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Puppy Care

Your new poodle puppy

Standard poodles are gorgeous, proud, regal dogs. Only people who've never had one in their lives can say they are foo-foo dogs. Far from it! They are althletic and very versatile dogs. Standard poodles are, after all, hunting dogs in curly coats.

The decision to add a standard poodle to your life is one that should be well informed and not something done on impulse. Poodles require a lot of grooming but as a trade-off you get a dog that doesn't smell and wont leave hair all over your clothes, your couch or your bed.

Poodles are not the kind of dog you can buy and leave in the back yard. They are companions, part of the family and live to be near you. They are smart and easy to train, but being smart means they can think up mischief if you leave them to their own devices and neglect them.

If you're looking for a cute cuddly lap dog then a toy poodle may be for you - standard poodles are cute and cuddly but they are 'real' dogs. Once you've had a poodle in your life you wont want to be without one.

But beware! Its hard to stop at just one!

So do your research on the breed, find a breeder you can trust, ask for proof of testing and you're well on the way to having that special dog in your life.

Please remember: you can buy a 'cheap' puppy anywhere, but good breeding, care taken in selecting the right breeding stock and health testing on parents can save a lot of heartache. Make sure you buy from a breeder who can provide proof of testing, who raises their puppies in their home, not in a shed, who doesnt have too many litters, giving each pup the individual care and attention it needs.

The least amount of money a pup will cost in its life is its purchase price - an unhealthy puppy will end up costing you much more than you might save by taking shortcuts in selecting the right pup for you.

Feeding your puppy

I feed my dogs a BARF diet mostly (bones and raw food) because I believe it is the most natural way to feed dogs. They live longer healthier lives on a diet of natural food with less allergy problems and much less tooth problems.  By feeding them bones their teeth are always clean and their breath fresh. I like to think of my diet as 'the old fashioned diet' - before processed dog food was invented dogs were fed leftovers and raw bones. I would encourage anyone taking a new puppy home to continue to feed BARF.

Another added benefit of feeding raw as opposed to dry dog food is that pups grow slower,  thus making it less likely they will have bone problems when they are older. Pantone puppies are raised on raw food.

Toilet training your puppy

Puppies are cute but there are some rules to follow to keep your sanity. Firstly use a crate. Yes, I know, a lot of people think crates are cruel because they think of them as cages. Dogs are den animals. They think of crates as safe havens and as their own space. If you take a puppy home and introduce him to his crate as a safe spot and den he will always love it. Crates should not be used for punishment. The best way to get a pup used to a crate is to give him a bone to gnaw on while in there, or a toy he loves to play with. He only gets it in the crate so that makes it special.

Pantone puppies are already crate trained when they leave here.

If you're busy and cannot watch your puppy keep him penned or crated to avoid accidents. The old fashioned way of rolled up newspapers and rubbing their noses in their pee doesn't work. It just teaches them to be scared of you. Instead, watch your puppy. You can always tell when it needs to go out, but rule of thumb is: take pup out after eating or drinking, on waking up and after playing. I always praise a puppy for eliminating where it should and give it a treat. If you do this you should have a toilet trained pup in no time!

The way I've taught all my pups is firstly to watch them and take them out often. Very often. In the beginning I wait till they actually start to pee then I say 'Go pee... GOOD PUPPY!'. And give them a treat. Eventually they learn to pee on cue because they know they'll get a treat for doing it when you ask them to.

Training your puppy

I would recommend you find a good obedience club near you and start taking your puppy to puppy kindergarten as soon as you take him home. At a club he will meet other dogs and socialize and learn valuable lessons to make his and your life easier. I would recommend that you do puppy kindergarten and a minimum of one more level of obedience training to teach him the basics of good behaviour. I prefer clubs that use a positive reinforcement method. In Melbourne the best club I found was Alpha Dog Training in Ferntree Gully.

For some handy tips on handling a new puppy check out: 30 Puppy Tips

Spaying/Neutering your puppy

Please you get your new puppy neutered between the age of 7-9 months old. It's not a good idea to keep dogs intact - accidents happen. If you've bought a puppy on limited register its your responsibility to get your pup fixed and uphold your agreement with the breeder. If a pup has been sold on limited register its because its been deemed to not be breeding quality by someone who knows the lines and cares about the well-being of their pups as well as the breed in general.

As a responsible breeder I feel very strongly about doing the right thing by every pup I bring into the world - that starts from the day I start planning a litter and continues for the entire life of the puppy. I also feel very strongly about the new 'designer breeds' or mutts that have been touted all over the television as being better and healthier than pure breeds. I dont know any cross-breed breeders who take the care before and after producing a litter than an ethical breeder does.

If you are considering breeding without the help and advice of your dog's breeder here are some links you might find interesting:

Virtual Breeding

Puppy needs – my recommendations

These are a few things I would recommend that you have or buy for a new puppy to make things easier when you take your puppy home.

1. a puppy pen or a crate
2. brushes and grooming equipment (see my grooming and care pages)
3. plenty of bedding for the pup (old blankets will do)
4. chew toys and things a puppy can safely chew (ie not your shoes!)
5. a ceramic water dish and a few stainless steel food bowls (do not use plastic as they can harbour bacteria in scratches and can cause skin problems)

A few things I've found useful and recommend are:

1. A Black Dog Halter - I find its better than a normal halti or Gentle Leader.
2. A nylon 6ft long lead and simple buckle collar
3. A raised bed made of a metal frame and flea proof material
4. A doggie futon, made with flea free materials
5. Shirlee Kalstone's Poodle Clipping and Grooming book

Check my Links page for other useful links.

Pagan as a baby, 9 weeks old.

A puppy is happy and safe in a crate when you can't keep an eye on it.

A play pen or exercise pen is another safe place for puppy. You can move this outside on good days while you garden and puppy is safe.

Crates in cars are also a great idea as they keep pups safe and secure.

Regular grooming will help you bond with your new puppy as well as stay on top on any problems that may arise such as fleas, ticks, injuries or infections.

Training your puppy to sit and come is best achieved with treats and praise.

Standard poodles are very loving, cuddly dogs.

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