Every boy should have two things:
a dog, and a mother willing to let him have one.
Below : Harry
Every boy who has a dog should also have a mother,
so the dog can be fed regularly.
(Below: Harry’s mom)
Below-Josefine’s Christmas elfs
Above;Jasper (Ruby/O’Reilly) at 8 months old. GO GIANTS!
RANDOM HELPFUL INFO
So, what will your first days with your new pup be like?
Crying – As they will miss their kennel mates for the first few nights, you have two choices. Sleep with them, or endure a night or two of them perhaps crying themselves to sleep. If you take the latter route, I don’t recommend responding to their crying, or they will have you trained! One night soon, they will figure out that the howling is keeping them awake, and quit. I ask that folks leave a blanket or a towel with the litter for a few weeks, and then let their puppy sleep in their crate with it the first few nights after the pup leaves. I have had great feedback and have been told by many puppy buyers how much this helps. A dogs sense of smell is powerful!
Call of Nature – As far as housebreaking, I often have new owners ask me how we managed to train them at such an early age. I wish I could take the credit, but if given the proper surroundings, many pups will ‘train themselves’. I just give them the access they need to the outdoors. They will naturally want to go on something organic (like grass or straw). Place a patch of straw outside where you want them to go, and get them familiar with the location. Then it will be up to the humans to read the proper signals! You will not want to punish accidents – just reward good behavior. I have never used the ‘bell’ system, but many puppy buyers tell me how wonderfully it works.
Nipping – I have found nipping to be the most difficult habit to break a puppy of. Puppies communicate with their mouths. That is how they got the attention of littermates, and now, they assume that YOU are their new ‘littermate’. Nipping is especially hard on little kids. Have PLENTY of quality things for your pup to chew on-such as antlers, quality bully sticks, KONGS, etc. If your pup still nips at you, even after repeatedly saying “Bad” and giving him one the former mentioned things to chew on, simply ignore your puppy, and refuse to play. Perhaps even put him in his crate and cover it with a blanket. Labs HATE to be away from humans, so they quickly learn what behavior causes them to be away from their ‘pack’. Be consistent! I cannot stress that enough. You may have to do this 20 times a day for a bit-but be consistent. YOU are TOP DOG!
Digestion system – Puppies have an extremely sensitive stomach. Switching too fast or slamming to another food can cause diarrhea (in some cases with blood) and vomiting. I send every puppy home with a bag of the brand food that your pup is used to. It is not difficult to switch foods-just do it gradually.
Diet – I highly recommend spending a little extra money, and feeding your pup a premium dog food. You will either spend the money in a good food now, or in vet bills later. We believe strongly in quality nutrition. The convince factor is excellent. A few dogfoods that I really like are NutriSource Large Breed Adult Chicken (or Lamb) and Rice, Blue, Innova, California Naturals, and Solid Gold. Go to www.dogfoodadvisor.com and type in foods you are interested in. They will give the low-down on just about any dog food. If you see the word ‘by-product’ in the list of ingredients, re-consider feeding it to your dog. Chicken, beef, turkey beef/bison should be the first ingredient. Fish is also great for dogs. Corn is not necessarily bad, as long as it is not one of the first few ingredients. There are so many strong but differing opinions from highly respectable breeders about what food is best. I encourage you to research, know what your budget for dog food is, and carefully choose a by-product free food. Most foods (yes, even some of those highly advertised brands) use the cheapest ingredients and fillers. They are also notorious for advertising high protein. What they usually fail to mention is the lack of digestible protein. After all, your dog can’t tell you. (Another advantage to using a food with little or no fillers is less dog mess in the yard). It is my personal opinion, that ethoxiquin -a preservative added to dogfood- should be avoided at all costs.
Germs – Everyone loves to shop for their new puppy! Some things you have to watch out for are buying “contaminated-products”. The leading pet supply warehouses that allow pets in the building, can lead to the spread of the deadly puppy virus known as Parvo. Until your pup has had its first 3 sets of vaccinations, please avoid pet stores, parks, and areas where many dogs/pups frequent. Also, when you take your puppy to the vet for its first check-up
PLEASE carry your puppy.
Don’t be afraid to ask the technician if any parvo pups have been seen that day. Ask to have the exam table disinfected.
Above: Little Lily meets her big bro. Lily was the smallest in her litter, but has become a huge part of the Highly family!
Below: JOY JOY JOY!
Above: Elijah Jeter. He’s my #1 assistant.
Newspaper ad found in the ‘Personals’ of an Atlantic City newspaper-
Single black female seeks male companionship, ethnicity unimportant. I’m a very good looking girl who LOVES to play.
I love long walks in the woods, riding shotgun, hunting, camping and Duck shooting, cozy nights lying by the fire. Candlelight dinners will have me eating out of your hand. Rub me the right way and watch me respond. I’ll be at the front door when you get home from work, wearing only what nature gave me. Kiss me and I’m yours. Call (03) 475-6420 and ask for Daisy.
Over 15,000 men found themselves talking to the Atlantic City branch of the SPCA about an 8-week old black Labrador retriever. Men are so easy.