Caring for your Border Collie puppy
Border Collie Puppy
Choosing and collecting your new Border Collie Puppy is an exciting time! You have opted to add a playful and energetic member to your family who can easily adapt to its new surroundings. Having a puppy around the house is fun and sweet and offers the greatest opportunity for you to influence its character and training to make it the dog you have always wanted! However the upbringing of a puppy demands alot of attention and time; it learns more in the first year of its life than in all of its other years. The first few months is when you must dedicate yourself to caring for your Border Collie puppy and laying the foundations for obedience and social behaviour. This article touches on some of the most important aspects of laying those foundations with your Border Collie puppy.
These include its first journey with you, from its mother to your home, feeding your puppy, caring for its health and basic training tips. I hope these will prove useful and hlp you to settle your Border Collie puppy into its new home.
The very first trip
The very first trip of a Border Collie puppies life is the most nerve wracking, as it leaves its mother and family to travel to its new home with you. It is very important that this journey is made as pleasant as possible for the puppy. If this journey is not pleasant for the puppy, this could cause problems with all car journeys in the future, as the puppy relates the car to this unpleasant and upsetting first journey. There are a few simple things you can do to make this journey better for your puppy:
- Pick up your puppy in the morning so it has all day to get used to its new environment
- Ask the breeder not to feed the puppy that day to help prevent car sickness
- Have someone to sit with the puppy during the journey
- Ask the breeder for a cloth or favourite toy, so the puppy has something that has a familiar scent
- If the journey is long, make regular stops
Once your puppy is home, it is now important that you use the car to go on short trips to nice places where you can walk and play, reinforcing the positive image of the car!
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Feeding your Border Collie Puppy
Dogs have always been primarily meat eaters with a minor part of their diet consisting of vegetable material. In the past, Dogs used to be fed the remains of the family dinner, but this is now commonly known to be a bad choice for your dogs health. A diet of dry food and canned food is recommended for most dogs, with huge amounts of increased expertise in the development of these foods, they are now also greatly differentiated for your dogs needs.
When getting a Border Collie puppy it is important that you feed it special puppy food for at least as long as it is still growing in length (6 to 24 months depending on the breed.) Also listen to the advice of your breeder in terms of what food the puppy is used to. Dry puppy food a good source ingredients that promote growth, as well as protein and calcium. Between the fourth and fifth month of your puppies life, switch to lower energy food, as growing too much too quickly can cause health problems.
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Caring for your Border Collie puppy
- The Coat
- Brush and comb the coat regularly
- Check for parasites and fleas
- Only bathe a dog when it is really necessary and use a dog shampoo
- Use flea prevention treatment
- Check teeth regularly
- Feed hard dry food to help teeth stay clean and healthy
- Give your dog a special dog chew to prevent bad breath and plaque
- Clean teeth regularly from an early age
- Check ears fo dirt or wax at least once a week
- Clean out with a clean cloth and warm water
House Training your Border Collie puppy
One of the most important part of your puppies training is often the first; house training. The basis for good house training is always keeping a close eye on your puppy and its behaviour. you should notice after a few times, that your puppy will always sniff or turn around the same place before doing its business there. Once you have notices this, pick it up gently and take it outside. To make this effective, you must always take it to the same place and reward it abundantly if it does its business there. Be sure to quickly start a routine that you can consistently stick to and take the dog to the same spot each time. It will quickly understand the meaning, especially if it is always rewarded. A dog must never be punished after an accident after the event. The dog will not understand the meaning of this; rewarding is far more effective and should be used throughout the dogs life to reinforce good behaviour.
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We wrote this hub based on our experiences with our own border collie puppy. Now our little star is seven years old and we still reap the benefit of all that training. The lessons you teach them as puppies need regular reinforcement but start your training right and your puppy will thank you years later!
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