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FAQ


Frequently Asked Questions

* Feeding and care

1. What factors should we consider when choosing a dog?
2. What expenses will come with my new pet?
3. What kind of puppy should I purchase?
4. Should I purchase a dog that is Registered?
5. What about registration papers?
6. Do you provide a Health Guarantee with the puppy?
7. Does temperament vary much between breeds?
8. How to house train my new puppy?
9. Should I have my new dog neutered?
10. Will my new dog get along well with my other pets?
11. Is a dog a good companion for the elderly?
12. If my puppy keeps shaking his head, is there something wrong?
13. What should I do if my puppy/dog has diarrhea?
14. When should I start Vaccinating my new puppy and what vaccines?
15. What about worms in my puppy?
16. How often should I bath my dog?
17. Should my dog/puppy have his teeth brushed?


What factors should we consider when choosing a dog?

  • You should make sure that whoever purchases the dog or the person for whom the dog is purchased, is responsible enough to take care of the dog.
  • A pet taxi is the perfect place for your pet to sleep
  • You will need to have a safe place for your pet to be when he is outside such as an escape-proof, fenced yard.

What Expenses will come with my new pet?

  • Food
  • Regular trips to the Vet, vaccinations, etc.
  • Feed bowls, beds, toys collars, leash, treats, etc.

What kind of puppy should I purchase?

  • Large dog? A large dog takes more space, food, and overall, more money to maintain.
  • Small dog? A small dog may not fit in with small children because of the dog’s size. Children may be too rough for the small dog or the dog may be to active for the children or the children may tend to scare the small dog and cause problems. Less expensive to maintain but one must be attentive if there are small children present. The so called “Lap Dogs” are good for the elderly and the households with children especially if the family lives in an apartment or city with limited space. Top


Should I purchase a dog that is Registered?

  • The advantage to buying a dog that is registered is;1. You will have a pretty good idea of what the puppy will look like when he/she matures. This is do the fact of selective breeding. Being registered keeps the records straight to help improve upon the breeding and reduces the risks of inbreeding.
  • Buying a dog that is registered will give a better idea of the temperament of the individual.
  • Different breeds have different temperaments as well as the individual itself. Pre-purchase consultation with your breeder should alert you as to what to expect from your chosen breed.

What about registration papers?

  • To find out more about the various registrations and receiving your papers click here

Do you provide a Health Guarantee with the puppy?

  • To read about our Health Guarantee, click here.

Does temperament vary much between breeds?

  • Yes, temperament can vary greatly between breeds. One should study the breed or speak with knowledgeable individuals to learn the temperament of the breed that they are interested in purchasing.

How do I house train my new puppy?

  • We recommend using the crate to help house training. When purchasing a new puppy you will receive many helpful hints on how to help house train the new puppy.
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Should I have my new dog neutered?

  • If the new puppy is going to be a pet then I would suggest that the neutering be done. There are positive health issues that are linked to neutering pets, for one, the risk of cancer in the male and female organs is reduced greatly. Overall the neutered dog makes for a more family friendly pet. For more information on this subject one should check with their local veterinarian.

Will my new dog get along well with my other pets?

  • That will depend upon the individuals. As a rule, I find, if the new puppy is introduced slowly and time is taken to make sure the older dog knows the new puppy is here to stay, they will get along and many times become good friends

Is a dog a good companion for the elderly?

  • Yes, as a rule, it is believed that the companionship of a pet is very good for the elderly. It helps to them company, drives away loneliness, and gives the elderly something to care for that needs help from them. Helps to decrease depression in the elderly as well as many times lowers blood pressure.

If my puppy keeps shaking his head, is there something wrong?

  • Yes, if your puppy shakes his head frequently then this a good sign that there is a problem. It could mean that he has ear mites or a number of other things. One should take the dog/puppy to the vet and have it checked.

What should I do if my puppy/dog has diarrhea?

  • There are many reasons that your puppy/dog has a diarrhea. He should be taken to the Vet. as soon as possible and for the cause of the problem
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When should I start Vaccinating my new puppy and what vaccines?

  • When you receive you new puppy, if purchased from Luv Kennel, you will receive a vaccination record. Take this to your vet and he will continue with the needed vaccinations

What about worms in my puppy?

  • When you purchase your Puppy from Luv Kennel your puppy will have been de-wormed and treated against the infection of parasites routinely since it was old enough to start treatment. This would include fleas, ticks, ear mites, etc. When you receive your puppy from Luv Kennel it should be, virtually, without any parasites.
  • De-worming–Your local vet should be able to set you up on a schedule to take care of this problem.

How often should I bath my dog?

  • As a general rule when the dog/puppy either is dirty or has an odor. There are many different shampoos and conditioners that are fine for a dog. One should pick the one that is the best for their dog/puppy and use as often as necessary without harming the dog/puppy.

Should my dog/puppy have his teeth brushed?

  • Yes, your dog/puppy should have his/her teeth brushed. This will help to keep infections from him/her, but there may be times when brushing is just not enough. Like people, they too need their teeth cleaned. Your local veterinarian should be able to take care of this for you.

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FEEDING AND CARING FOR YOUR NEW PET

  • FEED: We feed Pro-Pac puppy. Leave out dry food, free choice, plus once a day wet a small amount of dry food with warm water and add 1 or 2 tablespoons of canned puppy food. Pedigree puppy, Cycle puppy, or Science Diet growth, or any other good puppy food.
  • If you can’t find Pro-Pac puppy, another good choice of puppy food would be Eukanuba small bite, Science Diet growth, or Iams puppy foods.
  • Always make sure your new puppy gets food regularly and has plenty of fresh water. You have a new baby now and they need special care.
  • You need a medium size pet carrier. This is a safe environment for your new puppy. Always remember they are like a new baby and they need naps as well as lots of love and attention.
  • A pet carrier also helps with potty training. They usually don’t want to mess in their bed. Always take them out immediately after naps, first thing in the morning, and always the last thing before bedtime. Always talk and explain why you are taking them out and praise them when they do good.
  • Setting a schedule during the day and watching your puppy closely while it’s out of the crate is also very important. Always make sure to clean up any mess with a cleaner that kills odors so they do not want to go back to the same spot.

These are only a few of the questions many people ask, we they have helped you in some ways. If you have any other questions that you would like to ask the staff at Luv Kennel please feel free to e-mail us from this page

WE HOPE YOU ENJOY YOUR NEW PUPPY!
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to call us.

Thank you from Luv Kennels!,
Judy and Lex

Note: This FAQ is not to be taken as medical advice; please check with your veterinarian if you have health concerns about your dog.

 

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