These notes have been prepared to provide you with specific information about your new Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier puppy. If you need clarification or additional information, please call.
Your puppy has been raised on Blue Buffalo Lamb and Rice Puppy kibble. He/She is used to eating three meals a day, morning, noon, and evening. After you have had your pup for four weeks you can reduce this to two feedings, and then one feeding 90 days later. How much you feed your puppy will be determined by his physical appearance. Once you are on one feeding per day you can monitor how the pup is doing by running your hands over his sides. You should be able to feel the ribs without applying much pressure. No ribs, reduce food intake. If the ribs are pronounced you will need to increase his diet. Start with the recommendations on the Eukanuba bag.
Continue to feed the Blue Buffalo Lamb and Rice Puppy formula until 1 year of age at which time you can switch to Eukanuba or Iams Lamb and Rice Adult Formula. Dogs do not require a change of diet for reasons of taste or appearance. Very often a diet change can cause upset to the digestive system. I do not recommend any brands that can be purchased in the grocery store and caution against any food that contains wheat or soy products. Also, do not feed canned foods as they are mostly water and contain preservatives and dyes that can cause behavior and dental problems. Iams biscuits are an excellent treat used in moderation. Remember, no table scraps. Use bowls of stainless steel only.
Specific shot history will be provided. I vaccinate with modified live Parvo and Distemper at 9 weeks. To be followed by the same two vaccinations at 13-14 weeks. The first booster, Parvo and Distemper only, should be given at 14 months. The next booster should be given at 4 1/2 to 5 years after which no further shots will be given. Do not give Lepto, Corona, Lyme, or any other vaccinations.
Rabies vaccine is usually administered at 16 weeks. Your Vet will explain local registration laws.
Consult with your Veterinarian about the Spay/Neuter and at what age he prefers to do the procedure. Also, ask about health problems common to your area such as heartworm, fleas, ticks, valley fever, etc., and how to prevent or treat for them.
After the adult teeth are in you will want to start a brushing program using a DOG toothpaste.
A thorough ONCE A WEEK combing ( to the skin) and brushing is mandatory to keep the Wheaten coat in good condition free of mats. (Depending on the coat, more than once a week may be required.) Get your puppy used to the grooming routine from the beginning. The grooming will go quickly and your puppy will love the attention he receives. The investment in a grooming table is suggested. You will need a slicker brush and a metal comb (Greyhound) with coarse/medium teeth. Teach the dog to lay on his side on the floor or stand him on a table with a non-skid surface. This is sometimes easier said than done, but be patient and you will be rewarded with a dog that remains quiet while being groomed. Brush in layers, one section at a time, from the skin out. You should always be able to see the skin. Be sure to lift the front legs and comb the armpit area. After you have brushed (slicker) a section go back and do it again with the comb. This is the most important part of your grooming as the slicker brush will glide over the top of serious tangles and mats. A comb will get stuck if there is a mat. If you find one work it apart with your fingers and the comb. When your puppy gets close to a year old, pay special attention to his coat because it will go through a transition to Adult stage and will matt very easily for 2 -3 months.
Your Wheaten should visit a groomer about once a month for a good comb out and a bath. You can have your dog trimmed every trip or every other whichever you prefer. Enclosed are instructions for a nice looking pet cut. Also, don't forget to trim the nails. You will need a nail trimmer and a file. Instructions enclosed.
The usefulness of a crate can not be over emphasized. It becomes the puppy's own private "den" where he can retreat from the human world. A crate is not punishment, and should not be used as such. It is a valuable house breaking aid and if you do a lot of traveling with your puppy he will be safe in his crate in your car. Be sure to get one large enough for the adult Wheaten to stand
up and stretch out comfortably. For most Wheatens this will be the #300 airline crate or one of comparable size.
I recommend taking your puppy to obedience class. This is a great way to socialize your puppy and will teach you a framework for training your dog. It's fun and will establish a close bond between you and your pup.
Good luck with your new Wheaten. Each dog is different, call me if I can assist you in any way.