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Puppy Care

We no longer provide printed information on puppy care training and socialisation - as it is provided below.

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(This will be an important time for bonding and training. Please be sure you can allow extra time for you or another family member to be home with your new little baby the first week)

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR FOLLOW UP CARE OF PUPPY

Preparation: For bringing your new puppy home.

Prepare for all eventualities!  Puppies can get car sick.  So take an old towel, kitchen roll, wet wipes and some bags to put any paper or other items in.  A bottle of water is always a good idea.  

The puppy is used to being in a cage/crate/carrier and it is the safest way for your new puppy to travel.  You may opt to hold the puppy on your lap. The puppy may find this more comforting and make them feel safer.  Be aware that this may cause them to be sick however.  

Also ensure that if you opt to hold them in your lap, you have something to protect your clothing and upholstery, an old towel, small blanket etc.  

CARE OF YOUR NEW PUPPY A NEW HOME…….

Puppy’s Sleeping Area

Please take a little time and prepare for your new puppy.   This will help your puppy settle into its new home. 

Provide the puppy with a clean, dry and warm place to sleep.  You can obtain a microwave pad, to provide them with warmth relatively cheaply.  Try looking on sites such as Hyperdrug, Amazon and Ebay.  Always be wary of anything which seems very cheap and comes from outside the UK.

Make sure any pad is well covered.  The safe warm draught free area could have a cardboard box, cage or plastic bed with comfy blanket or jumper to snuggle into.  A soft toy can be useful for them to cuddle up to instead of their litter mates.

Lots of newspaper or puppy training pads to protect the floor are useful in case of accidents.  Ensure all electrical wires are well out of reach. Puppies may feel frightened and lonely and cry for several nights (some more than others). Remember puppies are like young children so don’t overexcite them before bedtime. He will become hyper active and won't want to sleep and probably prevent you from sleeping too.

Puppies need a lot of sleep but it is a good idea to spend short periods of time playing games with your puppy. If he gets over excited put him back in his bed for a short time to calm down. Remember to reassure the puppy but be firm. If he gets the better of you now he probably always will. Deal with your puppy firmly but kindly. Use the tone of your voice but try not to shout this may make the puppy timid.

Vaccines

Your puppy will have received at least 1 vaccination prior to arriving at their new home and they will have wormed at least three times.  I currently use Panacur.

Immediate Vet Checkup

I recommend that you have your puppy checked by a vet within 72 hours of their arrival.  You will know the arrival date of the pup in advance, so you can schedule an appointment in advance.  When a puppy changes environments, it can be very stressful for them and affect their system in different ways.  If you are aware of these possible conditions, they can usually be easily remedied if treated promptly.

House Training

House training is individual to every dog.  However the general advice is to start straight away.  Be consistent.  Do not punish your puppy if it has an accident. Constant encouragement works better than shouting or getting annoyed.  Do not smack your puppy.

Never ever rub their nose in it.  All you will do is frighten the puppy, make it nervous and therefore more likely to have an accident.

When the puppy wakes up first thing in the morning (even if it has already had a little accident) take it out.  Choose somewhere for the puppy to go.  Take them back to the same place every time you take them out.  

Take them out after they have had a sleep, as soon as they have eaten, whenever they have run around for a little while in the house whilst playing.  Take them out as often as possible and every time they go to the toilet where you want them to make a big fuss of them.  

If the weather is nice you could even feed them outside and they are then in the right place to go to the toilet.  Always supervise your puppy.  

The more time and patience you give the puppy the quicker they will learn.  In the meantime newspaper or puppy training pads will help ....  

Crate Training

Your puppy is used to sleeping in a cage/crate.  This is their safe place where they sleep.  If you wish to continue then half of the job is already done.  Putting a puppy in a cage should not be a punishment.  It is tempting to play with your new puppy for long periods of time.  A puppy needs a lot of sleep.  If you want your puppy to be happy and healthy ensure it has plenty of rest periods and sleep.  

Allow the puppy to play and interact with members of their new family.  With young children it is very important to supervise them.  Puppies are robust but can also be accidentally injured.  

A puppy should not be allowed to become overtired.  It can make them snappy and irritable.  They are like babies they need regular naps during the day.  Always try and keep the puppy calm before bed time.  Just as you would for a baby, get into a routine.  Calm interaction such as cuddles or stroking and encourage them to go into their bed or cage.  

It is also useful if you need to go out for a while that your puppy is happy to go into their cage where they are safe and secure.  It is not recommended that any puppy be locked up for long periods of time without being allowed out.  A cage/crate should be a safe place for them to sleep and await your return.

Hypoglycemia What to watch for!

Young puppies can be prone to hypoglycemia, a condition of low blood sugar. They have less ability to store and mobilize glucose than older dogs.  Hypoglycemia can be brought on by stress, strenuous exercise, over handling, or a failure to eat a sufficient amount of nutritious food.  Puppies can also become depressed when they are first taken away from their mother and litter mates and go to a new environment.

They need to be monitored and encouraged to eat. Frequent meals need to be offered every couple of hours for the first week.    IT IS CRITICAL THAT THEY CONTINUE EATING AND DRINKING. A puppy should be active, and their gums should be a shell pink. If they are pale grayish blue, rub some honey, golden or karo syrup on the gums. Do this several times if necessary until you see the pink color come back into the tongue.  Because of the sticky texture, you won’t want to overdue it. It can cause the pup to gag. In the early stages of hypoglycemia a puppy’s temperature will be sub-normal (101.8 is normal) and they will be shivering and trembling.  If your puppy is lethargic, has a wobbly gait or their eyes are unfocused and barely open they should be taken to a vet IMMEDIATELY, but first give the honey, golden or karo syrup!  

You can also use Veterinary Nutridrops 30mlVeterinary Nutridrops

A high energy nutrient rich supplement for all domestic pets. Can be used for newborns, stressed or sick animals or as a general supplement Glucose Vitamin B amino acids Vitamins A, D & E and trace minerals. Specially formulated to provide rapid absorption essential nutrients. Aids in stimulating appetite helping chilled and stressed pups and kittens

The puppy is probably suffering from hypoglycemia or dehydration. In severe cases the dog may become unconscious and death can occur if this condition is not treated as an emergency.

You should obtain an empty syringe. This may be used if your puppy needs to be given water and they are not interested in drinking. They may not have a hearty appetite right after arriving and if they refuse to drink or eat they should be syringe fed. Things to try would be: softening their food with water, baby food meat, Science Diet A/D, good puppy milk replacement.   If they won’t eat freely, get whatever you can into the syringe and this will keep them going until you can get them to the vet. Water can be replaced with Lectade Lectade SA Sachet (single).  

If you can’t get any due to the time of night, then try water with honey or sugar.  Please check out this website for good quality and reasonably priced pet products http://www.hyperdrug.com/store/

Supplies to Have on Hand When Your Pup First Arrives

You will be provided with a diet sheet and a small supply of food. It is a good idea to stick to the diet sheet but should you find you need to change do so over a period of approximately 2 weeks. This will minimise the risk of tummy upsets. It is best to put down the puppy's food allow approximately 15 minutes and then remove and dispose of any uneaten food.

If your puppy has diarrhoea it could be due to stress/diet/change of food, give half of a small tub of live plain yoghurt. The problem should resolve itself quite quickly. If your puppy continues to vomit or pass blood contact vet immediately. Many vets may offer a free health check for your puppy.

You could always have some Kaovet Gel 250mlon hand for dog/pups. 

An aid to the control of non-infectious diarrhoea & digestive upsets in cats & dogs. Contains Light Kaolin & Pectin. Free from artificial colouring. Use:- Cats & small dogs 5- 10ml given 2-3 times a day. Large dogs 20ml given 2-3 times a day Can be given to animals under 3wks of age - if the condition continues for more than a few days seek vets advice. http://www.hyperdrug.com/store/

ALWAYS make sure there is a fresh supply of water at all times.

Providing your puppy with toys to occupy their quiet time can save your furniture, shoes and woodwork.

Puppy toys:

o Washable rope toys

o Stuffed animals with no pieces that can be chewed off

o Soft squeaky toys (check periodically to make sure the squeaker is still in tact)

o Nylabone chew toys

o Large flat rawhides (great for teething). Throw away the rawhides when the puppy gets

     it too soggy or it is small enough to fit into their mouth. They can swallow it and it can   

     become lodged in their throat or cause a blockage in the intestines.

Food and Water bowls-stainless steel or ceramic

Washable Bedding (no Wicker!) your pup will need a bed of their own to sleep in.  It is tempting to put them in bed with you, but until they are house trained it makes more sense to put them in their own special spot so you can rest undisturbed.  They will usually whimper if they need out to relieve themselves.

Stain and Odour remover it is important to use a product that contains enzymes to break down the scent of urine to make housebreaking easier.

Newspapers to line an area of the floor to start paper training if this is the method you prefer to start with on housebreaking.

BE SURE IF YOU ARE USING DISINFECTANTS THAT THEY ARE NOT DANGEROUS TO DOGS EITHER IMMEDIATELY OR OVER A PERIOD OF TIME. 

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