Our recommendations & Things you should know!

  
After taking home your pup make sure you have the time and the love to give.  Take the time to train your pup the basic commands needed.  Enroll them in local puppy classes or obedience if you have time. 
The first 12 weeks....it’s incredibly important to introduce your pup to other people and dogs.  By 5 weeks, puppies are aware of their surroundings and start really enjoying playtime. Good experiences with people from weeks 5 to 7 will play a large role in how they continue to interact.  Ideally you want puppies to remain with their mother and littermates for the first 8 weeks to learn inhibited play biting and other dog socialization cues.  From weeks 8 to 10, your pup will go through a normal “fear” period that can be helped with training that is positive and encouraging.  But the most important time is from 9 to 12 weeks, because your pup is actively working on social skills and paying attention to both people and littermates.   Its very important to be pouring your love and also teaching your puppy right from wrong at this time......this is not a time to be teaching bad habits.....but correcting them.   From 3-6 months of age is when you we start to see your puppy teething and chewing.  Every puppy goes through this, it is how you react and what you do to correct the behaviors will give you a possitive outcome.  The time and effort you put into your puppy will be rewarding.  You will have a well behaved puppy.  Your pup will listen to you and any future training will come much easier.  

Please keep your puppy on the current food they have been eating.  Changing foods suddenly can cause your puppy to have loose stools or even diarrhea which can lead to a sick puppy.  Slowing transition your puppy to their new food if you are making changes.  We do recommend you feed your dog a high quality dog food such as Diamond, Taste of the Wild, Pro Plan.  Feeding quality foods have benefits which include shinier coats, healthier skin, cleaner teeth, energy levels, and less stools.....as your dogs body is consumming all the food and eliminating less.  Whichever diet you feed your new puppy/dog, it is important that you feed them the recommended amount! Overfeeding/growing too fast.......or letting your puppy run on slippery floors or up/down stairs or jumping on furniture/elevated surfaces where they jump down from could cause excess stress on the joints, which could result in Dysplasia of the Elbows/Hips which is completely unrelated to Genetics.

Remember your puppy needs exercise……so getting outside with your puppy should be part of a daily activity.  Even if the puppy get to run in your yard or at a park it will be beneficial and they will behave and listen much better with daily exercise.

We recommend you to crate train your puppy.  This will provide a safe place for your puppy to rest at bedtime or if you are shopping or at work and not able to watch your pup at that time.  Make the crate a positive place with blankets/towels or pads and have toys for them.  It keeps them safe and can be beneficial.

We also recommend you make a vet appointment shorty after arriving home with your new puppy.  Continue to follow all veterinarian recommendations for you puppy so they can be as healthy as possible.
Keep in mind when you bring your pup home at 8 weeks they are not fully vaccinated and can be exposed to illnesses or viruses.  You will need to be careful as local parks and rest areas could not be safe at such a young age and can easily pick up something.  Your puppy will be wormed and given preventatives but they could still get sick.   Your puppy could become stressed when you first take them home.  Change of environment or change of smells……just comforting them and assuring they are safe and loved.  Diarrhea will be one of the first signs your puppy will show if stressed.....keep a watchful eye on any changes.  If they become inactive or go off their food and water you may need to visit your vet.

Lastly if you ever have any questions feel free to call or email us.....we will gladly help or give any advice.  We also welcome updates on your puppy progress and love to see pictures and videos.