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    Just wondering at what time do puppies need to be vaccinated. As my husband and I will be getting a puppy from the dog haven in perth in a few months.
    I have emailed them to ask but I just want to know what we need to save up for. She will already have been (vet checked, vaccinated, microchipped, desexed, de-wormed and had flea and heartworm treatment.)

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    How old is the puppy going to be when you get it? I am pretty sure it is 6-8 weeks, 10-12 weeks and 14-16 weeks and then depending on what type of vaccine you get either yearly or every 3 years (kennel cough is still yearly though). I would recommend seeing a vet once you get the puppy though for a general health check and to organise future worming and flea treatments. They will also tell you when these things need to happen.

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    probably 12 weeks. would we get any important book's from the dog haven to keep track of all vet visits and thing's like that ?

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    Good news Gramanda, you won't have to worry about anything. Puppy will need to go back at about 6 months to be sterilized, they will give you a date. The Dog Haven will give you a little book from their vet with the dates and type of vaccination and any other important medical history. You will get plenty of other valuable info too, training locations, feeding etc. everything is included in the cost of the dog.

    You will only have to save up for extras like toys, bed, food and so on. Also a good idea to put a little bit aside each week to cover future vet bills or look into insurance.

    We adopted our beautiful boy from the Dog Haven and they are just wonderful.

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    I've never heard of the dog haven...

    I'm guessing that's a (rescue?) shelter for dogs? Similar to what the RSPCA and AWL run?

    Frosty (my dog) was desexed by the Animal Welfare League (AWL) when she was 8 weeks old by a vet who did a very neat and tidy job on such a small critter (she was tiny then).

    She had two out of three vax when I adopted her, and I took her to my favourite vet for the third (and annually thereafter).

    I put reminders for things like that (and car rego and insurance) into my phone to pester me when they're due. There was a book from the AWL which has a lot of helpful info in it, and I could always ring them if I needed help.

    I took my dog to puppy school at the local vet's place, I also crate trained her (not as nicely as I would do it now), and took her for way too many and too long walks (oops).

    Best not to go for walks where there might be or have been unvaccinated dogs until two weeks after the last booster. It's a good idea to organise play dates with dogs you know have been vaccinated - for your puppy's continuing lessons in good puppy manners aka social skills.

    And mum's rule of thumb for exercise - for a puppy - about five minutes per month of age - so for the first 8 to 10 weeks - ten minutes in one session is enough... Hopefully the dog haven will tell you more on that.

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    Hi Gramanda...congrats on getting a pup. The above posts are spot on. I just wanted to back up the puppy preschool thing. It was easily the best thing i have done for my dog. We both learnt heaps from it and it made life alot easier. The socialising aspect was worth its weight in gold. My guy was the biggest there but for the first visit he hid away under the seats...by the end of the classes he was the most social dog there playing with everyone of the pups.

    Now hes a big dog i'd hate to think how hard he would be to own if he was still scared of other dogs. Your local vet will more than likely run a class. Good luck with it all.


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    I've never heard of the dog haven...
    I'm guessing that's a (rescue?) shelter for dogs? Similar to what the RSPCA and AWL run?
    you guessed right Hyacinth
    It's also known as Dogs Refuge Shenton Park, Established in 1935, it is one of the oldest animal welfare agencies in Australia. They are absolutely wonderful, treat every dog as if it is their own.

    Frosty (my dog) was desexed by the Animal Welfare League (AWL) when she was 8 weeks old by a vet who did a very neat and tidy job on such a small critter (she was tiny then).
    So young! We reluctantly agreed to have Brian neutered at 6 months, I would have preferred to wait until he was 18 months or so but that is part of their policy. Dealing with hundreds of unwanted and neglected dogs each year I can understand this.

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    thank you that has put me at peace. can't wait to get her I hope she settles in to farm life.

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    Hi Gramanda

    Farm life - what a lucky puppy.

    You definitely want to prevent any possibility of things going wrong when you first get her home - so, for at least the first month, make sure she stays on lead or in an escape proof zone (well fenced tennis courts are great, rabbit proof back yards might work too for small puppies).

    Reward and praise for any appropriate interactions with farm life - like ignoring chooks is good, trying to chase chooks to be prevented (not so much punished or the puppy may see the chooks as a source of bad things and to be eradicated given the opportunity - that's called "fall out").

    If its a herding dog - then gently herding chooks is good but this has to be managed on lead and with a tool for preventing the puppy from getting too close (my herding dog trainer used a long lead dragging and a bit of poly pipe to put between dog and (shaggy sheep) herd if dog got too excited. My dog head butt the pipe a few times but she wasn't ever actually hit with it such was the skill of the trainer.

    And you want to work on recall as much as possible which means being the most fun exciting thing around most of the time. Except potty time, when you want to be boring so the dog does what it's supposed to. For later convenience (eg travelling long distances) a dog that will potty on lead is very very helpful.

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    Thanks hyacinth. Before we get her we will have everything set up and ready. we haven't moved to bridgetown (just under 3 hours drive south of perth) my husband and I are moving in with a good friend of ours and the place he is looking at is 80 acres. He works up north (On a one week on one week off) so he asked if we would be intrested moving in with him to help look after the place and his pet dog elbert. which I already asked if he was good around other dogs which he is. We are all excited about the move especially my husband and I since we are paying $600 a FN for a one bedroom so the extra space is going to be lovly

    The good news is she will already be de-sexed, microchipped and already have had two sets of needles and a vet check
    Last edited by gramanda; 07-17-2013 at 02:09 PM.

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