Puppy Care Instructions for New Puppy Parents
Your puppy has been born and raised with love. Nothing has been spared to make sure that the physical and emotional needs of your puppy have been met. And now….the rest is up to you and your family.
Before you know it, it will be time for you to bring your new puppy home. It is during this time that we get many calls from our puppy parents, asking about feeding schedules, items to have at your home when you bring your puppy home, type of food to purchase, etc. We hope that the following pages will answer all of your questions. If not, please text Alec at 352-256-6646 and I will answer any additional questions you may have.
Here are the main questions that we are asked after our puppies go to their forever homes.
"What should I feed my new puppy, and how much?"
"What vitamins should we give our new puppy?"
"Where should my new puppy sleep?"
"Should we allow roughhouse playing?"
"How do we create a safe place for our puppy to play?"
"How about grooming?"
"When do we start training?"
Here are some other questions we get asked!
“How do I potty train my puppy?”
Baby puppies need to eliminate quite frequently. The time it will take to teach your puppy to go potty in the designated part of your yard will depend not on your puppy, but on you. Vigilance is a must!
Puppies will go poop or pee after eating, drinking, playing, or waking up from sleep…. Plus some extra times in between! Carry your puppy outside each hour during the day, and put him down in the spot where you want him to go. WAIT. Give puppy time to get over the excitement of being outside. When the puppy eliminates outside praise him. If there is an accident inside, Do Not Put Puppy’s Nose Into Its Own Mess! This serves no useful purpose other than to confuse and frighten the puppy.
Restrict the area your puppy has to run about in indoors to one room or part of one room unless you are prepared to watch him every minute. Crating for 2 or 3 hour periods during the daytime will help the puppy to strengthen his bladder and to teach him that he does not always go immediately when he feels the inclination. Puppies are creatures of habit, establish a routine.
“What amount of rest time will puppy need?”
Young puppies, just like young babies need lots of sleep in order to develop a healthy emotional and physical system. Restrict the playtime of the children with the new puppy and give the puppy its own chilling out time where the children learn not to disturb their new playmate. Resist the temptation to cart your puppy about to introduce him to your friends and neighbors during the first week. Puppy’s tail may be wagging nonstop, and it may have a great appetite and not appear stressed, but a change of home is stressful, whether from around the corner or across the world. There will be plenty of time later for showing off your gorgeous new puppy. But in the meantime, be considerate and give puppy time to find his place in the world, and to bond with you… his new pack.
“What about nipping and biting?”
All puppies nip and bite. It’s natural. But this should be immediately corrected right from day one. It would not be tolerated in the dog pack, and the puppy needs to learn right off that he is “last” in order of the pack, even down to the tiniest child. One bop on the nose with a sharp “NO!” followed by praise the first time puppy nips will then be the last time this correction may need to be given. Nipping and biting can develop into a serious problem if left unchecked that it is one of the few occasions where negative training is recommended.
“When should we see the vet?”
Your puppy has already been wormed three times prior to leaving our home and has had his first series of shots. We recommend that you schedule a vet visit within a few days after your new puppy arrives for a complete health check. This will ease your mind that you have a fit and healthy puppy, and also give your vet an opportunity to give you guidelines on proper care.
Unlikely but possible: We hope that this never happens, but in the event that you may ever need part with your puppy, please let us know so that we may help you re-home him/her.
Please stay in touch! Our puppies are gone but not forgotten! We will always be interested in your feedback. If there is any way we can help you at any time throughout the life of your puppy, please know that we are only an email or phone call away.
We also appreciate customer testimonials and photos we can use for our website, Instagram, and Facebook page.
Alec & Susana Jewell