Raising Your Greydove
Greydove Weimaraner puppies are raised on Royal Canin Maxi Junior . This can be purchased from various pet shops such as PetBarn and some vets. Your puppy can be fed this up to 15 months of age.
If you wish to change to another brand please do this gradually over at least 2 weeks. In this way there is less disturbance to the puppy’s digestive system.
Good quality puppy kibble is all that is required to satisfy the puppy’s nutritional requirements.
As puppy grows older a raw chicken carcass 2/3 times per week gives natural calcium and helps keep the teeth clean. NEVER FEED COOKED BONES OF ANY KIND. Do not feed raw chicken necks as they can obstruct the airway.
Additives: Sardines are an excellent source of calcium and the puppies love them. Yoghurt is very beneficial to the diet of puppies and older dogs. Your puppy will have usually been fed an alternate between sardines and Yoghurt. When using Yoghurt use a brand that contains acidophilus. Puppies are also very fond of cheese.
Milk is not required in the diet of the puppy. If you wish to give milk please give animal milk such as Biolac (available from pet stores). Whole milk can cause diarrhoea. Honey added to the milk helps stop the formation of mucous in the gut.
NO OTHER ADDITIVES ARE REQUIRED.
Clean fresh water should be available at all times.
Greydove puppies are fed three times a day up until 7 weeks of age. When our puppies go to new homes at 8 weeks of age they have become accustomed to 2 feeds per day. Puppies should be able to be raised on this regime. When 8-week-old puppies go to their new homes they are eating about 3 cups of kibble. Your best judgment is needed to gauge just how much the puppy needs as individual puppies do vary in their requirements. If puppy seems hungry then add a little more at each feed. Do not overfeed.
WORMING AND VACCINATION REGIMES OF THE GREYDOVE PUPPY/DOG
An 8 week old Greydove puppy has been wormed at 2, 3, 4, 6, and 7 weeks and should not need to be wormed again until 12 weeks of age. Thereafter puppy/dogs should be wormed every 3 months particularly during the summer months. Fleas are the harbinger of the tapeworm so flea control is a prime concern. There are many good quality products on the market for flea control. Some of these also contain worming preparations and heartworm preparations. Please discuss this with your veterinarian when you take puppy for the 12-week vaccination.
We give monthly heartworm medication on the 1st of every month whether it is new puppies or adult dogs and this should continue monthly throughout the life of the puppy. Yearly heartworm vaccination is also available now but should not be started until the puppy is 6 months of age or in consultation with your veterinary clinic. Interceptor is a very good product as it also controls worms.
Greydove puppies are vaccinated and a certificate of vaccination is always provided giving details of future vaccination needs.
The Weimaraner is a large dog. Care must be taken of bones and joints. No hard exercise should be undertaken until the dog is fully grown. Short walks are fine until the puppy is 6 months old then longer walks may be taken. However, puppy playing in the garden is sufficient exercise until then.
Nails should be clipped each week so that they do not grow too long. Regular clipping helps the puppy adjust to this and so they don’t object too much. A tablespoonful of peanut butter keeps the puppy occupied whilst you go about the business of cutting the nails!
Ears can be cleaned using methylated spirits.
The Weimaraner is a wash and wear easy care dog. They will shed, usually about twice a year. The coat should be brushed with a rubber curry comb type brush. This removes dust and loose hair from the coat. They do not require weekly bathing. When bathing the dog always use a dog shampoo. We recommend Plush Puppy or an Oatmeal based shampoo. Greydove puppies are first bathed at 10 days of age and are quite used to it.
Our puppies are house raised so they do like all the comforts of the lounge. If you don’t want the puppy to be a lounge lizard then you must make the rules regarding this as soon as you take the puppy home. We must also say that they prefer to sleep on the bed with you! Sorry about that! But we do spoil our puppies somewhat.
We thoroughly recommend Puppy Pre-School and then obedience training. The Weimaraner is a large dog and should always know that he/she is not “pack leader”. Your veterinarian should be able to give you some advice re pre-school. This is a very important part of their education for life and for your life as well. They are very socialised puppies with dogs and with children, are highly intelligent and learn very quickly.
We are always happy to hear from people who have chosen us as their breeder and we take our responsibility as your breeder very seriously. We are only a phone call away for any queries regarding your Weimaraner.
Val and Narelle