" Majoley Labrador Retrievers" - "Helpful Hints "



THIS INFORMATION I HAVE COMPILED OVER THE YEARS, & IS A GUIDE ONLY

WEIGHT
PUPPY SHOULD HAVE A WAISTLINE AT ALL TIMES. LOOK OVER THE TOP OF THE PUPPY TO CHECK.
TO CHECK THE PUPPIES WEIGHT, RUB YOUR FINGERS LIGHTLY ALONG THE PUPPIES RIBS, THERE SHOULD BE A LIGHT LAYER OF FAT BETWEEN THE RIBS AND THE SKIN, NOT TOO LITTLE AND NOT CENTIMETRES.
ALSO STAND OVER THE PUPPY AND MAKE SURE HE HAS A TUCK IN BEHIND THE RIBS 
LIKE A WAISTLINE.

VEGETABLES
ANY LEFT OVER VEGETABLES MAY BE PUT ASIDE AND MIXED IN WITH PUPPIES DINNER 
THE NEXT EVENING, OR IF A LARGE QUANTITY DIVIDE UP & FREEZE.

HE WILL OFTEN BE FINICKY WITH FOOD FOR THE FIRST WEEK.
DO NOT LEAVE ANY FOOD LYING AROUND. LEAVE THE FOOD DOWN FOR 20 
MINUTES - NO LONGER - IF NOT EATEN, REMOVE IT! UNTIL THE NEXT MEAL. 
[THROW IT AWAY OR KEEP IT FOR OLDER DOGS DINNER]

BONES
PUPPY CAN BE GIVEN A SMALL BRISKET BONE  FROM THE BUTCHER TWICE A WEEK
GIVE A BOWLER/NUCKLE BONE FROM THE BUTCHER UNCUT IN HIS YARD DURING THE 
DAY - THIS KEEPS HIM AMUSED AND HELPS WITH HIS TEETH
TEETHING IS FROM FOUR MONTHS TO SEVEN MONTHS.

SLEEPING
PUPPY NEEDS A PLACE OF HIS OWN TO SLEEP, SLEEP HIM ON A TRAMPOLINE BED WITH 
CLEAN BEDDING AND FRESH WATER AVAILABLE AT ALL TIMES.
WHEN ARRIVING HOME, AFTER A GAME, OR TEA [OR SUPPER] PUT OUT TO TOILET 
AND TO BED WITH A FEW TOYS, BEEF HIDE BONE AND A RADIO PLAYING WILL 
HELP HIM SETTLE IN. MAKE SURE ANY ELECTRICAL CORDS AND RADIO ARE OUT OF 
REACH.
PUPPY WILL TAKE A FEW DAYS TO SETTLE DOWN - IF CRYING PUT OUT TO TOILET 
AGAIN AND BACK TO BED. 
DON’T BE PICKING HIM UP EVERY TIME HE YELLS AS HE WILL ONLY YELL LOUDER. 
BE PATIENT.

WORMING
PUPPIES ARE WORMED AT 2, 4, 6, & 8 WEEKS OF AGE WITH CANEX MULTI SPECTRUM ALL WORMER, FOR ROUNDWORM, HOOKWORM, WHIPWORM AND TAPEWORM. 
WORM HIM AGAIN AT 10 WEEKS AND AGAIN AT 12 WEEKS & 16 WEEKS, AND THEN EVERY 6 TO 8 WEEKS UNTIL 12 MONTHS OF AGE, AND FROM THEN ON EVERY 3 MONTHS. 
DON’T CONFUSE THESE WORMS WITH HEART WORM THEY ARE COMPLETELY DIFFERENT!

VACCINATIONS
PUPPIES ARE VACCINATED AT SIX WEEKS OF AGE, AND HE WILL NEED A FOLLOW UP INJECTION AT TWELVE WEEKS AND 16 WEEKS.

PUPPY THEN REQUIRES A YEARLY BOOSTER EVERY YEAR FOR LIFE.

PUPPY IS NOT COMPLETELY COVERED UNTIL HE IS SIXTEEN WEEKS OF AGE. DO 
NOT TAKE PUPPY OUT OF HIS YARD PRIOR TO SIXTEEN WEEKS. IF YOU MUST TAKE 
PUPPY OUT DON’T PUT HIM ON THE GROUND AS THAT IS WHERE THE GERMS ARE. 
BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY. DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES TAKE HIM NEAR 
ANY SCHOOLS, PLAYGROUNDS, DOG SHOWS, PARKS OR SHOPPING CENTRES ETC.

IF YOUR PUPPY GOES OFF HIS FOOD, GASTRIC OR VOMITING TAKE HIM IMMEDIATELY 
TO YOUR VET.

EXERCISE
DO NOT LET PUPPY RUN UP AND DOWN STEPS OR JUMP OFF ANYTHING HIGH [BED, 
CHAIRS, CAR ETC] OR ON ANYTHING HIGH FOR THAT MATTER. CARRY OR LIFT AS 
LONG AS POSSIBLE THEN PUT A SMALL RAMP OVER PART OF THE STEPS AND WALK 
UP AND DOWN ON LEAD. CAR :- LIFT FRONT LEGS INTO CAR AND HOIST HIS BACK 
END UP AFTER. DON’T LET HIM JUMP IN OR OUT OF CAR. LIFT HIM!
USE A BABY GATE AT BOTTOM OF ALL STEPS OR SOMETHING SIMILAR.

DON’T OVERDO THE EXERCISE ESPECIALLY WHEN PUPPY IS VERY YOUNG AS HE WILL TEND TO WEAR HIMSELF OUT. THEY NEED LOTS OF REST CONFINED IN THEIR OWN YARD OR 
CRATE. THEY CAN GO FOR WALKS [NO JOGGING] ON A LEAD. NO MORE THAN 10 
MINUTES TO START WITH - THEN 20 MINUTES [5 MONTHS] 30 MINUTES [SIX 
MONTHS], YOU CAN START LEAD TRAINING HIM AT HOME FROM EIGHT WEEKS & NO 
HILLS.
DO NOT LET SMALL CHILDREN PICK PUPPY UP - SIT CHILD ON GROUND AND PUT 
PUPPY IN CHILDS LAP. PUPPIES DAMAGE EASILY, THEIR BONES ARE VERY SOFT, AND THEY ARE NOT TOYS. SUPERVISE PLAYTIME WITH CHILDREN AS KIDS CAN BE CRUEL.

BATHING, FLEAS AND TICKS
PUPPY NEEDS TO BE KEPT CLEAN, AS DOES HIS BEDDING, BUT DOES NOT NECESSARILY NEED A WEEKLY SHAMPOO. A GENERAL RUB OVER WITH A FEW DROPS OF DOUBLE D EUCALYPTUS OIL IN A LITTLE WARM WATER IS SUFFICIENT. TREAT EVERY TWO WEEKS FOR TICKS WITH FRONTLINE SPRAY OR SPOT ON, AS IT DOES NOT WASH OFF IF THE PUPPY GETS WET.
 IF YOU LIVE IN A TICK AREA - READ DIRECTIONS ON BOTTLE, TREAT EVERY 2 WEEKS FOR TICKS & EVERY THREE/FOUR WEEKS FOR FLEAS. 
IF YOU LIVE ANYWHERE ON THE COAST TREAT PUPPY FOR TICKS. FRONTLINE SPOT ON CAN BE USED ON PUPPIES OVER 3 MONTHS. FLEAS EVERY FOUR WEEKS AND TICKS EVERY TWO WEEKS.
IF IN DOUBT READ THE DIRECTIONS OR ASK YOUR VET.
BATH IN A GOOD QUALITY SHAMPOO [MAKE SURE IT IS SAFE FOR BABY PUPPIES] 
OR BATH IN WOOL MIX.

BRUSHING AND GROOMING
PUPPY NEEDS A DAILY BRUSH.

EARS AND EYES
PUPPIES EARS AND EYES NEED CHECKING [IF SHAKING HEAD OR SCRATCHING EARS OR 
IF INSIDE OF EARS DIRTY] TAKE TO VET FOR A CHECK AND GET TREATMENT. IF EYES RUNNY OR IF SCRATCHING EYES THE SAME APPLIES - TAKE TO VET. HAVE VET CHECK EYES AND EARS AT VACCINATION TIME

NAILS
PUPPY HAS HAD HIS NAILS CLIPPED ONCE A WEEK FROM BIRTH. IF HE IS ON A HARD SURFACE [CONCRETE, BRICK OR PAVERS] FOR HIS GENERAL EXERCISE, HIS NAILS WILL NOT GROW AS QUICKLY - EXCEPT HIS DEW CLAWS, [WHICH ARE ON THE INSIDE OF THE FRONT FEET - RATHER LIKE OUR THUMBS], JUST CLIP THE TIP OF THE NAIL OR NAILS OFF. DON’T CUT TOO MUCH OR YOU WILL CUT THE VEIN. IF NAILS ARE NOT CUT REGULARLY THE VEIN IN THE NAIL EXTENDS AND THE NAILS BECOME TOO LONG AND UNCOMFORTABLE FOR THE DOG. YOU SHOULD NOT BE ABLE TO SEE MUCH NAIL OUTSIDE THE HAIRLINE.
ASK YOUR VET TO SHOW YOU HOW TO CLIP NAILS AT VACCINATION TIME.

MICROCHIPING / REGISTRATION COUNCIL
PUPPIES ARE NORMALLY MICROCHIPPED AT SIX WEEKS WHEN VACCINATED. YOU WILL NEED TO FILL IN THE BACK OF THE MICROCHIP FORM WHEN YOU COLLECT PUPPY & IT WILL BE POSTED THE TO  COUNCIL, & THEY WILL THEN POST YOU YOUR PUPPIES MICROCHIP FORM IN YOUR NAME.
CONTACT YOUR LOCAL COUNCIL RE REGISTRATION FEES
PUPPY WILL BE REQUIRED TO BE ADULT REGISTERED AT 6 MONTHS OF AGE,  - AGAIN CONTACT YOUR LOCAL COUNCIL TO OBTAIN RELEVANT FORM.
  YOU ALSO NEED TO HAVE A TAG WITH PUPPIES NAME, ADDRESS AND TELEPHONE 
NUMBER ON HIS COLLAR
 [YOUR VETS PHONE NUMBER & PUPPIES MICROCHIP NUMBER ARE ALSO A GOOD IDEA]

FLIES
PUPPIES ARE ANNOYED BY FLIES, WHICH BITE THEIR EARS - SPRAY PUPPY LIGHTLY WITH AEROGUARD [ESPECIALLY HIS EARS], COVER PUPS EYES WITH YOUR HAND. IF AT ALL DISTRESSED BY SPRAY PUT IT ON A RAG OR YOUR HAND AND WIPE OVER COAT.

TEETH
PUPPIES NEEDS SOMETHING TO CHEW ON AT ALL TIMES (NOT SHOES) BEEF HIDE BONES 
AND A NYLABONE ARE BOTH GOOD. 
FOR INFORMATION ON TEETHING REFER BONES.

TOILET TRAINING
TAKE PUPPY OUTSIDE OFTEN AND TO THE SAME PLACE, BUT DON’T FORGET PLENTY OF PRAISE - TELL PUPPPY TOILET OR WHATEVER WORD YOU PREFER TO USE EVERY TIME AND DON’T CHASTISE HIM IF HE MESSES INSIDE - JUST PICK HIM UP AND TAKE HIM OUT, TELL HIM TOILET AND FOLLOW BY PRAISE.

NEVER RUB HIS NOSE IN IT AS THIS DESTROYS HIS SCENT GLANDS AND IS AN INSULT TO HIM, APART FROM THAT IT IS WAY TOO LATE ANYWAY! ENZSTAIN MADE BY ELCELPET IS VERY GOOD FOR PUDDLES ETC, BUT THERE ARE MANY OTHER VERY GOOD BRANDS ON THE MARKET.
 FOLLOW DIRECTIONS ON BOTTLE.

OBEDIENCE TRAINING
PUPPY NEEDS TO GO TO SCHOOL - ASK YOUR VET FOR A VET THAT RUNS PUPPY PRE SCHOOL TRAINING CLASSES, AND TAKE HIM THERE UNTIL HE IS OLD ENOUGH TO GO TO FORMAL OBEDIENCE TRAINING CLASSES. 
RING YOUR STATES CANINE COUNCIL FOR A LIST OF OBEDIENCE TRAINING CLUBS.
REMEMBER
A TRAINED DOG IS:-
1: A HAPPY DOG,
 2: MUCH MORE PART OF THE FAMILY,
 3: AN OBEDIENT DOG, 
4: AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST LESS DESTRUCTIVE, NOT SO BORED AND A MUCH NICER
ANIMAL TO LIVE WITH.

TOYS
DOGS NEVER GROW OUT OF TOYS, OLD DOMESTOS BOTTLES WELL WASHED OUT, LIQUID LAUNDRY DETERGENT BOTTLES, PLASTIC MILK CONTAINERS, ALL WITH LIDS REMOVED ARE EXCELLENT. 
THE AGE OF PLASTIC CONTAINERS [NOT TOO SMALL OR SHARP] IS HERE, SO INSTEAD OF RECYCLING CONTAINERS IMMEDIATELY GIVE TO PUPPY & HE WILL REALLY GIVE IT A GOOD WORKOUT SO IT DEFINITELY WILL NEED RECYCLING. 

REMOVE EYES FROM ANY SOFT TOYS, AND DEFINITELY NO OLD SHOES AS PUPPY CAN’T TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OLD AND NEW. 
IF YOU DON’T HAVE ANY PLANTS IN PLASTIC POTS THAT PUPPY CAN GET AT AN OLD 8” PLASTIC POT IS GOOD VALUE, & TAKE A TRIP TO VINNIES, RED CROSS OR THE SMITH FAMILY FOR STUFFED TOYS, [MAKE SURE EYES & NOSES ARE SECURE

MILK
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD PUPPY BE GIVEN COWS MILK AS IT WILL MAKE 
HIS MOTIONS VERY LOOSE. WATER ONLY.

BIG DOGS AND OR OLDER DOGS
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD PUPPY BE ALLOWED TO PLAY WITH ADULT DOGS. 
SUPERVISE PLAY IF YOU MUST BUT DON’T LEAVE HIM ALONE. BIG DOGS CAN BE WILD AND CAN HURT A YOUNG PUPPY NO MATTER HOW GENTLE THEY MAY SEEM.

LOOSE MOTIONS
MOTIONS MAY BE LOOSE AT FIRST DUE TO HOME, WATER, PLANTS ETC. NATURAL YOGHURT, COOKED UNWASHED RICE AND COTTAGE CHEESE HELP PUPPY TO ADJUST.
IF PROBLEM PERSISTS REFER TO YOUR VET FOR MEDICINE.

HEARTWORM
THERE ARE SO MANY DIFFERENT COMBINATIONS IT WOULD BE ADVISABLE TO SPEAK TO YOUR VET AS TO THE BEST COURSE FOR YOU TO TAKE WITH YOUR PUPPY.

ALL DOGS SHOULD BE ON HEARTWORM PREVENTATIVE FOR LIFE.


Contact Details

Miss Sharan Burnley
Braemar - [Southern Highlands] 2575, NSW, Australia
Phone : 02 4871 3218
Email : majoleylabradors@bigpond.com