Before you buy a Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Where buy the pup
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Correct Dog for you !
your Puppy Settling into the New HomeAt the time of
collecting your new puppy the responsible breeder will have wormed the
litter and be able to provide you with the date/type of wormer used and
details of follow up treatment, a copy of the Pedigree, a photocopy of
the KC Registration document ( which should have been applied for, but
which takes several weeks to be processed by the KC ),
and a 'diet sheet'. Try to collect your puppy as early as possible
in the day ( preferably before a feed ) so that you have the
longest possible time to settle him into his new home. It is
advisable to take a small cardboard box lined with newspaper or a piece
of 'vetbed' to keep your puppy warm and secure on the journey home.
Make sure you have checked his diet and have purchased food and a
suitable bed/bedding in advance. Do remember to contact your local
veterinary practice to make an appointment for puppy's inoculations and
check up (the inoculations are administered in two parts at around 9 and
12 weeks). During this time your puppy cannot come into contact with
other dogs or during the week following the last injection. The
first night away from mum and his brothers and sisters can be quite
traumatic but don't be tempted to let him sleep in your bed or get up to
him in the night; these are patterns that are hard to break in the
future, and he will quickly settle down and adjust to his new way of
life. You will find it helpful to maintain a good relationship
with the breeders through photographs and regular updates and they, in
turn, will be able to provide you with help and advice as your puppy
You should take advice from your puppy's breeder, but the following is a
guide to some aspects of looking after your puppy:-A young puppy will
initially be on four meals a day, comprising: milk / meat/ meat / milk
to coincide with breakfast / lunch / dinner / supper, with a puppy
complete added to the meat mixture to ensure a balanced diet. As a
guide you can reduce your puppy's meals by omitting lunch at around 4
months, then supper at 6 months until by 9 months he is on one main meal,
usually fed in the evening. In addition, fresh drinking water
should be available at all times.
|TeethingWhen puppy is teething he will want something to chew and if left
unattended for any length of time he will become bored and your skirting
board or chair leg will become the object of his attentions. This
can be minimised by providing toys ( not too small and not containing
metal pieces that could be swallowed as the toy breaks up ), and of
course by giving him time and attention . In addition, when used
properly, dog cages can be helpful at this time, as the confine the
puppy whilst you are out and until you can be there to supervise him.
Dogs are not meant to be kept cooped up in cages for long periods of
time, or in cages that are not sufficiently large enough to allow free
movement. Therefore if you do use a cage - please don't abuse it.
The breeder may have already begun basic training of your puppy
by allowing him to differentiate between the 'vetbed' for sleeping and
the newspaper placed in the run for his toilet. Patience is
required when toilet training your puppy - always take him to the door
following feeding and allow him to go into the garden, praise him when
he has done well and he will soon get the idea. During the night
it is best to place newspaper near to the back door which minimises the
mess and encourages him to go to the door when he wants to do his
Your puppy will thrive on play time but don't give him anything
too hard to chew whilst he has milk teeth as this could cause damage,
and don't allow him to hang off a rubber ring when young, as his bones
are still very flexible. If you have children please ensure that they
realise that this is a living animal with feeling and not a toy; they
should be taught to respect the dog. Don't let them wake him when
he is sleeping or constantly handle him when he is awake. It is
unwise to leave Children of any age unsupervised with a young puppy.
A puppy's milk teeth are razor sharp and he should be discourage from
biting as it can be very painful. Staffords are very sensitive and
if chastisement is necessary a very effective method is a rolled up
newspaper - usually the sight is sufficient to act as a deterrent.
Otherwise let them know by the firm tone of your voice; that is all that
should be required .Don't be tempted to subject your puppy to too much
rigorous exercise. Prior to six months of age he will only require
light exercise with free running and light lead work and no intensive
roadwork. During this time a puppy's bones are soft and 'too much
too young' can result in malformed limbs. Exercise should
gradually be increased so that by around 12 months he will be able to
accompany you on long walks without distress.
The information contained in these notes is not
meant to be exhaustive, but we hope they provide helpful guidance on the
purchasing and early stages of raising your new Stafford.
Congratulations on selecting this wonderful breed of dog. I am
sure you will find in him a true companion and life-long friend, you
will have lots of fun together and your life will undoubtedly never be
quite the same again.
Remember : You're never alone with a Stafford !
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