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What's New This August?

August 1, 2006

 

 

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In This Issue:

     1.  New AAHA Vaccination Guidelines!

       2.  Chloe and Gigi Have New Pups!

       3.  Paris and Parker!

       4.  Proper Doggie Behavior!

       5.  Who Is Pack Leader At Your House?

            


1.  New AAHA Vaccination Guidelines!

For years, we have reminded our pup families to be sure their vet is not an over-vaccinator!  Studies for several years have proven that the vaccination schedule used by many vets, also encouraged by pharmaceutical companies, was causing problems with some dogs.  The August 2006 issue of The AKC Gazzette reports that the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) has issued new 2006 guidelines.  The 2006 guidelines state that "vaccines against canine distemper, canine parvovirus and canine adenovirus produced by major biologics manufacturers all produce excellent immune responses and can be reliably administered in extended duration of immunity protocols."  This means that puppies should be given an initial vaccine and then a booster at three to four weeks.  We give the first vaccine at 7 1/2 weeks.  This means your pup should get a second vaccine from your vet, 3 to 4 weeks later, which is a total of two puppy shots.  The vaccine should be administered a year later, then every three years thereafter. 

The "core" vaccines (distemper, parvovirus, adenovirus, rabies) should be given to every dog.  "Non-core" vaccines - including parainfluenza, Bordetella, and Barrelia (Lyme disease) - are required only under special circumstances, where exposure to the disease is likely.  For example, if you board your dog, Bordetella is required.  Some vaccines are not recommended such as Leptospiral or Giardia vaccines.  Follow this link to see the new guidelines: New Guidelines!


2.  Chloe and Gigi Have New Pups!

It is always a challenging and exciting time when pups are a part of our family,  It is so amusing to watch them grow, both physically and socially.  They learn so much from their mom, other littermates, as well as the big dogs.  It is funny to see mom nip them on the neck to discipline them.  The pups learn that when they bite another pup, they get bitten back!  This is a part of the socialization process that is so important during these 8 weeks.  This is the important time where they learn that they have limitations. 

When your new pup bites your pants leg, you need to immediately stop that behavior.  You can simply "pop" them on the nose and say, "NO".  It will not take but a couple of times and that behavior is over.  BE IN CHARGE!  How hard is a "pop"?  If you take a tube from an empty roll of paper towels and hit yourself softly on the nose, that is what I am talking about.  Never be harsh or abusive to your pup.  You can even use the paper towel tube as your weapon!  That can be your popper!

See Chloe's pups (click here)

See Gigi's pups (click here)


3.  Paris and Parker!

Paris and Parker have been such good pups and are well on their way with housetraining.  They are a good example of what people mean when they say, "The only thing better than one Westie is having two"!  Most of the time we keep them in a large X-pen in our kitchen, in the middle of all activity.  They play together and never whine or cry wanting out.  They will play for an hour and then they need a power nap.  We take them out every couple of hours to potty.  They get to run and play and are so pooped that they usually fall out for another nap when we place them back into their large X-pen.  At night, they sleep in another large X-pen in our bathroom.  Again, in the center of activity, the noise does not bother them.  We do not change our activities so all will be quiet.  The TV is on, the phone rings, they play together, and then sleep all night.  For example, if we had only one pup, we would let him sleep in our bedroom in a crate beside our bed so we could reach down and let him lick our hand to know he has not been abandoned.  To confine a lone pup to the bathroom or laundry room causes him to feel abandoned and he will cry and whine.

It is actually just as easy to deal with two pups.  They entertain each other.  Paris and Parker never cry to get out of their large X-pen.  They have each other.

It hasn't been difficult at all to teach them English!  They are really getting acclimated to the good ole USA!

Click here to see the Paris!

Click here to see Parker!


4.  Proper Doggie Behavior!

Owning a Westie is one of the most fun experiences I know.  Yet, you have to realize that you cannot let your pup do as he pleases, when he pleases, and just let him rule the household.  It's never too late to train a dog, or to work on his or her behavior problems. Bad habits can be broken, good habits can be taught, and most importantly, with a little effort and love, you can make sure your dog stays a happy member of your family forever!  Author and trainer, Kathy Diamond Davis has written great articles that can serve as a tremendous resource for many issues that you might deal with.  Kathy Diamond Davis is the author of Therapy Dogs: Training Your Dog to Reach Others and Responsible Dog Ownership, and is a contributor to a number of dog magazines, including Off Lead and Dog Fancy Click Here for a lot of great info.


5.  Who Is Pack Leader At Your House?

   Who is the pack leader at your house?  We recently purchased the Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan DVD and it has been a very useful reminder of how we should deal with our dogs.  Westies have a typical terrier attitude and if you are not in charge at your house, your Westie will.  It is not a matter of abuse, but developing the alpha role with your dog.  This DVD is worth the purchase!
 

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