Samoyeds are some of the most beautiful dogs there are. The puppies are just simply adorable with their fluffy white fur and extremely dark eyes that peer out from behind the fluff ball of white hair. These are highly intelligent dogs that are known for their gentle, loving nature that make them some of the best dogs to own as family pets. Samoyeds were originally bred as working dogs to pull sleds, herd reindeer, and keep their owner warm at night by sleeping on top of them. To the Samoyed people of Siberia, these dogs were indispensable and played a large role in the livelihoods and their personal lives. Although there are a lot of things these dogs require in order to take good care of them, many are the same types of things that any breed would require, and then there are some that are specific to this particular breed. Here are the top tips for taking care of a Samoyed puppy so that they can have happy, healthy lives.
1. Check for fleas and parasites
Because this is a big, fluffy dog with lots of hair, it is very easy for fleas, flea dirt, and parasites to hide in the fur of a Samoyed. Without checking, and really looking deep into the fur and down to the skin, you may not know they have anything, and they could end up having skin problems. With such thick fur, it can even be difficult to detect skin issues, so it is essential to check their fur and skin on a daily basis to be sure they don’t have fleas, flea dirt, ticks or any other type of parasite. Look for moving black dots, which could be fleas, or black specks, which may be flea dirt, and an indication there could be fleas. Keeping your Samoyed free of fleas and ticks is important. Flea and tick preventative should be done year round and treatments should be started right away to prevent bigger problems.
2. Training is very important for Samoyeds
Samoyeds are not only big dogs, but very intelligent dogs. Intelligent dogs tend to be a bit precocious and will try to run you, if you don’t let them know their place right from the start. Work with your puppy as soon as you get him and start training him on basic commands, house rules, work with him on house breaking, and leash train him. You want your Samoyed to obey you from the beginning so that he becomes better behaved and easier to control as he gets bigger. Samoyeds learn best when they are trained with motivational training techniques, as opposed to repetitive training. Because they are so intelligent, repetitive training becomes a bore for this breed, and they will stop listening and following direction quickly.
3. Exercise him a lot
This is a working breed of dog and they need a lot of exercise. They are used to being out of doors and engaging in daily duties, like pulling, running, herding, and any other task an owner sets for them. If they aren’t working dogs, then they at least need to be exercised on a regular basis; long walks every day, running, fetch, anything that keeps them active. These are not laying around dogs and will get bored easily.
4. Regular grooming
A Samoyed needs to be groomed regularly due to their thick, double coat of white fur – it can show dirt quite a bit. Proper grooming of your Samoyed starts with daily brushing, and even more often during heavy shedding seasons. Use a metal pin brush for your Samoyed; they work the best for their type of fur. You should bathe your Samoyed about once every three weeks, unless he has gotten dirty in between, and for owners who aren’t into the detailed grooming of clipping and trimming fur, or nails, regular trips to a professional groomer is a good idea. Keeping your Samoyed groomed regularly during the summer will really help to keep him cool and comfortable.
5. Proper feeding
Your Samoyed’s diet is very important to a healthy life. Good, quality dog food, even homemade meals with cooked, lean meats like turkey and chicken with vegetables, such as peas and carrots, help your dog get the protein and vitamins and minerals they need. Scheduled feeding times and regulated amounts of food are just as important as what they eat. Large breeds of dogs are prone to a stomach condition called bloat. Bloat can be fatal if left untreated so monitoring the amount of food your Samoyed eats at each meal and each day, is important to help their digestive tract stay healthy and functioning properly.
Samoyeds are wonderful dogs for many reasons and if they get the good love and care they each deserve, these dogs can make excellent companions for you and your family for many years. These are the top five tips for caring for your Samoyed puppy, and for more good tips on how to take care of your Samoyed all the way through their life, you can find more tips online and by talking to your veterinarian.