Boru Bloodhounds Puppy Guide 

 

safety precautions 

when you get your puppy you need to realize that your puppy is not fully vaccinated . A puppy is only fully vaccinated at 4-5 months . COVID has given us a whole new perspective . Canine kennel cough is a carina virus and is just as contagious . Although it exciting to bring home your new puppy you have to be safe . If you have other dogs it would be wise to have your own dogs in a 14 day quarantine prior to brining home your new puppy. No dog parks pet stores or or walks where it is travelled by other strange dogs . 
 

if you have driven to my home to pick up your puppy do not stop at rest areas where other dogs have relieved themselves do not let you new puppy meet other people’s dogs . Do not stop at a pet store or take your puppy into a pet store until 7 days after their 2nd vaccination . 

 

over the years I have made booklets for new pet owners . It’s difficult to print them out and they can easily be lost or ruined. I decided to make a digital copy so owners can refer to anytime . There is so much to discuss that I have done separate sections . 
 

Feeding 

This seems to be an issue among the owners that don’t follow my recommendations . I typically feed puppies Iams Smart puppy . It is not the most luxurious complex food but the reason I feed it is because the puppies do well on it  and it’s a food easily found in many stores . I do not feed large breed puppy, I find he puppies can get too thin on large breed puppy foods . Feeding puppies is a lot like feeding babies . When a child starts to eat solid food a child does not start out eating steak and asparagus . It’s too rich and complex for such a young digestive system . Rice cereal, Jared food is what children start off with gradually working their way up to different things.  So you should start your puppy on whatever it is I have been feeding I typically use ; iams smart puppy , eukanuba or pro plan puppy . My adults I feed various foods to and several different proteins . The adults eat pro plan, Kirkland and nature’s domain . Most are all life stages foods and I never exclusively feed grain free . The foods I feed are lamb and rice , chicken and rice , turkey and potato and salmon and potato . There are several different options to feed I prefer foods that are 28-30 % protein and 18-20 % fat . I typically only feed puppy food until 14 weeks then move onto an adult or all life stages food . You will want to switch over gradually over a 2 week period . 
 

feeding amount . Relying on the bag for feeding amounts isn’t reliable . A normal active puppy will probably eat 1.5-2 cups 3x per day . Most of my dogs under a yer eat up to 8 cups a day . 
 

a young puppy that is 8-16 weeks should eat 3x a day . My adults eats 2 x per day . 
 

Treats

instead of buying treats that are overpriced and always getting recalled get some human grade safe treats . Chicken hot dogs , cheese strings , dehydrate your own liver , cooked chicken breast no spices , baby carrots . Previously frozen large soup marrow bones ( never cooked ) 

keep in mind when you bring your new puppy home anything new you feed them might upset their stomach . Tiny amounts is key . 
 

Where to feed 

keep in mind for the last 8 weeks your puppy has been competing with its literates every meal time . You want to get your puppy to eat in a quiet place preferably in their crate in peace ... for young puppies they typically scarf down their food in seconds .... by allowing them to eat in a quiet place along without interruption will allow them to learn to slow down . Typically puppies need to pee and poop not long after they eat so try to let them out to relieve themselves when they are done eating and drinking . As they get older allow more time for rest after meals. Ideally any deep checked do should rest for at least 20 mins after eating .  Don’t feed your puppy in a common area with traffic like your kitchen . If you have children make it rule that no one bothers the puppy during meal time

 

Vaccinations -

The vaccination regime that I follow is first vaccinations at seven weeks second vaccinations at 11 weeks third vaccinations four weeks after that rabies vaccination six months. Please don’t allow your veterinarian to tell you that your new puppy can have a vaccination two weeks after the first after 20 years the four week regime is what I feel is safest and best please follow my instructions. 

 

Exercise Guide-

Very important that you are careful with forced exercise and vigorous running with a young puppy especially a large breed like the bloodhound that can be silly and clumsy . Here is a great guide to use for reference . 

 

Avidog guide to exercise guidelines

 

Potty training 

potty training blood hound puppies is a tedious task. Bloodhound puppies grow at an astounding rate and consume large quantities of water. There will be weeks where it seems like your puppy is urinating every 20 minutes it is normal they tend to have more bladder control after four months of age. Restricting water to any dog especially a puppy is not advised. But puppies do not need water during bedtime which for me is 10:30 PM to 630 am . The best way to potty train is to bring them directly outside whenever they awake from a nap and to also bring them outside minutes after they have drank water. Being patient and consistent is the best way. A routine is best.

Crate training 

Why is crate training important? 

There are so many reasons to crate train 

. Safe place of their own 

. Safe when you leave the home 

. Crate trained dogs tend to be better travellers and better patients at the groomer / vet .

. Makes potty training easier as they don’t  like to soil where they sleep . 

Safety 

Objects / toys / stuff 

Bloodhound puppies are much like human babies unsupervised they will get into trouble and usually won’t try to put anything in their mouth.It is important that puppies have constant supervision and that your house and yard are properly  puppy proofed. If you cannot keep a close eye on your puppy it is best to put them in their crate with something to occupy them or in an area you know is safe. 

Bloodhound puppies and adults can be notoriously known for eating inappropriate objects; string ,stuffing ,rocks ,sticks and other non-edible things. For years my bloodhounds had a wide variety of stuffed dog toys until I had one dog who decided to ingest one and it’s entirety and nearly needed surgery to remove it. It’s important to build a trusting relationship with your dog so that if they do have some thing dangerous that they happily give it to you rather than gulp it down and run from you I would suggest positive reinforcement and trading with a treat. If your dog seems to be that type of dog that wants to chew and eat their toys you may not be able to keep stuff toys around your dog. 

Obedience classes 

As you may have noticed it is a requirement in your contract to attend obedience classes with your puppy once they are vaccinated it is not that I have doubts of your training abilities as a new owner it is because this is an essential part of raising a good canine citizen. They need proper socialization in a controlled environment. I also suggest that if there are children in the household that they also learn to handle the puppy in an obedience class environment.  

 

Dog parks 

as your dogs breeder I must  say I am very afraid of dog parks.. the risk of virus’ and diseases are very high and not all dog that do to a dog park are healthy mentally or physically. Some people have no yard for their dogs and do not exercise them regularly. So some dogs can show up at the dog park full of pent up energy and be extremely unruly and even aggressive . Sometimes its better to invite a friend over with their dog rather than put your dog at risk with strange dogs you cannot trust . Here is a good article .

Dog Parks the Good the Bad and the ugly