Caring For Your New Puppy
It is a wonderful and exciting experience to welcome a new puppy into your home! However, there are some things to consider about the care of a new puppy.
I do not potty train my puppies, for a few simple reasons. 1. They are together with their mother till 6-7wks, which leaves me only 2 weeks to even start the potty training process. 2. It can be confusing for a puppy to switch homes and voices and they can end up losing what I might have taught them. 3. With a whole litter of puppies, it is simply too time-consuming for me to train them. However, when they are in the house with us, they do have a fake grass mat that I put down for them to use for potty, so they start to have a bit of a concept of where to go potty. If you have never potty trained a puppy before, I highly recommend you research training methods and familiarize yourself with how it should be done. I recommend crate training because it has been proven to work and it is simple. I send home simple crating instructions with every puppy, however, there are other ways to train if you want to use another method.
When adjusting to a new home, your puppy may suffer a bit of separation anxiety from their siblings. I send a blanket along with your puppy with the familiar scent of their siblings & home to help lessen this. Another thing I recommend is buying a stuffed toy with a heartbeat like this one on Amazon Smart Pet Love.
Food is another important thing to consider, the food we feed is a dry kibble puppy food called Health Extensions little bites. We always send a one-pound bag along with you to get you started. If you would like to continue on the same food here is the link to Amazon to buy it. I send feeding instructions home with you and if you choose to switch to another kind of food please be very selective on what you choose, the kind of food you feed your puppy can influence his health. Look at the ingredients on the bag, you want to buy something that does not have a lot of fillers and neither do I recommend a totally grain-free food. If you are still unsure check out these vet-recommended dog foods.
For our guarantees to be valid, we ask that you take your puppy to the vet within the first 10 days. We want to be sure that you and your vet are satisfied that you adopted a healthy puppy. If you do not already have a vet, research your vets in the area and maybe ask your friends & family who they recommend. You may want to schedule an appointment for your puppy before bringing him home.
Does my puppy have all his shots? No, shots must be given in a series. We give an early parvo shot called Neopar at 5 weeks, then at 7 weeks, we give the DAPPv shot, and we will repeat that one at 9 weeks, 12 weeks, and 16 weeks. So if you bring your puppy home at 9 weeks, he will have had his first 3 shots. You must continue the last 2 shots to give him full immunity and you will need to get his rabies shot as well at your state's required age. One caution, do not allow your vet to give too many shots in one visit just for the sake of convenience, this can cause your puppy to become extremely sick. Also not every shot that is recommended is truly needed, we like to stick with the basic most necessary shots, in the long run, it is better for your dog's health.
When you bring your puppy home, be choosy about where you take him. It's okay to let him in your backyard, but be careful what dogs, you allow him to associate with and avoid the dog parks & groomers until he has had all his shots. Also remember, puppies are very susceptible to parasites, it is highly recommended to give your puppy a dewormer at least once a month till 6 months & then every 2 months until a year. After a year give it quarterly. Here is another dewormer that gets a wide spectrum of intestinal parasites. And remember, worms have a 2-week life cycle, you will need to repeat the dewormer again in 2 weeks to eliminate any that may have hatched from eggs. Also, ask your vet about a heartworm preventive. Flea and tick preventives are also good to do especially over the warmer months, and if your pet has at any time had fleas, he will most likely have tapeworms as well, since tapeworms come from fleas, so you will need to treat them also.
In preparation for bringing your puppy home, here is a quick checklist for you to make sure you are prepared:
- durable crate
- puppy play pen-opt
- small collar
- pee pads
- soft puppy treats
- chew toys
- puppy blankets
- brush for hair
- toenail clippers
- lookup groomers
- non-soap puppy shampoo -here is a kind I like
There are some simple home remedies and supplements that we have found to be quite helpful, these suggestions are not meant to fix serious health issues, but to help maintain & improve your pet's health!
- Digestive health- give your pet a daily snack of high-fat plain yogurt. The probiotics in the yogurt are good for their digestive system.
- Is your pet struggling with urinary tract infections? try this supplement. . It can be used as a daily supplement if needed.
- Coconut oil has many super benefits! You can mix it with your pet's food to help keep their skin & hair coat moisturized. If they are really struggling with dry skin, you can rub it into their hair coat. Coconut oil also helps for parasites, especially if it is given on a daily basis before any serious parasite condition occurs. Buy a virgin cold-pressed brand of coconut oil & give 1 tsp per 10 lbs.
- Ear infections, smelly, waxy ears. We came across this wonderful recipe that simply works! the article is geared for Cocker Spaniels, but it works for any breed of dog.
- A few tips for tear stains- Give your dog only purified water. Use stainless steel dishes. Keep the hair trimmed at their eyes so no hair pokes them. Keep their face as dry as possible. Wash their face daily with Eye Envy wipes. It takes daily diligent facial cleansing to keep your puppy's face shining clean. Do not use hydrogen peroxide, bleaches, or harsh whitening shampoos.