are you ready?
Below you'll find a helpful timeline and checklist to make sure you are fully prepared for your new family member to come home.
Once your puppy has been Born:
Think about whether you want to do extended training or if you would like to pick up your puppy or have them delivered. At this time you know that in 9 weeks your puppy is ready to come home and things like booking a flight are less expensive.
At the time your puppy turns about 4 weeks old is a perfect time to start preparing, by making sure you have their food, probiotics, a kennel, and other essentials. That way anything that needs to be shipped will arrive in time.
When puppies turn 6 weeks is a perfect time to call your local vet and schedule your puppy's first vet visit.
These three steps make pick up day or delivery go incredibly smooth.
Some Go Home Tips
What to expect within the first few weeks of bringing your new puppy home?
Remember that this is a big transition for your new puppy so these are tips to help you make that transition as smooth as possible for you and the puppy.
There will be some time where there may be irregular eating and pooping patterns as your puppy gets acclimated to its new environment and schedule in your home. The best thing to do is to make things as normal as possible so your new puppy can learn and adjust to your schedule/home.
For successful potty training, have the kennel by a back door. This will allow for quick entrances and exits that will reduce possibilities for accidents in between leaving the kennel.
Remember that your new puppy is young and can still be susceptible to a number of things. We do not recommend taking them out of your home until after 12-week vaccinations and, even then, avoid things like dog parks, the floor of any vet office, the floor at the pet store, and any dog common areas where you don't know others vaccine history.
This has less to do with your dog and more to do with eliminating potential contact with dogs who have not been properly cared for. Once you do take them out, be sure to monitor the situation and environment.
The best key for success is understanding the energy in your home.
Remember that you set the tone and your new puppy will feed off of the energy in your home. If you are nervous and anxious, the dog will act that way. If you remain calm and in control, this will give your dog security in its new home.
Your new puppy is already bred to have an amazingly calm temperament, but it is important to continue to foster that in the new environment.
The last thing for success is proper training.
This is a combination of schedule, discipline, and rewards.
Your dog should be able to potty every couple of hours when out and can only spend around four hours in a kennel during the day. It should be able to go a full eight hours in a kennel at night without incident.
As far as basic commands like sit, down and kennel, this takes patience and consistency. But it is easier to teach your puppy when it is younger. It is eager to learn and it works their mind to give them a valuable purpose in your home.
Congratulations on your new puppy and we wish you success as it acclimates to become a valued member of your family.
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