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 as well. 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. 

Your puppy was previously being feed Purina Proplan Focus puppy food once in the morning at about 9:00am and again at 5:00pm (this way they have time to go out and go potty before bed, which will hopefully make night time outings for you less frequent).  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. They typically go within about 2 min after eating breakfast and dinner. 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 once an hour or so when they are around the 8 week to about 10 week old range. Then as they begin to get the hang of things you can slowly increase the length of time between potty breaks as they get older. If they do have an accident as you are increasing time between outside potty breaks, shorten up the time again between breaks. It may have been a little to long for them to hold it. Then after about a week or so, if they do good with that length of time, you can go ahead and try to increase the time length again slowly.  Potty training does take awhile, but if you stick to a schedule and keep a close watch on him or her it really helps with successful house training for the future.

Another really good potty training tip it crate training. It does not work for all, as it is really hard to leave the little one in the kennel but it can be a really positive thing and be very helpful with potty training. The best is to start by slowly introducing the crate, letting your puppy explore it on their own and putting his favorite treats and toys in the crate. Right when they go in the crate praise him or her and tell them "Good boy" or "Good girl", this will let them know its a good place and it's fun to be in there. After they get used to that and enjoy the crate, have them go in again with a treat or favorite toy and praise them again, but this time shut the crate for a few seconds. Then let them out and praise them and pet them. Continue to do this for awhile then start lengthing the times they spend in the cratel with the door closed. The goal it to make them feel comfortable and enjoy crate time and not think of it as a punishement. As soon as they can spend a good amount of time in the crate with the door closed without crying or getting stressed then you can use crate as a tool to help you potty train as well. It depends on the puppy, but hopefully they will be able to spend about 30 minutes or so in the crate within the first few days. With using the crate for potty training you take them outside and as soon as they go potty your praise them and give them a treat. Then they get play time inside for about 30min, then the next 30min they spend in the crate with some toys and possibly a naptime. Then after the 30min you take them out again. And you repeat this throughout the day, about every week you can increase the length of playtime and then decrease time the kennel as they get the hang of potty training. 

Continuing with Vaccinations and Dewormings
Your new puppy has had it's first set of puppy vaccinations, at 7 weeks old, 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, so the second of vaccinations will be at 12 weeks and the final set at 16 weeks and then the rabies vaccination a week after that. Then a booster every year from then on. 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. Also please keep puppy home as much as possible in a controlled environment, before meeting new dogs and visiting new places, so the do not get sick. Make sure they have had all three sets of vaccinations and rabies vaccinations before taking them out and meeting other dogs, to keep them as healthy as possible. 

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