Dear New Puppy Owner:
Your Puppy is described as follows:
Kennel Name: PakaJack ????? Whelped: September , 20?? Coat type and color: Smooth White, Black & Tan Home Again Microchip # _________
Thank you for choosing a PakaJack Russell of West AZ. When you purchase a PakaJack puppy, you and we the breeder, agree to certain factors, by receiving your PakaJack puppy you have agreed to the following criteria:
Remember these are guidelines, you should always consult your veterinarian for your puppy’s health care.
This puppy has had a vet check and shots given at approximately 8 weeks old. Per the manufacturer's instructions, it is recommended that your puppy be given 3 sets of shots, at least 3 weeks apart. Then one booster annually. Rabies can be given at 4 months and should be given by the age of 6 months. This puppy should be taken to the vet for a checkup and his/her next shot on ,____________.
We feed as much dry food as they want and twice a day mix in some canned food. The dry food should not include corn or soy as one of the first ingredients. Do not feed your puppy, chocolate, onions, grapes, raisins or a lot of garlic. You should also look up other household poisons (see enclosed list). A good quality food can be found at a local pet store.
Put the food up by early to mid evening. Your puppy depending on the age, more than likely has not been fully potty trained. He/she has been accustomed to sleeping in a puppy pen with siblings and then waking and soiling on puppy litter or an artificial grass pad. As a general rule of thumb, a puppy can hold its bladder for one hour per month-of-age plus one. In other words, a two-month-old puppy can hold its bladder and bowels for 3 hours, a three-month-old for 4 hours, and a five-month-old for 6 hours. Most puppies cannot be fully housebroken before they are 6 months old! Consistency and routine are key!
Praise! Praise! Praise the puppy! Using the same word consistently is a good way to help them understand what you want from them.
It is important to know when your puppy will have to go to the bathroom.
Put them where you want them to go:
Right after waking up
After a few moments of excited play
A few hours after the last time
Go out with your puppy and make sure he potties. If you do not go out with him/her, he might just sit by the door and wait for you to come back. Then he comes in the house and has to go, so he goes on the floor or rug. I always walk out with young pups, that way it is easy to praise them when they go. They get the idea much quicker in this manner. My neighbors probably think we are crazy standing outside saying good potty, good potty. It also works when they get a little older and forget that they are outside to go potty not play. Much like a little child when they are learning potty training. They get outside playing, and then you call them in, and gee, they still had to go and can not tell you.
NIGHT TIME CRYING & CRATES
Please remember that your new puppy has been accustomed to sleeping with a pile of other puppies. Your puppy has been in a confined exercise pen and may still be scared in his/her new environment, especially alone. Please be patient and place the puppy in his/her area right away to show them where they will be sleeping. Maybe give them a treat, or dog approved stuffed animal or toy.
The first week or so your puppy may cry during the night or while you are away. Remember that if you pick the puppy up and put the puppy in your bed that your puppy will expect this. It’s not always a bad thing – we love to sleep with them.
Do not teach your puppy to cry! Reward your puppy by picking it up when he/she is NOT crying. Wait until he/she stops or pauses crying and then pick it up! Never ever call your dog and then punish it. They should always be praised for coming to you. If you feel you must punish, do not call them, go get them. Punishment should be very mild as these dogs are very sensitive. A stern "NO" will usually suffice. Clicker training is the very best training as it rewards good behavior. Positive training works much faster too.
Be very careful with Russell Terriers and pools or ponds. They have very short legs and some of them do not always swim well. Yet most love the water. Our dog Meatball loves to dive in and swim, but if another dog knocks into him he can get in trouble in a hurry. So around water he wears a life jacket. Many Russells have drowned, more than you can believe. Be VERY careful of any water that is deeper than the height of their back.
FYI: You own a Short Jack Russell Terrier, also known as AKC Russell Terrier, “shorty”, not a Parsons. The difference, the Parson Russell Terrier is a leggier-taller dog between the heights of 12-16 inches and has a squarer silhouette. The Russell is a slightly longer than tall Russell between the heights of 10-12 inches, has more bone and usually slightly more muscle. This breed is not a “puddin”. While usually a term of endearment, puddins are often referred to dogs that are dwarfed and this is a medical condition. Some puppies develop prick ears and front legs that are not straight and these traits are undesirable; however, they are at present somewhat common in the breed and not a medical condition.
Connie & W.A. Mathewson –Pakajack Russells of West AZ
P.O. Box 634 Parker, AZ 85344 (928) 669-9647 or Cell: (480) 390-0793
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