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Raising your pup

Raising a puppy can be divided into 4 main areas:

  • Feeding your pup
  • Socialising your pup
  • Training your pup
  • Caring for your pups health

You need to think of raising your pup as an investment. You may have already invested time and money into purchasing your puppy, and hopefully you are reading this kind of information in preparation for your pup arriving so that you can get the most out of your important investment. If not, then all is not lost at all, use the resources here from wherever you are at.

Whether you have purchased a pup as a family pet, a show animal, a possible breeding animal or a livestock guardian, you need to remember that this wonderful animal may live anything up to 20 years depending on many factors including the breed. (the average lifespan of maremmas is more realistically around 12 - 14 years)

when you buy a puppy there are many factors to take into consideration and you need to learn to raise that puppy correctly, feed a healthy diet, understand temperament, how to train a puppy and veterinary care for your puppy

So this means that the effort you put into raising your pup correctly both physically and behaviourally is going to be giving you returns for many years to come, and we want those returns to be positive, both for your pup and for you.

If you are still in the investigation stage and have not yet purchased or placed an order for a pup, congratulations, the time and effort you are putting in now are going to give you a much higher chance of success!

Important resources

I don't believe you can be prepared enough for your first puppy. I have worked with people for 20 years brining home their first puppy and it is amazing how many things they do not consider before the arrival, and find themselves racing after the pup is home to get organised. This only produces stress and a feeling of not really being in control of the situation, so let's avoid that.

The section of this site devoted to raising puppies will give you a lot of information that you need to raise your pup and most sections are applicable to any breed of puppy that you may wish to purchase. This means that as your journey to choose a pup unfolds, if you happen to choose a breed other than the maremma sheepdog, you should still bookmark this site as a main resource for helping you raise that pup well.

There are a number of excellent resources you can purchase here that are designed as practical tools that you can use to make the right choices in a logical way. These tools are designed for you to download and use in a totally practical way to assist you firstly to identify your own unique needs and priorities, and then find the answers to the questions that are most important to you. In fact, they will assist you to find out what are the questions that are most important to you! The tools are designed to work together, however you only need to choose the tools that you want.

You do not have to jump into find yourself buying a puppy just because one is available and you didn't know there was another choice. You can take control over how you will become a dog owner, and make a wise investment that will give you a long return in the form of a healthy dog that suits your own situation. This is all about you and your situation!

Choosing a breeder to purchase from Choosing the right breed of dog for you
Choosing a puppy from a litter Do I have everything ready to bring home a new pup?
Charting my new puppies progress in the first year

These resources coming SOON

Maremma sheepdog or Maremmano Abruzzese is a livestock guarding dog and the subject of this web site for information on dog health, dog nutrition, puppy raising, puppy training, veterinary care, dog and canine behaviour, breed characterisitics and canine health for all types of dogs

This topic has been divided into specific articles for your convenience



male maremma playing with his pups displaying the loving nature of these livestock guardian dogs

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