Feeding times are approx. 7.00am, 12.00, 5.00pm and 9.00pm. This will change after a couple of weeks and he will start to refuse one of the meals. Then he can go onto three meals a day until again he will start to refuse a meal. After this age he/she will be mature enough to handle two meals a day.
They like Weetbix with milk for breakfast, raw mince and Pedigree puppy biscuits for the next two meals and scrambled egg for supper. You can introduce other foods like chicken, tuna, sardines, pasta with veg, but do it gradually. Milk is just normal UHT full cream milk.
Foods to avoid include onion, chocolate, biscuits and cakes etc. Never give your puppy or adult dog corn cobs, and if necessary hide the bin from them if there is a chance of them raiding it. Corn cobs don't digest and become lodged in the stomach. Your puppy/dog will always enjoy a bone, but only large raw bones. Don't give them small bones or cooked bones. Raw chicken wings or chicken frames are fine.
Don't make your puppy overweight as it puts stress on the developing hip joints. If any problems with feeding just give us a ring.
Your puppy has been given a preliminary vaccine at 6 weeks of age and was microchipped at the same time. He will be due his next injection at about 10 weeks, refer to the vet's card in your puppy pack. He has been wormed at 2-weekly intervals using Drontal Puppy Worming Syrup. Your vet will advise you at the second injection stage regarding follow-up worming, heartworm prevention programs etc. Your puppy has not been started on any heartworm treatment.
The injections at 10 weeks are the permanent shots, but allow for approx. 10 days before full immunity has been reached. Your vet will be the best person to advise on this. However you can still take your puppy out, and it is very important that you do get them out for socialisation, before the second injection. For safety only take the pup to family members, friends etc where you know there have been no diseased dogs. Until full immunity has been reached avoid public parks or any places where there could have been unvaccinated dogs.
Teething - his teeth are very sharp as you will soon notice! Keep him chewing, hard rubber toys, dog chews etc. Chewing also helps the ears to set properly as he gets older. He will lose his baby teeth around 4 months when the permanent adult teeth come through. At this time make sure he has plenty of calcium in his diet, preferably from natural sources like veges, milk, low-fat cheese etc.
Your pup will need a warm, safe bed away from draughts and preferably raised off the floor. At first he will miss his littermates, so a big soft cuddly toy will be handy, but remember to remove any removable parts like eyes etc. They also like music! A radio playing quietly in the background sometimes helps. Dog pens are very handy as he will like having his own little area when he needs to have a rest. Also it stops them getting into dangerous places when you're not around.
Airedales are a very good family pet but as with any breed, don't leave your dog unsupervised with young children.
Airedales tend to learn quickly and are usually fairly easy to train, with kindness and positive training, eg, rewards and pats when doing the right thing. On the other hand he needs to know when something is not allowed. They don't respond well to raised voices or a panicky reaction. Be firm and remove him from whatever he's doing. Distract him with a toy, but try and do that before his misbehaves so he doesn't think he gets rewarded for bad behaviour.
The first thing you will want to do is get him house trained. A few newspapers with a puppy training pad underneath to start with and then gradually move it closer to the door and he'll soon learn to go to the door when he wants to go out. Try and get him out about 15 minutes after meals and as soon as he wakes after a sleep. They're naturally very clean dogs and house training should not prove difficult.
Puppy training school is the best thing you can do for your pet. He will love the interaction with other dogs and it's fun watching him learn and develop week by week. If any problems with training just give us a ring and above all, have fun with your new puppy!