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What will you need when they go home

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The puppies are weaned on a mixture of fresh goat milk, pureed beef liver and crushed puppy food. This mixture starts out mostly milk and is gradually changed over to hard food. The food we recommend is Lifes Abundance. It is a meat based food that is excellent in its nutritional properties. You can order online at www.naturalpetfeed.com. They ship UPS and they can even set up an auto ship once a month. Please avoid corn based foods which dominate the market. Lifes Abundance is a natural, fresh, human-grade and holistic Vet formulated product.

House Traing

The puppies have been with their siblings which makes it very hard to start house breaking. We highly recommend crate training. For further information on crate training go to:

Feeding

A feeding and watering schedule is also helpful in training. Free feeding is not good for the pups. At first they will be on a three times a day schedule. Water should always be available but should be removed after 6pm to control the need to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night.

General Care

When puppies are young avoid jumping from high places and running for prolonged periods of time. While  the bones and joints are rapidly growing stress should be avoided. Work up to longer was and runs. They will tire easier as pups bug could be exercised just the same. They will let you know when they are tired.

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Do we dock tails?

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As a practice, no. Occasionally a pup will be born with a kick in its tail a require it to be cut. We normally do not select the individual pups until they are 4-5 weeks old. At that time docking would require the dog to be put to sleep for the surgery. If tou want your gods tail docked it can be done at the time of neutering/spaying.

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Do they travel well?

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They love to go places. But don't expect the dog to be hanging its head out the window catching bugs. They are perfectly content in the passengers seat pointed to you or with a head in your lap. That's what they do. Pay attention to their owners. Above all they are focused.

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Are Entles social?

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Here again that depends on the breeding and early socialization. Most entles are "standoffish" around strangers. They are not prone to be aggressive. A friend comes over, they will not run up and lick them to death. They are more prone to sit behind a chair and watch what's going on. They are the same with people that they are with dogs. They are more of your pack then they are a dog looking for fellow pack members. They often look to their owners to see how you react to a situation before deciding their coarse of action.

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Are Entlebucher destructive?

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My experience is that Entles are not normally destructive. They occasionally dig holes in the dirt, not to get somewhere or escape an enclosure, just to dig. Leave a bag of trash around, you'll be picking up the pieces for sure. Can't blame them. Keep the trash in closed cans. Don't want them getting into chicken bones, etc.

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Are Entlbuchers hyperactive?

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Entles are a working class dog. They require lots of exercise for physical and mental health. If you keep a entle pinned up they will drive you crazy, but only because you drove them nuts first. Daily walks or runs, 20 minutes on a tread mill, playing with other dogs all will make the entle experience a pleasant one. The characteristics of the parents are also important. Some entles are more active then others. If you are a very active person, search for a set of active parents and the offspring will more than likely reflect that trait. More passive parents yield calmer dogs.

 

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Male or Female?

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Selecting a male or female is a personal choice but questions often arise about the difference is characteristics As a rule of thumb there can be more difference between two of the same sex as there is between a male and a female. A lot of folks have bad experiences with males because they knew a male dog that was not neutered. Between 6 months and a year males will 0start developing stud characteristics such as lifting their leg to mark territory. This is very common especially if the scent of a female is around. Once they start it is hard to break even if they are neutered. A neutered male are very loyal. My experience is that they are also slightly more muscular and athletic. Females are more nurturing. But over all unless they are side by side to compare its hard to tell the difference.

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