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1.        Do not let your puppy get too heavy during the growing stages.  They should be well fleshed, ribs covered
but lean is better than heavy until the bones set.

2.        Use common sense; do not let older animals rough house with the puppies.  They are fragile and need
supervised exercise in a fenced in area or daily walks with you.  Your dog will tell you how much exercise he/she
needs if you simply observe.

3.        Your puppy should not be crated for more than 8 hours.  The amount of calories taken in and the amount of
normal free exercise and daily movement around the house is a delicate balance in the early stages.  For strong bones
you need normal-moderate exercise in order to develop the proper muscles to support the bone.

4.        Elevate the dog’s food bowl as they grow.

5.        No vitamins or food enhancers.  A good quality dog food will have enough supplements to ensure good
health.  Natural calcium in the form of yogurt or cottage cheese may be given daily.

6.        Ask your veterinarian about heartworm preventative and what is best suited for your area.

7.        Watch the amount of treats dog and human.  Try bits of apples, carrots and bananas.

8.        Allow the puppy to eat in quiet, non-stressful environment.  They deserve to be undisturbed and should not
be hassled by kids or other animals.

9.        Amount to feed:  start with what is recommended on the bag of food and remember that amount is for twice a
day.  So go by the weight chart.  Then if they seem lean or hungry, increase it.  If they leave food, decrease it.  This
will differ with each puppy.  A high protein food in large amounts does not mean a bigger animal.  A high quality food
in normal amounts means the dog will reach his genetic.

10.        Feed only a premium quality, balanced, moderate protein food.  No super food, stress food or
performance food.  The idea is for the animal to grow slow making a solid sturdy bone.

11.        Hip dysplasia can be caused by heredity and/or environmental factors.  Environmental factors include over
nutrition and excessive exercise.  So for your puppy’s sake, please do not over-feed and avoid playing on slick
surfaces such as kitchen or waxed floors.  Also avoid jumping until 18 months.  Avoid going up and down stairs until
6 months.


Dry Food:  High quality, moderate protein (21% to 26%), meat based food.  Your puppy has been started on
“Iams” Large Breed Puppy Food

Meat:  I recommend “Iams” puppy canned food mixed with dry food.  Start with one tablespoon per feeding.  If
appetite is poor, add warm water.

I have reviewed and been given a two page copy of “A Guide for New Puppy Owners”.

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