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Your Very First Puppy - Turning Around Those Bad Habits

Bringing up a puppy is similar to bringing up a child; the habits that it learns in its early years will stick with them for the rest of their lives.

In this episode, Dr Chris Brown explores the issue of teething, when your puppy just wants to bite anything.

Some tips include:

- Giving the puppy toys to chew (rather than your furniture)
- Use a high pitched alarm when the puppy is biting something they shouldn't. They should stop immediately!
- Biting should stop after six months

Another major challenge is resisting the temptation to give your puppy access to all areas of your home, such as the bedroom. Where you want the dog to sleep as an adult must be where you keep them as a puppy! You need to make it clear from the outset which rooms are fine for the dog, and which are off limits. The more access they get, the more expectant they become that places like the bedroom are also their rooms too.

The kitchen is also an important area to get it right. We all love the idea of sliding a bit of human food under the table to the new puppy, but that can quickly become a habit, and it can get very annoying after a while. Try not to feed them from the table at any time, and if you have to, put the puppy outside during meal times. In this video, Dr Chris uses an air horn to make the point that jumping up at the table is a bad idea!

Hip Surgery for rescued puppy

2 weeks ago whilst we were in Fiji we rescued an abandoned puppy that we estimate is about 3 months old. She was starving, filthy, covered in ticks and could barely stand or walk. We fed her, washed her, removed all ticks and just gave her love. We called her Pretzel as she was so skinny when we found her that all her bones were sticking out and her hip bones looked like a big twisted pretzel and her long skinny legs looked like Pretzel sticks. Our intention was to find her a home in Fiji but after a week or so she had gained weight, but we noticed that her left hip bone was still protruding and that when she walked we noticed that her left back foot turned out slightly. Also, when she ran she would use both back legs together and hop like a bunny. We took her to an animal shelter in Fiji called Animals Fiji and they examined her and advised that they thought it might be dislocated. They X-rayed her and then sedated her to try and manipulate the bone back into the socket. This was unsuccessful. The vet advised that it appeared that the end of the bone where the ball should be round was malformed either from a trauma/injury when young or by birth. He advised that he does not have the equipment in Fiji to treat her properly and that she would need surgery to correct the bone and to tighten the ligaments to her support her leg. We are exporting her to Australia on the 7th of March and are trying to raise some funds to assist us. We are hoping that you can assistance to find a Vet in Melbourne that could assist with the operation at a reasonable price.