|Caring for your new
puppy should be an enjoyable, but thoughtful experience.
How he develops depends a great deal upon the care he
receives when very young. One of the first things to
remember is to make him feel secure and comfortable with
his new family. Confidence in his owner will bring with
it pleasure and a devoted friend, as the Affen develops
a very strong attachment to his master.
A reputable breeder or
seller will provide you with a health certificate or a
health record showing all immunization vaccinations
given to the puppy prior to sale. Some states
(California, Florida and Texas) require breeders to
provide veterinarian-certified proof of health on sale
of a dog.
Your new puppy should be
examined by a veterinarian and given a series of shots,
if he has not already received them. They consist of,
and are generally combined, for infectious hepatitis,
distemper, leptospirosis parainfluenza and parvovirus.
The frequency and combination of vaccines is a matter of
veterinarian preference. Rabies vaccinations generally
are given when the puppy is older. Some veterinarians
want to provide immunization against bordatella (kennel
cough) and corona, particularly if the puppy is to be
entered in shows or to mingle with many other dogs.
Check with your veterinarian and follow his or her
Also a stool sample
should be checked for worms. If you live in a warm
climate where mosquitoes are a year-around threat,
consult with your veterinarian on heartworm
preventative. Generally the monthly heartworm
preventative also prevents other parasite infestations.
Now that you have
ensured your little Affen is protected from disease and
content in his new home, a regular diet and schedule
should be kept. The breeder may have provided you a
small supply of food or told you what the puppy has been
eating. Making a sudden change in puppy diet sometimes
can result in diarrhea or the puppy's refusal to eat.
Vitamins and calcium can be prescribed by your vet. He
should be fed four meals a day until six months old,
small amounts at a time. After that, reduce it to three
meals a day, increasing the amount. After the tenth
month, two meals will be enough. When he reaches one
year, one meal will be sufficient.
While an increasing
number of exhibitors now are showing Affens with natural
ears and tails, others prefer cropped ears. If you
choose to crop the ears of a show quality Affen, the
cropping should be performed by a qualified veterinarian
or an individual recommended by your breeder. All
breeders have their preference as to the age of the
animal when this operation should be done. The ears
usually are cropped when the Affen is anywhere from
eight weeks to four or five months.
Crate training is
strongly recommended for young Affenpinschers. Crate
training simply means purchasing a small airline kennel
or similar crate, providing soft clean bedding in the
crate, as well as drinking water if the puppy is crated
for lengthy daytime periods, and encouraging the puppy
to spend the night in the crate. A puppy should be
confined in a crate when there is no one home to watch
him. Crating a dog is not cruel. Dogs by nature are den
animals and a dog who is accustomed to a crate sees that
crate as a safe and secure haven. A dog who has been
crate trained can be housebroken more quickly and also
will travel happily (and more safely) in a crate.
Affenpinscher should start early, as they are much
happier when they know what is expected of them.
Generally a scolding is all that is needed in
disciplining the little fellow, a spanking seldom is
needed. Another aspect in the training of your Affen is
called "socializing". This refers to getting your puppy
used to situations and people outside the home.
Many times we hear of
dogs who perform and behave beautifully at home, but
fall apart in strange surroundings. Take your puppy for
rides in the car, preferably on an empty stomach. Let
strangers pet him and make a fuss over him. Shopping
centers are excellent for this, as well as school yards
and playgrounds. If you plan to show your Affen, this
will help him accept the noise and confusion of a dog
show. Take him to a handling class, if your local kennel
club sponsors such classes. Puppy kindergarten classes
also help in socializing a young puppy.
You will be happier with
a well adjusted, well socialized little creature living
in your home and your Affenpinscher also will be happier
knowing what is expected of him. knowing how to please