Caring For A Puppy

caring for a puppy

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Looking after your puppy – The essientials

Before your puppy Comes Home

getting ready - before 8 weeks

What an exciting time! When you’re puppy is eight weeks old it will be ready to come home, so make sure you’re ready to give it a good welcome. If you haven’t been shopping yet, now’s the time to start. You will need:

  • Dog Bed
  • Blanket
  • Food as advised by the seller
  • Feeding & water bowls
  • Puppy crate, play pens and child gates
  • Toys ( chew toys, ball on rope)
  • Identity tag
  • Collar
  • Lead
  • Harness
  • Poo bags
  • Car harness, travelling crate or dog guard
  • Clothing – (waterproof coat, jumper and warm coat)
  • Grooming equipment
  • Dog shampoo
  • Dog toothpaste and toothbrush

Once you have bought all the essentials, you will also need to:

  • Pet proof your home & garden
  • Keep poisons away such as – chocolate, sultanas, grapes, raisins, currants and all drugs
  • Find a good local vet
  • Get pet insurance
  • Look into puppy classes

TIP *Ask your breeder if they will supply a blanket the puppy has been sleeping with. Most will be more than happy to do this. If this is not possible however, ask if you can pass on a blanket – The blanket smell will help make the puppy feel more comfortable when you pick it up.

Hopefully you read up on your puppy’s breed before you choose it, but there is always more to learn. Now’s a good time to do more research and read up a bit more.

Collecting Your Puppy

Happy days!

This will be one of your best days ever! This little one is going to bring some big changes… and it’s about to go through many itself, right now. Since birth it has been with it’s mother and siblings. Although the puppy is going to a loving home, it doesn’t understand that yet. It’s up to you to make the transition from one home to the other as comfortable as possible.

It’s a good idea to pick up your new puppy on the weekend when you have lots of time to get accquainted, bond and play. Make sure you:

  • Take a comfortable dog carrier
  • A comfy blanket (unless the breeder will be providing one or returning one you gave for smell and comfort.
  • A spare blanket – (puppies are prone to accidents when they are nervous or excited)

For long journeys also pack:

  • Water & food (travel bottle/bowl)
  • Poo bags
  • Paper towels or wipes
  • Odor neutralizer ( Should an accident happen!)

Your puppy is likely to be a little anxious so it’s best to get them home and settled before they start meeting the grandparents and all your friends.

When you first arrive home, take your puppy outside in the garden or wherever the designated pee area is to relieve themselves. 

Let the puppy relax in quiet and explore its surroundings. Make sure noises and voices are kept low so you don’t frighten the puppy. If your puppy does seem a little distressed, sit with them and comfort them a while. As tempting as it might be to play pass the parcel with him for cuddles, if he seems anxious, leave this to another time. 

Same goes for other pets in the home. You can introduce them to one another later, for now, attend to your new puppy, and help them feel at home.

the first Few Weeks

8 - 12 Weeks

This is the crucial time. The time when your puppy’s experiences will determine his behaviour as he grows into adulthood. 

You should aim for your puppy to have lots of positive interactions with people, animals and the environment. Continue with your puppy’s toilet training too – Rewarding your puppy with a little treat when it he gets it right. The same goes for things they should avoid or leave – A little treat acknowledges they have done well by being non reactive.

Reward good behaviour – ignore bad behaviour

Your puppy should get used to be handled. Play with your puppy’s ears and paws a little, gently wipe away any sleep from their eyes. This will help them to feel calmer when visiting the vets or groomers.

Try to establish a good routine – dogs like to know what to expect each day.

Your puppy should be eating small regular meals. Your breeder will have sent you home with some of the food your puppy has been eating, to start you off.

Moving Forward

12 weeks

At around 12 weeks it will be time for your puppy’s 2nd vacinations.

Your vet can also recommend flea and worm treatments and when to administer them.

Once your puppy is fully vaccinated it will be able to go outside and socialise with other dogs.

Puppy classes are ideal for extending your puppy training, socialising and boosting your puppy’s confidence.

6 months

At around 6 months it will be time to slowly ween your puppy onto adult food. You will need to decide what type of food you will be giving him. 

If your puppy has aced his puppy classes, you can think about carrying on with more advance dog training classes.