General Tips and Info

2017- As time permits, I will work on adding more to this page. Please feel free to send me suggestions of things you would like to see listed. Grooming page now up here

Do NOT take your puppy jogging until it is 2 years old, and his/her hips and elbows have grown completely. Jogging, slippery floors, and prolonged walking are the number one causes of joint disorders in growing Newfoundland puppies!! Your puppy should go on walks no longer than one minute for every week of his/her age. For example, a 12-week-old puppy can walk for twelve minutes (not in one direction), absolutely no more. A 52-week old puppy (or one-year-old), can walk for 52 minutes, and should have been conditioned to walk that far.

Some of my favorite grooming products are made by Chris Christensen. Ice on Ice is a grooming spray I use each time I brush. It is a wonderful product, you use very little and it helps keep dirt from sticking to their fur. It's a finishing spray, helps knots comb out easier and a sunscreen too! All of her products are excellent, but I would not be without Ice on Ice. It is, for me, a must have. Tools I use regularly: pin brush, undercoat rake, slicker brush, comb, thinning sheers.

Shampoos and conditioners- I can't begin to name them all, but a few are:

Filthy Beast by EZ Groom (by far my favorite)
Groomers Edge Grimeinator by Double K
Isle of dogs
Eqyss Micro Tek
Eqyss Premier
#1 All Systems
Coat Handler
Chris Christensen
Cindra and many more.

Grooming tool examples:

Soft slicker brush pet edge slicker
Slicker Chris Christensen
T Brush Chris Christensen
Pin BrushAll systems
Comb pet edge comb
Under coat rake pet edge rake
Nail grinder nail grinder
Blower- it blows the water off the hair without heat. K-9 III Dryer

Grooming tips
grooming (with small pics)
more grooming tips
blue power ear treatment

I highly recommend the Premier Martingale style collar, safer than a choke, but no backing out of it, heavy duty and secure.
Premier Collar
You may do better with an easy walk harness
You can find these at many different places and likely various brands as well.


Pet Edge
Show Dog Store
3 Cs Dog and Grooming Supplies
Precision pet products manufactures crates, you can find a retailer in your area via the site
Drs Foster & Smith
Jeffers pet Supply
KV vet supply

Training, Training and more Training
While evaluating puppies one day a trainer I highly respect told me something that I will never forget. "There is no right or wrong puppy, just some will be easier to train/teach and some will take much more work." "Any good puppy can be ruined by improper handling/training just as one needing xtra work can be trained with proper handling." Some may take more work than the next but all can be ruined by a human that does no training, incorrect training, lazy attempted training, harsh behavior etc. You may not realize that every one of your actions and the families also are read by your puppy. Do you know how he/she is reading you? Of course not, that is why you must work daily to learn from eachother and why you must attend training classes with your puppy! If you do not want to put the time and effort into raising your puppy so that he or she can become the well adjusted adult you hope for, then don't get a puppy, get a goldfish. A puppy does not come home at 10 weeks old knowing how to behave, understanding not to chew, realizing a shoe is not a puppy toy or an electric cord is dangerous or that the kitchen table is not for a puppy or that they should sleep and be quiet at night!! If you choose to bring home a puppy, realize you have a TON of work ahead of yourself, as does the family. The fmaily must work together, otherwise one person can undo what another is working so hard to teach. Please don't take getting a puppy lightly and blame what it does or doesn't do on genetics or it's parents or it's breeder...YOU are with it every single day and YOU will have the biggest affect on that lil furry family member. Please think about the work before you decide to ad a puppy to the fmaily. If you are not up for the work, committment and lifelong responsibility then do NOT get a puppy! I am sorry if the above comes across harshly. Those who know me are fully aware of how much love, heart, time, effort, work, tears and devotion I put into my Newfoundlands, both adult and puppies. If you are interested in one of my babies I expect you to put love, time, effort, and work into raising your family member also.

I highly recommend Patricia McConnell PhD as an outstanding source for training and behavior. You can shop on her site for training books, ebooks, DVDs etc.
You can view her upcoming events. Or upcoming book tour

Wonderful book. Click image to go to site, scroll down the page and you will see this books title on the left, click to see more info and to purchase.

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