This page is to help you transition puppy from our home to yours as you embark on your journey of becoming a new puppy parent. Whether you have done this before or not, we highly recommend that you read these articles before purchasing a new puppy so that you have all the information you need to ensure that your new little one is on a path to growing into a healthy adult dog.
To begin, find a trusted veterinarian near you. We recommend a visit to the vet within three days of your new puppy purchase. It's important to find a vet that you trust and that has your puppy's best interests at heart. Recommendations from friends and looking into Yelp may be a good place to start to finding your perfect vet.
We will provide you with a shot record and deworming schedule that the puppy has received so far. All puppies are up to date before they leave our home. You will need to continue vaccinations with your vet.
Deworming and Parasites
All puppies need to be dewormed, adult dogs included. During the first years of a puppy's life, this will be required more frequently. This is based on a variety of factors, but your vet will advise you on how frequently. Adult dogs need to be dewormed 1-4 times a year. We deworm our dogs on a regular basis to ensure our puppies' and adult dogs' health. There are many types of parasites and several different dewormers available to you; please consult your vet for the best plan for your puppy. The various types of parasites that you should become familiar with are listed below.
Here are some great informational videos. Please take the time to watch so you can become more familiar.
Here is a great video on how to give your pet oral medicine. Key things are to administer quickly (it can be messy), reward afterward.
Water and Food Bowls
We suggest to clean water/food bowls daily. This will help keep your puppy healthy by keeping germs, bacteria and parasites at bay.
Flea medication is a must! Even if you do not take your pet outside, they may still need medication. It is possible to track fleas into your home on your shoes, clothes or other items that came in from outside. You can find flea medication online or at your local pet store. If fleas have infested your home or pet, do not panic; it's easy to treat. Please read the article below to help with flea prevention from the begining.
Here is a video on how to apply Flea and Tick Medication topically.
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Taking Puppy Outside
As fun and exciting as it is to show off your new puppy, we suggest you hold off taking puppy outside and to new places for the first few weeks of taking your puppy home. It is a very sensitive time for your puppy to move from one home to another. They've become accustomed to our home in the early stages of their life, and when you take them home, they need time to readjust and get familiar with their new surroundings. Not only will it be overwhelming and stress-inducing to your puppy to go to their new home, and then new places, but taking puppy out before shots are completed will make puppy more vulnerable to different diseases and parasites. Please wait on your vet to clear your puppy for outside exploration, until your vet advises you that they are completely done with their shots.
The same rules apply here as with taking your puppy outside. Please wait to take your puppy to the groomer. Wait for the okay from the vet. We will have groomed your puppy to give you a little extra time before you need to visit a groomer. If you are a do-it-yourself kind of person, that's great! Please make sure you're using gentle shampoos on puppy. Be sure to dry out their ears thoroughly. Ear infections are very common and can occur frequently if proper grooming habits are not practiced. Below are links for some great products, and remember, rinse rinse rinse.
We do recommend regular grooming when puppy gets older, but until then, here is a great video on washing basic.
Check out my favorites page to see our choices for dog food: we love using Purina Pro Plan Lamb Puppy kibble and Kirkland Brand Chicken and Lamb canned food from Costco. When a puppy is purchased from us, we do our best to ensure puppy goes home with twenty-one days worth of food to help with their digestion as puppy transitions into your home. It is highly recommended that you please stick to our food for the first fourteen days of puppy coming home. If you decide to change the type of food for your puppy, it is a good idea to mix half of our food and half of your new food together, and serve that for the next seven days. This will allow your puppy's digestion to become accustomed to your new food. Failure to adhere to this recommendation may result in loose stools, unfortunate vomiting and unexpected, undesirable puppy behavior due to an upset stomach. For new puppy owners that must fly home, it is recommended that you purchase your food in advance; it is not easy to fly with a puppy, carry their dog food and transport your luggage.
Be Careful of Heights
In the early stages of a puppy's life, puppies do not have depth perception the same way that you and I do. Please do not put puppies in situations where they could injury themselves from falling. We suggest for puppies to stay off of couches, beds, and other high places, at least in the absence of supervision. It's safer to get down to their level and play on the floor. Beds are a tough one because everyone wants their puppy in bed with them. We get it! Puppies are snuggly and who wouldn't want to be with their new baby all night? However, when you go to sleep, it will be difficult to be aware of what your puppy is doing. Play it safe.
Keeping Puppy Safe
Before bringing home your puppy, you will need to puppy proof your home. Make sure puppy cannot get into dangerous materials, electrical cords, and items that puppy should not chew on. In the initial year, it may best to find a containment area for puppy. That way, when you're busy with chores and your eyes are not on your puppy, it cannot get into trouble or injured.
Puppies are chewing machines. If you don't give them something to chew on, they will find something, perhaps something you don't want to be chewed on. It is important to supply puppy acceptable things to chew on. If you catch puppy chewing on something undesirable, firmly say "no" and provide puppy immediately with something safe and acceptable to chew on.
Here is a video on different types of toys.
House Training Your Puppy
House Training is all in what you know and the effort you put in. It is good to inform yourself on the do's and don'ts before you receive your puppy. Puppies are not fully potty-trained when they go home. We introduce your puppy to a potty training technique involving dog litter called Second Nature; however, to complete the potty training of your puppy, you will need to educate yourself and apply your own techniques.
Here is a great book on Training your puppy
Here is a video on House Training your new puppy.
Separation Anxiety is a real thing for puppies. Transitioning puppy from being with their litter mates to being alone can be very lonesome and stressful. Puppies may cry, bark, or howl when you leave, be destructive, go potty where they aren't supposed to, pace or walk in circles, or pant excessively. Not all puppies can cope with separation anxiety; therefore, you should be aware of the signs to help your puppy. We have great video below to help with the basics and help your puppy adjust to being alone.
Puppies are full of energy, this is NORMAL. Play with them and keep them busy. They need you! All we want for you and your new puppy is to have a happy and healthy future.