May 21, 2018

What to expect with your 12 week old puppy

Arnie Sproodle Pup

‘Arnie’ The Sproodle Pup


I know, I know, you want to get your new pup on his/her feet as quickly as quickly as possible, so they can sniff, track and discover their new world. It’s exciting as a pet owner and one of the most rewarding things you can do for your dog.

But first, there are precautions that must be taken and adhered to in order to ensure full pet satisfaction and health.

Also, (unknowingly) I forgot to explain in my previous post about what exactly Arnie is. Well, he’s a Sproodle – Thought you’d heard them all? Think again.

Springerdoodles are more commonly known as Sproodles. They’re a cross between the English Springer Spaniel and the Poodle. Their coat is of a non-shedding type. And have all the lovely playful traits of the classic Springer combined with the more docile temperament of the Poodle.

Resulting in a beautiful dog.

Okay, so what to expect with a 12 week old puppy?

Arnie’s Morning

Blue-eyed and bushy-tailed, Arnie leapt from his over-sized bed ready to start the day. After the sproodle downed his gourmet breakfast of flaked Salmon and kibbles (Guilty Mummy breakfast for what was to come) it was only a matter of time before his very long anticipated appointment at the vets.

Arnie at this point was ‘full of beans’ shall we say? However, this was not reciprocated by his human ‘brother’, Jacob. Who was quite happily snoring away to the classical music he usually sleeps to.

Come 8 am, it was time to get ‘both’ boys up (Yes, I’m afraid Arnie’s ‘bean’ theory had soon been flattened and his ‘get up and go’ along with it).

Morning routine done, we were now heading to the vets for Arnie’s twelve-week check-up. We love our new family member, and as such we want him to live a long, healthy and happy life. So vaccinations are a must for achieving this.

After routine visits to your vets, you soon become familiar with who your designated vet is and the three-way relationship between you, your puppy and your vet is born.

Park Hall Veterinary

Park Hall Vets

Consistency is the key to most anything in life, and your veterinary visits are no exception. By going at the necessary times, your vet will become accustomed to you and your puppies needs. Trust me, you’ll soon find that space where you can feel comfortable enough to confide in them regarding anything, in order to deliver the best possible care for your puppy.

Which is a must!

Holding onto your puppy whilst the vaccination is being administered is an incredibly hard thing to do – Really, I commend anyone who can do so without a few tears. However, it is the most warming and reassuring thing you can do for your puppy. It’s a loving cuddle to let him know that you are there and that everything is going to be alright at a time when he needs it most.

Well, of course, they are our fur-children, and you would do anything to take away their discomforts.

Vaccinations done and finally, we are homeward bound. Arnie looked as though the stuffing had been knocked out of him and appeared very lethargic on the drive back. The ‘nasty/mean’ part was over and he had everything now to look forward to; plenty of cuddles, love and finally with his vaccinations protecting him from any diseases (Including the newly discovered Parvovirus), walkies!

It’s a long haul to get to this point but also a rewarding one.

Look out neighbours, here comes Arnie!

Rachy and Arnie

See more of Arnie’s adventures here!

4 responses to “What to expect with your 12 week old puppy”

  1. Phill Slater says:

    Beautiful dog, nice post. Showed the pictures to my cat, he wasn’t impressed but he’s a bit anti dog.

  2. Simon Barnes says:

    We have brought a Sproodle which we pick up next weekend. She’s called Kona. My children and I are very excited. Can I ask you what food do you feed Arnie? There seems to be an endless choice.

    • Rachyreviews says:

      Oh that’s wonderful news – They are little characters mind you!

      And of course, the food that I have religiously stuck to for Arnie (AND had no problems with throughout his developmental journey whenever it has came to digestion etc) has been ‘Taste of the Wild’ in particular the flavour ‘High Prarie Canine formula with roasted venison and bison’ – Seems to be his favourite!

      I did my research.

      But they do a plethora of flavours and also cater wonderfully to puppies. Like I said, he’s had no issues from this food, including no vet bills. I honestly can vouch for this brand for being an excellent choice because the primary ingredient is meat, there’s no actual rubbish in this kibble that will cause your dog any harm.

      I hope that helps, and Kona is a lovely name, she will honestly melt your heart and enhance your life.

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