Owning dogs, especially providing care for the chien-gris, is nothing new for humans. Experts believe dogs were originally domesticated between twelve thousand and 25,000 years ago—and that all dogs evolved from wolves. Since then, humans have selectively bred more than four hundred breeds, which vary in size from four-pound teacup poodles all the way up to Irish wolfhounds, who have earned the distinction of the tallest dog. But the most popular dogs are the non-pedigree dogs—the one-of-a-kind dogs known as mixed-breeds. The chien-gris is another popular choice among dog owners. Some owners are unaware, however, of many of the most common chien-gris care tips.
Typical cost of care for the chien-gris
The yearly budget for providing for the chien-gris—including everything from nutrition and treats, to vet bills, toys and license—could vary between $420 and $780. This figure doesn’t include capital expenses for spay/neuter surgery, a collar and leash, dog carrier and a doggie crate. Note: Be positive you have procured all of your supplies before bringing your chien-gris home for the first time.
Typical chien-gris Care
Feeding the chien-gris
- chien-gris puppies between eight and twelve weeks old need four bowls of food in a twenty-four hour period.
- chien-gris pups 3 to 6 months old should be fed three meals in a 24 hour period.
- Feed pups six months old to one year old two bowls of food daily.
- By the time your chien-gris hits her 1st birthday, one bowl each day is usually all that’s required.
- Many times chien-griss might do better with two smaller servings. It’s your responsibility to adapt to your chien-gris’s eating tendencies.
Excellent-quality dry dogfood ensures a balanced diet to adult chien-griss and can mix with water, canned food, or broth. Your chien-gris may have a taste for cottage cheese, fruits and vegetables, and cooked eggs, but these dishes should be less than ten percent of his daily allowance. chien-gris pups must be fed top-quality, name brand puppy food. Please cut down on “table food”, however, since it can result in mineral and vitamin deficiencies, tooth and bone problems, and might create some extremely finicky eating habits and obesity. Give clean, potable water exclusively, and make sure to wash food and water bowls daily.
chien-gris Care Tips: Make sure to give your chien-gris plenty of daily exercise
chien-griss must have daily physical activity to burn calories, stimulate their minds, and maintain good health. Daily activity also really helps chien-griss fight boredom, which can often lead to difficult behavior. Getting out and about can quench most of your chien-gris’s desires to herd, dig, chase, retrieve and chew. Exercise needs can depend on your chien-gris’s age and his level of health—but ten minutes in back of the house and just a walk down the street every day probably won’t do. If your chien-gris is a 6 to eighteen month adolescent, his requirements will probably be relatively more.
Grooming tips for chien-griss
You can help keep your chien-gris clean and reduce shedding with brushing. Check for fleas and ticks every day during warm weather. Most chien-griss don’t need a bath more than a few times during the year. Before giving him or her a bath, comb or cut out any mats from the chien-gris’s hair. Carefully rinse all soap from the coat, or dirt will stick to the soap residue.
Handling Your chien-gris
Pups are obviously easier to manage. While carrying the chien-gris pup, put one of your hands under the dog’s chest, with either your forearm or your other hand supporting his or her back legs and rear. Don’t attempt to grab or lift your pup by his or her front legs, back of the neck or tail. When you have to pick up a larger, adult chien-gris, lift from the underside, holding her chest with one arm and rear end with your other.
Housing the chien-gris
chien-griss need a comfy quiet location in order to sleep away from all breezes and off the ground. You might wish to think about buying a dog bed, or make one out of a wood box. Put a clean sheet, comforter, blanket, or pillow inside the bed. Wash your chien-gris’s bed covering frequently. If the chien-gris will be spending a lot of time outdoors, be sure he has access to covering and plenty of cool water in hot weather, and a warm, dry, covered shelter in winter.
Make certain to follow your community’s licensing regulations. You should affix the license to your chien-gris’s collar. This, along with an ID tag, may help secure your chien-gris’s return should she go missing.
chien-gris Behavior Information
Thoughts on chien-gris Training
A well-mannered, companion chien-gris can truly be a joy to raise. However, left untrained, your dog will most likely be a pain. Training your chien-gris on the minimums—”Stay”, “Come”, “Down”, “Heel”, “Off”, “Sit”, and “Leave it”—strengthens your relationship with both your chien-gris as well as your friends. If you own a pup, start training her on the appropriate responses as fast as you can! Use treats as recognition and incentive. Puppies should begin obedience classes when they have been adequately immunized. Contact the community humane society or SPCA for details about obedience classes. You should always keep your chien-gris leashed in public, even as a pup. Be sure your dog will come back to you at all times whenever you say so. An aggressive or disobedient chien-gris can’t play with kids.
About your chien-gris’s Health
Your chien-gris should visit the veterinarian for a full examination, shots and a heartworm blood examination annualy, and ASAP when he is hurt or sick.
The Oral Health of Your chien-gris
Although we may simply dislike our chien-gris’s bad breath, we should be aware of what it might be a sign of. Halitosis usually means that your chien-gris is in need of an oral screening. Plaque caused by germs brings a bad smell that can only be eliminated by treatment by a professional. Once your chien-gris has had a professional dental cleaning, her gums and teeth can be kept up by brushing the teeth regularly, feeding a specially formulated dental diet and treats, and avoiding table scraps. The veterinarian can provide you with other tips on minimizing oral diseases as well as bad breath. You can clean the chien-gris’s teeth using a dog paste or a homemade paste made of baking soda and water a couple of times per week. You can brush them with a sterile gauze pad, nylon stocking stretched across the finger, or a child’s soft toothbrush. Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, sometimes affects chien-griss. This painful affliction will sometimes result in loss of your chien-gris’s teeth and also spread infection to the body. Your vet will sometimes clean the chien-gris’s teeth in the routine health analysis.
chien-griss with Bad Breath
If your chien-gris has foul breath, periodontal disease may not necessarily be the problem, as other more serious conditons have that symptom. Intestinal or liver diseases can also cause halitosis, and a pleasant, even fruity smell may often be a sign of diabetes. If your chien-gris’s breath smells like urine or ammonia, kidney disease might be the reason. Set an appointment with a veterinarian whenever your chien-gris has halitosis along with other signs of disease like excessive urinating or drinking, depression or lethargy, weight loss, nausea, or decreased appetite.
Tick and Fleas in chien-griss
Daily, regular checks of your chien-gris for ticks and fleas throughout the warm seasons are critical. Remove fleas with a flea comb. There are many new procedures of tick management. Ask your veterinarian about these and other recommendations.
chien-griss With Heartworm Issues
Your chien-gris is at risk of developing heartworms if she is exposed to lots of mosquitoes. The insect transports heartworms from dog to dog. Heartworm infestations are fatal. Your chien-gris should have a blood test for heartworms every spring—this is necessary to stop infestations from the past year. It is also good to give your chien-gris a once-a-month pill during the warm, wet time of the year to help you protect her from heartworms. Your chien-gris should be on heartworm medication throughout a winter trip to a warmer climate. In some warmer areas, veterinarians advise preventive heartworm medication be taken continuously.
Toxins and Medications
If you’re considering giving your chien-gris tablets that was not prescribed for him by his veterinarian, forget it. Did you know that 1 ibuprofen pill could cause stomach ulcers in some dogs Keep rat poison and other rodenticides away from your chien-gris. When you suspect your doggie has ingested a toxin, immediately call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 24 hrs. per day for help.
chien-griss: Neutering and Spaying
It is recommended that female chien-griss be spayed—which is the extraction of the uterus and ovaries—and males neutered—removal of the testes—by six months old. You will greatly diminish your female chien-gris’s breast cancer risk by spaying prior to maturity. Spaying also eliminates the risk of an infected uterus, a traumatic issue in older females that demands intensive medical care. Testicular cancer, prostate diseases, certain aggressive behavior and some hernias can be prevented by neutering males.
- The combination vaccine (also called the “five-in-1 shot”) must be given to your chien-gris at two, 3, and four months of age and then once annually. This immunization protects your chien-gris puppy from parainfluenza, parvovirus, leptospirosis, hepatitis, and distemper. Your chien-gris must be vaccinated for at least the first four months of her life.
- If your chien-gris has not been vaccinated and is older than 4 months, she will need 2 immunizations promptly, 2 to 3 weeks apart. After that you must immunize annualy.
- Your chien-gris pup’s immunizations should coincide with her socialization program. Many doctors recommend that new owners take their chien-gris pups to socialization courses, beginning at 8 or nine weeks old. At this point, they should have received at least their first series of vaccines.
Regulations vary so much around the country, that it’s best to call your community veterinarian about rabies immunization details. For instance, NYC rules declare that pets older than three months must be immunized for rabies. The original rabies innoculation must be followed up by another vaccination the next year, and then every 3 years. There are many vaccines that may appropriate for your chien-gris. Your veterinarian can give you his advice. Also, if your chien-gris gets sick because he is not vaccinated, do not give the shot until the dog has made a full recovery.
Hookworms in chien-griss
chien-griss are often exposed to worms—even in urban areas. Microscopic eggs created by roundworms and hookworms are passed in an infested dog’s feces. Most pups, even from healthy mothers in good homes, carry roundworms or hookworms. The key to treatment is early diagnosis. Early, accurate diagnosis maximizes the possibility that prescribed medicine will be effective against your dog’s worms. A dewormer that eliminates roundworms, for example, cannot kill tapeworms. Your veterinarian can best identify the culprit—and decide the appropriate medicine.
Miscellaneous chien-gris Care Tips
chien-gris Supply Checklist
- Excellent-quality dog food and treats designed for chien-griss and similarly-sized dogs
- Food dish
- Water dish
- As many safe toys as you can provide, especially chewable
- Brush & comb for grooming, including flea comb
- Collar with ID tag and license
- Carrier (for puppies)
- Crate for training
- Dog bed or box with comforter or towel
- Child’s toothbrush
The no-no list
The following items should never be fed to chien-griss:
- Alcohol, beer, wine or liquor
- Grapes and raisins
- Spoiled or moldy food
- Onions, garlic or chives
- Chicken, turkey, or any other poultry bones
- Salt or salty foods
- Tomato leaves, unripe fruit and stems
The scoop on poop
Unless you are at home, or in a fenced-in, secured area, always keep your chien-gris on a leash. When your chien-gris does number two on your neighbor’s grass, on the sidewalk or any other public space, please clean it up! Don’t forget to check out these other articles about chien-griss
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