Your puppy will be a minimum of eight weeks old when you take it home. These tips on puppy care will help you give proper care to your pup so it lives a long and happy life. Always remember your puppy is not a toy, but a living, breathing live animal with feelings and emotions that requires you to treat it with compassion and kindness.
PLEASE: Keep your puppy contained in a safe place inside your home while house training him when you cannot watch him, such as when you are sleeping or gone from your home. We recommend purchasing an Ex Pen that can be set up in many different shapes in any location.
Or children’s safety gates across door ways. Never close a solid door, locking a puppy inside a room as they need to see out to be happy. We DO NOT recommend keeping a puppy locked up in a travel kennel or small crate.
1) All puppies need to chew in order to develop strong clean teeth. They will naturally chew on anything and everything. Give your puppy its own healthy chew toys. It will quickly learn to chew them instead of furniture, shoes, rugs, or anything it can sink its teeth into including things that are dangerous to your pup if digested.
2) In order for your puppy to grow up to be as big, strong and healthy as possible it requires a proper diet formulated for puppies. Not just any dog food and never human food but food meant for a puppy such as Purina Puppy Chow which I use. Your pup should receive this until at least ten months old, unless otherwise stipulated by your Veterinarian. Small breed puppies must have access to a bowl of dry food at all times and of course clean drinking water at all times. This is a necessity for small breeds!!! Do not restrict access to Food and Water. Use only ceramic or metal food and water dishes. Some puppies will not eat/drink enough out of plastic dishes as they smell like petroleum. Plastic dishes are NOT GOOD.
3) All puppies have to be house broken with firm kindness. Do not expect your little puppy to be house broken completely until a minimum of four months old. Young puppies can not control their bladders or bowels anymore than a young child still in diapers. The three most usual times for a puppy to have to go to the bathroom are, as soon as it wakes up, as soon as it eats and as soon as it gets excited by playing or bouncing around. Watch your puppy closely and gently put it outside when your pup has to do its duties. DO NOT BE A CRUEL OWNER AND PUNISH THE PUPPY FOR AN ACCIDENT BY RUBBING ITS NOSE IN IT. YOU END UP MAKING THE PUP NEUROTIC AND AFRAID OF YOU.
4) All puppies and dogs need exercise, with some breeds requiring a great deal of outside exercise. A dog that does not get its required amount of exercise will often be a problem dog, barking excessively, destroying your property, even starting to bite or mess in the house instead of outside.
5) To keep your dog healthy it needs to be on a regular deworming schedule and all needed Vaccinations given according to its age. Consult your Vet on when to give Vaccinations.
6) It is always best to research your puppies breed or breed types to better understand your puppy.
7) Be kind to your puppy. A firmly spoken “NO” will teach your little friend far quicker than hitting or kicking it. Use the BIG FOUR: Kindness, Patience, Consistency and Repetition. Dogs are actually very intelligent animals and react to firm but kind discipline far better than Abuse.
8) Forcing a puppy/dog to be locked in a kennel or crate more than maximum 8 hours a day out of the 24 hours in the day is CRUEL. Locking a puppy/dog in a room where it cannot see out is CRUEL. Use Safety gates so it can see out. BE FAIR!!! BE KIND!!!
9) NEVER LOCK YOUR PUPPY/DOG UP IN A KENNEL FOR MORE THAN 8 HOURS A DAY………IF LOCKED UP IN THE KENNEL AT NIGHT THAT IS ALREADY MAX TIME OF 8 HOURS A DAY!!! NOW YOUR GOING TO LOCK HIM BACK IN THAT KENNEL FOR ANOTHER 8 to 9 HOURS WHILE YOU ARE GONE TO WORK??? ADD IT UP??? THAT PUPPY IS NOW SPENDING ALL NIGHT AND ALL DAY IN JAIL!!! THINK ABOUT IT!!! Puppy must be let out to the bathroom every 3 to 4 hours or it will have to relieve itself in the kennel. IMPORTANT: We strongly recommend though that your puppy be contained in a safe pen or safe area in your home when you cannot watch him all the time. We recommend a 30 inch high “Ex Pen” as very versatile for setting up in different shapes and areas.
10)Please teach your children how to properly pick up and play with a puppy. Quite often in self-defense from improper handling from children a puppy will end up distrusting children and may bite them as it becomes older.
11) PLEASE NOTE: YOUR PUPPY IS A HOUSE DOG ONLY NOT AN OUTSIDE DOG. This puppy is meant to live inside the house and only outside to run and play, not live outside.
12) A puppy needs its toenails clipped regularly. They will require regular grooming by you or professionally done depending on the breed.
13) Keep the hair around your puppies bum clipped short to promote cleanliness and prevent clumping leading to straining to poop. Keep the hair under the puppy/dogs eyes clean as sores can develop from the wetness.
14) The first few days in your home are very stressful for a puppy. DO NOT START LEASH/HARNESS TRAINING, in the first 7+ days. Also do not bath the puppy or anything else traumatic for 7 days until it has time to overcome the stress of going to a new home.
15) VERY IMPORTANT: ALL PUPPIES REQUIRE VAST AMOUNTS OF SLEEP SEVERAL TIMES PER DAY. A PUPPY DEPRIVED OF ADEQUATE REST CAN BECOME SERIOUSLY ILL AND EVEN BAD TEMPERED. TEACH FAMILY MEMBERS TO LEAVE A TIRED OR SLEEPING PUPPY/DOG ALONE.
16) Life Threatening Hypoglycemia is caused by STRESS in a puppy’s new home. STRESS is caused by not eating/drinking enough, not getting enough sleep, being subjected to rough or continual handling, not given time to bond before being asked to learn too many new things.
Document written by: Gayle Bunney 780-826-7818