Bring a new puppy home is a thrilling experience, but if you don't have
everything in place when you welcome him or her to your home, you'll be scrambling to get the stuff you need. Here's a check
list of items you may already have on hand, and a few that you should make sure you get ahead of time.
- An appropriately
- Wire play pen. I purchased one on Amazon. Can use
to block door ways to rooms you'll like to keep off-limits.
Dog chew toys. A new puppy will chew anything in their path-- your shoes, furniture and even throw rugs.
- Leash and collar a harness for walking. Go slow introducing them. Let them go at their
pace at first. Don't drag your puppy.
- Bitter apple spray. After
puppy proofing your home, there may still be a few items you may would like to spray.
- Puppy Food and Bowls. Puppies need to eat 3-4 times a day. Keep fresh water out. I feed free choice.
Stainless steel less bacteria than plastic.
- An enzyme cleaner.
Even the best trained puppy will have an accident at some point, and should be cleaned as soon as possible. Enzyme will eliminate
oders, so will help repeating accident in same place.
Newly weaned should be dewormed starting at 2, 4, 3 weeks. We use Safeguard at 3, 6,
8, 10, & 12 weeks age. We treat dam at the same time as the puppies. After 6 months monthly at least a year. Each worming
requires 3 days, once a day or 5 days for Giardia once a day too. Dosage 1 ml per 5 lbs.
How long does it take for vaccine to work?
do not stimulate immunity immediately after they are administered. Once a vaccine is administered, the antigens must be recognized,
respond to and rememberd by the immune system. In most animals, disease protection does not up to 14 days. In most cases some
instances two or more vaccinations must be given to achieve protection several weeks apart. In general, modified live vaccines
and those vaccines administered intransasally provide the fastest proctection.
- 6-8 weeks DHPP
- 8-12 weeks DHPP
- 14-16 weeks DHPP
- Rabies 12-16 weeks
Yearly first year, after some every 3years. Check with your vet.
- Give your puppy time to decompress, by starting slowly
You can help your new puppy adjust to new settings, and sometimes that can be exhausting
for them. Keep it quiet and cozy while adjusting this can be stressful for them.Puppies sleep a lot.
Don't over stimulate your puppy for a few days. If standoffish just let them check things out for
themselves. If they come up to you for attention be as affectionate as what they seem comfortable with.
Not all dogs bond immediately with a new owner--don't take it personally. They're in
a brand new envioronment getting used to new sights, smells and sounds. It can be a stressful time for the puppy, so try to
make them comfortable as possible by keeping things calm and positive.
Your Puppy His Own Space
Provide your puppy a comfy bed or a safe
spot where they can retreat when they are tired or overwhelmed. They need their time just to chill occasionally, especially
with the stress of being in a completely new environment.
3. Be prepared for stomach issues when changing diets Diarrhea
is common from stress or sudden dietary changes, new inviroment. Ease stress by going slow and easy the first week giving
them time to adjust. Change in water may be difficult try bottled water. Stress may lose their appetite with new enviroment
may be a few days before they go back to eating normal. Can always offer a piece of boiled chicken or ham while adjusting.
Develope a daily routine.
- Feeding at the same time every day (Puppies I give free choice at least 9 months to a year old)
- Going outside for potty breaks often
- Going on daily walks (Play Time) after all vaccines are given (Huskies especially).
- Going to bed around same time each night. (Mine go to bed before I do, I have to make them
move over so I can get in bed)
- Excerise time, cuddle time, they
will get into your family routine as it is a learning experience for them. Just give them time. They will be there before
you know it.
6. Supervise your new puppy
Have a special
safe place for puppy while you are at work. Don't lock in crate for more than an hour. Just remember if introducing to a crate
must go slow and easy to make it a positive experience for them. Needs to be
a relaxing place. (I'm not a fan.)
Develope a schedule for the first couple of weeks; and take to their special place
often till you get into a routine.
8. Beware of Escape Attempts
Going out doors keep on a lease if you don't have a good fenced in yard;
so they do not run away or escape Never leave unsupervised untill you know they will come when called. Make sure yard is secure
can not dig or jump over. A lease is their best friend when outside for saftey.
9. Don't Overwhelm Them if They're
I know it's tempting
to introduce your new family member to all your friends and family right away by inviting everone over, but make sure your
puppy is comfortable in your family first. Don't over stimulate with all the excitement, may become extremely nervous around
strangers. May show signs of discomfort; make sure they have a safe place to retreat to.
10. Be Patient With Your New Puppy Imagian your self in their (paws) for a moment--surrounded by strangers in a new
place where everything is unknown. It's a bit scary to say the least. May adjust in a few days, or take a week or so. Take
it slow and easy for them. Give time to settle in and get comfortable with their new home. But before you know it you both
will become loving best friends.
but Not Least Don't get Discouraged if it Takes Awhile
Please don't be discouraged if your new puppy dose not warm up to you the first night at home.
Just like us they have their own personlities, some are more reserved and cautious to everything new. Each puppy is different. May
adust in a few hours, days. Just have patience a daily schedule their own space and before you know it they will feel settled
in to their home and environment. BEFORE YOU KNOW IT THEY WILL BE YOUR BEST FRIEND and a new family member.