TRAINING & OTHER THINGS

 

All pups need to be trained in different places and situations from 8 weeks of age. I think it is even more necessary with dogs from herdingbreeds, as they are very liveful with fast and big reactions compared to, for example, a rottweiler. A big reaction must not be a sign of fear, it is the “high” temperament that shows. THE MOST IMPORTANT is to NOT react at all yourself = being BLIND & DEAF………!!!!!!!!!!

Take the pup to different places; city, buses, trains, basements, forests, fields, shotingareas ( for a long distans first times ), so the dog learns that there are nothing in the world to “be afraid of”. BIGGEST & BEST !!!

The pup must also be trained to relax when nothing happens and shall not be allowed to run around “all the time”! Sit down and have the pup on your lap and keep it there til relaxed.

Go for short walks, sometimes with other nice dogs and let them be together. Mostly, go only you and the pup and train to come when you call.

“Play” with the pup and also let other people play with him/her. Use a thing that the pup likes; a ball, a rag or a candy, so the pup really finds this nice. Play for short times in the beginning. The pup will be “tired in head” very fast……

Teach the meaning of NO ( don´t do that ) and GOOD!!!  If the pup doesn´t listen, you must show what you meen. Use a “harder” voice and maybe also “grab” a little at the neck. GOOD!!!! when it stops and also show how pleased you are and why not a candy too?! NEVER beat a dog! It doesn´t understand and will not trust you further.

Teach for example to sit, lay down, bark, catch a ball, rag and so on and really show that you are HAPPY for it! The dog shall work to make you happy and also get a good “credit” for it = GOOOOOD and something more that the dog likes - maybe playing?!

This is a good “ground” for further training when the dog has grown up and also to get a good co-operation between you and the dog.

GOOD LUCK !!!

HIPS & ELBOWS

We only breed from A & B in Sweden, thoose grades are OK. C is the mildest grade of hipsdysplasia.

Before 2000 the results was called: ua=OK, grad 1=the mildest grade and so on.

Hipsdysplasia comes from the parents with 40-50% and from “bad” feeding and exercice with 60-50%.

So, feed the pup properly, not to much....! Let it move around/go for small walk everyday - preferably off lead - approximately 5-10 minutes/months of age is normal for a pup to walk. My pups walks with me at “calm walks” as following: 3-4 months of age – 20-30 minutes. 6 months – 40-50 minutes walk. 9-10 month – more walking. Also shorter "toilet walks" and a short tour on town or somewhere else, for the environment training. They also No biking or runningexercice before about 14-15 months of age and I also wants to X-ray before furter training. I walk with the pup “running free” and NOT “racing” with other dogs, either indoors or outdoors...That´s not good for the ligaments! Some days we have a walk in town instead of the woods and sits down and just look around and training to relax... And they are also in the garden, sleeping & walking around as they wish.

We hipscore here after 12 months of age.

We also do elbows now and than. It´s not nesessary in kelpies, but I want to check the dogs I breed from. There has been just a few cases of ED. ED ua = OK. ( It can also be written atros ua ).

 

DOGSFOOD

It is important to feed the pup OK. Don´t give to much calcium/fosfor as that can give problems with hips, elbows and so on. Look what´s in the food, not what it´s called !! There are several foods called for example; pupsfood, high premiumfood, high energyfood, adultfood but it´s almost the same in it all !!

Don´t give a food with more protein than about 25-27% and not more calcium/fosfor than 1,3:1. Fat is not “dangerous” in that way ( more than that you get a fat dog if you give to much...) and a pup needs about 12-15 % fat i the food. And... don't give to much either!

VITAMINS: A: 5000-10000 milligrams/ kg food, D: 500-1000 and E: 50-100 mg.

C-vitamin is good to make the urine sour against bacterious and protects against problems, mostly for females. It is also strenghting for ligaments and protecting a bit against problems as HD. C-vitamins are not “dangerous” to give as it ´s a “watervitamin” and will not stay in the body. Give about 250-500 milligrams a day/pup from 5-6 weeks of age when the pups eats properly..

DON`T GIVE ANY EXTRA VITAMINS ( exept for C ) OR MINERALS IF YOU HAVE A “FULLFOOD” !!!