Here are some things you will find helpful for your puppy's transition into it's new home. If you still have questions feel free to call or email me.
- Remember your puppy is leaving the home it was born and raised in. Every smell and sound will be different to him. Give him a few days to start adjusting. Only introduce your puppy to your household for the first week he/she's home.
- Kids loves puppies,and while well meaning, they may not understand how to handle a puppy. Supervise all contact between your puppy and young children. No matter how well behaved, beware. You wouldn't leave your young child in charge of a infant right?
- Housebreaking: To Crate or Not? The decision is yours alone. You will need to do the best one that fits your need. There is a wealth of information on the Internet and in books to help you decide which is right for you. We start our puppies on puppy pads at about 5-6 weeks of age or when they start weaning from Mom. Normally our puppies go home around 8 wks of age so they are still using pads at that time. If your puppy is older when he/she leaves us, most likely we have started taking the puppy outside to potty. We do not recommend "free" feeding as it makes puppies harder to housebreak. If they have constant access to food, they'll have to go to the potty much more often. I recommend a feeding schedule of 1/4 cup-1/2 cup per feeding 2-3 times daily, depending on puppy's age/size.
- Until your puppy has received his required booster vaccinations, refrain from taking him into situations where he will encounter other dogs.Public parks, pet stores or any place that is frequented by dogs should be avoided. Though you can't eliminate the vets office, you can hold your puppy while there. Do not let him on the floor. Ask the vet's technician if the examining table has been sanitized before sitting your puppy down on it. If they cannot respect your concern(infact they should be concerned too) I would look for a new vet. Do not let strangers bring their dog to "meet" yours or allow others to hold him. If asked, just say,"He hasn't had all his shots yet and I'd prefer not to take any risks".
- Puppy proof your home before his arrival. Electrical cords, paper, houseplants, etc are dangerous to your puppy. Please take the time to go through your home and think from a puppy's view what you can see and get into.
- A good idea for while you're gone during the day/night- have a gated area/small room(utility, extra bathroom, etc) or a playpen to put puppy in. Never crate your puppy for more than a few hours.