Should my puppy have loose stools?
normal for your pups intestines to take the brunt of the stress of
moving to a new environment. It is ok for your puppy to have
stools the consistency of pudding. It is NOT ok for it to be 1)
watery or runny or the stool is accompanied by excess mucous 2)
abnormal color-yellow/green/ or contain red blood 3) abnormal
color/consistency accompanied by a VERY offensive odor. If your
pup is having "pudding" type stools-it should pass within 24
hours. If the stool doesn't firm up-go ahead and have your vet
take a sample and see if there is a problem brewing in his tummy.
How do I know if my puppy is sick?
First symptoms of a sick
puppy are abnormal stools as discussed above. Other symptoms are
vomiting, lack of appetite, excessive water intake or lack of
water intake, frequent urination without a lot of urine-(sign of a
bladder infection), distended belly (pot-bellied), joint
discomfort, extreme lethargy.
My puppy sleeps all of the time-is that normal?
a 6-8 week old puppy will sleep a lot! 20-30 minutes of playtime
will wear them out for hours! That is one plus of using the crate
training method -- you have a guaranteed nap time! As your puppy
grows-his energy level will increase and he will be ready for
longer periods of playtime.
Is it alright to take my new puppy jogging or for "speed"
I would not recommend
taking a puppy under 8 months of age jogging.( Or for long periods
of "speed" walking.) Your puppy is growing fast and the
hips/elbows and other joints shouldn't be exposed to excessively
hard activity other than general play and lazy walks. An
occasional slow jog of 10 minutes or so is fine-but the daily 3
mile run is an absolute no-no! Give your puppy plenty of growing
time to establish the cartilage and bone structure necessary for a
healthy long life.
Can I take my puppy to the local "dog park" or over to meet
the neighbors as soon as we get home?
I would highly recommend
that UNTIL YOUR PUPPY HAS ALL
OF THE REQUIRED BOOSTER SHOTS
to keep them away from public places! Even though your puppy has
had 1 shot-that will not make them immune to some of the deadliest
puppy bugs out there. The local dog park is a regular germ
festival and your little fellow will pick it up quickly. They also
can come in contact with dogs that might not appreciate their zest
for life! I would recommend to wait until they are 12-16 weeks of
What is hip dysplasia?
is a genetic disease that causes premature arthritis and/or
cartilage to deteriorate. The environment and diet also play a big
role in this issue. Excessive activity and poor diet will
aggravate and worsen the disease. (For example-lots of jogging,
lots of stairs to climb everyday, generic puppy food. Signs
of the onset of true dysplasia are aching joints, won't jump or
run fast, limping (don't confuse that with an injury!!) general
fatigue. Symptoms typically will appear before their first
birthday and will eventually lead to having the puppy put to sleep
within several years. Dysplasia isn't the same thing as arthritis
in an older dog. It is normal for an 8-10 year old dog to begin
slowing down and showing the signs of aging. It isn't normal for a
young puppy to do that!!
Should I sign up the puppy for training classes?
By all means-YES!-especially
if you are a first time puppy owner. You will learn things about
yourself and your puppy that will make the training much easier! Be
sure to select a GOOD trainer that offers classes that are
reasonable in price and has a good reputation. I would recommend
calling your vet and checking out several programs before you sign
Car sickness-is that normal?
When a puppy gets nervous their little saliva glands go on
overdrive...that will cause an upset tummy in a car! Also-unfamiliar
motion can cause them to get dizzy and lose their meal. To avoid the
hassle-limit the puppies meal/water several hours before a trip.
Typically a puppy will outgrow the issue. Even though they get
sick-continue to expose them to car trips. If they are having issues
overcoming the need to yak in your vehicle—talk with your vet about
medications to make the drive less eventfull.
What about grooming?
Regular brushing and an occasional bath is a good idea for Goldens.
Retrievers should maintain an oily skin for the best performance so
keep the suds to a minimum-and water to the max! We recommend a baby
shampoo for our pups-there is no need to buy a special dog shampoo
unless you prefer a different scent. Retrievers shed constantly—you
will notice larger volumes of hair loss during seasonal changes. The
best advice is to take him to the groomer and get the undercoat
brushed out professionally—or even get them shaved if you prefer. I
recommend the use of the Furminator Rake as a great product to pull
out the undercoat as well as prevent matting. Using too much
soap—heavily chlorinated pools and cheap dog food with low protein
content will have a huge impact on the coat performance and skin
How often do they "Do business" anyway?
is typical for a new puppy to have 4-5 bowel movements a day and to
urinate every 2-3 hours. As they grow the frequency will diminish
and they will learn to hold their bladder/bowels for longer periods
of time. It is important to feed them a high quality food! The
cheaper the food--the more they will eat and the more messes to
clean up. By the time they reach adulthood they should have 1-2
bowel movements a day.
How often should they urinate?
Typically a young pup will
need to go every 2-3 hours. At night they should be able to go 4-6
hours without needing to head outside...assuming that you are using
the crate method of training!! Within several weeks of bringing your
puppy home they should be able to hold it for 6-8 hours in their
crate at night and every 3-4 hours during the day. Beware--the more
they drink the more they need to go, so keep an eye on their
What are the symptoms of a bladder infection?
It can be common to have a puppy contract a UTI during their potty
training. Several symptoms include, frequent urination (needing to
go outside every hour and only dribbling a little bit), or when they
are outside they make numerous pit stops without releasing a lot of
urine. Also, if they have urinated outside (and you feel they have
emptied their bladder) and upon coming in the house decide to leave
a itty-bitty puddle--that is a clue! You will need to get a urine
sample and have it tested and begin an antibiotic. DO NOT CONFUSE AN
INNOCENT ACCIDENT WITH A BLADDER INFECTION. Expect to have accidents
when you are potty training! If you are really having serious issues
with potty training, contact your vet or a trainer in your area for
advice. Feel free to contact us for pointers, too!
What about nipping and biting?
Puppies are natural nippers and biters...so it is your job to train them how to have good manners and use their mouths for productive and positive interactions. The puppies are small-but they are smart and they will pick the path of least resistance...in other words-if you aren't disciplining and training properly expect it!!! (A puppy will pick the most passive person in the home and tend to single them out for naughty behavior, too.) We recommend a gentle squeeze on the muzzle and the command of
"no bite" in a low tone of voice while you make direct eye contact. (NEVER RAISE YOUR VOICE OR SNAP THEM IN THE FACE! That will teach them to fear you and it will NOT stop the bad behavior and it is sure to make it worse!!!) Some folks say just give them a toy to chew on or distract them and they will grow out of it....PHOOEY! (giving them a nice toy after they have snapped at you only reinforces the behavior!!!) DO NOT let the problem go! If your puppy has this annoying habit, the longer they get away with it-the more set in concrete the behavior becomes. Contact a trainer, your vet or us if you need help curbing this unwanted behavior asap so it can be nipped in the bud.
The puppy is chewing everything!! What do I do?
A chewing, teething puppy can be a challenge and you begin to think you've purchased a beaver instead of a dog! It is best to make sure that they are UTD on all of their dewormings and that you are giving them plenty of food. A hungry puppy will find things to satisfy the urge to chew...so start with a satisfied tummy! Make sure you have a variety of chew toys that have a taste and scent that makes them curious and keep their attention. The number one mistake new puppy owners make is to give a new puppy way too much freedom. DON'T leave the puppy unattended....DON'T allow them full access to your home before trust can be built...DON'T use old socks, shoes, toys or clothes for his play things...they won't know the difference if the shoe is well worn or if it is the $200 Nike...DON'T ignore them....a puppy will be naughty to get attention-so when you are too busy to play, let them pass some time in their kennel with a few special HARD chew toys.
My puppy is afraid of us!
Your puppy is experiencing a very stressful time in it's short life! Make your home a relaxing, quiet place for them to explore and make sure to spend LOTS of time playing and talking to your puppy. Overstimulation shuts a puppy down and makes them want to find a corner to get away. Simply allow the puppy to sniff and snoop around your place. It will take them a day or two to get used to their new home and family and they will fall into your routine in a jiffy.
My puppy is hyper!!
That is normal! It is a puppy and they have a huge zest for life!!! The longer a puppy is away from his family-the more wound up they tend to be. An under-exercised puppy is a wild puppy. So PLAY, PLAY, PLAY AND WALK, WALK, WALK! Wear them out with your loving and attention and that should help the busy beavers!