Finally it is time to bring your new puppy home. Here are a few preperations that you need to go through to get ready for that new baby.
Create a safe, friendly enviroment. Remember bringing home your new puppy is like bringing home a new baby. Limit excitement and handling as much as possible. Puppies require about 16 hours of sleep a day.If they do not get proper rest they can get sick.
Here is a checklist;
1- Make sure that all poisonous items are stored out of puppies reach.
2- Remove any poisonous plants.
3- Look at your home from your new puppies point of view and remove hazardous items.
There are things that your new puppy will need so I would suggest purchasing them in advance if possible;
1- Food and Water dishes.
2- A collar and a leash.
3- A pin brush for fluffing, and a nice comb. Brushs are great for surface brushing but you really need a comb for getting the mats out and getting down to the skin.
4- Safe and appropriate toys. Provide a wide variety of toys. If chewing becomes a problem try using some of the Bitter Apple sprays they have available.
5- A kennel or crate for sleeping in.
6- A baby gate to keep puppy from going where you don't want him to or to keep him from falling down the stairs.
7- Wellness Just For Puppy dry food.
8- Puppy Treats. We recommend Wellness Just For Puppy Treats and Itty Bitty Buddy Biscuits. You can also use plain Cheerios.
Puppies have different nutritional needs than an adult dog. By feeding a complete and balanced nutritional food you can help maintain heathy teeth, bones, weight, and help keep your dog healthy for a long time to come.
Puppies should be fed 3-4 times a day. We have had food out for them 24/7.
We recommend only feeding dry dog food.
If your puppy is not eating when you bring him home, you can entice your puppy by adding warm water to the food to make it soft.
You can also offer the pup some canned chicken or beef baby food. You can mix this with the dry food.
Try not to make a habit of this as dry food is better for their teeth.
Making the transition easy;
1- Decide on a name and use it all the time.
2- Keep your puppy with you at all times... this will keep him out of trouble.
3- Let sleeping puppies lie. They need their rest as much as you do!
4- Teach young children the proper way to hold and care for the puppy.
5- Don't leave your puppy unattended with young children or other pets until everyone has adjusted well.
1- Establish a routine and STICK WITH IT!!!!! Take your puppy out after eating and sleeping.
2- Until the puppy is completely trained keep and eye on him!
3- Crate-training is essential! Crate training is much easier to train and housebreak a puppy.
4- Designate a certain potty area and stick with it!
5- Correct the puppies mistakes only when you catch him in the act.
6- It is not uncommon for a puppy to come down with diarrhea from the stress of moving to its new home, change of water or food. If it continues have the pup looked at by your vet.
A great book to invest in and read is "Puppies For Dummies".
Enroll in a Puppy Kindergarten or Obedience Class. This is highly recommended. It is fun for the owner as well as the puppy.
Talk with your vet about Frontline Plus which is a once a month flea and tick prevention. Also, talk to your vet about a heartworm tablet to give once a month to prevent heartworm. Heartworm is very expensive to treat once they have it. They get it from Mosquito's.
We are more than willing at anytime to help you out with any concerns you have while owning your pup/dog. Feel free to call us anytime at 207-743-1936 or e-mail me at aTender1@yahoo.com
If you can no longer keep your pet please contact us as we take all our pups/dogs back.
Still have questions? Please contact us anytime! We look forward to hearing from you.