Pups

When you have finally taken the big decision to bring home your special boerboel pup we suggest a few tips to make the transition for the pup to his new home as easy and comfortable as possible.

  • The best thing to do when you get your puppy home is to place him in his box/bed in a quiet room with some blankets and a few toys (don’t give him all at once) and leave him for a couple of hours to sleep, get used to his new environment and all of the strange sights, sounds, smells and comings and goings of his new home. As weird as it will be for you, the first couple of days for your puppy are a minefield of excitement and stress.
  • Just remember, a couple of days earlier, your pup was a member of an active bundle of tumbling teeth and claws and fighting, nibbling, yelping, licking, snoring, sleeping, cuddling litter mates. Now, he is, at least until you form your pack, an orphan. His mum has gone, his dad has gone, all his brothers and sisters have gone, in fact everything in the world that he knew, was comfortable with and felt safe in has gone forever. Now all he has is you and what you will provide for him. He will rely on you for his warmth, his food, his water, his comfort, his enjoyment, his excitement, his place in life, his place in society and most importantly, his safety.
  • You will be his teacher, his mentor, his friend, his playmate, his protector and his guide for the rest of his life. You will be a cross between Moses and Yoda and if you do your job properly your Boerboel will give you 12 years of friendship, laughter, unswerving loyalty and will protect you.

 

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  • When your puppy first arrives in his new home, he will have had 8 or 9 weeks of rough and tumble inside his pack of litter-mates. If you have little experience of dogs and you are unaware of the way puppies play, how they fight, how they compete with each other for dominance within their group then please take some time to familiarise yourself with this. Head to you-tube, there are plenty of vids there of puppies playing, fighting, chasing and running in a normal healthy way. You need to familiarise yourself with what is normal. It is vital you understand the world of rough and tumble he has just come from so when he paws at you and catches you with a claw, or nips you (and he will – LOTS!) or bites at your clothes you are aware of where it comes from and why it happens.
  • Remember he’s likely to nip until about 16 weeks and then a month or so later, teething will begin. Dishcloths or face towels rolled up and soaked in water then frozen work well for teething pups as do frozen carrots.
  • Remember please do not expect too much too fast. Allow some time to allow things to fall in place.