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Awesome Collies: New Puppy information
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         Thank You for visiting Awesomecollies.com. We devoted this section for our new pet owners and others who could use this information to help with their purchase and training of the new family member. There is a great deal of information with a new puppy, so we wanted to offer this information as a reference only.

   If you’re one of our new owners and need further help, then either call us or e-mail us at awesomecollie2011@gmail.com anytime and leave your name and the puppy’s name. If you’re just visiting us and want to ask a question, we’ll answer the best as we’re able by e-mail. Please do not leave a reply on this site. We get an overwhelming amount of spam and it is hard to distinguish what messages are actually genuine.

      This section has to deal with Help and understanding after a puppy is chosen as well as Children and Cats. We wish to state that this is only our opinion and we want to inform potential new owners of precautions to consider whether you purchase from us or not.

Again, Thank You for visiting us at Awesomecollies.com.

 

Puppies:

Crate training is our best recommendation for indoor dogs. Use a crate that doesn’t allow more than bedding necessity when potty training.

For larger breeds, we recommend a crate with a divider to allow for growth from puppy to adulthood.

Be concerned how you approach using the crate for discipline if you are using it for potty training, security, or bedding.

We recommend four steps in training a puppy. One, get the “potty” duties out of the way. Two, let them run off the initial burst of energy (incorporate 1 and 2 if needed). Third, train for 15-30 mins or until he/she starts losing interest. Finally, reward with a game, down time, treat, or a walk.

When potty training, don’t free feed your puppy. Designate 2-3 times a day they can eat and take them outside 15-45 minutes later until you can determine when free feeding is appropriate. Watch for pacing, restlessness, and sniffing.

Dogs are instinctively pack members. They don’t like to be isolated, this will translate into punishment or pack denial for them. Your puppy will whine, especially after its been separated from its siblings. You are adopted into their pack now. Allow them to stay close to hear and see you until they get confident of their status as a family member.

Socialize your puppy as much as possible (after full vaccination). Even trained protection dogs have good socialization skills. Be wary of other people’s dogs when introducing yours.

If you want a cat, in some cases (depending on the “Herding” drive of the Border Collie puppy) we recommend introducing your Border Collie puppy to a kitten when they are both very young.

Keep in mind that Rottweilers mature slowly both mentally and physically. They take time to potty train.

We do not recommend leaving a Rottweiler puppy unattended without safeguards in place. People will steal them. We have encountered many people who have had this happen.

Provide designated chew toys for the first couple of months while they develop their adult teeth.

Be mindful that puppies have a fascination with chewing cords (extension, laptop, Christmas, etc.) and chair rungs (spindles).

If you have an older dog in his/her senior years, it is best to get a puppy before the inevitable happens. The senior will imprint on the puppy and the puppy will put some pep back in the senior. The transition for the family is easier as well. Too often, we get a lot of people who want another dog but have difficulty making the new steps needed after the passing of their loved one.

Limit their jumping for the first 12-18 months. Their bones and joints are growing extremely fast and they need time to develop fully.

If you decide on a commercial dog food then feed puppy food for the first 18-24 months. They need the extra nutrients for bone and joint growth.

Discipline with a newspaper. The noise and light touch should be enough. There are other methods of discipline but this one is for potty training and chewing. Don’t ever hit with your hands, injury both physically and emotionally could be detrimental to the puppy. A slap on the nose but never on the hips.

We recommend getting your puppy registered with the Kennel club that the dog is associated with for ownership purposes. This is your proof of ownership. In North Carolina a dog is considered personal property and has the same value as your household goods under the law. If an unknown dog resides on a property for more than 24 hours they are considered the responsibility of that property owner. Have your puppy registered for reassurances as a precaution in case of wandering.

Children and cats:

It is easier to introduce a new dog to the family environment if the dog is a puppy, especially around children and cats.

Border Collies, in rare cases, can be very aggressive to small animals especially ones they do not know (cats, rabbits, chickens, rodents, squirrels, etc.). As their owner, you must understand that this is their herding instinct and if their instinct is strong; be wary and take precautions and/or train when it is appropriate for them to act. Take note that most Border Collies do not have  strong herding instincts to the point of being so strong that it is a problem. Your breeder should be able to help recognize the puppy’s personality and know the parents traits if this is a concern.

When introducing a baby to the family, start socializing your pet with other infants or lifelike dolls beforehand (this will make for a easy transition and prevent anxiety) and will teach him/her social manners concerning a baby.

Teach the children how to behave around the family dog, puppies, and strange dogs.

Don’t allow the children to pick the puppies up by the hips or shoulders.

Don’t allow the children to put their face in the face of older dogs you’re unsure of as this is a sign of aggression.

Make sure the breed genetics of the dog are compatible with small children.

Don’t let children get boisterous around female dogs that are in season, pregnant or nursing.

Depending on the Vet you choose, the average age for flea prevention is about 2-3 months. To kill fleas beforehand, we suggest washing your puppy with Dawn Dish washing soap followed with a soft hair conditioner that has minimal perfumes added. The conditioner will put oils and moisture back into the skin and hair of the puppy after washing and further kill any lingering fleas.

      

      We hope these points of interest help you in your future. Some are fact and some are our opinion but if you’re in doubt we recommend consulting your Veterinarian. Periodically, we update this list as people ask questions, so feel free to check with us occasionally.

Thank You again for visiting us at Awesomecollies.com.

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