TINTAGEL - Caring For Your New Puppy
TINTAGEL & SAOIRLEE  - Home of Tintagel Border Collies
A PUPPY IS A LIFE
LONG COMMITMENT!!
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TINTAGEL
BORDER COLLIE PUPPIES:
 
YOUR PUPPY HAS BEEN NURTURED IN A CONGENIAL ENVIRONMENT. IT HAS BEEN SOCIALIZED WITH OTHER DOGS (ON OUR PROPERTY) OF VARIOUS AGES AND ALSO WITH CHILDREN. IT HAS HAD SOME EXPERIENCE TRAVELING AND HAS BEEN DISCOURAGED FROM BARKING EXCESSIVELY. WE HAVE RAISED YOUR PUPPY TO BECOME A VALUED FAMILY COMPANION, CAPABLE OF ACHIEVING GOALS IN DISCIPLINES SUCH AS OBEDIENCE, AGILITY, FLYBALL AND HERDING. WE HOPE YOU ENJOY ITS COMPANY AS MUCH AS WE HAVE.
 
DIET
 
PUPPIES IN A LITTER USUALLY EAT COMPETITIVELY, HOWEVER ONCE THEY GO TO THEIR NEW HOME; THEY BECOME DISTRACTED BY THE ACTIVITIES OF THEIR NEW ENVIRONMENT AND LOOSE INTEREST IN FOOD, DEFYING ALL THE GUIDELINES THAT THE BREEDER SUGGESTED.

FAMILY MEAL TIMES ARE THE BEST TIME TO FEED A PUP AS THE FAMILY IS STATIONARY FOR AT LEAST A SHORT TIME AND IT TENDS TO ELIMINATE THE TEMPTATION TO GIVE THE PUPPY TIT-BITS AT THE TABLE. A CRATE IS IDEAL FOR FEEDING PUPPIES, IT PREVENTS OTHER DOGS FROM STEALING IT’S FOOD AND GIVES THE PUPPY A POSITIVE EXPERIENCE IN A CRATE SO IT WILL FEEL SECURE IF IT IS TRANSPORTED IN ONE ANYTIME IN THE FUTURE.

YOUR PUPPY HAS BEEN EATING SOLIDS SINCE IT WAS 4 WEEKS OLD, ITS DIET HAS BEEN BASED ON RAW BEEF MINCE, CHICKEN MINCE SOMETIMES MIXED WITH COOKED RICE AND VEGETABLES. YOUR PUPPY HAS ALSO HAD PUPPY DRY FOOD SUCH AS SUPERCOAT PUPPY, BONNIE PUPPY AND DOG PRO PUPPY. TO DRINK THEY HAVE MILK TO START THEM LAPPING THEN WHEN THEY HAVE MASTERED THIS WE ALSO ALTERNATE AND MIX SOME OF THE MILK WITH SOME BREAD AND ALWAYS MAKE SURE THAT THERE IS FRESH WATER ON HAND.

A SIX TO EIGHT WEEK OLD PUPPY NEEDS 3 FEEDS A DAY, A SIX MONTH OLD PUPPY NEEDS 2 FEEDS A DAY AND AN ADULT DOG ONLY NEEDS TO BE FED ONCE A DAY THOUGH MOST PREFER 2 SMALL MEALS. RESEARCH SUGGESTS THE BEST TIME TO FEED A DOG ONCE A DAY IS 4:00PM.

QUANTITY OF FOOD IS BEST JUDGED BY THE PUPPY’S CONDITION AND ACTIVITY. A PUPPY SHOULD FEEL SOLID BUT SHOULD NOT BE OBESE. OVER NUTRITION IS AS DANGEROUS TO DEVELOPMENT AS UNDER NUTRITION, CAUSING SWAY BACK, LIMB DEVIATIONS AND OVER ANGULATION.
 
VACCINATIONS  
 
PUPPY HAS HAD ITS 1ST  VACCINATION AT 6 WEEKS OF AGE, THE RECORD CARD INCLUDES ANOTHER VACCINATION SHOT MUST BE GIVEN AT APPROX 12 WEEKS OF AGE.

YOUR PUPPY MUST NOT BE SOCIALIZED UNTIL IT HAS HAD ITS 2ND  VACCINATION (PARKS, WALKS, BEACH AND AREAS WHERE OTHER DOGS HAVE BEEN ETC)

YOUR PUPPY HAS HAD ITS C3 VACCINATION BUT YOU CAN REQUEST A C5 WHICH COVERS CANINE DISTEMPER, HEPATITIS, PARVO-VIRUS, KENNEL COUGH AND BORDATELLA. THIS IS THE MINIMUM VACCINATION ACCEPTED IN BOARDING KENNELS.

BE ADVISED BY YOUR VETERINARIAN ABOUT THE NECESSITY FOR ANNUAL BOOSTERS.     
  WORMING
 
YOUR PUPPY WAS WORMED AT 2 WEEKS, 4 WEEKS AND 6 WEEKS OF AGE. YOU SHOULD WORM YOUR PUPPY EVERY 2 WEEKS UNTIL THE AGE OF 3 MONTHS, THEN EVERY MONTH UNTIL THE AGE OF 6 MONTHS, THEN EVERY 3 MONTHS FOR LIFE.

YOUR VETERINARIAN WILL WORM YOUR PUPPY AT VACCINATION TIME IF YOU ASK HIM AND IT CAN BE WEIGHED DURING THE CONSULTATION.

WE USE TROY PUPPY/KITTEN  SUSPENSION, BUT YOU CAN USE CANEX PUPPY SUSPENSION, REVOLUTION FOR PUPPIES (6 X PIPETTES), DRONTAL PUPPY WORMING SUSPENSION AND AS THEY GET OLDER YOU CAN USE ADVOCATE WORM & FLEA TREATMENT IN ONE (4 TO 6 PIPETTES) IF IN DOUBT, ASK YOUR VETERINARIAN.
 
REGISTRATION & DESEXING
 
YOUR PUPPY NEEDS TO BE REGISTERED WITH COUNCIL BY AGE OF 3 MONTHS – PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LOCAL COUNCIL FOR THIS.  
DESEXING CAN BE DONE FROM 4 MONTHS OF AGE ONWARDS, PLEASE CONSULT YOUR VETERINARIAN FOR FURTHER ADVICE .
 
EXERCISE
 
PUPPIES NEED TO SLEEP; EXERCISE CAN CENTRE ON TRAINING AND PLAY SESSIONS. MATURE DOGS ENJOY EXERCISE WHICH CAN TAKE THE FORM OF WALKING OR RETRIEVING A BALL ETC., THE IMPORTANT EXERCISE A DOG NEEDS IS MENTAL STIMULATION. THEY NEED TO BE INCLUDED IN FAMILY LIFE OTHERWISE THEY DEVELOP UNDESIRABLE HABITS SUCH AS OBSESSIVE CHASING OF FLIES, BIRDS OR BARKING, CHEWING OR PACING THE FENCE LINES.............PLEASE DON'T CHOOSE A PUPPY FROM US UNLESS YOU ARE PREPARED TO SHARE YOUR LIFE WITH IT.
 
GROOMING
 
BRUSH YOUR PUPPY TO ACCUSTOM HIM TO THE EXPERIENCE BEFORE HIS COAT BECOMES TANGLED. IT IS A BONDING TIME AND AN OPPORTUNITY TO ACCESS A GENERAL HEALTH CHECK.
MOST DOGS DON'T REQUIRE THEIR TOE NAILS CLIPPED IF ALLOWED TO EXERCISE ON A HARD SURFACE WHERE THEY WEAR NATURALLY. CHECK BETWEEN TOES FOR GRASS SEEDS.
 
TRAINING 
 
FOOD CAN BE VERY MOTIVATED FOR MOST PUPS AND A POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT FOR DESIRABLE BEHAVIOUR, ESPECIALLY FOR TRAINING PUPPIES TO COME WHEN CALLED....ALWAYS PAUSE BEFORE FEEDING OTHERWISE PUPPIES LEARN TO GRAB AT THE TIT-BIT.

ALLOW ALL FAMILY MEMBERS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PUPPIES EDUCATION OTHERWISE THEY MAY BE FRUSTRATED WHEN THEY FIND THE DOG UNRESPONSIVE TO THEIR INSTRUCTION. TEACHING A SHOW DOG TO SIT MAY BE AS UNDESIRABLE AS HAVING A PET THAT WON’T SIT SO A STRATEGY NEEDS TO BE DEVELOPED BY THE FAMILY TO DECIDE WHAT THE LONG TERM AIMS OF TRAINING WILL BE.

PUPPIES WILL USUALLY TRY TO MAKE THEIR LATRINE AREA WELL AWAY FROM THEIR BED AND FOOD BOWL, GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO SO. PRAISE PUPPY FOR USING THE CORRECT AREA, USING A COMMAND TO GO TO THE TOILET, THIS IS USEFUL WHEN TRAVELING.

PUPPIES USUALLY NEED TO RELIEVE THEMSELVES WHEN THEY WAKE UP AND IMMEDIATELY AFTER A FEED OR DRINK.

CRATE TRAINING IS ADVANTAGEOUS WHERE THERE ARE TODDLERS WHO DISTURB THE PUPPY WHEN IT NEEDS TO REST, THEY ARE ALSO GREAT FOR HOUSE TRAINING AND PREVENTING DESTRUCTIVE CHEWING INDOORS.
 
"WE AT TINTAGEL KENNELS HAVE RAISED OUR PUPPIES IN A LOVING AND CARING ENVIRONMENT. PARTICULAR ATTENTION HAS BEEN GIVEN TO THEIR GENETIC HEALTH AND PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT. PLEASE ADVISE US IF YOU ENCOUNTER ANY PROBLEMS. LIKEWISE WE LIKE TO HEAR OF SATISFACTION AND ACHIEVEMENTS"
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