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SUNSTAG (Reg.) SAYS: BEFORE
You Bring Home Your Puppy From SUNSTAG (Reg.),
Please Read These Helpful Hints.
So, here we are! You’ve decided on a SUNSTAG (Reg.) Puppy. You’ve been interviewed till you think we know about your Aunt Jane’s “little” secret. Now, you should be getting ready to bring home puppy. You’ve given it much thought and consideration and you know you can handle the responsibility. Ok. Go get the following items for puppy’s comfort...and yours.
AND, WELCOME TO THE SUNSTAG FAMILY!
REMEMBER. . .AFTER Puppy is Home. . .
Responsible dog owners become Happy dog owners and your neighbors will like you better.
Set up a schedule during the first few days for the dog to go out, to exercise and to eat. Dogs learn better when they have a routine. However, we find that free-feeding is most economical and puppy will then grow at his body’s rate.
Find a reputable veterinarian for puppy shots and future care. Start interviewing now! Be sure the vet knows about sighthounds, particularly Irish Wolfhounds.
Read the books you’ve been advised to read on puppy training and the breed. Try your local library rather than buying something for only short term use. BIG breed books can be an investment. Wait awhile to see what you need. Books, videos and other guides are also available through www.AKC.org.
Clear the house of things that could hurt your puppy or cause sickness; close all closet and bathroom doors; make ONE place for the puppy and keep the blanket there. The children in the house should be aware of the dangers of leaving their toys (and you, your shoes!) where puppy can find them. A teething puppy can be quite destructive--rather like handing your 2-year-old human a hammer and turning him loose in your living room!!
We strongly advise daily yard “clean up duty” to minimize flies and other icky things. This is also a good time to check stools for firmness, parasites and color. Too firm could mean constipation and lead to internal problems; parasites rob the puppy of growth and sometimes life; dark brown means not enough of the nutrients are being absorbed (change brands) or with blood in the stool, might mean stress. Call vet or breeder for reassurance and advice.
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