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We’ve listed below some of the common problems that can arise for new puppy owners. Hopefully this will inform you and help you to avoid encountering these problems yourself. Buying flea and wormer from the pet shop: Problems arise with pet shop treatments as they don’t protect against lungworm or mange. The flea medications generally aren’t good either. We would suggest obtaining a prescription from your vet instead. Sticking rigidly to breeders’ advice: Whilst most advice from respectable breeders is fine, sometimes breeders can provide some advice that is less than optimal for your puppy, including guidance on diet, fleas,...

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How To Examine Your Puppy Knowing how to check and examine your puppy has always been important but is now more important than ever due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It’s a good idea to know how to keep an eye on your pets when you’re at home. It’s good practice to have a regular look at your puppy’s nose, eyes, ears, teeth and gums, not only for the purpose of checking their health but also to get them used to you handling them. You want them to feel comfortable with you checking them over, touching their feet and lifting their...

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When getting a new puppy, you will have lots of questions regarding behaviour and how best to train them. Here are some top tips to help you navigate important issues such as basic commands, recall and positive reinforcement. It’s really important to have a well-behaved dog, not just for yourself but for everyone else around too, i.e. family. Guests and other dogs you may meet in the park. This makes life so much easier and will make your experience and time with your puppy much more enjoyable. Toilet Training Don’t be harsh on your pup when there are toilet training...

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Vaccinations Puppies are usually given their core vaccines via two injections at 8 and 10 weeks of age. Sometimes the timing may vary depending on the type of vaccine given. Vaccinations are given for several rather unpleasant diseases. We will explain more about these below. Core Vaccines Parvovirus - this is a very infectious and horrendous disease that causes severe diarrhea and vomiting. It is often fatal and unfortunately relatively common in unvaccinated puppies. Infectious Canine Hepatitis- this is thankfully a very rare virus but it is serious as it can cause severe liver failure. Leptospirosis- this a rare bacterial...

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The First 24 Hours Be aware that whilst the first 24-hours will be extremely exciting for you, it can be a stressful time for your puppy. Bear in mind that they have just been separated from their mum and will not know what is going on, or that they are moving to a new home. Do whatever you can to create a relaxed and settled environment for them. Then, over time, your puppy can get used to more and more space and explore the rest of your house. Maybe the sitting room to begin with and then your pup will...

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