New Puppy Quick Start Guide
“Lacking the companionship and endless play his littermates would have provided, the puppy needs you to be his playmate. No excuses are truly satisfactory for a puppy who wants to play, play, play but has no one with whom to play. In a natural setting, a puppy wouldn’t have to pester anyone or eat the linoleum out of boredom or bark in the backyard as a way to amuse himself. His littermates would be there, just as eager to play as he, littermates with which to chase, bite, wrestle, explore, etc. Although raising puppies together is NOT a good idea if you want a companion animal who is bonded to human beings and not to his puppy pals, it is a humbling moment when you watch puppies playing and realize that this is what you are going to replace in this puppy’s life. Think of this the next time you find yourself exasperated with the puppy who won’t stop pestering your other dogs to play, or who drops a toy invitingly at your feet for the millionth time, or who dances just out of your reach, reluctant to have a game end. Think of your puppy multiplied by 4 or 6 or 8 and what fun that many puppies would be having together. Then remember – you volunteered to be the substitute for that.” It Takes a Pack to Raise a Puppy by Suzanne Clothier
Here are resources that will save you a lot of problems and challenges raising a puppy.
Healthy weight puppies are lean, not skinny and not roly poly throughout their growth.
The Waltham Puppy Growth Charts are designed to monitor growth in puppies. There are 10 charts comprising separate charts for male and female dogs in five size categories, valid for dogs up to a predicted adult weight of 40 kg or 88 lbs. For more information visit the Waltham site here.