TRAINING & CARE
Your Old English Sheepdog Puppy
Feathers And Fleece
All dogs can be housebroken if there is consistency and persistence within their training.
The two main housebreaking techniques are called crate training and paper training.
You are probably most familiar with crate training.
It is more popular because it teaches direct housebreaking.
Paper training, on the other hand, should be intermediate.
When you are indoors, keep your dog in the crate.
Take your dog out frequently, giving him/her lots of praise when he relieves him/herself.
By doing so, it won't be long before your pup picks up on the routine.
They'll be a pro in no time!
First, cover the entire floor of "his space" with paper.
Wait for your dog to relieve himself on the paper, then replace the soiled paper.
Again, use lots of praise when going through this process.
Once your dog seems to understand the concept, begin to leave spots bare.
The goal is to have only a small area with paper.
BATHING AND GROOMING
A few things that should be mentioned about bathing is:
You should avoid bathing more than once a month or if dirty/smelly.
Bathing too often can retract from the natural oils, making your pup's coat and skin too dry.
On the other hand, you should brush frequently.
Old English Sheepdogs have a thicker coat so it is important to brush often to keep away from mats.
Also, brushing helps stimulate those natural oils I mentioned earlier.
Brushing is a great way to check for parasites, fleas, and ticks.
As a dog owner, you should have a routine healthcare schedule.
Establishing this routine early can prevent disease, which can prolong the life of your dog,
and improve overall quality of life.
Here is a list of things that should be taken care of:
1. Picking a veterinarian- Feathers and Fleece Farm would recommend you do this before receiving your dog.
This will make things move smoothly when you are tackling on the job of pet ownership.
It is extremely important that you find a veterinarian you can easily trust.
If you are unfamiliar with vets in your area, you can use word-of-mouth to get started on your search.
If you find your veterinarians personality a little uncomfortable, it may be a good idea to find someone else.
2. Vaccinations- Some of the most common vaccinations produce immunity to: distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, and parainfluenza.
Feathers and Fleece Farm will provide you with a vaccination form listing the different vaccinations given during their time here.
Our veterinarian, Dr. Bradford, will have also signed a contract stating that he has checked your
puppy for any common intestinal parasites including coccidia or giardia.
Puppies should receive these vaccinations until they reach the proper degree of immunity,
which will be when they are around 3-4 months old.
Your dog will require regular booster shots and rabies shots as required by your state law.
3. Parasites- Gastro intestinal parasites are common in puppies.
They are easy to treat if caught promptly.
If they are left untreated, they can cause serious harm.
Your vet may ask you to submit stool samples from your pup during routine visits to check for these parasites.
Another common parasite is heart worm.
The heart worm gains entry through the bite of an infected mosquito.
If these go untreated, the consequence could be life-threatening.
Veterinarians will typically give preventative drugs whenever mosquitos are active.
A heart worm test must precede the medication.
4. Spay/Neuter- Spaying (for females) or neutering (for males) is a surgical procedure
that makes your dog unable to reproduce.
As a buyer of Feathers and Fleece Farm, it is your responsibility to ensure that your
dog is spayed/neutured between the ages of 8-12 months.
There are many benefits of spaying/neutering including preventing unwanted litters and overall health.
5. Exercise- Your Old English Sheepdog will need plenty of exercise to stay fit and healthy.
Old English Sheepdogs can be very playful, especially around other animals.
The amount of exercise your dog needs depends on its age, health, breed, and temperament.
You may consider playing a game like fetch, swimming, or just taking a walk.
Activities that you and your dog enjoy regularly are the best!