This is a well maintained Maltese. Most owners will not want to keep their dogs like this unless they are showing. Most people will keep a "Puppy Cut" and this still requires alot of brushing. Be careful when brushing that you do not pull their hair out. When choosing a groomer you might want to check and see if they cut nails and check anal glands.
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Here's some tips to follow to maximize the enjoyment, and minimize the aggravation, of your new family member:"
Puppies are babies, not toys. They need to sleep alot, be fed alot, be kept warm, and have water available at all times.
The first vaccination shots do not totally protect your puppy from deadly
diseases. Consult a vet, and follow his recommended vaccination schedule.
Until you puppy has at least two series of vaccinations, it is not recommended that you take him to areas where other dogs have been.
Feed a high quality dog food, and do not switch food until the puppy is about 6 months old. (This makes house breaking much easier for you and the puppy.)
Any behaviors your puppy exhibits that would be objectionable in a adult dog should be discourage immediately in the puppy.
Puppies are very inquisitive and will eat and drink almos anything, some of which are deadly. Keep all poisons out of the puppy's reach.
Chocolate-eating for a puppy can cause fatel heart problems latter in life.
Never leave your puppy (or dog) in a closed vehicle-it can lead to a horrible death.
In all training, consistency is the key. Unwanted behavior can only be changed by catching the puppy in the act. Moments later , the puppy won't understand why your are upset.
Rewarding good behavior is far more effective than punishing bad behavior.
Unless you plan on breeding your pet, have it spayed or neutered at about 6 months of age or before. A puppy love having his own bed and will retreat there when he needs a break.
I.D. your puppy with collar and tags, micro-chips.
Potty training is, to most owners, the first and most important kind of training a puppy needs. When it comes to potty training, all pups are not created equal. Some breeds are known for being easy to potty train while others are more difficult-this should be one of the things you look into as you explore different breeds.
Individual puppies also vary. Be patient. A puppy is a baby, and babies need time to master acceptable potty procedures. Young puppies don't have complete control of their bladders or bowels, and sometimes by the time they realize they have to go, they simply can't hold it any longer. It's your job to keep your puppy off your carpets until he's reliably trained, to teach him where he should go, and to be patient when he has an accident.
Here are some guidelines to help you potty train your puppy. These procedures will work whether you're training your puppy to go outdoors or to go in a litter box indoors (which many toy dogs are trained to do).
Crate or confine your puppy when you can't watch him. Train other family members to do the same.
If you feed your puppy a commercial dog food, feed dry food. It will keep his stools more solid.
Confine your puppy to rooms with tile or other washable flooring so mistakes don't ruin carpets.
Keep your puppy on a schedule. Feed him at the same time every day, and try to get up and go to bed close to the same time every day while he's being potty trained.
Puppies need lots of water, especially if they eat dry dog food. While you're potty training, feed your pup at least four hours before bedtime, and remove his water two hours before bedtime.
Take your puppy to potty after every meal as well as the first thing in the morning, the last thing at night, every time he wakes up from a nap, after an active play session, and in the wee hours of the morning if you hear him moving around. Take him on a leash to the place you want him to use—that will teach him to use that spot, and also teach him that he can go even on leash with you standing right there. That can be important if you're away from home.
When you take your puppy to potty, don't play with him until after he does his business. If he doesn't go within 10 minutes, put him in his crate for 10 to 15 minutes, then take him to potty again. When he potties, praise him and reward him with a treat or short playtime. Wait a few minutes before you take him in-sometimes puppies don't finish on the first try, so give him time to be sure he won't have to go again in few minutes.
Keep your puppy's potty place clean—pick up feces every day. You don't like to step in it, and neither does he.
If you don't have the time or patience to potty train a puppy, then adopt or buy an older puppy or adult dog that is already potty trained.
Puppies do have accidents. It's very important to remove all trace of odor from any place your pup potties. Regular cleansers won't do it—you may not smell urine or feces after washing the area with soap and water, but your pup has a much more sensitive nose than you have. If he smells waste odors, he'll think he's found the toilet. Pet supply stores sell several types of special cleansers designed to eliminate odors. An inexpensive alternative for urine odors (but not feces) is a 50-50 mixture of white vinegar and water. Keep a spray bottle full when you expect puppy messes to clean up.
If you see your puppy start to go in the house, say “No” pick him up, and take him out. When he's finished, put him somewhere safe and clean up the mess. Don't yell at your puppy or punish him for accidents. Don't rub his nose in it. If you don't see him start to go but find an accident later, just clean it up and scold yourself for giving him the opportunity to make a mistake. Puppies go in the house because they haven't learned where they should go. Remember, he's a puppy, not a child. He still won't understand why you're upset about the peepee on the rug.
If your puppy is still having regular accidents in the house at four months or older, talk to your veterinarian. Some medical problems can interfere with housebreaking.