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The first 3 days after getting your new puppy are usually the most difficult time for the puppy! Stress from the move can start up some simple problems but they do need to be addressed!! You can sometimes expect the puppy to get low blood sugar or act a little lethargic, and its very simple to treat. Just give your puppy about 3 Tablespoons of DARK KERO SYRUP, you should see a difference in energy level and wanting to eat within 30 min. If your puppy has diarrhea it's important to watch for lethargic behavior and give him 3 cc of Pedialyte or gaterade every hour until poo starts to get under control, start with safe guard treatment. Not eating is also a sign that they need to start on safeguard.
I would strongly recommend having this Pro-Pectalin on hand!! In a crunch you can give Pepto-Bismol, teaspoon for every 10 lbs. It can be offered every 6 to 8 hours. It's kind of natural for puppy to have real soft stoll but you need to watch for the lethargic puppy and don't let him get dehydrated.
Chances are your puppy will struggle with stress and giardia until he is 12 to 14 wekeks old, it is pretty important for you to have safeguard on hand as a new puppy owner!! Buy this exact kind and shake bottle upside down for 3 minutes, it’s very chalky. 1cc orally per 4 lbs body weight for 8 days.
We are feeding Purina one smart blend large breed puppy food ( quick note, I’ve had people say that the same food from amazon is very different than what you get from chewy or petco and the puppies won’t eat it! Very strange!). We will add warm water to a 4 cup sized bowl along with tablespoon Fage yogurt, this helps them get probiotics in their gut. you can offer them a total of 8 cups of food a day. I chose Purina puppy and dog chow because they spend millions on research and development and they have only had a couple limited recalls.
At 12 weeks of age you need to start switching him over to adult food, you can mix any left over puppy 50 / 50 with the adult until it is gone. This is to control growing too fast and by doing this along with limiting exercise for first 2 years you are helping to insure your dog lives a more physically fit, long life. Also, it is recommended to wait at least 2 years before getting the puppy spayed or neutered! This helps in the different leg bones growing at same rate. The dogs need their hormones!! I like the simple Milk Bone treats, I think the spicy treats upset their tummies.
Do not change your puppies diet right away after getting him, this will help the puppy maintain his solid poo!!!! Wait 10 days before getting vaccinations!! Get rabies shot on a different day as other vaccines, and only get the 1 year rabies! I will gladly help you with anything that comes up!! We have spent hours with these guys and have become emotionally attached to them before you get him and we want them to have as easy transition as possible because we care about them!
**It is very important to get your puppy off puppy food at 12 weeks!! Your vet probably will not have heard of this but you can google it or get on some golden forums to learn more. Having the biggest, fattest golden retriever may be cute but it is not in the best interest of the dog!! Puppy food and high protein dog foods make your puppy grow too fast causing growth issues!! If your puppy continues to get fat on adult you then will need to feed him less food. At 12 Weeks we are feeding 8 cups of adult a day, that needs to be watched; if he is getting too thin feed him more and too fat feed him less. Take pictures and evaluate his weight every Sunday, its not easy maintaining a dogs weight but it is very worth it!!**
Lots of times at the age between 4 and 8 months the puppy will have a pretty big growth spurt and will be pretty uncomfortable and even limp. This can go on for quite a while and the best thing you can do for him is to continue feeding the quality adult dog food, manage his weight(now and throughout life), limit activity, joint supplements are great, dont let him run up and down the steps and jump off furniture. You really just need to wait this out and let him grow!! Swimming is a great activity for them!
Use the chart to gage your puppies weight
As far as collars go I like to use a slip solid dog leash. reasons why is it is not safe to leave a collar on your dog when you aren't around and your puppy is going to be out growing collars very fast!
I would buy hard rubber toys and I would be afraid to leave cloth bedding in the crate with the puppy. The puppy can swallow one of the stuffed toys whole and get it stuck in their throat and they can chew bedding and have the same thing happen. I don't bath my goldens very often, I think it's hard on their skin. When I do, I make a bubble bath with dawn dish detergent and poor it over them and take a conditioner and comb through their coat while they are in the tub to get a lot of loose coat out!
There are different ways to train a dog to go potty outside. The easiest is to have a doggie door that leads to the fenced in yard. Another great way is to start your puppy off in a smaller room of the house, like your kitchen and as they master that room give him a bigger room. You can also start with a small crate and when they master that go to a large crate and then the kitchen and graduate to 4even more of the house. 3rd way I usually end up doing is having my dog on a leash, this way when I get busy with something he can get my
attention because he is right by my side and we can run right outside. This also works very well with a puppy who is in the chewing stage because he is right by you and you should notice what he is doing, you can save your remote!! This is a great way to bond with your new puppy too. I will also say with leash training your dog its best to always keep them on one side of you and out to the front! As your dog gets bigger, if you have let him get used to getting behind you and going from side to side, sooner or later he is going to trip you up and you could get hurt. Its better to get these good habits started while they are small.
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