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Puppy Care

Puppy Care Instructions

For puppies 8-12 weeks

Recommendations from your Trainer/Breeders at Northwest Lagottos



  • Feed per the schedule on your Royal Canin Puppy Medium food bag and allow all the water they want throughout the day during feedings.

  • between 6 months and a year of age, transition from puppy to adult food. Lagotto do not do well on a heavy protein diet and research is linking too much protein at an early age to too much growth too quickly which can lead to potential health issues.

  • Do not leave food down in the house at all times if you have difficulty house breaking; give food on a schedule and water when the puppy is supervised.  Once housebreaking is consistant, it is best to allow free access to water.




We strongly recommend crate training your puppy from the start. By crate training the puppy, you are protecting your puppy from potential deadly situations. Your puppy has learned the basics of crating already.  With crate training, you are training your puppy in positive and safe ways. No harm is done to the puppy while it is in the crate for reasonable periods of time.


  • The Puppy should be in the crate when an adult cannot supervise him or her.

  • Leave him/her crated through the night; like a baby it will cry but if you take it out you are training it to cry.

  • A puppy will adapt to your schedule; though remember that it takes time (months of proper nutrition and growth) for your puppys bowels and bladder to grow enough to make it through long periods of time without an accident.

  • NEVER USE NEWSPAPERS; this adds a step to housebreaking.

  • Remember to pick the puppy up and take it out as soon as you open the crate door, 10 minutes after feeding or drinking and 10 minutes after a play session has started.




  • Be sure to stick with the booster regimen for your puppys optimum health and protection.

  • Do not take your puppy to very public places where there is much unknown traffic (parks, rest areas, school yards), and hold your puppy in the vets office.

  • Stick with meat based dog food; stay away from grocery store foods.

  • Do not give chew toys that can be pulled apart, ingested, or that resemble human objects.

  • Do not leave your puppy unsupervised when tied up. They can hang themselves.

  • Do not leave a dog unattended in a car or truck ever.

  • Always keep your dog under control, for its own protection.

  • Never leave your puppy alone and unsupervised with children or a dog that you don't know.



  • Never allow your puppy to jump up on any person; this can be dangerous.  We have trained them to mand, require it.

  • Never allow your puppy to chew on people or their clothing; this can lead to aggressive behaviors later in the puppys' life.

  • Never play tug-of-war with your dog as this activity can encourage aggressive behavior.

Remember that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure:

Your puppy is an incredible responsibility.

Never allow in your puppies behaviour, what you do not want in your dog.


Keep them safe!

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