Preparing your home for your exciting new addition is just as important as your decision to bring a new puppy into your home. Just like an expecting couple prepares for an infant, so should you prepare for your new puppy. Your first decision should be what supplies you will need to purchase and set up. (Vet schedules, Feeding, Puppy activities, Puppy Schedule, and don’t forget the car ride home). Your puppy will need a room or a specific area to call his own that will allow you to be away from him if you need, as well as keeping him safe and restricting the amount of area where accidents can occur. Your puppy has been started on litter box training since he turned 3 weeks old, they are extremely quick at picking it up. This method can become a permanent method of potty training or it can greatly assist you in the potty training process. We also recommend setting a strict schedule and sticking to it. This will speed up the potty training process, as well as helping you to understand your puppies needs much better. Click the Link below for a short video on preparing for puppy.
The exciting day has finally come and its time to pick your precious baby up, going home begins with a car ride, this can be a stressful event for your puppy. We do not recommend a kennel or a crate for the drive home. We Prefer someone drive while the other holds him on their lap where they can pet him and distract him. Your puppy is tiny and he will be easy to hold. Wrapping him in a blanket or towel helps to calm and reassure him. Most puppies do not become sick from any motion sickness, but from the ANXIETY that the vibrations, sounds and the strange movements that the car ride can cause. Holding your puppy instead of crating him for the drive home will help to calm him and help to relieve some of the over stimulation the car ride can cause. It is important that his first car ride is not a stressful one that may lead up to, or begin bad habits. Before you get in the car your first job is to try and get your puppy to relieve himself so that there are no unpleasant surprises stimulated by the stress of the drive. If you have a long drive ahead of you we STRONGLY recommend not stopping at highway rest stops or gas stations to let your puppy relieve themselves. At this very young age your puppy has very little to no protection from common dog diseases. These areas can easily be contaminated with organisms left by other dogs. Being a little extra cautious can prevent many unnecessary vet visits.
Getting home with your new baby is so exciting and you can finally begin introducing him to your life! But before you do, remember that leaving his litter mates and his mother can bring about some anxiety for puppy. Planning ahead and scheduling time for yourself and puppy for the first 3 to 4 days can help diminish this anxiety. There are many recommendations to leave your puppy alone and allow them to adjust to their new surroundings by crating them. We do not agree, we suggest that you plan for this introductory phase by keeping puppy involved with you and your family as well as getting plenty of attention from all family members. When you are not with puppy he should be sleeping. Doing it this way will amaze you at how much this will speed up the house training process. We do not recommend taking puppy very many places until after his first vet checkup (we recommend scheduling this visit as soon as you know when puppy is coming home, and should be within 3 days of puppy being home) and his shots have been completed. If you have young children in the home, you should take this special time with your family and teach them how to handle and be delicate with the puppy. As well as common sense basics on how to play with, and when and how to feed and water puppy. Click the link below for a video on how to survive your fist night with puppy.
One of the first things you should do when you find out when you can bring your puppy home is to find a good vet and schedule a health checkup. This should be within the first three days of the puppy being home. The vet should do a well check, which sometimes includes a fecal test. Be aware that only the expensive SNAP test is a conclusive one, so any other test is not 100% accurate. They can have false positives and negatives. If you choose to have a SNAP test and it shows Giardia, they will likely want to treat with Metronidazole or Fenbendazole even if your puppy is not symptomatic. If Coccidia shows up in a fecal test, that is considered common. Research shows that EVERY dog harbors this in their systems. Our puppies are raised in our home in a non-kennel environment where they are allowed to experience family and the world as they grow. They are taken out in our yard where they are allowed to explore and play with things they would experience in any home. They follow children around, they lick a childs nose sweetly. They say hi when they see ducks and want to know what they are. They see chickens and find out that chickens will peck if they get to close. They are allowed to experience things rather than being in a pen their whole life. We believe that they should be allowed to experience these things in order to give you a well socialized and very happy puppy. This means they are exposed to real world things, like Giardia and Coccidia. We do everything in our power to prevent this but choose to allow puppies to experience life rather than be raised in a kennel. Puppies and dogs can be infected with Giardia by very simple things like walking over dirt or grass and then licking their paw, or drinking water from a puddle or sidewalk, or chewing on an old stick Etc.
MOST IMPORTANT to purchase BEFORE puppy pick up
NUTRITION is ESSENTIAL: The choices you make play a vital role in the Health and Longevity of your pet.
We recommend PURINA PRO PLAN PUPPY
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NUVET PLUS WELLNESS WAFERS:
Why supplement if you feed a “good food?” NuVet NOURISHES you pet for the Longest-Healthiest life possible. Fills in vital nutrients missing in processed pet food which boosts immunity, reduces cell damage which causes rapid aging, and supports optimal health. They have a 23 year recall free record and human grade ingredients, made in the US. Click here: www.nuvet.com/ 527037 OR Call 800-474-7400, reference # 527037 (They also carry natural ear cleaner, shampoos and spot remover for potty training) They offer an Auto-Ship discount of 15% which breaks down to about $8 a month for small breeds under 5 pounds. Set at the frequency you prefer. Cancel any time. (Please avoid products manufactured in China – They often contain toxins)
____ Food and water bowls ( stainless steel – avoid plastic which can leach into the food/water ) We love the Midwest snap’y fit bowls, these allow you to attach them to your puppies crate at different heights, this helps with Puppies digestion as well as being easier for you to clean.
____ Bed: We like Wash’nZip: www.washnzippetbed.com Easy to clean and hard to destroy! Use the code DESIGNER for 15% off of your order! Get the Puppy Proofer too.
____ PLEASE be sure to register your microchip!!!
Go to www.freepetchipregistry.com to register your new baby.
____ ID tag and harness/collar/leash
(Your puppy will be smaller than 5 pounds so make sure you get one that fits when he gets home and not one that is too large, you can always buy a bigger one later)
____ Puppy waste bags - for walks
____Crate - Small/Medium size crate with divider (We recommend getting one that your puppy can grow into and that will work for him as an adult). This is the best way to potty train and your dog. Not ‘cruel’ but actually gives your puppy comfort like a ‘den’ once they adjust to it. They will cry at 1st much like a baby adjusting to a crib. Click the link below for 25% off your order:
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____ Puppy pee pads - if you plan to train your pup indoors at any time.
____ Doggy Litter (If you choose to continue the litter box method. Any doggy litter will work).
____ Litter Box (be sure this has small enough sides, puppy needs to be able to climb in and out)
____ Paper towels & spot cleaner - for accidents ( NuVet makes a good one)
____ Teething toys (puppies prefer certain textures and may prefer one type of toy over others so you may want a small selection to begin with).
____ Puppy treats – We love NuVet and so does your pup. If using others CHECK INGREDIENTS! Many have fillers and ingredients that may cause upset tummies and diarrhea.
____ Shampoo and conditioner - - NuVet makes a great one. Don’t use human products- Dogs have different PH and human shampoos are irritating
____ Dog brush and comb
____ Dog tooth brush and toothpaste
____ Ear cleaner (NuVet’s is great)
____ Good puppy books - some suggestions:
How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves - by Sophia Yin
The Dog Listener - by Jan Fennel
How to Raise the Perfect Dog Through Puppyhood and Beyond - by Cesar Millan
The Puppy Primer - Pat McConnell'sOur mission is to bring a long life of LOVE, JOY and LAUGHTER to your home.
What to feed puppy, when to feed puppy and how to feed puppy can become major issues for the first couple of days for many new owners. New Owners worry that without his mother’s milk their puppy will not adjust to their new home. We recommend feeding the same type of brand name food (PURINA PROPLAN) that we are feeding our puppies for the first couple of weeks. With a little help from you. Your puppy should adjust quite well with this new transition. You should start by establishing a consistent feeding schedule. Our puppies are fed three times a day at 7:30 AM, Noon, and once more at 5:30-6:00 PM. They get potty breaks after each feeding. Not only will this help with the potty training process this will also help make their transition smoother. Most puppies begin eating dog food at 21 days old and even though their eyes don‘t open until 11-13 days they are ready to start on something in addition to mothers milk. At only 10 Days old they are introduced to puppy food soaked in liquid to soften it. The first day they may only stick their noses in it and try to lick some of the liquid off of noses and faces. Which can lead to some pretty cute and funny videos! But after they try it they will eat it very well. As soon as they begin chewing with no problems the amount of liquid is gradually reduced until they are just eating dry puppy food. Most puppies at 7 weeks are fully weaned and eating dry puppy food with little to no problems.