How to care for your new puppy
For the first 72 hours get acquainted; you and your new baby need time, so keep them at home. Keep them warm in winter and cool in summer. Limit taking them around other dogs (outside your home) until their vaccinations are complete.
Your puppy has been on a strict vaccination and worming program. You will be given a record of this and instructions on further health needs. Give the copy labeled "Litter Medical Record" to your vet when you go for your first visit. They will put you on a plan that works best for you and your pet.
The small, tiny puppies do not eat well sometimes with the stress of moving to a new home. We recommend Nuri Source Puppy Food. It is meat based and an excellant quality food. You can find it in your town or order online by going to www.nutrisourcepetfoods.com This is an excellent brand of nutritous food for the life of your pet.
If your puppy doesn't eat the food dry, add a couple spoons of canned puppy food to the dry food. We recommend Lil Ceasar, Alpo, or any canned food.
Remember that your puppy is a baby. They need to be warm and will get sick if chilled.You can put a heating pad under half of your puppy’s crate on the outside of the crate on low if chilly.
It is very important that your puppy get fresh water and food at least twice a day, 4 times a day if tiny. It is crucial that if your puppy doesn't eat and drink enough, you call us or consult your veterinarian, as waiting even 1 day can be fatal if dealing with tiny breeds.
Some puppies need more or less so you will have to be the judge of that. However, overfeeding is just as bad as underfeeding your puppy. If unsure, ask your vet. If your puppy is a small breed and he/she becomes a picky eater after arriving home, you can try, temporarily, the following foods to encourage them to eat:
·Gerber baby meat sticks
·Lunchmeat such as Braunschweiger, turkey, roast beef, etc.
·Chicken cooked (remove the skin first)
·Any meat baby food
·Any canned puppy food
Things you may need!
1. Food and water bowls 5. Grooming tools
2. Puppy food 6. Toys of all kinds
3. Collar and leash 7. Dog shampoo
4. Bedding for crate 8. Crate
Tips for a happy puppy
1. Set your puppy up on a schedule
Choose a time for feeding, potty training, and play that best fits your family. Your puppy may whimper or cry at night at first. Provide him/her with a warm blanket, soft toy and a dim light. Remember, don't let your puppy do things now that you don't want him/her to do later.
2. Puppy-proof your home
Check around your home for dangerous things your puppy could get into. Electric wires, open doors, balconies, medicines etc.
3. Prepare your family by explaining the schedule and rules for the puppy
Having the families help will make training your new puppy easier. If everyone works together your new puppy will be trained well for life! Also doing things differently each time a different family member takes care of your new puppy will be VERY confusing.
4. Make your puppy feel at home
Allow your puppy to sleep with an article of your clothing, preferably something you've worn and that smells like you. This way, your puppy will become familiar with your scent and will feel more comfortable in his/her new environment.
5. Groom your puppy once a week
Good grooming habits start early. Regular brushing and bathing will keep your puppy feeling clean and fresh. A clean puppy is less likely to soil themselves in their crate. Dogs have a keen scent for foul odors. Make a bath fun and rewarding for all!
6. Checklist for Feeding
Provide food for his/her stage of life. Have fresh water available. Serve the food at room temperature. Watch your puppy's weight. Feed nutritious snacks. Do not allow the children to tease the puppy while eating. Never give stale food to your puppy. Don't change your puppy's diet suddenly. Don't allow your puppy to have brittle bones like chicken. Follow the food label for increasing/decreasing the amount of food needed. We feed Nutri Source Puppy Food.
7. Register your puppy’s microchip
We pre-paid for your chip to be registered with the ACA and ICA with your MMARS microchip. All pups come home already microchipped. You will receive an email in a few days after the pup arrives explaining what to do. It's so easy and we already paid the fees.