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-> VACCINES AND TITRES: This is the link to the Waltham study regarding vaccines and antioxidants…This study focused on the positive effects of dietary antioxidants on the immune system health in dogs. Here is a link to the study; They found that dietary antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin E, carotenoids, and taurine are crucially important for protecting host cells against the oxidative stress produced during inflammatory and immune reactions. This basically means that dogs who have a diet supplemented with these ingredients show a better immune response then those who do not. NuVet includes all those ingredients and more to help boost the immune system, so it falls right in line with the study.

-> SURGERY/ SPAY&NEUTERING : The most dangerous part of a surgical procedure for a dog or puppy is the anesthesia – since NuVet Plus flushes the toxins out of a dogs system with the help of Papain, Vitamin B5 & B6 and Vitamin C – ester C it will help your puppy bounce back faster and not be groggy.
The Vitamin E, Blue Green Algae, Shark Cartilage & Zinc in NuVet plus aids in wound healing in addition to the overall product keeping that puppies immune system healthy, this helps them recover faster.

So, why wait? Order today: WWW.NUVET.COM/65256
OR CALL: 800-474-7044 and use Order Code: 65256

To the BEST for our Canine Companions! Lovingly, Stacy Roland #NuVet

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Happy Independence Day 2016

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Week one:
Hard to believe it but your baby is one week old. If you have not begun the preparation process, let's get started. 🐩
Most people spend months preparing for the arrival of a new baby. They’re just as likely, however, to bring a baby dog home on a whim, without any preparation at all. Small wonder they find themselves playing catch-up for weeks, months, years, or even “getting rid of” the dog as they struggle to recover from the mistakes made in the pup’s formative months.

For example, a lack of a crate, puppy pen, or baby gates from day one makes house-training “mistakes” inevitable. This can set back later house training efforts by weeks or even months, as the puppy is triggered to eliminate in spots where he smells remnants of his past “accidents.”

​“You’re NOT taking me home today?” Don’t let that adorable little face make you do something rash; you should have everything in place before he comes home. A lack of a crate and baby gates, for example, may set back your house ​ ​training efforts for weeks.
The wise puppy-owner-to-be puts much thought into pre-puppy preparation.

​​Pre-puppy preparations fall into three categories:
• Supplies and equipment
• Service providers
• House rules and routines

Supplies and equipment
There’s lots of puppy stuff you’ll need to make your puppy comfortable, happy, and successful as he learns to adapt to your alien environment. The following is an abbreviated list from “A Dog Owner’s Hope Chest,” WDJ February 2002.

• Crate. A crate is an indispensable behavior management tool; it facilitates house-training and prevents puppy misbehavior by keeping your dog safely confined when you’re not there to supervise. It allows you to sleep peacefully at night and enjoy dinner and a movie without worrying about what the pup is destroying. See “Crate Training Made Easy,” WDJ August 2000.

• Puppy pen/exercise pen. This is another extremely useful management tool, but it expands the “den” concept of a crate to a slightly larger area, giving a pup more room to stretch her legs, yet still keeping her in a safe, confined area. Many people include a “restroom” facility, by using a tarp underneath the pen and newspapers on top of that at one end.

• Tether. This is a short (about four feet in length) plastic-coated cable with sturdy snaps at both ends. Tethers are intended to temporarily restrain a dog for relatively short periods of time in your presence, as an aid in a puppy supervision and house- training program, and as a time-out to settle unruly behavior. They should not be used as punishment, or to restrain a dog for long periods in your absence. See “Tethered to Success,” April 2001.

• Collar, ID tag, leash, and harness. (Micro-Chipping is a MUST!)

• Seat belt. Use a car restraint that fastens to your car’s seat belts and your dog’s harness (never a collar) to keep her safe, and safely away from the driver. See “(Seat) Belt Your Dog,” February 2004.

• Clicker. Properly used as a reward marker, a clicker significantly enhances your communication with your furry friend and speeds up the training process. See “Pickin’ Clickers,” March 2001.

• Treats. A clicker, of course, is nothing without an accompanying reward. We use treats as the primary reward to pair with the clicker because most dogs can be motivated by food, and because they can quickly eat a small tidbit and get back to the training fun.

• Long line. A lightweight, strong, extra-long leash (10 to 50 feet), the long line is an ideal tool to help your dog learn to come reliably when called regardless of where we are or what other exciting things are happening. WDJ reviewed long lines in “Know Your Lines” and “A Few We Missed,” November 2001. We discussed training your dog to come with a long line in “Long Distance Information,” February 2001.

• Kong toys. If we could buy only one toy for our dog, it would be a Kong, a chew-resistant (not chew-proof) rubber, beehive-shaped toy with a hollow center. A Kong can be used “plain” as a toy, but makes an irresistible treat for any dog when stuffed with kibble or treats that are held in place with something healthy and edible like peanut butter, cream cheese, or yogurt. See “King Kong,” October 2000.

• Balls, interactive toys, fetch toys. See “Gotta Lotta Balls,” August 2001, “Toys to Keep ’Em Busy,” May 2004, “Terrific New Toys,” June 2001, and “Play (and Train) by Tugging,” March 1999.

• Grooming tools. Choose combs and brushes appropriate for your dog’s type of coat (ask a groomer or vet), shampoo and conditioner, scissors, nail clippers, cotton balls, and toothbrushes. Start using these tools on your puppy early, pairing the experience with tasty treats so she forms a positive association with the task.

• House cleaning tools. See “Pees on Earth,” January 1999; “Don’t Shed on Me,” April 2004, and “Straight Poop on Bags,” June 2005.

Service providers
It’s never too soon to start researching the corps of professionals who will help you raise your puppy right. That list will include her veterinarian (or veterinarians, including an emergency hospital, holistic vet, and “regular” vet), training instructor, and perhaps a groomer, pet sitter/walker, doggie daycare provider, and boarding kennel. Grab your phone book, make a separate list for each category, and check them out.

Start with a telephone call. If the provider can’t be bothered to be pleasant on the phone, chances are they won’t be nice in person either. Cross them off.

If they pass the phone attitude test, inquire whether you can visit, ask a few questions, and watch them at work. Then visit. Do they handle canine and human clients gently, and with respect? Are the dogs enjoying themselves, or do they at least appear comfortable? Are the facilities clean, without offensive odor? If the answers to these questions are yes, they stay on the list. If not, cross them off. Make notes next to each of the finalists on your list to remind you whom you liked best and why.

Finally, ask for references. Call the references and ask if they’ve been satisfied with the provider, if they seem reliable and consistently dog-friendly. Then pick your favorite animal care professionals, and let them know you’d like to become a client when your pup arrives. After you’ve made your final decisions, make a list of names, addresses and phone numbers to post on your refrigerator along with the phone numbers and locations of your local animal shelters – in case your precious pup should ever get lost.

Editor’s note: We can’t stress enough the importance of finding a good holistic veterinarian as soon as possible. These practitioners tend to have a more conservative approach to vaccinations than conventional veterinarians – important if you want to prevent the mid- to late-life health problems that some experts believe are related to a lifetime of overvaccination (see “Hot Shots,” June 2005).

You’ll also want a reliable holistic practitioner in your corner if your dog is diagnosed with a serious condition. We receive innumerable calls from people who are frantically seeking an immediate referral to a holistic veterinarian to treat their dog for cancer and other diseases that took a long time to develop. The problem is, it’s not easy to find someone who practices the type of medicine you feel most comfortable with, and certainly almost impossible in an emergency situation.

House rules and routines
Rules and routines are especially important if there’s more than one human in the house, to encourage consistency, an important element of successful puppy-raising. When your pup joins your family, she’ll experiment with different behaviors to try to figure out how the world works, and how to make good stuff happen – a dog’s main mission in life. The more consistent everyone is, the quicker she’ll figure it all out.

Your rules and routines will reflect your dog-raising and -training philosophies. To develop a relationship with your dog based on mutual trust, respect, and cooperation, implement nonviolent management and training techniques, and avoid methods that require harsh verbal correction and physical punishment. The better you are at keeping your pup out of trouble and reinforcing desirable behaviors, the less you’ll be upset with her and the sooner she’ll develop good habits. (See “Secrets of a Happy Relationship,” August 2002.)

Here are some issues for your family to discuss and agree on:

• Where will your puppy sleep? We suggest in a crate in someone’s bedroom until the pup’s at least a year old and fully house-trained and house trustworthy; then her own bed or someone’s bed (or wherever else she wants) is okay.

• Will she be allowed on the furniture? We’re okay with dogs on the furniture within reason – not the kitchen table, of course – as long as it’s not creating any aggression or other behavior problems. We like our dogs to ask permission first if we’re on the sofa and they want to join us. (See “Is Your Dog Spoiled?” May 2003.)

• Where will she be during the day? The best answer is with you, if you have the luxury of working at home or taking her to the office with you, under direct supervision or leashed and crated, with potty breaks every hour on the hour, at first. If you’re not home, she should be indoors, crated – if you can arrange for adequate potty breaks – or in an exercise pen.

• What games will she be allowed to play? There are games, and then there are games! Good games like “Tug” and “Fetch” reinforce desirable behaviors. Inappropriate games like “Body-Slam the Human” and “Jump Up and Bite Skin and Clothing” reinforce undesirable behaviors. Be sure everyone in the family is on board with teaching appropriate games, and playing by the rules.

If family members insist on an inappropriate game like “Jump Up” (biting is never to be encouraged), get them to agree to teach polite behavior first, then teach “Jump Up” on a very specific cue – and allow it only on cue. (See “Fun and Games,” June 2003; “Games Puppies Play,” December 2003; “Mind Games,” October 2004; “Tug: Play It by the Rules,” October 2004.)

• Who will feed her; when, and what? Your pup should be able to depend on regular and high-quality meals from a clean bowl in a quiet place. If you choose to make it a child’s responsibility, you must supervise to be sure the dog is fed properly. Don’t allow anyone to pester her while eating. Rather, have family members walk by and drop extra-special treats in her bowl while she eats, to help prevent resource guarding. (See “Bowl Games,” August 2005 and “Thanks for Sharing,” September 2001.)

• Who will train her, how, and for what? We urge you to train using positive reinforcement methods, starting with house-training (see “Minding Your Pees and Cues,” December 2001) all the way through the most advanced training you choose to pursue (see “Higher Education,” April 2004). You can have a “primary” trainer, and then encourage the whole family to participate in training activities; they’ll all be living with the pup, and they can all learn to communicate consistently and effectively in a language she understands (see “The Value of Training the Kids,” January 2002.)

Make a vocabulary list of terms your dog learns and post it on the refrigerator, so everyone uses the same behavior cues. Add to the list as she learns new behaviors. Remember that your dog is never too young (or old) to learn. Check out basic and advanced good manners training, agility, rally obedience, tricks, flyball, scent detection, musical freestyle . . . the possibilities are endless.

• How will you correct her for making mistakes? Positive does not mean permissive. If your pup is well supervised she shouldn’t have the opportunity to make many mistakes, but they will happen. When they do, calmly interrupt the pup’s behavior with a cheerful “Oops!” and redirect her to something more appropriate. Make a mental note to ramp up your management or training to prevent the situation from happening again.

Puppies develop lifelong habits during the first several months of their lives. Extra management effort early on can save you years of headaches later. If you don’t give your pup the opportunity to learn that chewing sofa cushions is fun and feels good on sore gums, she’ll earn house freedom much sooner than a confirmed cushion shredder. When you see her heading for cushions or the coffee table leg, offer her a stuffed Kong instead, or engage her in a game of tug.

If she’s driving you crazy, grabbing your pants legs, and biting your hands, say “Oops! Time out!” and put her in her exercise pen for a bit. This will give you both a chance to calm down without resorting to corporal punishment. When she realizes that biting makes the fun stop, she’ll learn to control her urge to grab.

Sound like a lot to think about? It should! Accepting responsibility for the life of another living creature requires serious thought and commitment. The way you care for your pup will determine whether she spends the rest of her life sharing companionship and love with you or, like too many dogs, gets passed from home to home in search of one where she will be better understood and appreciated. She deserves a lifelong loving home. They all do.

This book is a valuable tool, of course, there are many other resources out there. The purpose of this email is to help you begin the journey of a successful relationship with your new pet and companion.

Positive Perspectives: Love Your Dog, Train Your Dog

Until next week.


Stacy Roland

The Pampered Poodle Palace

Stacy Roland



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