A PADDED BED
(Prefferrably one that has
a removeable pillow - so that it is easy to wash) It is just as important for them to have clean bedding as it is for us.
Or even a big floor pillow with a removeable case for regular washing.
CHEW TOYS - Highly
Until puppies are a year old ( and even well beyond)they Love to chew. And in order to preserve
your furniture or other valuables it is advisable to have lots of toys.
- rubber toys with or without squeekers
- raw soup bones (excellent for cleaning teeth and satisfying the need to chew)these can be purchased at your local
grocers. I would recommend marrow and knuckle bones. Boil them for 10 - 20 minutes (whatever makes you more comfortable -
the boiling is to rid any bacteria.)
- tennis balls
- and definately stuffies (when they have to alone at any time, this gives them comfort)
Food and water bowls should be stainless steel. Plastic tends
to hold contaminents and bacteria much more so than the other.
IT IS IMPARATIVE TO KEEP THEIR BOWLS CLEAN. WASH THEM
Just as you wouldn't eat off a dirty dish or drink out of a dirty glass, neither should they. Bacteria has
no preferrence. Man, woman, child, furry little kid, it makes no difference. Bacteria infiltrates wherever it feels like doing
Dogs Love treats. They are also useful for training.
tell you what my babies love. Then it is your choice.
I would never feed my doggies anything I, personally would not
consume. So here's my suggestion list:
- baby carrots (semi cooked or raw - depending upon their liking - raw is better
for healthy teeth.)
- popcorn (no it doesn't get stuck in their throats)
- seedless cucumber
- seedless watermelon
(especially on a hot day)
- raw hot dogs (try to find the ones with the least preservatives)
-puppy cookies (I usually
make my own with baby food - pure meat- they love them. I will add the recipe for you.)
Soft Doggie Cookies
- 2&1/2 oz. baby food jars of either chicken or beef (must be the real meat. Chicken (I find is easier for digestion).
1/4 cup Dry Milk Powder
1/4 cup Wheat Germ
Combine ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Roll into small balls
and place on a well greased cookie sheet. Flatten slightly with a fork. Bake in pre heated oven for 15 minutes or until brown.
Cool on wire racks and store in refrigerator. Freezes well. Fridge shelf life is approximately 3 weeks.
THEM DAIRY PRODUCTS. OTHERWISE THEY WILL GET SPURS. THIS IS CAUSED FROM AN OVERDOSE IN CALCIUM.
Dogs love to walk. And lots of excercise helps reduce the chances of them becoming obese which in
turn is what causes their back problems.
Body Harnesses are great for the weenie dog. It gives you a little more control
of their jumping or bolting without doing damage to their backs when you have to pull them back.
It is very important to keep their nails cut short. If they get too long, it can be quite painful
for the doggy. And, any GOOD vet will show you how to use them properly.
TOOTH BRUSH AND TOOTH
It is cruicial to keep your baby's teeth clean. They should be brushed on a regular basis. This will
prevent long term problems (i.e. kidney failure, bad breath, rotting teeth, etc.)
SO PLEASE BE KIND TO YOUR BABIES,
AND BRUSH THEIR TEETH REGULARILY.
BATHING AND GROOMING
For short hair weenies
this task is quite simple. A bath once a month and a brushing every other week is great for them.
For your long hair
sweeties I would recommend bathing twice a month (only if you find their hair gets dirty quickly).
Otherwise I would
recommend once a month and weekly brushings. Brushing is very important for the long hairs to keep them knot free. And
if they Love to run in the fields or just the backyard, it is good to remove any extra debris that may get entangled in their
hair. Not only that, but if they are brushed regularily their coats are quite beautful.
I personally use OATMEAL AND
ALOE SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER.
I have used many others, but this seems to be the most gentle and puppy friendly on
the market. (In my opinion, of course.)It does not cause skin irritation or rash like other shampoos and conditioners.
And of course for our short legged friends (who don't think too highly of the cold
weather, somewhat like me....:) they need to keep warm in the cold weather too. And since they make some pretty amazing wardrobes
for pooches now. Or if you're really creative make your own weenies outfits. And little weenie booties are great for "tiny
tootsies." They also help prevent frost bite.
ENCLOSURE - INSTEAD OF A CAGE
Instead of a cage (which I personally do NOT like) I would recommend buying a baby gate and putting your puppy in either
the bathroom (with the door open and the gate up) or the kitchen. All they require is their toys, chewables (i.e. bones, rawhide,
etc.), full bowls of food and water, a bed or blanket, and a stuffy. This will give them plenty of room to run and play. This
will also be a safe place for them because most kitchens and bathrooms are tiled, very clean, and obstacle free.
I hope all of this information helps.
Please look below for information on first vet visit.
WHEN YOUR BABIES NEXT SHOTS ARE DUE:
It is imparative that you take your new baby to the veterinarian within 48 hours of taking him/her home. This is just to insure
that you have a healthy puppy. And it will help your new baby feel more comfortable with the person that will be looking after
their health for years to come.
We take all of our new babies to our Veterinarian at 6 weeks. At this point Dr. Kostuch does an extensive physical which
- weight check
- heart & lungs
- ears, eyes, nose, teeth
- 1st deworming (I do the second one before they leave to go to their new homes.- they also get their first shots which
Canine Distemper - Adenovirus Type 2 - Parainfluenza -
Because they get their 1st shots at 6 weeks - their second one is due at 10 weeks, and third one is due at 14 weeks. At
that time they will also receive their Rabies shot. Then they do not need to get anymore shots until 1 year from the date
of their last shot.