Thanks Karen! I just added the Puppia harness and matching leash! I already had the Petsafe 3 in 1 on my list. Someone else must have recommended that one! At what age can you start real walks?
You should really not be taking them on “exercise” type walks before they are full grown, so at least 9 months to a year old for walks of more than about half a mile, especially on pavement. that is different than “sniff walks”, where you follow the puppy around on a leash. Thta is fine, and you can really do it for as long as you want. Likewise, free play-type running around is fine. The puppy will listen to his own body under those circumstances and wind down when he gets tired.
A couple of vets here said to microchip when they get spayed/neutered since they are under anesthesia and it won't hurt. I liked that idea unless anyone else says otherwise.
That’s fine, I guess, if you plan to spay or neuter early. More and more evidence is suggesting that if possible, it it may be better to hold off spay/neutering until the puppy is at least a year old. If this is your choice, you may waant to re-think waiting that long to have the puppy chipped. Yes, it’s a LITTLE uncomfortable, but not much, and it is over in an instant. I think that the time when you are MOST likely ro lose your dog is wduring their first year, when they are the least well trained. Kodi wa schipped when he was neutered, because he’s olde enough that I still beleives that no responsible dog owner would CONSIDER letting a boy dog keep his “equipment” a day after he turned 6 months old.
. I was much better educated when the girls came along. Pixel wasn’t spayed until she was 18 months old, and Panda is 4 years old and still not spayed. So they both had to be chipped independently of their spay proceedures. I was ther, it wasn’t “horrible” for either one. A little “yip” and it was over. They have complained more about nail trimming, frankly.
Still trying to figure out which vet to use. After polling friends there seem to be 4 vets that everyone uses within a 15-minute drive from my house. I called to speak to someone at each of them but none of them would let me speak to a Dr, only to the front desk or one had me speak to a very opinionated vet tech. I didn't love him, he told me repeatedly that I should have wanted a female, not a male Havanese! Of course, now I am second-guessing myself! One place took my name and number over a week ago and said someone would get back to me, but they didn't. I will try them again but not a great first impression. I wanted to know about vaccines mostly but also get a sense of who they are. I'd ideally like to find a vet that doesn't push more vaccines than needed. The breeder suggested the Dodds protocol however none of them have heard of that. I think the Doctors themselves might know it, but a receptionist would not.
I think I would tell these people that you understand that Vovid has changed the way things are being done, but that you are making a decision on choosing a practice, and you NEED to talk to the vet. Tell them that you are willing to pay for an office visit, but you want to at least have a phone conversation with the vet that will be your new puppies primary physician. (They SHOULD do this sort of “meet and greet”as a courtesy, for no fee. Most vets in this area do it, as do pediatricians fer heaven’s sakes! But if tou have to pay for an office visit, IMO, it is still worth it to get your questions answered, and make sure it is the right practice for you.
I feel bad that due to Covid I won't be able to go in with my puppy. They all pick up the dog from the car now and call you on the phone after. I worked at a vet's office in High School and while the Doctors were great, it was just another day of work. I would love to be there so they aren't scared of going with a stranger to a strange place. The training books all say to give treats every step of the way at the first vet visit. I am guessing they won't bother with that as much if the owner isn't there to watch.
That’s another thing to ask about. Ask if the staff has had training in fear-free handling techniques. If not, you may want to look elsewhere. More and more veterinary offices DO include this type of training for their techs and vets now. It’s not only safer and kinder for the animals, but it is safer for the humans too.