Posted by: Stan | 2009/09/12

Bouvier pup diet

We will be getting a 7 week old Bouvier pup in 2 weeks time. We can hardly wait to get him. Although the breeder will give us a diet sheet I would like some advice beforehand already. Aslo a factor is that he is 400 km away + it will mean a 4 hour car journey for him + for us. Is there anything special that we need to do on the journey? It will be his first car trip but certainly not the last.

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Dear Stan

You can also use Nutricalm for the journey. Chill gave you good advice re the food etc.

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Posted by: Just M | 2009/09/14

I just want to add something:

it seems as if you really did your homework in finding a good breeder - especially if you are willing to drive so far to fetch him. Well done! If more people were like you, we wouldn' t have backyard breeders. Enjoy him!

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Posted by: Big Dog Lover | 2009/09/13

Yes I can only endorse what Chill said about the whole thing. Enjoy him - they are excellent family / guard dogs + really thrive in a family envirovent. We know people who have 2 Bouviers + they re really something. They are aloof with strangers but absolutely devoted to family + excellent with children. We are so happy with our Bullmastiff  very much the same when it comes to family + children but we r also considering getting a Bouvier as well. We have an 18yo daughter with Downs, three married kids + 3 grand children. The Bullmastiff is excellent here but I believe that the Bouvier will be just as good. Enjoy him.

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Posted by: Chill | 2009/09/12

Follow the breeder' s advice regarding diet, at least for the first little while - it' s a good idea not to upset his entire world all in one go!

He will need the best quality puppy food you can get - Hill' s, Eukanuba, Vet' s Choice are some names that come to mind - you need to get the variety for LARGE breed puppies, and he needs to stay on this until he' s 18 months old, whereafter you gradually ' wean'  him onto the adult version - still large breed variety, if your chosen brand has the option.

That' s really all he needs - boring as it may sound. Obviously you' ll sneak him regular treats - we all do that! - but don' t give him any supplements, except on your vet' s advice. Not too many years ago, owners of large breed pups were told to supplement calcium in order to help prevent/minimise such things as hip dysplasia, but it' s now been proven that this may actually aggravate skeletal problems, since it stimulates the bones to grow too fast.

As regards the trip - just play it by ear. He' ll need a comfy and safe place to sleep in. If at all possible, someone should come on the drive to look after him - it may be an intimidating experience for him. Be prepared for some carsickness - take a few old towels and wipes - and take something for him to eat and drink (plus a bowl, of course). He' ll also need to widdle en route, so make sure you have a little harness and lead (better than a collar for a pup that hasn' t been accustomed to one yet), so that there' s no chance of him galloping off somewhere. You' ll probably find he' ll sleep most of the way, though.

Good luck - I can quite imagine you' re excited about this.

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