5 - Step Puppy Program [offsite link]
If you´ve decided to get a puppy, taking a moment to be sure this is the right time for a dog, then choosing the right breed for you and your family will insure years of happiness and fun with your new family member.
Breeding and Whelping [offsite link]
Many links to sites about things to consider before you breed plus information on genetics, health issues concerning the sire and dam, pregnancy and pre-natal care, birthing and lactation. The information contained in these links should not a substitute for professional Veterinary care.
Dealing with Normal Puppy Behavior: Chewing [offsite link]
Chewing facilitates teething and makes sore gums feel better. Although it´s perfectly normal for a puppy to chew on furniture, shoes, shrubbery and such, these behaviors can be a problem for you. A puppy won’t magically "outgrow" these behaviors as he matures. Instead, you must shape your puppy´s behaviors and teach him which ones are acceptable and which aren’t. Read more....
Early Puppy Training [offsite link]
A famous pet trainer stresses the importance of early training and says, "Just as it is never too early to socialize a puppy to handling and touching, it is never too early to begin to teach it some elementary social skills such as going to the bathroom in the right place, wearing a collar and walking on a leash, and learning its name. "
Finding a Reputable Breeder
Backyard breeders and puppy mills give legitimate breeders a bad name. Here's how to ensure that your new puppy is coming from a loving, caring environment and a breeder with the puppy's best interests in mind.
House Training Puppies: The Do´s and Dont´s [offsite link]
The most important thing to remember in training a new puppy is this: puppies and dogs learn best by being praised when they do the right thing, NOT by being punished when they do the wrong thing. Housetraining can be challenging, but can be made easier if you follow these basic do´s and don´ts, and stick to them.
Housetraining Your Dog [offsite link]
From getting started on the right track to pottying on command, here´s expert tips for housetraining puppies and dogs.
New Puppies [offsite link]
From Purina... Childrens Roles In Pet Care, Choosing the Perfect Puppy, First Visit to the Veterinarian, Puppy Necessities, Puppy Proofing Your Home, and Welcoming Your Newcomer.
Pedigree Puppy Care Guide [offsite link]
Download a complete printable guide to caring for your new puppy... from Pedigree.com.
Puppies are siblings? No problem!
To pick two puppies from the same litter... or not to pick two puppies? How to avoid potential problems and sibling rivalry.
Puppy Care and Training [offsite link]
From Placerville Veterinary Clinic, here´s excellent advice on feeding, shots, worms, chewing and destructive behavior, training, chew treats, bones and toys.
Puppy Care Guide [offsite link]
This is a must see site for anyone about to get a new puppy. It has advice on selecting your puppy, protecting your puppy, heartworms and gastrointestinal parasites, fleas and ticks,
viral diseases, Rabies, Parvovirus,
Distemper, Coronavirus and your puppy´s vaccination schedule.
Puppy Chow Complete Puppy Care Program [offsite link]
Sign up to see trainig videos, receive free puppy care information and a $2.00 coupon for Purina Puppy Chow.
Puppy LIfe Stage Guide [offsite link]
Puppies grow fast and change fast, so you’ll need to adapt quickly. The articles and videos in this guide will provide important information for raising a puppy right.
Puppy Proofing Your Home [offsite link]
Before bringing your puppy home, you´ll need to "puppyproof" your house. Puppies are like babies: they want to explore every corner of your house, and they want to put everything into their mouths. Purina has a simple checklist to make sure your home is safe before letting your new puppy run free.
Puppy vaccinations can be overwhelming for you and your new pup; here's a look at what you're protecting your new best friend against.
Socializing Your New Puppy [offsite link]
The socialization process should begin as soon as you get the new puppy. You will find that your efforts are well worthwhile when you become the proud parent of a social, friendly dog
Vaccination Recommendations for Puppies [offsite link]
The vaccination of puppies is one of the crucial steps in assuring the puppy will have a healthy and happy puppyhood. Read the AVMA vaccination recommendations. Always consult with your veterinarian to determine which vaccines are appropriate for your puppy.
When housebreaking a puppy continues to go wrong
Having trouble housetraining your puppy? If you've already tried everything by the book -- unsuccessfully -- there may other factors at work.
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