On your puppy’s first day at home, remember that the pup needs rest and quiet time. In all the excitement, it is easy to overtire and stress them out. The puppies are accustomed to napping in their crate, so they associate it with a safe space or den. Put your puppy in the crate for their nap, and do not go back if they cry.
Your puppy will soon settle down and go to sleep. (Remember to take your pup potty before naps.)
Take your puppy to his/her pre-arranged vet appointment. Discuss and book the vaccination (2nd and 3rd shots, rabies shot) and deworming schedule with your vet. Have the vet fill out a form documenting his/her concerns/evaluations of your puppy or have the vet write them in the puppy’s Health Records that you received from us.
REMEMBER TO EMAIL a copy of the vet’s evaluation of your puppy’s health and your puppy’s first visit to us within 10 days of the visit so we can put it in your file.
Check the puppy’s collar daily by sliding your two fingers under his/her collar. Puppies grow fast, and their collars can become too snug before you know it. When you slide the width of your two fingers between his/her neck and collar, it should feel snug, but not tight.
Puppies need exercise, but they need age appropriate exercise. Refer to our “Puppy Fitness Guide” in our Puppy Packs for step by step, month by month progressive guidelines and ideas for properly exercising and stimulating your puppy’s development. Under and overstimulated puppies will have lasting negative affects on their growth and development.
Early-socialization is very important. Take your puppy out to meet other dogs, new people, and explore new places often, and do it early on after their initial vaccination schedule is complete. This will develop their confidence and avoid the development of fearing new or strange sounds, sights, and people. It will help them develop a calm, undisturbed nature, and a trusting confidence in your guidance. Follow the “Puppy Socialization Chart” in our Puppy Packs for great ideas of successfully introducing your puppy to new things, people, and places.
As puppies get older, they love action and outdoor romps. If you like to hike or jog, your puppy will be happy to join you. Tossing a ball or a stick will give exercise and enjoyment to both you and your puppy.
Tiring your dog out with 20-30 minutes of exercise twice a day will keep your dog mellow when he’s back inside. Slacking on the activity, however, could lead to behavior problems.
As well as giving your puppy physical and mental exercise, you should also be prepared to include him/her in your family activities. These breeds are family oriented dogs, and they need to be with their “pack.” Getting a puppy requires dedicated time, and financial & material resources, to make him a real part of your life.
Puppies love to carry things in their mouths: a ball, soft toy, newspaper, or best of all, a smelly sock. Provide adequate toys for them to play with, teaching them which things are theirs, and which things they must leave alone.
If you already have other pets in your home, bringing a new puppy on the scene can be a cause of concern. With proper introductions and training, most dogs will easily adapt to a new furry family member, and they will often become best buddies. Refer to some pointers in “Paving the Way For Welcoming Your New Puppy” in our Puppy Packs.
Always supervise any interactions between puppies/dogs and young children to prevent any negative experiences on either part. Teach your children how to safely interact with dogs. Young children can be accidentally knocked over by an excited pup who wants to play. This can be a frightening, negative experience for your young child, so always supervise interactions between them.
Refer to our “Children and Dogs- A Safe Connection” article in our Puppy Pack for further pointers on equipping your children with knowledge on positive ways to relate to dogs and keeping your puppy and your children safe.
We have a family friendly board game available that teaches children how to read a dog’s body language, assess if children in pictures are behaving appropraitely around/with dogs, and whether dogs in the pictures are safe to approach.
We have a colouring book here as well that teaches small children the basic routine of caring for a puppy, a book for parents to go through with their school aged children to help them learn positive care and training techniques, and a book that is geared to mantaining parent’s sanity in raising and training a puppy and children all at the same time.
These are available for purchase here at CandyvillePups.
*** Understanding the five very important “Pack Leader Pointers” (See DoggieDan- Online Dog Trainer included in our Puppy Packs) will go a long way in laying a good foundation for all of your training efforts, and make training a joy and a great success!