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need to feed your puppy"omega-6" and"omega-3"
fatty acids in a ratio of 5:1 respectively. This supplement
might already be included in a good quality puppy feed or you can buy it from your vet as a food additive.
This would usually be salmon oil in a form especially designed to give to your puppy.
not feed any supplements to your puppy without checking with
your vet first.
is easy to overdose a puppy, sometimes with fatal results.
Do not buy cheap food to save money. It is not the best choice
for your dog and you may end up paying much more in vet's bills.
Playing with toys can be of great value to a dog, both for exercise, and physiologically.
Toys give a dog an interaction that stimulates their mind, keeps them engaged and satisfies their instinct
to chew. It can also help to keep teeth and gums healthy.
It is obviously worth buying toys but there
are many different types and designs of dog toys to choose
from so what
should you look for?
Firstly consider your dog's temperament, exercise
requirements, size and condition and just how powerful a bite
your dog has.
Does your dog like to fetch? Is your dog a chewer? Maybe your dog is a cuddler and likes snuggling up to soft comfy toy animals? Does a squeaky toy attract your dog?
You can now make short list the type of toys you think are suitable, however, delete the following from the list:
1) Toys that break up easily such as soft plastic or rubber (harder materials are usually okay)
2) Squeaking toys that are not robust and where
you suspect that the squeak could become
detached and swallowed by your dog.
3) Pull Toys (Actually there is nothing wrong
with pull toys but if you are training your dog using the
"Alpha Dog" principle,
pull toys may undermine your status) - see: http://www.dogtraining-tips.co.uk/dogtrainingtips.htm
4) Toys with any small parts or protrusions that might become detached and swallowed.
5) Toys that are too big or too heavy for your dog's size.
6) All "cheap and nasty" products - buy branded products if possible
If you are trying to show your dog that you are the "Pack Leader", and when you are at home, make sure that you
always go through every door before your dog. This is important especially if there is someone at your front door and
your dog wants to see who it is.
Remember - You Are The Boss -but by your calm actions not by shouting!
Have a look round various pet shops and doggie magazines before deciding on what to buy. With branded toys you are reasonably safe to buy from the Internet where you may get better deals.
Once you have the new toy(s) you can introduce them to your dog and hopefully witness your dog's enjoyment.
You will need to examine regularly the toys and discard them as soon as they show any signs of becoming unsafe.
If you have toys that you can throw (e.g. a
ball), make sure you throw it carefully. Your dog may chase
after the toy
oblivious to everything else. This means that if the ball lands near a sharp drop, a piece of machinery or a rock,
your dog might run at full speed into the hazard with potentially serious consequences and a possible Vet's bill.