New Puppy Do's & Dont's
You should be familiar with all of the possible stresses involved with the changes of going home. To be forewarned is to be forearmed. This is a very important time in your puppy's life and it is vital that you make its transition as smooth as possible.
Picking Up Your Puppy
Go straight home!!
Do not take the puppy to visit friends, relatives or neighbors en route. Do not allow visitors to the house for several days. Lock away all other household pets, particularly adult dogs. The puppy will be going through a traumatic experience. It has never been away from its mother, littermates, or its house. Keep the confusion and distraction to a minimum. The first few days are crucial to a puppy's emotional stability and can have a strong bearing on how it behaves in your family. I will also try to send you home with a piece of cloth with the mother's scent still on it. This should help comfort the puppy in its new home. Puppy-proof your entire home before you come to pick up the puppy. It only takes a brief moment for tragedy to strike. Do not place your puppy up on a sofa, bed, or chair. Dislocated or broken bones may result from even very low falls to the floor.
The puppy should be snuggled all the way home, offering reassurance all day and for the next few days. The air conditioner in the car should be kept as low as possible and windows should remain up.
Waiting At Home
You should have already purchased the items on the Shopping List and have set up the house to ensure that your puppy is well cared for right from the start.
Bring the puppy into the house and place it in a semi-darkened and quiet room. Stay with the puppy. One or two people is plenty. Allow the puppy to roam and explore its new surroundings. Show it its food and water dishes, allowing it to drink as much as it wants. Kids will want to play and lavish attention on the puppy. They should be discouraged from doing so during the initial hours. There will be plenty of days and years of that ahead. Explain to them the frightened state of the puppy and the need to maintain a quiet and peaceful environment at first. Continually reassure the puppy but do not "overdo it".
The puppy may or may not go to the bathroom soon after its arrival. Each puppy will be different but it is something to be aware of. A small radio turned low will help the puppy feel comforted when it is left alone. If your puppy cries when left alone, do not respond to him unless it is an obvious emergency. Cries for attention should be ignored. It will only encourage him to cry when he wants attention and this is an awfully hard habit to break.
The puppy's food brand (refer to the Shopping List) should not be changed for several weeks. Your puppy has been fed this since it first started eating solids and any change in diet will surely bring on severe cases of diarrhea and even worse may cause your puppy to stop eating. If, after two or three weeks, you wish to switch to another brand of puppy food, you can start mixing it in ever-increasing proportions, until the the new brand is the only food in the bowl.
Small Breeds are notoriously finicky eaters. Their caloric output is usually quite high and yet they do not "wolf down" their food like so many other breeds. Do not fear. Leave their food out all day and allow them to eat as they wish, rather like a cat.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Be aware that very often, pet store employees will try to convince you to buy a different brand than what we recommend. PLEASE do not allow them to do that. We know your puppy, we know the diet plan. In short we know better than they do!!
DIARRHEA - Generally caused by environmental change (normally water or food supplies). Ensure that the puppy is on the "home" supply. High levels of stress also may induce an upset stomach. If it persists past two days, see your veterinarian immediately.
COUGHING - The puppy is susceptible to coughs because of changes in its environment. The changes cause stress which in turn, lowers your puppy's resistance to colds.
PARASITES - Your puppy has been de-wormed several times already. Its mother was free from worms when she gave birth and was worm-free during the puppy's entire first months. Your puppy should be free from worms but repeat de-wormings should be discussed with your vet.
Do's and Don’ts
DO make sure that your puppy has plenty of down time to rest and eat when she needs to.
DO KEEP DRY FOOD AND WATER AVAILABLE AT ALL TIMES
DO give your puppy moist food twicw a day foe the first few days (refer to Shopping List for the brand)
DO give your puppy vitamins for the few several weeks.
DON'T expose your puppy to heat or cold. She must stay warm but on hot days, limit outdoor timne to 5 - 10 minutes.
DON'T take your puppy on long trips or visits to family or firinds for at least 5 - 10 days.
DON'T take your puppy shopping or expose him to "outside" animals until its immunity is fully up and running (at about 16 weeks).
DON'T leave your puppy outside alone.
DON'T allow your puppy to become dehydtrated. This will result in hypoglycemia. Read more about it here.
DO take your puppy for a vet check on 2 - 4 weeks. Give him some time to get settled in at home before taking him on that first very stressful vet visit.
DO start housebreaking training immediately!! Do it with kindness and attention to detail.
DON'T bathe him until he is 3 months old, unless he is entirely filthy. Puppy's skin is very sensitive and dries out quite easily.
DON'T pick the puppy up by the scruff of the neck.
DON'T allow children to roughhouse or maul the puppy. You wouldn't let the neighborhood kids do so with your ten-week old baby. Puppies aren't any different.
DON'T let the puppy near stairs until he has entirely mastered them under strict supervision.
DO keep the puppy well confined during the first several weeks home. A puppy that gets loose may wander away and forget, or not know, where home is.
DO give your puppy all the love and attention you can possibly spare. He is going to need it and will return it to you, with interest.
IF AT ANYTIME YOU THINK SOMETHING IS WRONG
CALL YOUR VET OR LOCAL EMERGENCY ANIMAL HOSPITAL
We have taken many weeks with the puppies to insure their health and happiness. We ask that you have a Vet and Emergency Vet prior to taking the puppy home. We will always welcome your calls. However, please respect the fact that we are breeders, NOT Vets, and we WILL NOT give medical advise over the phone. We ask that you be a responsible puppy owner and provide medical care when needed as agreed in our Health Warranty.