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Old 10-08-2008, 08:02 AM   #1
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Sorry for double posting but some more questions i have to ask.

What age should i start teaching my lab off leash?

Can i feed dry dog food for ever or i have to go raw?

For a 8week old lab puppy how much walk will it need in 1 week?

Can i use a chain for a leash? or i have to use the plastic leash?

Do i need special peanut butter that is made for dogs?

How many carrots can i give my dog? can i put the carrot in with its food?

What happens if my dog eats or bite lemons as i have a lemon tree at the back garden?

When should i start training my lab, should i start training when i bring it home or i have to let it settle for a week then start training?

Do i have to brush my dogs teeth?

That's all the questions i can think of right now.
Sorry for so many question because i wanna be a really good owner and want a perfect dog in the future.

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Old 10-08-2008, 08:35 AM   #2
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You start off leash emidately, however you need to find a big secure area or areas where she can't get hurt by other dogs or cars. A good way to train an 8 week old to stick close to you is to run and hide. (make sure that you can keep an eye on the pup and not too far to begin with, usually all it takes is to stand perfectly still behind a tree they dont see standing still objects that well this will also teach your pup to use its nose). When the pup find you, give praise, treats and play, this will make the pup thinking coming to you is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO fun. The more you do this between week 8-14 the better, cause after that they grow more independent and will be harder to train. I have an awesome recall on my old lady and I worked that a lot.

You can use a dry food, you will hear tons about differences about opinions, but i fyou don't know how to do RAW stick to the dry food this to ensure your pup gets everything it needs.

an 8 week old puppy wont need much, after being in the woods romping with you practising hide and seek she will be very much pooped. On lead walk I think they say 5 minutes? off lead you can let her romp some more cause then she follows natural pup behavior and don't have to conform to a leash. However if the puppy shows sign of being scatter brain etc after being good for a couple of tries whatever you are trying stop it. Then he needs rest, only do 2-3 EASY repeptitions no matter what you train that requires focus or the pup will fail if you overdo it.

Dont use a chain, use a flatbuckle collar that is comfortable for him, the softer things your puppy gets used to, the less force you will ever need to work it with. Better that he knows commands and soft hand on the leash than having to be yanked in a chain.

A puppy tummy can be very sensitive and carrots can give you the runs, so start a little and see how it works, about peanutbuter I have NO idea.

Training, start off the bat, make it easy, fun, play, this will give you a more obedient dog. Also carry him around to socialize, and get him used to cars, people and do some sit etc too. You can prolly get him to sitin within a day or so. However make it easy and fun and he will love workin with you

Brushing teeth is good, good chewtoys will however keep them sparkling, I have never brushed my old dogs teeth once..
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Old 10-08-2008, 10:33 AM   #3
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Hi again,

Phew, lots of stuff to answer there, Monkey has given you some great advice already! I haven't much more to add apart from my own experiences, so here goes;

Training off leash - I trained Nellie's recall when she was 7 weeks old! My husband and I took her out into our secure garden (yard) with some tiny bits of cooked chicken (easy on puppy tummies but they love it), and took it turns calling her name, and rewarding her when she came dashing over. She ran from one of us to the other over and over, and soon got the idea that coming to the sound of her name being called was a good thing. You can practise this over very short distances initially, the puppy will get the idea. Make sure you teach the pup to recognise his or her name first though - say its name, clearly but without yelling, and the second the pup looks at you, praise it or give a tiny treat. Thats one of the first things they teach you at puppy class!

Feeding - you can feed dry food forever if thats what you want, and if your dog does well on it. There is no need to go RAW if you don't want to - although if you do your research, you will see that RAW is a good way to feed. I don't myself, but plenty of forum members do.

Walking an 8 week old puppy - you can't, not until he has had all his jabs! He must be vaccinated against all the nasty infections which can be fatal. Ideally, you would collect your puppy as late as 12 weeks old, after he has had all his jabs, but that isn't always the way it goes. Here in the UK there are two sets of jabs, one at 10 weeks and the next at 12, so you can't normally start taking the pup out in public places until nearly 14 weeks. But the series of jabs could be different where you are - check with your vet. You will take him for a check up at the vet once you've had him a few days won't you? Its worth a few dollars (about £20 over here) to make sure the pup is in the best of health.

Once the puppy is fully vaccinated, you can start showing him the sights - take him everywhere, within reason! If you are going to walk him anywhere on a lead, a rough guide is a max of 5 minutes on the lead for every month of his age, so for example, at 14 weeks your pup is just over 3 months old, so 15 mins on the lead is plenty. If you do more than that it puts too much pressure on his growing bones, and could cause problems later. If you are just messing around in the park or the woods, playing and rolling about, thats not so much of a problem - don't let him jump down from high surfaces or anything though, and keep an eye on him, as he will let you know when he's tired - most pups will just flop down and snooze, like babies!

Don't use a chain, there should be no need. As Monkey says, get a nice ordinary flat collar with a buckle, and a nylon lead about 4-6 feet long. You can switch to leather later when he gets bigger.

Gosh, you are fixated on giving your dog peanut butter aren't you! A little shouldn't do much harm, but I wouldn't if I were you. Stick to dog food and dog treats, the more the dog gets into human food the less likely he is to enjoy his own food. Cooked chicken, hot dog sausage, cheese - these are all great treats to give in moderation. The firm that makes Kongs do a special peanut butter flavoured paste, but you might find its only suitable for dogs over 4 months old. Giving him peanut butter at 8 weeks is a sure fire way to get a sick dog with diarrhoea, please don't!!

Carrots - dunno, my dog won't touch 'em, so Monkey has the best advice on those! I would grate the carrot though, don't give him lumps of carrot in case he bolts his food and a chunk gets stuck.

Lemons? Hmm - my guess would be that he would only bite into it once, and would stay well away after that. If he eats one - and I'd be amazed if he did - at worst he might get a little diarrhoea. I wouldn't worry, the pup will only do it once.

Training - yep as Monkey says, you can start training straight away. But remember, little and often - don't spend hours slogging away, as the pup will get bored and maybe even anxious. Baby steps!

Brushing teeth - they say its a good idea to get your dog accustomed to this, and there are brushes and even toothpastes on the market for the job. In terms of the health and maintenance of your dog - I think you'll find that the majority of dog owners have never done it. Well, I haven't.

Any more? Ask away, we love to proffer advice around here! No such thing as a silly question, as your heart is so clearly in the right place!

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Re the teeth - if you stick to feeding your dog an appropriate diet, there should be no need to brush teeth. If you feed human treats that contain processed sugar you will cause dental issues and brushing will be essential. Dogs were not designed to eat ice cream and cake!

Re training, your number one priortity with an eight week old puppy should be socialisation. You need to get your pup out and about as much as possible, introduce him to as many different people, children, situations, noises, places, cars, buses, dogs, cats etc etc as possible. He will likely not be fully vaccinated so you won't be able to let him down on the ground, but you can take him to visit friends, for trips in the car, carry him around the town and so forth. Many vets run a puppy pre-school for pups that have had their first vaccinations. This gets them used to the surgery, other puppies, and lots of different people, as well as providing you with some valuable advice.

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I start my litters very young before leaving here off leash in a litter of. I would not feed my dogs or puppies any sweet humans treats, they eat their own doggie biscuits. You can build up a large dental expense doing that. Dogs tend to do well or better of things made for them, not human sources.

Start your puppy now on teaching sit, lay, come, etc. If it ignores you use a leash then for basic commands. Teach it to lead on left side of your knee along with you as you walk, keep its attention while walking also. with your right hand holding a dog treat. Do not let it pull you or jump, keep it leading nicely by you. then give a treat as you progress.
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You can start teaching your puppy off lead straight away. It's preferred to train a puppy off lead at 1st. They can't walk on the streets until a week or 2 after their last vaccination. Your vet will tell you when to have the vaccinations. In the mean time its very important to socialise your new pup with other friendly, vaccinated dogs, all types of people & children, household noises. In fact everything it will come across as an adult.

An ideal diet for a dog is raw meaty bones. But most people prefer to feed kibble. I feed Innova puppy kibble mixed with different things every day such as sardines, cottage cheese, yoghurt, raw egg, & puppy pouches of wet food. A puppy should be fed 4 times per day up to 12 weeks old, 3 times per day up to 6 mths old & twice a day up to 1 yr old.

After the vaccinations have taken effect a young puppy should not be walked very much. It's not good for their growing bones & joints. No more than 10 - 15 minutes to start with.

I prefer a cotton webbing lead, a chain or plastic one would hurt you hands if puppy pulls. But it's important to not let puppy pull from the very beginning.

I only smear a little peanut butter, vegemite, cottage cheese, yoghurt over the hole of a kong to prevent the kibble from falling out.

Tilba likes to eat raw carrots, they won't hurt but unless they are processed in a juice extractor they will come out the way they went in.

Lemons are sour, I don't think a pup would like them. Other things that are poisonous to dogs are onions, chocolate, grapes & raisons, avocado, azalea bushes, google dangerous plants to dogs.

You start training a puppy as soon as it comes home - sit, down, come, roll over, walk nicely on lead, & of course toilet training. Lure pup into position using a food treat & praise when it succeeds. Never use punishment or force.

There's no need to brush a dog's teeth if it has raw meaty bones at least 2-3 times per day. For a puppy start with chicken wings.
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Thanks everyone for these answers VERY VERY VERY Helpful to me thank you very much guys

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