Breeding pups - success story
How to breed
Poem - Dogs - Enjoy the Summer
Socializing a puppy
Fireworks - how to make your dog feel safe
Taking on a rescue dog
Poem - Fall
2. Chewing at nine months
Chewing from stress should not be confused with chewing because of jaw ache from what everyone calls 'the head splitting' at nine months. This is when a bulldog's cheek bones become more prominent and his or her jaw comes more forward. For about three weeks they have an ache in their jaw and like to make it feel better by chewing anything: the new sofa, the telephone wire, the table legs – you know! Give them lots of things to chew, toys made of rope, hide chews, pigs' ears, cereal chews. But don't give bones because of splinters and this advice goes for the big artificial bones too, which sometimes split unpredictably. Apart from that anything goes and it's better if it's a toy and not the furniture!
2. Whelping pack
These are useful things to have:
Diaralyte for re-hydrating puppies. Lactol, Welpi or goats' milk and either syringes or puppy nursers in case of the need to supplementary feed the pups. Glucose for the bitch. Tripe to feed her with to tempt her appetite. A heat lamp or fire. A room thermometer (temperature needs to be 85F or 20C for the first three days). Heavy, steady food and water bowls. A box with blanket and hot water bottle or heat pad for the pups during the birth. The cost of a caesarian if it is needed (most unlikely, but see below for symptoms) – about £600. Alert your vet to the bitch's pregnancy.
Warm weather is very welcome but remember, as always, dogs are wearing fur coats and do not really want to be walking in hot weather. It is also very dangerous to go bike riding with a dog on a lead, and the reasons are given here. An accident is always possible if the dog sees another dog (or a cat, squirrel, bird) and runs after it, pulling the bike over. Remember, too, that if you are riding a bike with your dog on a lead running beside you, that your dog cannot stop without pulling you over, and dogs need to stop, or may wish to for a sniff.
Health and Behaviour
Just to remind everyone raisins and any dry fruit are very dangerous to dogs, and butter in any large quantity (more than an ounce or two) causes pancreatitis in bulldogs, which can be fatal.
The weather is not seasonal but wet. Make sure dogs in kennels are dry and safe from flooding. If necessary bring them in. Flooding can unnerve dogs and they can be very frightened by the strange and eddying waters of an overflowing river.
We hope everyone with an Aylestone has a really good Christmas, but don't forget that dogs usually don't like parties – so let them be quiet in their special place.
M. Storer's White Stokes Eros of Aylestone has been registered. He is the first Aylestone in Guernsey and the Committee was very pleased and interested at this event. Cupid's Bonney Girl is his dam and Sea Shanty Singer his sire. His litter is also the first of Bella Bar Tok's descendants to be registered as Aylestones. (Rustling Red Rusty, mated with C-J Cassidy in October, is his grand-dam's sister).
2. Use of hay to keep pups warm
A major problem in winter is keeping puppies warm – at 85F/20C in the first few days and then at 75F thereafter. Although warm bedding is good, sometimes it can cause a problem by rucking up so that pups get caught in or under it. Carpet stretched out in the whelping bed so that pups cannot get under it is an excellent solution, but as the pups get older they still need to stay warm. Hay can be used effectively to keep older pups warm and cosy. However, it is difficult to use with young pups if a farrowing rail is also being used as care must be taken to make sure it is not compacting under the rails and so allowing pups that get behind mum to be squashed. Better not used with very young pups, but definitely snug for those over 3 weeks.
Rockhill Bulldogs Project
The Rockhill project is going well. There are now dog and bitch pups from five lines to provide a healthy basis to go forward to produce a black or blue bulldog (flowering blue or black with white is also allowed) with a blue tongue. It's going well.
2. False Pregnancy
Bitches have an oestrus cycle which includes false pregnancy. Sometimes this false pregnancy continues for weeks with all the symptoms of a true pregnancy and this can take place after a successful mating. The bitch can show all the signs of being pregnant, making a nest, producing milk, looking pregnant, perhaps even going into labour. Some also adopt toys as pups - and get very upset if they are taken away!
New pup news, advice on keeping people in fur coats cool in hot weather. Summer poem. Don't forget we want photos and poems and stories by YOU!
How to help your dog manage fireworks outside - Hallowe'en, Diwali and Guy Fawkes/Bonfire Night.
Advice on keeping dogs and puppies safe at Christmas. Christmas poem.
Chocolate alternatives at Easter. Dangers of treats with dried fruit.
Stud and dam lists.
Poem for Easter
Hot weather and euphoric! Bells peal, guns thunder and we know who will lead the British for eighty more years! Meanwhile the dogs are sweltering in fur coats and the need is to keep them cool. Best advice in the house is to open the windows in the evening and early morning when the air is cooler and keep your dog in the coolest room.