Bernedoodle Care

New Puppy Tips

PUPPIES ARE EATING IAMS SMART CHOICE PUPPY FOOD with the Saint Bernard on the front AND ARE ON A PROBIOTIC. I BUY MY PROBIOTIC, PROBIOS, AT FLEET FARM AND IT IS FOUND IN THE CATTLE SECTION. IT IS A POWDER THAT YOU DUST ON THE FOOD WHICH KEEPS THE PUPPIES REGULAR AND HAPPY TUMMIES. PLEASE CONTINUE WITH THIS FOR AT LEAST THE FIRST FEW WEEKS.

Keep the puppy home with you for the first couple of weeks. Keep things quiet and try not to stress the puppy out any more than necessary.

 

If you are going to change the food, do it slowly over the period of a week or so.

 

Continue on the de-worming and vaccination schedule.

 

Do not introduce your puppy to other dogs, dog parks, etc... until they are closing in on that 16 week old mark. This is for safety reasons. Puppies can carry Mom's antibodies until 16 weeks of age, great right? No, this prevents the vaccines from being fully effective and your puppy is very susceptible to disease. Please wait until your pup is fully vaccinated before exposing them too much to other dogs and puppies.

 

Always have fresh water AND food available to your pet. I do not believe in feeding only once or twice a day. Doing this can cause hypo-glycemic shock in small pups and bloat in large dogs. Dogs will regulate themselves on how much to eat.

A TIRED PUPPY IS A HAPPY PUPPY AND OWNER! TAKE YOUR PUPPY OUT OFTEN AND FOR LONG WALKS. IF YOU ARE HAVING BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS AT HOME, IT IS BECAUSE YOUR PUPPY IS NOT TIRED ENOUGH. THIS IS A FAMILY JOB AND EVERYONE SHOULD CHIP IN!!!

 

EVERY PUPPY SHOULD GO FOR 10,000 -20,000 STEPS EVERY DAY EVEN WHEN IT IS COLD. THROW THE BALL FOR HIM ...

​House training is crucial in the first few weeks. If you cannot have your eyes on your pup, put him/her into a crate. Take your puppy outside every 2 hours or so. When your puppy goes, wait until she is finishing up and then praise her and reward her. Do not rub your puppies nose in an accident. If the puppy has an accident, it is because you are not paying close enough attention. TAKE YOUR PUPPY OUT when she wake up from a nap, right away after coming out of her crate, if she goes over to the door, 10 minutes after she eats, if she starts walking in a circle or sniffing around and after a session of play. BE CONSISTENT!!! The first couple of weeks will make or break your ease at house training. Either they will pretty much have it down or it is going to be a battle, it is really about how much effort you put into it right away.

If you are having problems with your puppy crying in the crate, give it a raw marrow bone from the butcher shop or grocery store.  Also, Kongs filled with treats will help your puppy while away the time in the crate.  

​When you have guests over, make the puppy sit before your guest pets your puppy. This will teach your puppy good manners from the start. Anything you do not want an adult dog to do, do not allow your puppy to do. Start basic manners right away. Just be gentle and CONSISTENT.

 

Give your puppy lots of love and praise, have fun with him and enjoy this short period of "puppy hood"

Raising Our Puppies

Our puppies are all raised in our home. Our puppies are born in the house. We assist in the birthing process to make sure mom and the babies are doing fine. I help the pups latch on and I cut the umbilical cord to help prevent umbilical hernias. The pups and mom will stay in my dining room until they are old enough. We use heat lamps to keep them extra warm for the first 1 to 3 weeks. Mom is kept on a puppy diet and vitamins to keep up her body weight and help her keep the puppies as strong and fat as can be.  ​

The puppies eyes usually open at about 2 weeks and by 3 weeks they are starting to move around a little. At 4 weeks we begin offering them moist puppy food and water. We take our cue from both mom and the pups as to when it is time to wean.

Puppies cannot regulate their own body temperature until they are 3 weeks old. We de-worm our pups and mom every two weeks and we always give at least one set of vaccinations.  

We do not remove dew claws on our pups. I have never found this necessary medically or for any other purpose. This is a painful procedure that is done when the pup is 24-48 hours old. For me, this means uprooting both mom and pups to go to the vet and have it done. This seriously stresses both mom and pups. 

We begin to socialize our pups and imprinting as soon as they are born.

We allow our pups to leave for their new homes at 8 weeks of age. The pups have had at least their first shots and have been examined by a licensed vet. They go home with a package of puppy food, a few treats, their registration papers if applicable, vet paperwork and our health guarantee/ contract and a copy of the MN pet law.  ​

When picking out your new puppy. I can help match you with the appropriate puppy or you are welcome to choose for yourself. A new puppy is a long commitment usually 10-14 years. I want you and your family to be happy with your decision. I want to know that my puppy is going to a loving, forever home. In my years as a breeder I have seen some very creative ways in which people have chosen their puppy. There is no right or wrong way. Just make sure the pup is in good condition, is friendly and the parents are good quality with no genetic issues. If possible, meet the parents of the litter. Many people will not offer, so just ask.  

Also, if purchasing a mixed breed pup- ask if the parents of the litter are both registered. We use quality purebred parents even for our F1 crosses and have papers on grandparents or great grandparents on our multigens ex. F1b, F2b etc. It is extremely important that there are no genetic issues in the lines and that the temperament is superb. 

Treats

We love home cooked liver, chicken breast, turkey and any natural meat from the grocery store.  Cook, cut into small bite sized pieced and freeze to keep fresh.  Microwave to warm and use for training.    This is a HIGH value treat!

Cheerios, cat treats, or small bite sized or things like this are great for dogs for training.  These are great for putting in your pocket or fanny treat pack for training and easy access. 

Fanny packs or treat pouches are wonderful to keep treats easily on hand.

We love home cooked liver, chicken breast, turkey and any natural meat from the grocery store.  Cook, cut into small bite sized pieced and freeze to keep fresh.  Microwave to warm and use for training.    This is a HIGH value treat!

Cheerios, cat treats, or small bite sized or things like this are great for dogs for training.  These are great for putting in your pocket or fanny treat pack for training and easy access. 

Fanny packs or treat pouches are wonderful to keep treats easily on hand. 

Home Treatments - First Aid For Dogs

Below are some Home Remedies...but, this is meant as a reference only.... Please CONSULT WITH YOUR VETERINARIAN BEFORE GIVING ANY MEDICATION TO YOUR DOG!! With all of the following home treatments, if possible please call your Vet's office before using to make sure your pet's situation will be helped and not harmed by these treatments. These home treatments are meant to be more convenient in the middle of the night, when money is tight, or any other time you are unable to take your pet into the Vet. They ARE NOT meant to take the place of the veterinarian's exam or diagnosis.

Hydrogen Peroxide - In dogs, this is like Ipecac Syrup. Use it to induce vomiting after accidental ingestion (but, be sure that it is safe to induce vomiting....ask your Vet). Give 10cc by mouth (with a syringe) every 15 minutes until desired effect is produced.

Buffered Aspirin - Use for pain relief or for the anti-inflammatory effects - give 5mg per pound of body weight twice daily. NEVER GIVE TYLENOL (Acetaminophen)​

Kaopectate - Used to stop diarrhea. This is used instead of Pepto Bismol because Pepto contains aspirin which can cause stomach problems (notice above it states...Buffered Aspirin). Give 1cc per pound of body weight every 2 hours until diarrhea stops. Note: can cause stools to become dark in color...this is normal.

Dramamine - Used to combat motion sickness. Note: This will make your dog very drowsy. Also you cannot use this product when shipping a dog via airlines - You can give up to 50mg every 8 hours. (I know some people use

Benedryl for this).

Ginger - This can also be used for motion sickness and is more gentle and natural....also helps to calm an upset stomach.

Mineral Oil - This can be used for constipation in dogs....give up to 4 tablespoons daily until constipation has subsided. Do not use long term as they will not get the appropriate nutrition from their food.

Canned Pumpkin - This can be used for constipation or diarrhea. It helps to regulate the stool. (I have not used it for constipation but have for diarrhea and it works really fast). Give 1 Tablespoon twice daily until the problem is relieved.​​​

Vomiting - Remove food bowl and water bowl. Offer nothing by mouth for 12 hours. Then offer small amounts of pedialyte, gatorade or water. If your dog is able to hold the liquid down for 4-6 hours, slowly reintroduce food in small amounts. If still unable to keep food down, please contact your Vet.

Diarrhea - For diarrhea, give Pepto Bismol or Kaopectate. (PLEASE DO NOT GIVE PEPTO OR KAOPECTATE TO CATS) Give 1 teaspoon per 5 pounds or 1 tablespoon per 15 pounds every 2 hours. If diarrhea does not improve after 3-4 doses, please contact your Vet.

Itch or sudden puffy swelling of the face and/or feet - For excessive itch or allergic reaction, give Benadryl 1mg per pound every 4-8 hours. (25mg tablet for 10-25 pounds, 50mg tablet for 25 pounds and up, liquid benadryl give 1 teaspoon per 5 pounds) If your dog continues to swell up or begins to have difficulty breathing due to the reaction, please contact Vet immediately.

Pain - NEVER GIVE IBUPROFEN, TYLENOL, MOTRIN OR ALEVE TO YOUR DOG. Instead give Aspirin (Bayers Aspirin is okay)-1 tablet (325mg) per 30 pounds every 12 hours. Baby(Children's) Aspirin 1 tablet(81mg) per 7.5 pounds every 12 hours. NEVER EVER GIVE ANY PAIN MEDICATION TO CATS!

Cough - For a persistant cough, give Robitussin DM, 1cc per 2 pounds, 1

teaspoon per 10 pounds, 1 tablespoon per 30 pounds. Give every 4 hours.

If cough does not subside please contact your Vet.

Red or Runny Eyes - Use normal opthalmic solution (regular contact solution is fine) 2-3 drops every 4 hours. DO NOT USE ANY SOLUTION WITH A STEROID IN IT UNTIL THE EYES HAVE BEEN EXAMINED BY A VETERINARIAN. If eyes continue to stay red or becomes painful, please contact your Vet.

Itchy rash - Apply 1% Hydrocortisone cream every hour. Rub in well. If rash spreads or if skin becomes broken from excessive licking/scratching, please contact your Vet.

Constipation - For constipation problems give Dulcolax; 1 tablet every 8

hours (max 4 doses), or vegetable oil (Wesson Oil, etc); 1 teaspoon per 5

pounds every 4 hours. If your pet is still unable to have a bowel movement after treatments please contact your Vet.

Induce Vomiting - To induce vomiting, give Syrup of Ipecac-give 1 teaspoon per 5-10 pounds, should work within 30 minutes, or give Hydrogen Peroxide-1 teaspoon per 5-10 pounds every 10 minutes until effective. Inducing vomiting is necessary if you suspect your pet has consumed rat poison. For all other concerns, please contact your Vet first.

Skunk Odor Removal - Mix together 1 cup peroxide, 2 tablespoons baking soda, 1 cup dish soap. Soak dog in mixture and let mixture stay on dog for a few minutes. Rinse well. Re-apply as necessary

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