Advice for new Poodle puppy owners: crate training, spaying or neutering, and vaccinating your pet
Below are professional journal articles that offer advice for dog owners. It used to be that we would walk into our doctor's office and accept whatever he or she told us. Today, patients are expected to come prepared and ask questions. It is the same with our pets.
RedTeddy advises new families to go to a holistic based veterinary practice where "less is more."
ALL ABOUT CRATES: At RedTeddy, we provide crates for mother dogs and for puppies for as long as they want to use them. Our mother dogs like very much to keep their puppies in the crate and surrounding pen until they are about five to six weeks old. The puppies rarely venture out until they are about four weeks old. As they get older, they explore more, returning to the crate when they are scared or tired. At around seven weeks they may choose other comfy dark areas, such as under a couch or behind furniture. Even when they are older, we always put them in their large puppy play pen overnight. This is a safe place where we keep their toys, food, water, beds and an open crate. Some of our adult dogs come from other breeders who use crates more than we do; these dogs do tend to like crates more than the dogs who grew up at our house and who were not crated often when young. After many years of experimenting with crates - having them around but not requiring them, we have found that most dogs view them as a safe place and chose to use them when they want to. They feel especially safe in them at night when there is no human supervision. We do not crate dogs during the day even if no one is in the house with them, but they can go into the crates on their own if they want to, and many do. Crate training is not cruel if done correctly. It can help puppies to feel safe, and can be an excellent way to help train puppies to be house broken. Here is an article which explains the ins and outs of crate training:
TO ALTER OR NOT TO ALTER? Avoid skeletal abnormalities and some cancers RedTeddy recommends all our families delay spay/neutering until after the puppies are fully grown. We do not recommend neutering or spaying at all for responsible pet owners who can prevent accidental breedings. Read on for the whys and why nots?
VACCINATIONS: TALK TO YOUR VET ABOUT LIMITING VACCINATIONS TO ONLY THOSE THAT ARE ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY. We vaccinate for Parvo alone at eight weeks. This allows us time to vaccinate for Parvo again, along with Parainfluenza, Adenovirus and Distemper at ten weeks. However, we do not always have time to do both Parvo vaccines. We will discuss future vaccination schedules with families when they come to pick up their puppy. We are not veterinarians, but we have learned from our local vets as well as other breeders, to be careful about over-vaccinating. This may be more important for Toys and Mini Poodles than for larger breeds, since the vaccines are usually one size fits all.
We recently learned about Dr. Jean Dobbs, a deep thinker on canine issues. We cannot prescribe what vaccines a pup gets after they leave our care, but if we could, we would recommend Dr Dobb's canine vaccine protocol.