NEWFOUNDLAND DOG TRAINING

A Newfoundlands First Year  

 

CUTTING THE RISK OF MAIN HEALTH  PROBLEMS

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YOUR NEWFOUNDLAND WILL BE QUITE FRAGILE IN THE  FIRST 2 to 18 MONTHS AND 
WILL NEED FIRM RESTRICTIONS IF YOU WANT TO REDUCE THE  RISK OF HD AND JOINT
PROBLEMS.
THEY GROW FAST IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME THAT IT IS WORTH 
REMEMBERING THEIR JOINTS/BONES ARE STILL SOFT AND WEAK AND THEY HAVE A  LOT OF WEIGHT TO SUPPORT TILL THEY ARE FULLY  GROWN. 
THEIR BODY'S ONLY BALANCE OUT WHEN REACHING ADULTHOOD (IT IS SO EASY TO FORGET  THEY ARE STILL BABY'S UN-TILL 18 MONTHS AS THEY ARE SO BIG.)
I RECOMMEND NO JUMPING  UP OR DOWN OFF FURNITURE, PEOPLE, CARS (YOU CAN BUY RAMPS OR HELP THEM BY LIFTING  THEIR BACK ENDS UP.) AS THIS CAN DAMAGE
SHOULDERS, ELBOWS AND HIPS. NO RUNNING  OR PLAYING ON SLIPPY FLOORS. NO 
SLEEPING ON HARD FLOORS FOR LONG PERIODS OF  TIME, AS THIS CAN CAUSE STIFFNESS TO 
THE JOINTS. I USE A SINGLE DOWNY WITH A  COVER ON IT. 
DO NOT LET THEM EXCESSIVELY PLAY WITH OTHER DOGS OR CHILDREN. I  RECOMMEND GARDEN EXERCISE AND VERY SHORT WALKS IN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS AND WORK  THIS SLOWLY UP AFTER THIS AGE
(SWIMMING IS VERY GO FOR YOUR DOG AS IT PUTS NO  PRESSURE ON YOUR DOG AT 
ALL BUT THIS DEPENDS ON IF YOU DOG TAKES TO THE WATER)  
STAIRS FOR ME ARE THE WORST OF ALL AS FOR ANY AGED DOG THEY CAN BE A DANGER. I  RECOMMEND THAT IF YOU HAVE STAIRS YOU PUT UP A SAFETY GATE AT THE BOTTOM AND  THEY ARE CHEAP TO BUY. HIP PROBLEMS WORRY ME AND STAIRS SHOULD BE A BIG NO NO TILL YOUR DOG IS MUCH BIGGER AS it PUTS REAL PRESSURE ON MOST OF THEIR BODY. IF YOU DO HAVE STAIRS WHEN 
YOUR DOG  IS OLDER I RECOMMEND THAT YOU TEACH YOUR DOG TO WALK UP AND DOWN THEM BY A LEAD OR HOLDING ITS COLLAR  BUT AT ANY AGE ANY DOG CAN FALL DOWN  
THEM.

(THE ABOVE IS ONLY MY OWN ADVICE, YOU SHOULD DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH)

 

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