds, corn cobs; green unripe tomatoes, mushrooms; fish constantly, cooked bones; small pieces of raw bone, fatty trimmings/fatty foods, Salt, Xylitol (a sugar substitute found in some products such as some types of sugar-free chewing gum, lollies, baking goods, toothpaste). Also, ensure your pet dog does not have access to string wrappings around rolled roasts or the absorbent pads found under meat when wrapped on trays. Never feed cooked bones as these can splinter and cause internal damage or become an intestinal obstruction.
Medical & Health Care
If at any time you are concerned with the health of your dog seek veterinary advice immediately.
I recommend a good pet insurance in case of accidents or larger expenses.
Vet care is very expensive, I recommend shopping around, ask friends and relatives.
pet insurance, there are many insurance companies, sometimes you can get pet insurance on top of your home and contents insurance, or you might prefer an insurance company that deals specifically with pet insurance. it is very important you call and ask exactly what it covers!
Pup will have had 1 vaccination before she goes to your care. She will have a full vet check and be microchipped. She/he will have had worming every 2weeks from birth and be treated with Advocate worming, heart worm and flea monthly treatment prior to leaving my care.
You will be required to take her for 2 more vaccinations. Then she will need a booster every year or every 3years depending on your vet.
She won’t be fully vaccinated till 2weeks after her 3rd vaccination or parvovirus.
I recommend Advocate monthly for the treatment of heartworm, worms and fleas.
Vaccinations cost around $60/vac
Advocate costs around $15/month
I recommend desexing before 4mths of age in small breed dogs. (from my research I have deduced that early desexing has a bad effect on large dogs and sporting breeds). Please discuss with your Vet. Pups that are desexed whilst in my care recover within an hour of this treatment it may take an older dog a day or 2 please prepare for this and watch out for infections.
In female dogs, desexing automatically stops their cycles and the associated bleeding and attention from male dogs that result in pregnancy.
Castration in male pets helps to control several behavioural related issues. In dogs, it can prevent aggression problems and wandering instincts which are characteristic of ‘pack' animals that need to seek other dogs company. It is, in fact, kinder to desex your male pet to stop the ‘hormonal' need to wander and find a mate.
In females, desexing (also known as spaying) reduces the risk of mammary tumours, and eliminates the risk of tumours in the ovaries, uterus and cervix, and prevents other medical conditions such as pyometra.
In males, desexing (which is also knows as neutering), reduces the risk of prostatic diseases, perianal tumours and eliminates the risk of testicular cancers.
Desexing female small dog is around $300-600
Desexing male small dog is around $150-400
Registering your Dog
Once I have handed in councils copy of transfer of ownership forms, they will send out information on registering your pup.
You will need to register your dog before they are 6mths of age with your local council please check with your council as they all differ in costs.
You will need to pay around $200 for lifetime registration for a un-desexed dog
they have cheaper prices for desexed animal
if you will not be housing pup inside they will need a clean, comfortable and safe environment where they have access to an outdoor backyard area this must be escape-proof and include sheltered areas to protect the dog against weather extremes such as the wind, rain, cold, heat, sun etc.
Training and Socialization
Your puppy has come from a home where it has had the opportunity to socialize with other dogs, cats and children. Pups will not leave if they are not happy, healthy and well socialized. It is important they keep this up, it is not recommended that you take puppy out to dog parks or such where dogs have frequented because of the risk of parvo. However, you can take pup out in your arms, in the car, even to bunnings will aid in growing them socially. puppy classes after their 3rd vaccination will help make friendly balanced companions as well as teach you pup basic manners..
Training is a must, a well-mannered dog is very important to a happy household! as little as 5 - 10minutes a day makes the difference between a stressful relationship and a rewarding bond. Pup will love spending this quality time with you, they will revel in the encouragement they receive and strive to perfect all that they learn. Please take the time to teach your dog basic commands, you will find it rewarding and possibly pup will surprise you with hidden talents. Keep in mind that positive reinforcement will be most effective as will setting pup up to succeed. minimise distraction as much as possible in the beginning and make sure pup is focused on you before you try teaching anything.
Most breeds of dogs require grooming, some more than others, start early with the pup so they become familiar with the process. There are many products in pet stores and vet clinics for all your doggy needs. I prefer a natural method, but this is my preference and I will list how I do it.
Ears- clean ears once a week, use cotton balls and gently remove dirt. mix 3tsp apple cider vinegar with a cup water and dip in cotton balls.
eyes- clean away weeping with warm but not hot camomile tea and cotton ball.
nails- clip nails fortnightly just the tips, very important as if left unclipped the inside vein grows along with the nail and then becomes uncomfortable for walking.
baths- I use a natural soap which includes goats milk and Neem oil/teatree or coconut, fleas and parasites hate it! Also great for dogs with skin conditions.
Brushing- brush dog 2-3 times a week to keep tangle free, pay close attention to the underneath of dogs and behind the ears, shedding brushes, rakes and combs are very handy.
At any time if your circumstances change and you need to rehome your companion I will be happy to assist in any way. Including if the need is to board the dog free of charge at my residence till she is rehomed. Your dog must be kept up to date with vaccinations. You will be required to either bring her to me or arrange to meet or pay transport costs. If put back into my care she will need her micro-chipping transfer back so I can transfer on.
Pups bred at Hillview Kennels must never be allowed to end up in a shelter or pound. I will take legal action if I find any dog to be mistreated or abused.
The purchase of a pup from Hillview Kennels is an acceptance of responsibility to care for your dog to the best of your ability for the duration of their life. This includes seeking appropriate information on health and care issues.
Below are some things you should expect with a purchase from Kata's Hillview Pty Ltd