The Wire Fox

Your New Puppy

Caring For Your New Puppy

You have chosen a Wire Fox Terrier, and  we hope you and your new dog will give each other many, many years of fun and pleasure. The following notes outline a few basic rules, guidelines and training tips to help you get the very best from your puppy.

Early Days

Your puppy may need a little peace and quiet when it first arrives home. Some puppies take a new environment very much in their stride, while others may take a day or so to adjust. Help your new puppy to settle in to its new home by ensuring it has its own bed or basket where it can go and rest undisturbed – especially if there are young children about.

Whether you use a plastic bed/bowl, basket or even a cardboard box (ideal for the early days) you will need to use soft bedding for the puppy to sleep on. Vet bed is perfect, because it is easy to wash and dries very quickly. Blankets or doggy duvets are also suitable. Avoid bean filled beds, as these can cause choking if ripped open. And puppies love chewing things.

Toilet Training

It is never too soon to start toilet training. Put newspaper down on the floor near to the puppies bed in case of accidents; there will certainly be some - especially overnight. If the paper can be placed between the puppy’s bed and the back door, so much the better. The newspaper should gradually be moved nearer the back door so the puppy gets used to the idea of going to the door when it wants to go to the loo. Puppies will nearly always go when they first wake up – so take your puppy outside as soon as it does wake up. Use a command such as “quickly” or “hurry up”, and then give it lots of praise when it does what is required. Puppies will also want to go after a meal, so go through the same procedure after meal times.


Below are details of your puppies feed; we recommend that you continue on the feed, but if you prefer to change to another type of food, ensure the change is gradual. Add a small quantity into the current feed, increasing the amount of new feed over a matter of days. Which ever feed you choose, follow the manufacturers recommendations and DO NOT add extra additives to complete or balanced feeds - they are already included, and adding extra only creates an imbalance and can actually do harm to your puppy.

Whatever type of feed you choose, a constant supply of clean fresh water should be available.

Puppy’s Diet - 8 weeks to 26 weeks

Breakfast – drink of warm milk and 1 hard boiled egg finely chopped up.

Mid-Day – Pedigree Chum Puppy food mixed with puppy meal.

Evening Meal – Repeat Mid– Day meal.

Before Bed – A drink of warm milk with a Rusk (helps to settle puppy to sleep).

Puppies love Bonio biscuits - also a large raw bone will help with cutting teeth.


Your puppy MUST NOT be taken into public places (where other dogs may have been) until it had finished a course of vaccinations.

Immunisation starts at between 8 and 10 weeks of age. Consult your Vet. before you bring your puppy home - he will recommend the best age to start the vaccinations.

Your Vet. will vaccinate against Canine Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis and Parvovirus. Once immunisation is complete you can take your puppy out into public places, knowing he is protected  (usually one week after the last jab). Yearly boosters are required throughout the lifetime of your pet.


A very young puppy will get all the exercise it needs through playing; in any case proper exercise cannot commence until immunisation is complete.

In the early days – until maturity – keep the walks short, but regular. Larger breeds especially can suffer detrimental effects if over exercised.

Whenever, and wherever, you puppy or adult dog is exercised, do ensure you clear up after him. A couple of plastic bags and some tissue don’t take up much room in a pocket or a bag, and will ensure your dog doesn’t cause offence to anybody.


An obedient dog is a happy dog, and is also a pleasure to own.

Keep your commands short and consistent. Come, Sit, Heel Wait/Stay, Down (for lying down) and Off (to stop him jumping up at you) are the key commands. Training can start at meal times by telling your puppy to SIT for his meal, and perhaps later WAIT until allowed to take it. Keep training sessions short; a puppy – like a small child - has a very short attention span.

Do consider taking your puppy to training classes. .Not only will you be taught how to teach your dog the basics of obedience, but he will also be able to socialise with other dogs – something which is very important. If you have never owned a dog before, and your puppy is too young to attend obedience classes – why not go along as a spectator. You’ll soon get the idea of how it is done.

A Fox Terrier makes a wonderful family dog – especially for an active family with energetic children. Fox Terriers are hardy dogs and full of fun and mischief; there’s never a dull moment with a Fox Terrier about.

Like most terriers, they are generally very loving with people – to the point of devotion - and their loyalty knows no bounds. They don’t always show the same fondness for other dogs, or cats – especially if provoked.

The terrier personality is feisty and alert, and this makes for a good watch dog. They don’t miss anything.


Groom your puppy regularly. You will have to be firm to begin with - most puppies think a comb or a brush is a toy to be played with. This may seem funny when he’s 9 weeks old, but not so amusing when he gets older and still won’t let go of the brush or comb.

All you need is a stiff bristle brush and a medium toothed comb.

In the summertime, especially watch out for fleas. If you find small black specks (flea droppings) or even the fleas themselves, your dog will need to be treated with a shampoo, a powder, or a spray. Other flea controls are available - consult your Vet.. Bedding and carpets should also be cleaned and treated with an appropriate preparation.


Your puppy should already have been wormed. However, you will need to continue his worming treatment at 3, 6 and 12 months of age – and then every six months. If in any doubt as to which preparation to use, consult your Vet. When you take your puppy for his vaccinations.


Bitches in Season

If you own a bitch and decide not to have her spayed, you must ensure you keep her confined to quarters when she is in season. Seasons usually start at six months onwards, and then occur approximately every six months (although each bitch is different, and seasons can vary from 4 – 12 months).

A season lasts for 21 days and your bitch will be ready to mate between day 8 and 15 (as a general rule). During a season NEVER leave your bitch outside unsupervised – not even in a well-fenced garden. A dog can be very persistent with a bitch in season; where there’s a will there’s a way!

If you don’t wish to breed from your bitch - or show her - you may be best advised to consider having her spayed.


Get your puppy used to the car gradually. Start with short pleasurable journeys (not to the Vet.) and avoid travelling shortly after mealtimes.

Ensure there is adequate ventilation whilst in motion, or stationary. NEVER, EVER leave your dog in a car during warm or hot weather. Even with the windows open a car can turn into an oven within minutes during hot weather . Dogs die in cars every year as a result of thoughtless or ignorant owners.

                                       Some Extra Hints

DO ensure your puppy has adequate rest without disturbances (especially from yourng children).

DO be consistent, fair and firm in your commands, training and treatment of your puppy.

DO regularly check your garden fences for holes or gaps.

DO be prepared to clear up if your dog fouls in a public place.

DO train your dog. An obedient dog is a happy dog and also a pleasure to own.

DON’T throw sticks for your dog to catch. - they could easily get lodged in his throat.

DON’T allow small toys which could choke your dog. Play-balls should be bigger than a tennis ball.

DON’T over exercise your puppy or young dog.

DON’T leave a choke chain on your dog. It can get caught up on things with disastrous consequences.

DON’T leave your dog tied up outside shops etc; there is, unfortunately, a market for stolen dogs - and a Wire Fox Terrier is a very attractive and appealing dog.

NEVER EVER leave your dog in a car in warm or hot weather - even for a few minutes. This can be a killer.

                                            And finally . . . .

If you ever need help or advice, or you have any problems with your puppy or dog, please telephone the breeder. They will always help you.

And if you find for any reason you cannot keep your puppy, or dog (at whatever age), again - please contact the breeder. There won’t be any recriminations - just help and advice.


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