Have an awesome gotcha day. I will be happy to see pics and training progress.
The drive was around 2 1/2 hours.That's great news! How long is your drive? Looking forward to Tessa pictures and updates!
My puppy also wouldn’t eat the kibble and I was told to wet it. Instead I found he would eat it dry from my hands. I like to feed my dogs from my hands. It helps bond them to me and I use their food in training. In a few days my puppy had settled down in his new home and would eat his kibble from a bowl. In addition I like to train with soft, easy to eat food so I looked or a puppy food I could use as training treats in addition to kibble. My other dog has food allergies so I chose something they both could eat , Fresh Pet puppy food. Fresh Pet is mostly used for training and I cut some up to add to kibble. I like to keep my dog on kibble in case we lose power or when traveling it’s easier to deal with.Here are a few questions I have:
-How much meat is too much? Is it fine to just keep mixing her kibble with meat? (We plan on changing her kibble to a new type when we run out of the current one, but that will be in a while and there is no guarantee she will like the new one).
-Should we get actual dog treats? If so, what type would you recommend for puppies?
-How can I train her to bring toys like tennis balls back to me rather than pouncing on them, lying down, and chewing on them?
-Any recommendations for keeping her calm when we can't be right next to her?
-Should we let her explore the rest of the house now, or wait until she has settled in some more?
-We got a dog stroller and would like to soon be able to go for walks with her in the stroller. Any tips on how to get her used to being inside it? And how long a walk do you think she could handle?
Courtesy of PTP from this site: Exercise Guidelines for Puppies (By Puppy Culture) – Inugami – Finnish SpitzHopefully someone will post recommendations on how far to walk. As puppies are growing we don’t want to stress joints by too much repetition including walking.
The leaves and grass are likely to be chewed and swallowed. Countryboy started a thread vey recently on this topic. So long as she's not unsupervised and you know that any plant life in your yard isn't toxic, I wouldn't be too concerned. I know my boys do that.Every time she goes out, though, she picks up oak leaves, acorn caps, grass, and even rocks and pebbles and starts chewing them up. Should I be afraid she will swallow them?
Thank you for the advice! It is very difficult to redirect Tessa's attention to desirable objects (like treats or toys) because she just seems to find the undesirable objects more appealing (dirt, rocks, cardboard boxes, even her exercise pen, etc.). I will try high-value treats (cooked chicken) and see if it works any better. Usually when I take her outside I don't have any treats on me, or if I do it is just her kibble (very low-value), so she doesn't listen and I have to pick her up and move her away. We haven't started leash training because we don't yet have a harness or a martingale to attach it to, so I have limited control over her movement.The leaves and grass are likely to be chewed and swallowed. Countryboy started a thread vey recently on this topic. So long as she's not unsupervised and you know that any plant life in your yard isn't toxic, I wouldn't be too concerned. I know my boys do that.
The acorn caps were more popular when they were puppies. I'd usually try the trade for a treat, which gives the opportunity to train for Leave It and Drop It, and being able to remove things from their mouths, all potentially life-saving.
My boys went after the mulch too, so I kept the beds as tidy as I could and put temporary fencing up. A lot of these behaviors become outgrown, especially if the chance to practice them is reduced.
Our first summer together, 2017, was a big cicada summer in our area and they'd both go after any in reach and eat them in spite of my efforts. (Nothing like looking at a very satisfied poodle face while the cicada is still buzzing in his mouth lol.)
Rocks and pebbles are common targets, and can be very serious if swallowed, so I'd work on that also. Stay as calm as you can and just make the treat (toy, etc) more appealing than the rock.
I recommend vigilance with zen overtones
Thank you! That is a really helpful article. I will keep this in mind for when she is fully vaccinated and able to start going places on walks.Congratulations on your beauty! Great info from Skylar .
Courtesy of PTP from this site: Exercise Guidelines for Puppies (By Puppy Culture) – Inugami – Finnish Spitz
"There’s an idea that’s caught on like wildfire that exercise is some kind of panacea that will solve all behavior problems. Not only is this not true, it’s led to dangerous trend of owners pushing their puppies to inapproriate levels of exercise."
"How Much Exercise a Poodle Needs
Puppies - For toys and miniatures under 1 year old and standards under 18 months old, owners must carefully schedule exercise times. Offering quick bouts of outdoor walking is a great way to for the puppy to discharge their abundant energy.
That being said, greatly exceeding exercise limits for puppies can be detrimental to their growth.
Why? During the first year for toys and miniature Poodles (and until about 18 months old for standard Poodles), the bones are still forming and growing. At the end of all major bones are growth plates; these are soft areas that contain rapidly dividing cells that are instrumental in allowing the bones to develop and grow longer as the Poodle pup matures from puppy to adult.
Once a Poodle is done with puberty and is officially an adult dog that is done growing (approx 18-24m), the plates harden and calcify. Until that time, over-exercise can cause injury to this soft bone tissue and interfere with normal bone growth.
So, you'll want to find a balance of enough walks, for the proper duration, to allow the pup to release energy and start becoming socialized to the world, yet be careful to not exercise your Poodle puppy to such an extent that it could possibly harm those growth plates.
Do keep in mind that normal play in the house, etc. is expected and a puppy needn't be crated to keep him from moving around! Over-exercise relates to repetitive actions such as running, walking briskly, etc. for an extended amount of time… It is important that a puppy romp around to his heart's desire… when he gets tired, he will rest. You just never want to push a young puppy into activity that puts stress on the body and raises the heartbeat if he is not up to it.
In looking at these guidelines, we must remember that the duration is the same, no matter the size of the dog. This is because it is the pace at which the dog moves that equates a state of exercise. Toys will trot and standard Poodles will trot, and it is the owner that will need to adjust the pace at which they walk to keep the dog going briskly.
A good rule of thumb is: 5 minutes per day, for each month of age. Here is a quick reference of recommended exercise times:
3 months old = One 15 minute walk each day
4 months old = Total of 20 minutes; this can be two 10 minute walks
5 months old = Total of 25 minutes; split into two walks
6 months old = Total of 30 minutes; split into three 10 or two 15 minute walks
7 months old = Total of 35 minutes; divided into two sessions
8 months old = Total of 40 minutes; best if done in three sessions (15, 15 and 10 minutes)
9 months old = Total of 45 minutes; best if done in three sessions (15, 15, 15)
10 months old = Total of 50 minutes; best if done in three sessions (20, 15, 15)
11 months old = Total of 55 minutes; best if done in three sessions (20, 15, 20)
For standards only, 12 months through 23 months = Continuation of 55 minutes (20, 15, 20). Toys and minis will at this point, move ahead to adult exercise requirements.
You'll want to go at a moderate pace that is not overwhelming. Young puppies are only starting to learn about how to walk on leash and it can take some time for them to focus on proper heeling. Ahead, we'll dive into tips to making walking a more pleasant experience coming up."
here's the link to that page:
Poodle Exercise Requirements | Toy, Mini, Standard
How much exercise a Poodle needs to stay healthy. Puppies, adults and seniors of each variety. Tips for exercising during the summer and winter.
Outside is the place for high-value treats. You never know what sort of learning experience you might encounter, so always be prepared. And keep the pics coming! Adorable baby.Usually when I take her outside I don't have any treats on me, or if I do it is just her kibble (very low-value),
Thanks! I will have to take some new pictures soon.Outside is the place for high-value treats. You never know what sort of learning experience you might encounter, so always be prepared. And keep the pics coming! Adorable baby.
Keep in mind a couple of things.I also need to shave the face and feet soon. I have never done it before (never even used an electric clipper), so it is going to be very scary for me.
Good tips; I will try that! I think I will go for the base of the tail first when I actually try, as it seems the least difficult and least time-consuming.Keep in mind a couple of things.
It doesn't have to be done all at the same time. Tessa won't care (so long as you don't laugh too much at the look lol).
Practice the moves first. It helps if you have a full cover for the blade teeth, or a guard comb or just take the blade off. Start with the clipper off and practice. Next, with the cover or comb still on, turn the clipper on and practice more.
After it feels a bit more familiar to you, that's the time to try on Tessa for real.
What clipper do you have?