BRINGING HOME YOUR PUPPY
WHEN YOUR PUPPY COMES HOME
Your baby will have just had their vaccinations when you pick them up. Please remember that just like a human baby, they can have loss of appetite, fatigue and malaise for a few days after these shots. It’s very important they continue to drink water, even if they are not wanting much
at meal time.
Loose stools are common following immunizations and also if they are a little anxious after leaving their littermates. It is also a common response to stress. A natural way to treat this is with a few tablespoons of plain, canned pumpkin (not pie filling) to their kibble. White rice also can help. Do not let loose stools go untreated by a vet for more than a couple days or if they have other symptoms with the loose stools. Any fatigue or fever is an emergency.
Until your puppy has had all the necessary vaccinations, please do not expose your puppy to the outside, dog parks, strolls in the neighborhood, trips to the local store or even to other friends animals as the risk of parvo is great. Parvo can be deadly. Other things they can easily pick up are Coccidia and Giardia. Neither are fun. Keep the puppy safe in your home and continue to potty pad until a vet has given the full vaccine schedule. These bacterias live in soil for many years and are difficult to treat once they are contracted.
Please provide lots of toys for teething, brain stimulation and development. A tried and true trick to keep puppies occupied for a short period is to fill a KONG with peanut butter and kibble mixed together. They love it and will work for a long time to get every bit out. A snuffle mat is another good idea to add fun to treat or meal times and keeps them occupied. Whether in a crate or a playpen, your puppy must have fresh water at all times. Midwest has a stainless steel bowl that attaches to a crate or fence wall to prevent puppy from spilling. I purchased mine on Amazon and Revival Animal.
We recommend you enroll your new puppy in health insurance after you pick him or her up. Trupanion has an excellent plan. I have purchased one month at no cost to you. You have 24 hours to use your code for one free month. Please take advantage of this opportunity. We also strongly recommend that you enroll in a puppy training program and we have found that Baxter and Bella is a fantastic program and if you choose to enroll in this, please contact me for a code that will get you a discount.
Sardine oil is another great source of omegas and DHA and another daily choice for our program. We feed sardines as toppers for their kibble daily.
Your baby is accustomed to our home, our sounds, our germs. It will take some time for them to adjust to your home. They will be missing their littermates. Please give extra cuddles and kisses while they adjust.
If you are crate training, keeping their crate close to you with a stuffed animal to snuggle with may help ease the transition away from the litter and mom. We recommend making it a fun and happy place with lots of treats and toys!
MY 3 MUST HAVES
If I could recommend 3 fantastic must haves it would be a…
High Velocity Blow Dryer
And last but not least a Grooming Table. It’s totally worth it. Brushing your puppy on a grooming table is so much easier.
- Food and water bowls.
- Leash and collar- don’t spend money on anything fancy because your puppy will be growing like crazy!
- Play yard- you can buy crate/play combos from Chewy or Amazon so your puppy has a safe place for napping during the day without being in the crate all the time.
- Brushes- slicker brush, pin brush and metal grooming comb. For those wondering which we use, feel free to ask and I’ll send you pictures. I recommend the Chris Christensen series.
- Training/treat bag- several options on Amazon.
- Training treats- we like Bil Jacs- small- they are cheap and they like them. We also like boiled chicken and small pieces of frozen green beans or little frozen blue berries. Most often,
until they are closer to 12 weeks, pieces of kibble are just as enticing.
Like a human baby, everything goes in their mouth. Please be sure your home is puppy proof. If your puppy will be alone for more than a couple hours, we recommend a playpen with an area for sleep, an area for play and an area for potty. A crate for times they will be alone is also an option.
WHEN DO I GET TO TAKE HOME MY PUPPY?
Puppies will need to stay with their litter until they are 8 weeks old
All puppies will have age appropriate vaccinations.