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CONGRATULATIONS on your newest family member! There are a few things to remember about the care of your new puppy. Your puppy will need to continue to have vaccine boosters every 3 weeks until 4 months of age. Your veterinary technician will go over all of the available vaccines with you while you are here for your visit. You can also visit our "Wellness Vists" page to look at all of your options. The entire vaccine series must be completed before your pup is considered to be immune. In the meantime your dog can still get sick with these diseases until 2 weeks after the final injection of the series. We will also continue to discuss potty training and other behavior issues at your recheck appointments. Continue reading for more information on puppy classes that are offered at our facility or call Danielle at 717-202-5651.
Spaying/neutering is also something you need to think about when you get a new puppy. Spaying/neutering can take place starting at 4 months of age. We typically can combine this surgery procedure with the last round of the vaccine series. Research shows that spaying reduces your dog's risk of mammary tumors by up to 97%. Pyometra (infected uterus) is completely eliminated. Prostate cancer, testiclar cancer, and benign, enlarged prostate are virtually eliminated in male dogs. Other endocrine, allergic and immune-mediated problems are lessened without the hormonal stimulation of intact dogs. Male dogs are also less aggressive and less prone to roam and, therefore, to be victims of trauma such as being hit by a car.
Why should you put your pet in puppy classes? Is your new puppy having accidents in the house, biting/chewing everything, full of energy, or getting into things you feel they shouldn't? Or if you just need help training your new puppy with simple commands such as sit, stay, lay down, come, and leash walking. Puppy training classes can greatly improve all of these things as well as offer a great opportunity for your puppy to get proper socialization with other dogs and people.
Have your pet come hungry! Young dogs are typically very food motivated and learn best with positive reinforcement. A benefit of bringing your puppy to training classes is that it is a great way to enhance the relationship between you and your new pet as well. And of course your new dog will have lots and lots of fun since there will be other dogs in the class for your puppy to play and socialize with.