How To Feed Your Puppy On Kibble: A Guide For New Breeders
The first thing you need to do is decide if your puppy will be a purebred or mixed breed. Purebred dogs have been bred only for one purpose; to produce offspring that are genetically related to each other and to their owners.
They must all look alike so they can easily recognize each other at a distance. If you want your pup to look like his father, then he needs to have a similar coat color. The same goes for the eyes, nose shape and size, ears and everything else. There is no room for individuality in a dog’s genes.
Mixed breeds are dogs that were either born with two different types of DNA (such as a black/tan mix) or they were bred from several different sources (such as pups from various litters). These mixed breeds usually have some characteristics of both parents’ breeds, but there may be noticeable differences.
Some examples of these kinds of mixes include:
Puppies born from a litter of boxer pups (a cross between a boxer and a terrier) will probably be smaller than those born from a litter of dachshunds.
A puppy born out of a schnauzer mix will most likely weigh less than one would expect given its pedigree.
A cross between a yellow lab and a chocolate lab usually produces pups that are yellow in color but have darker noses and foot pads.
A dog born from the union of a Weimaraner and a Rotti will probably have the long legs of the former and the shorter, stockier build of the latter.
These examples also describe some of the differences you may find in your mixed breed dogs. Again, there is no room for individuality in a mixed breed.
They are bred from several different sources so some of them will have longer muzzles while others will be short-faced.
As a breeder, you will probably find that people are more willing to pay a little extra for purebred dogs than they are for mixed breeds. The main reason is that purebreds usually have some sort of history about the parents and other relatives.
Plus, people recognize the differences in their appearance and appeal to different kinds of people.
Now that you know which type of puppy you’ll be dealing with, it’s time to prepare for the big event. Both types of pets require a lot of love and attention, but this section will focus primarily on the purebred variety since they have a lot more genetic information about their ancestry.
What Do You Need To Prepare?
Picking out all the right supplies might seem like a daunting task, but only because there are so many different types of products to choose from. The best thing you can do is to decide what type of home you want for your new pet and then make your shopping list accordingly. As you go through the list, remember that you need to buy everything on it. Nothing is worse than buying half of what you need and forgetting the rest.
The last thing any owner wants is a half housebroken pet that has a bunch of stuff lying around. Not to mention, the mess will be even more noticeable because of all the leeway you’re giving it!
A good place to start is with a proper sized dog house. Just like people, dogs like to have their own space that they can call their own.
While they may not keep all of their belongings in there and may only use it to sleep, it’s a good idea to at least provide them with one.
Depending on what size dog you get, you will need to buy a doghouse that is suitable for the animal. While it would be convenient to buy one that matches your house, you will most likely have to look elsewhere since most of them are designed for smaller dogs.
There are many different materials used for these houses including wood, plastic, and metal. They each have their own advantages and disadvantages so you’ll have to see which one would be the best for you and your pet.
Dog houses are very easy to find at any pet store so you won’t have any trouble there. The size of it all depends on the breed you get.
A pointer (a breed of dog) is going to need a bigger house than a Chihuahua.
After you’ve bought your house, you’re going to want to lay down some fencing so that your new pet doesn’t wander away or get lost. While it may seem like overkill, it isn’t since many cities have certain restrictions on how and where you can keep a dog (or in some cases, cats as well).
Fencing also keeps your pet closer to home so you know where they are if you need them.
Choosing the right fencing for your pet can be tricky since dogs are capable of tearing through weaker barriers and cats can easily jump over them. There are several different kinds of fencing that you can use but each have their own benefits and downsides.
Chain-link fencing is one of the most common types of fencing that people use. It’s relatively cheap, can be set up quickly, and has a small enough gap at the bottom to keep most dogs in (but not all).
The downside to chain-link fencing is that it’s not aesthetically pleasing and if you live in a climate with strong winds, the fence can be very noisy.
Fiberglass fencing is another common choice since it’s more durable than chain-link and doesn’t have the noise problem. It’s a little more expensive than chain-link but isn’t quite as ugly.
Picket fencing is one of the choices that people think of when they envision a fence. It’s very aesthetically appealing but is very expensive and can be easily climbed over by most pets.
Unless you have a very large yard and can set the fence far enough apart that it isn’t easily accessible, this type of fencing is more for showing than keeping your pet inside.
Wrought iron fencing looks like what you would imagine a classy fence to be. It is quite expensive and heavy but can also be very beautiful.
It can also be very sturdy since it’s nearly impossible for most pets (or people) to climb over, under, or through it.
Once you’ve chosen your fencing type and have it installed, you’ll have to decide where to put it. If you already have a fence around your yard, you’ll either need to replace it with the type that you want or add the second layer of fencing in front of it.
If you don’t have a fence around your yard, you’ll need to either build a wooden one or have the barrier put in at the edge of your yard.
First, decide what type of fencing you want. There are many options to choose from including chain-link, fiberglass, picket, and wrought iron.
Once you’ve chosen your fencing, have it installed around the perimeter of your yard. You’ll need to make sure that the gaps between the fencing and the ground are small enough to prevent larger dogs from getting out.
Use wood or bricks as needed to fill in any gaps.
Finally, you can supplement the barrier with a physical barrier such as a wooden or metal fence on the inside. If you’re using a wooden fence, use pressure treated wood to prevent it from rotting.
Use screws or nails to secure it to wooden posts placed every few feet. If you’re using a metal fence, use metal posts that have sockets for the rails to slide into and fasten them in place with galvanized screws to prevent rusting.
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