Raising dogs, especially providing care for the jagdterrier, is a specialty of humans. Some experts postulate that dogs were domesticated sometime between 12,000 and twenty five thousand years ago—and that dogs evolved from the wolf. Since those days, we have selectively bred more than 400 different breeds, ranging in size from 4-pound teacup poodles to Irish wolfhounds, who have earned the distinction of the tallest dog. However, the most preferred canines are the non-pedigree dogs—the one-of-a-kind dogs known as mutts. The jagdterrier is also a popular pick among dog owners. Many owners are uninformed, however, of some of the most common jagdterrier care tips.
General cost of care for the jagdterrier
The annual budget for taking care of your jagdterrier—which includes meals and snacks, to vet bills, toys and license—could range between $420 and $780. This is not even accounting for capital expenses for spay/neuter operations, dog collar and a leash, carrier and a crate. Tip: Be positive you have all of the required items before you bring your jagdterrier home.
Typical jagdterrier Care
jagdterrier Feeding Routine
- jagdterrier pups between 8 and 12 weeks need 4 meals a day.
- jagdterrier puppies 3 to 6 months old should be fed three meals every 24 hour period.
- Feed pups six months to 1 year old two times in a twenty-four hour period.
- By the time the jagdterrier makes his or her first birthday, 1 bowl daily is enough.
- Many times adult jagdterriers, however, do better with 2 lighter meals. It’s your responsibility to learn your jagdterrier’s eating schedule.
Excellent-quality dry dogfood provides balanced nutrition for full-grown jagdterriers and may be mixed with water, canned food, or broth. Your jagdterrier may be fond of cottage cheese, cooked egg, fruits and vegetables, but these shouldn’t total more than 10 percent of her daily nutrition intake. jagdterrier pups need to be given top-quality, name brand puppy food. Please cut down on “people food”, however, since it can result in vitamin and mineral imbalances, bone and teeth problems, and may create extremely finicky food choices as well as obesity. Clean, potable water should be available only, and make certain to wash water and food bowls regularly.
jagdterrier Care Tips: Your jagdterrier needs exercise daily
jagdterriers must get some daily exercise so they can burn calories, recharge their minds, and stay healthy. Daily exercise also really helps jagdterriers fight boredom, which can lead to difficult behavior. Supervised fun and games will quell many of your jagdterrier’s instinctual urges to dig, chase, herd, chew and retrieve. Individual exercise needs can depend on your jagdterrier’s level of health and her age—but merely a couple of walks around the block every day and 10 minutes in back of the house probably won’t cut it. If your jagdterrier is a 6 to eighteen month adolescent, her requirements will be relatively higher.
You can help keep your jagdterrier clean and reduce shedding with regular brushing. Check for fleas and ticks every day during the summer or other warm weather. Many jagdterriers don’t need to be bathed more than a few times per year. Prior to the bath, cut out or comb any and all mats from the jagdterrier’s hair. Rinse all soap from the coat, or dirt will stick to the soap.
Puppies, as opposed to adults, are obviously easier to manage. While carrying your jagdterrier pup, take 1 of your hands and put it beneath the dog’s chest, with either your forearm or your other hand supporting his back legs and rear. Don’t ever attempt to lift or grab your puppy by the forelegs, tail or nape. When you must lift a larger, full-grown jagdterrier, lift from the underside, holding her chest with one arm and rear end with your other.
Your jagdterrier needs a comfy quiet place to be able to rest away from all the drafts and away from the floor or ground. You may want to purchase a doggie bed, or prefer making one out of a wooden box. Place a clean comforter, blanket, sheet, or pillow inside the bed. Wash the jagdterrier’s bedding frequently. If the jagdterrier will be outdoors much, be sure he has access to plenty of cool water and covering in hot weather, and a covered, dry, warm area when it’s cold.
Your area has licensing rules to heed. Make sure to attach the license to your jagdterrier’s collar. This, along with an identification tag, can possibly help secure your jagdterrier’s return should he go missing.
jagdterrier Temperament Facts
Thoughts on Training Your jagdterrier
Well-behaved, companion jagdterriers can truly be a a joy. However, untrained, your jagdterrier may be a big headache. Teaching your jagdterrier the minimums—”Stay”, “Come”, “Down”, “Heel”, “Off”, “Sit”, and “Leave it”—bolsters the relationship both with your dog as well as your house guests. If you own a puppy, start training him on manners as soon as possible! Use doggie snacks as an incentive and a reward. Puppies can join obedience courses when they are adequately vaccinated. Call your community humane society or SPCA for details on obedience courses. You should always keep your jagdterrier on a leash in public, even as a puppy. Just be certain your jagdterrier will come back to you at all times whenever you call her. An aggressive or disobedient jagdterrier cannot play with people.
jagdterriers should see the veterinarian for a full examination, innoculations and heartworm examination annualy, and immediately if she is hurt or ill.
jagdterrier Oral Health
Although we might object to our jagdterrier’s halitosis, it’s important to be aware of what it might mean. Foul-smelling breath is a sign that your jagdterrier should have a dental check up. Dental plaque due to germs causes a foul odor that demands professional treatment. Once your jagdterrier has had a professional cleaning, his teeth and gums can be maintained in a healthy state by eliminating table food, feeding a special diet focused on maintaining dental health, and brushing regularly. The vet can give you other information for reducing periodontal problems and bad breath. You can use a baking soda and water paste or a dog toothpaste once or twice per week to brush your jagdterrier’s teeth. Use a child’s soft toothbrush, a gauze pad or a piece of nylon stocking stretched over your finger. Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, sometimes affects jagdterriers. This painful disease can cause loss of your jagdterrier’s teeth and also spread infection throughout the body. Veterinarians can sometimes brush your dog’s teeth as a regular part of your jagdterrier’s health screening.
jagdterrier Breath Gone Wild!
While dental disease in isolation is not serious if it is caught early, bad breath may also be indicative of fairly serious, chronic causes for concern. A pleasant, even fruity smell can often be a sign of diabetes, while diseases of the liver or intestines may cause foul breath. Kidney disease is a possible reason if your jagdterrier’s breath smells like ammonia or urine. Set an appointment with a veterinarian whenever your jagdterrier has halitosis along with other signs of disease like excessive urinating or drinking, depression or lethargy, weight loss, nausea, or decreased appetite.
jagdterrier Tick and Flea Issues
Daily, regular checks of your jagdterrier for fleas and ticks during the warm seasons are crucial. Use a flea comb to remove and find fleas. There are several new technologies of tick and flea mitigation. Talk with your vet about his or her recommendations.
Heartworm problems in jagdterriers
This parasite resides in the heart and passes from a contaminated dog to your jagdterrier by mosquitoes. Heartworm infestations are deadly. It’s extremely important that you ensure your jagdterrier has a blood screening for heartworms annually in the spring. It’s also wise to give your jagdterrier a once-a-month pill in mosquito season to help protect her from heartworms. Your jagdterrier should be on heartworm medication throughout a winter trip to a warmer climate. There are some locations, usually the areas with milder temperatures, where doctors advise heartworm medication be used all the time.
Toxins and Medicines
If you’re considering giving your jagdterrier medication that was not prescribed for her by his vet, forget it. As little as one ibuprofen tablet can possibly initiate stomach ulcers in jagdterriers. Make sure your jagdterrier is never exposed to rat poison and other rodenticides. If you have reason to think your doggie has eaten a poison, call the doctor or the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 for 24-hr. animal poison instructions.
Neutering and Spaying jagdterriers
It is recommended that male jagdterriers should be neutered – the extraction of the testicles – and females spayed – the removal of the uterus and ovaries – by six months old. Spaying before maturity greatly reduces the breast cancer risk, a common and often fatal health problem of more mature females. Spaying also eliminates the chance of a diseased uterus, a very serious condition in older females that necessitates intensive medical care and surgery. Neutering male jagdterriers prevents testicular diseases, certain aggressive behavior and some hernias.
- The combination vaccine (also called the “5-in-1 shot”) should be given to your jagdterrier at two, 3, and 4 months old and then once every year. This shot immunizes your pup from parainfluenza, parvovirus, leptospirosis, hepatitis, and distemper. Your jagdterrier must be innoculated for at least the first four months of her life.
- If your jagdterrier has not been vaccinated and is older than four months, he will need to be given 2 immunizations promptly, two or three weeks apart. Then you must immunize yearly.
- Your jagdterrier pup’s vaccinations should coincide with her socialization program. You may bring your jagdterrier pup to socialization classes as early as 8 or nine weeks old, according to many vets. At this age, they should have received at least their first vaccinations.
Since laws vary between different areas, call your local veterinarian for info about rabies shots. For instance, in New York City, the law requires any pets older than three months must be vaccinated for rabies. After the initial vaccination, he must have another immunization the next year, and then every three years after that. There are a variety of immunizations, many of which are appropriate for your jagdterrier. There are others that are not, however. Ask your jagdterrier’s vet for her recommendation. Also, if your jagdterrier gets sick because he is not innoculated, do not administer the immunization until the dog has made a full recovery.
Intestinal Parasites in jagdterriers
jagdterriers are commonly exposed to worms and possible infestation—in all areas, both urban and rural. Microscopic eggs made by hookworms and roundworms are transmitted through an infested jagdterrier’s stool. Even the healthiest of jagdterrier puppies carry intestinal worms. An accurate, early diagnosis is the key to effective treatment. This will ensure that the medication is highly effective against the worms your jagdterrier has. A dewormer that eliminates roundworms, for example, cannot kill tapeworms. Your jagdterrier’s doctor can best identify the culprit—and decide the appropriate medication.
jagdterrier: Miscellaneous Care Tips
Checklist of jagdterrier Supplies
- High-quality dog food and treats designed for jagdterriers and similarly-sized dogs
- Food dish
- Water dish
- Toys, toys and more toys, including safe chew toys
- Brush and comb for grooming, including flea comb
- Collar with license and identification tag
- Dog carrier (for pups)
- Training crate
- Box or dog bed with blanket or towel
- Child’s toothbrush
Warnings to be Heeded
Never, ever feed your jagdterrier the following:
- Alcoholic beverages
- Grapes or raisins
- Spoiled or moldy food of any kind
- Onions, chives & garlic
- Poultry bones
- Salt and salty foods
- Tomato leaves, stems and unripe fruit
The “Bottom” Line
Keep your jagdterrier on a leash when you are outdoors, unless you are in a fenced-in, secured spot. If your jagdterrier does number 2 on a neighbor’s lawn, his sidewalk or any other public location, please take care of it! Don’t forget to check out these other articles about jagdterriers
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