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Males VS Female

SPEAKING IN GENERALIZATIONS...

Male dogs tend to be lovable and playful.

Male dogs tend to be more outgoing, more actively affectionate, more "in your face."

Male dogs tend to be more stable and reliable in mood, less prone to emotional swings.

Male dogs tend to be clumsy and silly and prone to acting like over sized kids.

Male dogs can be easily distracted during training, as they just want to get to playtime!

Most male dogs lift their leg to urinate if they are not NEUTERED early!

SPEAKING IN GENERALIZATIONS...

Female dogs leave their "scent" everywhere when in season if not spayed!

Female dogs tend to be very loyal. They're not just everyone's friend.

Females are more independent, stubborn, and territorial than their male counterparts.

Female dogs are prone to mood swings and be more emotional.

Females, when not spayed, will also MARK THEIR TERRITORY!

For every generalization there are always exceptions, but females don't make better pets than male nor do males make better pets than females. One has to understand the differences and decide which sex better suits their lifestyle.

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Puppy Care

Feeding:

It is best to feed your puppy the food your breeder recommends for at least two weeks. ACC Ranch uses Purina Puppy Chow. If you want to feed your puppy a higher grade or natural grade of dog food start by mixing the new dog food with the present dog food at a 3 to 1 ratio for 5 days. Then mix the dog foods at a 1 to 1 ratio for another 5 days. Next mix the dog foods at a 1 to 3 ratio and feed for 5 days. Now you can feed your puppy the new dog food without mixing in the old dog food.

Small puppies should eat 3-4 times per day. (We free feed our puppies.) If you have difficulty with your baby not eating add a bit of warm water. At 12-24 months change to an adult dog food. Keep treats and people food to a minimum. Keep fresh food and water out at all times (at least until the puppy is 1 year old). If your puppy gets a bit stressed add a tsp of honey to fresh drinking water, Nutri-Stat, or Pedialyte.

Napping:

Yes, taking a nap is just as important, if not more important for a tiny puppy as it is for children. The size the puppy is one of the factors that determine how often the puppy needs to rest. The naps help the puppy build back its reserve.

Bathing:

It is necessary to bathe your puppy anywhere from once a week to once a month. The environment, type of haircut, and quality of coat all affect how often your new puppy needs to take a bath. Any good shampoo and conditioner will do. While the puppy is still wet we recommend that his/her coat be combed with any good quality comb. Once their hair has been combed use a blow dryer to dry their hair.

Grooming:

Weekly brushing is recommended to maintain the coat. When brushing, never brush a dry coat, spray your brush with mixture of water and conditioner then brush him/her. Brushing will keep the hair clean, except on the side of the body where urine collects on a male. Wash this area daily with a damp cloth and warm water. Wash mucus from the corners of the dog's eyes, daily if needed, with a cloth or wad of cotton soaked in warm water. Mucus will rot your pet's hair if it's not removed. Dry your puppy off carefully. Take special care to keep the hair around the puppy's bottom clean. It is common for this hair to become matted with feces.

Clipping nails:

We use a standard or baby nail clipper (for people). Clip them at the hook, no further. Dog nail clippers may be needed as they age.

Ears:

Ask your vet or groomer to pluck the hair from inside your puppy's ears.

Teeth:

Use a tooth brush and paste made for dogs available at all pet stores. Sometimes baby teeth need to be removed. We recommend to wait until the puppy is at least 1 year old before removing any baby teeth, unless the baby teeth are creating problems in which case we recommend the teeth be pulled upon you vets recommendation.

Toys:

Make certain to have a variety of toys, of different textures. Puppies will chew when they are teething (just like babies), and it seems like they all want to 'teeth' on something different. Some people like to give thier puppies ice cubes when they are teething, we don't recommend that as they can break their teeth on ice cubes. Maybe a Kong in the freezer for awhile would work better.

Water:

At ACC Ranch we have well water. When you first bring your puppy home, either bring an empty jug and we will fill it for you, or give your puppy bottled water for the first 24 hours, then mix bottled with your tap water to get puppy accustomed to city water slowly.

Stress:

A puppy might show strss from leaving the ranch and going to your home for the first time. Stress can be seen via runny stools....before you panic, try offering puppy some plain yogart to see if that helps to clear things up.

Noise:

Remember, ACC Ranch is located in the country, so your new puppy has never heard a siren, the noise of street traffic, been on a sidewalk or cement, heard a vacum cleaner (we don't have any carpet)...if you live in the city, just understand the new smells, sounds, and activity that the puppy is not familiar with.

Insurance:

We do recommend getting health insurance for your puppy. There are a million and one things that can happen, and if something does happen at least you are not making decisions based on finances.....there are many dog and puppy insurances available. Your best option is to talk to your vet!

Vaccinations and Worming

We have a pretty strict vaccination and worming protocal.....and will give you copies of all health records. We do not start Puppies on Heartworm meds, as many of our puppies go to so many different regions of the country that all have different requirements. Talk to YOUR VET to see what is appropriate for your area.

Also, if this is the first puppy for your family, make sure to read:

Thinking about a Puppy?

Inner Peace:

This is so true

If you can start the day without caffeine,

If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,

If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,

If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it,

If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time,

If you can take criticism and blame without resentment ,

If you can conquer tension without medical help,

If you can relax without liquor,

If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,

...Then You Are Probably

The Family Dog!

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A Tribute to St. Francis of Assisi.

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