Bringing home puppy!

​​Finally the time has come to bring home your new little puppy! It is a very exciting time for you and your family, however it can be a little bit of a stressful for your new little puppy. He or she is getting used to being around different people, sounds, smells and maybe meeting other animals. Your new puppy was sent home with a blanket that smells of mom and siblings, which will help him or her while they adjust to the their new home. If posssible wait a day or two before introducing your new puppy to new places and people, so they can have time to settle in and learn all about their new home. 

Feeding
Your puppy was previously being feed Diamond Natural once in the morning at about 9:00am and again at 8:00pm. It is best to keep the puppy on the same food and feeding schedule, for at least for the first week or two as they adjust to their new home. 

Potty Training Tips 
Your new puppy has been started on potty training with the potty mats, also called potty pads. My advice to you, no matter if you are continuing use with the potty mats or switching to outdoor house training, start a schedule and stick to it. This will greatly help you and your new little puppy learn where to go and help to reduce accidents in the house as much as possible.  Make sure to take your puppy straight to the potty mat or outside right after waking in the morning and right before bedtime, also right after he or she eats or drinks. Make sure to never leave your new puppy unsupervised, this is where many accidents tend to occur. The best place to put your new puppy, when you can't keep an eye on them 24/7, is in a crate or kennel. Puppies don't like to eliminate in the area where they sleep, which is why crate training is a good thing to start with when potty training. If your puppy does have an accident in the house quickly pick him or her up and take the puppy to the spot where he/she is supposed to go. When your little puppy does go in the correct spot praise them, "Good girl" or "Good boy". Don't let them roam around the house until after they have gone to the bathroom in the correct spot. Puppies can't hold it very long and need potty breaks very often, at least twice an hour. Potty training does take awhile, but if you stick to a schedule and keep a close watch on him or her they should be house trained in no time.



Continuing with Vaccinations and Dewormings
Your new puppy has had it's first set of puppy vaccinations, but will needing a few more sets of vaccinations in the coming months. The vaccinations need to be kept, at a minimum, four weeks apart from each other. This is best for the puppy so as not to weaken or stress their little immune systems. Your new puppy has also been on a deworming schedule. Your veterinarian can help you choose the best route for you to continuing on a deworming schedule. I would recommend keeping your puppy on a dewormer about once a month. 


Enjoy every minute with your new little puppy and please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.