Owning dogs, especially providing care for the wirehaired pointing griffon, is old hat for people across the globe. Some historians believe that dogs were domesticated between 12,000 and 25,000 years ago—and that all dogs evolved from wolves. Since then, people have selectively bred more than 400 breeds, which vary in size from 4-pound teacup poodles all the way up to Irish wolfhounds, who have earned the title of the tallest canine. However, the most preferred canines are the non-pedigree dogs—the one-of-a-kind dogs known as mutts. The wirehaired pointing griffon is also a popular pick among dog owners. Some owners are unaware, however, of some crucial wirehaired pointing griffon care tips.
Cost of care for your wirehaired pointing griffon
The yearly cost of taking care of the wirehaired pointing griffon—to include food and snacks, veterinary care, toys and license—could range between $420 and seven hundred eighty dollars. This doesn’t even include capital expenses for sterilization surgery, a collar and a leash, carrier and a crate. Note: Make sure you have all of your supplies before bringing your wirehaired pointing griffon home.
Basic wirehaired pointing griffon Care
wirehaired pointing griffon Feeding Routine
- wirehaired pointing griffon puppies between 8 and 12 weeks old need 4 meals in a twenty-four hour period.
- wirehaired pointing griffon pups 3 to 6 months old should be fed 3 meals in a day.
- Feed puppies six months old to one year 2 meals in a 24 hour period.
- By the time your wirehaired pointing griffon hits his or her first birthday, 1 meal in a twenty-four hour period is typically sufficient.
- Sometimes adult wirehaired pointing griffons might do better with 2 smaller servings. It is your job to adapt to your wirehaired pointing griffon’s eating schedule.
Top-quality dry food provides balanced nutrition to adult wirehaired pointing griffons and may be mixed with water, canned food, or broth. Your wirehaired pointing griffon may also be fond of cottage cheese, cooked egg, fruits and vegetables, but these foods should be less than ten pct of her daily allowance. wirehaired pointing griffon puppies should probably be given a high-quality, name brand puppy food. Try to cut down on “people food”, however, because it can result in mineral and vitamin imbalances, tooth and bone concerns, and might create some extremely picky eating habits as well as obesity. Give clean, potable water exclusively, and make sure to wash food and water dishes regularly.
wirehaired pointing griffon Care Tips: Make sure to give your wirehaired pointing griffon some daily physical activity
wirehaired pointing griffons need some exercise in order to stay in shape, recharge their brains, and maintain their health. Physical activity also tends to help wirehaired pointing griffons avoid boredom, which has the potential to lead to difficult behavior. Going outside would satisfy most of your wirehaired pointing griffon’s instinctual urges to dig, retrieve, chase, chew and herd. Exercise needs can depend on your wirehaired pointing griffon’s age and his level of health—but 10 minutes outside and a couple of walks down the street every day probably isn’t enough. If your wirehaired pointing griffon is a 6 to eighteen month adolescent, his requirements will be a little higher.
wirehaired pointing griffon Grooming Tips
Frequent brushing will help keep your wirehaired pointing griffon clean and reduce shedding. Inspect for ticks and fleas daily during the summer or other warm weather. Most wirehaired pointing griffons don’t need to be bathed more than a few times a year. Before giving him a bath, cut out or comb all mats from the wirehaired pointing griffon’s hair. Rinse all soap from the coat, or the dirt will stick to the soap.
Handling Your wirehaired pointing griffon
Pups are obviously easier to manage. When carrying the wirehaired pointing griffon puppy, put one hand under your dog’s chest, either with your forearm or other hand supporting the hind legs and rump. Never try to grab or lift your puppy by his or her front legs, back of the neck or tail. When you need to pick up a larger, full-grown wirehaired pointing griffon, pick it up from the underside, supporting his chest with 1 arm and rump with your other.
wirehaired pointing griffon housing
Your wirehaired pointing griffon needs a cozy peaceful spot in order to rest away from all the drafts and off the ground or floor. You might wish to buy a dog bed, or make one from a wood box. Put a clean sheet, blanket, comforter, or pillow in the bed as cushioning. Wash the wirehaired pointing griffon’s bed covering often. If the wirehaired pointing griffon will be spending a lot of time outdoors, be sure she has access to plenty of cool water and shade in the summer, and a covered, warm, dry area in the cold.
wirehaired pointing griffon Licensing and Identification
There are licensing regulations to heed in your community. You should connect the license to the wirehaired pointing griffon’s collar. The license, together with an ID tag, could help secure your wirehaired pointing griffon’s return should she get lost.
wirehaired pointing griffon Temperament Facts
Training your wirehaired pointing griffon
A well-mannered, companion wirehaired pointing griffon can truly be a blessing to have. But when left untrained, your dog can be trouble. Training your wirehaired pointing griffon on the standards—”Sit”, “Stay”, “Come”, “Down”, “Heel”, “Off”, and “Leave it”—improves your relationship with both your dog as well as your neighbors. If you’re the owner of a puppy, begin teaching him the right behavior ASAP! Use little bits of food as recognition and incentive. Puppies should begin obedience courses when they have been sufficiently immunized. Contact your community SPCA or humane society for information on training class recommendations. It is best to walk your wirehaired pointing griffon leashed in public, even as a puppy. Just be certain your wirehaired pointing griffon will come to you if you call her. An aggressive or disobedient wirehaired pointing griffon can’t play with children.
Knowing Your wirehaired pointing griffon’s Health
Your wirehaired pointing griffon should visit the vet for a complete examination, innoculations and heartworm test annualy, and immediately when he is sick or injured.
Your wirehaired pointing griffon’s Dental Health
Although we might simply dislike our wirehaired pointing griffon’s foul breath, it’s important to be aware of what it may be a sign of. Foul-smelling breath is a symptom that your wirehaired pointing griffon should have a dental examination. Dental plaque caused by bacteria creates a foul stench that can only be eliminated by professional treatment. After a cleaning done by a professional, her gums and teeth may be maintained in a healthy state by feeding a special diet focused on dental health, eliminating table food, and regular brushing. The veterinarian can provide you with additional information for minimizing dental diseases and halitosis. You can use a baking soda and water paste or a dog toothpaste once or twice per week to brush your wirehaired pointing griffon’s teeth. Use a child’s soft toothbrush, a gauze pad or a piece of nylon pantyhose stretched over your finger. Periodontal disease,which is an infection between the gum and tooth, often affects wirehaired pointing griffons. Frequently, tooth loss occurs because of periodontal disease. Disease can sometimes also propagate to other areas of your wirehaired pointing griffon’s body. The vet may brush his teeth at a routine physical.
Halitosis (bad breath) in wirehaired pointing griffons
If your wirehaired pointing griffon has bad breath, gum disease may just be a symptom of another problem. Liver or intestinal diseases sometimes cause halitosis, and a pleasant, even fruity smell can be a sign of diabetes. Kidney disease might be the reason if your wirehaired pointing griffon’s breath smells of ammonia or urine. Whenever you notice your wirehaired pointing griffon has smelly breath accompanied by other symptoms of ill health, like loss of appetite, vomiting and nausea, loss of weight, moodiness, including depression, increased drinking or urination, plan a physical with his or her veterinarian.
Fleas and Ticks in wirehaired pointing griffons
During the warm seasons, it’s important for you to perform daily, regular inspections of your wirehaired pointing griffon for ticks and fleas. Use a flea comb to find and remove fleas. There are several new methods of flea and tick elimination. Speak to your veterinarian about his options.
Heartworm problems in wirehaired pointing griffons
Your wirehaired pointing griffon is at risk of developing heartworms if he is exposed to lots of mosquitoes. Mosquitoes transport the worm from dog to dog. Many wirehaired pointing griffons die yearly as a result of heartworms. It is extremely critical you make sure your wirehaired pointing griffon takes a blood test for heartworms annually each spring. It’s also wise to give your wirehaired pointing griffon a monthly tablet throughout mosquito season to help you protect her from heartworms. If ever you vacation in a warmer-than-usual climate with your wirehaired pointing griffon during the winter, she needs to be on the preventive medicine during the trip. In some of the milder locations, vets advise preventative parasite medication be taken continuously.
Toxins and Medications
Do not ever give your wirehaired pointing griffon medication that hasn’t been prescribed by her veterinarian. For example, did you know that one regular-strength ibuprofen capsule can sometimes cause ulcers in wirehaired pointing griffons? Make sure your wirehaired pointing griffon is never exposed to rat poison and other rodenticides. When you think your doggie has been exposed to a poisonous substance, immediately call the doctor or the ASPCA Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 for 24-hr. animal poison information.
wirehaired pointing griffon Reproductive Surgery
It is recommended that female wirehaired pointing griffons be spayed—the extraction of the ovaries and uterus—and males neutered—extraction of the testes—by six months old. Spaying before maturity significantly reduces the breast cancer risk, a frequently fatal and common condition of more mature female wirehaired pointing griffons. The possibility of a diseased uterus, which is also a serious disease that impacts older females, can also be removed by spaying before six months. Testicular cancer, prostate diseases, certain types of aggressions and some hernias are all preventable by neutering males.
wirehaired pointing griffon Shots
- The combination vaccine (also known as the “five-in-one shot”) needs to be given to your wirehaired pointing griffon at two, 3, and 4 months of age and again once every year. This vaccine immunizes your puppy from parainfluenza, parvovirus, leptospirosis, hepatitis, and distemper. Your wirehaired pointing griffon puppy’s immunization program cannot be finished prior to four months old.
- If your wirehaired pointing griffon has not been vaccinated and is older than 4 months, she will need to be given 2 immunizations promptly, 2 or three weeks apart. After that you must innoculate yearly.
- Your wirehaired pointing griffon pup’s socialization should coincide with the vaccination program. Most vets recommend that new owners bring their wirehaired pointing griffon pups to socialization classes, beginning at 8 to nine weeks of age. They should have already received their first innoculations by then.
Laws vary so much between different areas, the best thing is to contact your neighborhood vet about rabies vaccination info. For instance, NYC laws state that pets older than 3 months must be vaccinated for rabies. After the initial immunization, he must get another shot the following year, and then every three years. There are several innoculations, many of which are appropriate for your wirehaired pointing griffon. Others, however, are not. Ask your wirehaired pointing griffon’s vet for his recommendation. Another thing, if your wirehaired pointing griffon gets ill because she is not properly immunized, the vaccination ought to be given after your companion animal is better.
Worms in wirehaired pointing griffons
wirehaired pointing griffons are commonly exposed to worms—especially in rural areas. Eggs that carry hookworms are transmitted through a wirehaired pointing griffon’s stool. Even the healthiest of wirehaired pointing griffon puppies carry intestinal worms. An accurate, early diagnosis is the key to effective treatment. Early, accurate diagnosis maximizes the possibility that prescribed treatment will be successful against your wirehaired pointing griffon’s worms. A dewormer that eradicates roundworms, for example, can’t kill tapeworms. Your vet can best figure out the culprit—and assign the right medication.
wirehaired pointing griffon: Miscellaneous Care Tips
Checklist of wirehaired pointing griffon Supplies
- Premium-quality dog food and treats specifically for wirehaired pointing griffons and similarly-sized dogs
- Food bowl
- Water dish
- Toys, toys and more toys, including safe chew toys
- Comb and brush for grooming, including flea comb
- Collar with license and ID tag
- Dog carrier (for pups)
- Crate for training
- Dog box or bed with warm blanket or towel
- Doggie toothbrush
The no-no list
The following items should never be fed to wirehaired pointing griffons:
- Alcohol, beer, wine or liquor
- Chocolate, coffee, or tea
- Raisins and grapes
- Spoiled or moldy food of any kind
- Onions, chives or garlic
- Poultry bones
- Salt & salty foods
- Tomato leaves, stems or unripe fruit
- Yeast dough
Retain your wirehaired pointing griffon on a leash when you are outside, unless you are in a secured, fenced-in place. When your wirehaired pointing griffon does number two on a neighbor’s grass, on the sidewalk or any other public location, please remove and dispose of it! Don’t forget to check out these other articles about wirehaired pointing griffons
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