FEEDING

For scheduled Feedings, feed your puppy 2x for big breeds and  3x for small breeds daily.  Mix ¼  –  ½ cups for small breeds and 1  –  2 cups for large breeds, of puppy food with hot water and let stand for five to ten minutes until it gets soft, then you may add some canned dog food, jarred baby food, any meat or poultry, boneless and cooked, such as hamburger or chicken. NO DAIRY PRODUCTS!!! It will give the puppy diarrhea. Leave the food down for ½ hour before removing it. If your puppy doesn’t eat, call us immediately! **For the first two weeks you have your new puppy home, leave a small handful of dry dog food in the crate with the puppy as well as a small amount of water at all times, this will help your puppy adjust to his new surroundings and schedule.**

VITAMIN SUPPLEMENTS

MULTI-VITAMIN- ¼ tablet for small breeds and  ½ tablet for large breeds once daily. This is chewable. Do not mix into food.

NUTRISTAT- 1 teaspoon twice daily directly into mouth. Do not mix into food. Use until the tube is finished. This will help your new puppy maintain healthy weight while transitioning into his new home.

For Small Breeds- KARO LIGHT SYRUP- 1 teaspoon ( ½ a syringe) twice daily for seven days. Karo syrup is very thick, make sure it is given slowly. Do not mix into food. This will help your new puppy maintain a healthy glucose level while adjusting to his new environment.

PLAYTIME AND REST

The puppy needs lots of rest for the first few weeks. Do not treat the puppy as a toy. You mustn’t continuously pick up the puppy. The puppy should be confined to a small, safe, puppy proof area for the majority of the day and night (approximately 18 hours a day for the first two weeks). This means DO NOT OVERDUE PLAYTIME!! Playtime should be broken up into small intervals of 15 – 25 minutes for small breeds / 20 – 30 minutes for large breeds. The puppy should not go outside, EXCEPT FOR HOUSEBREAKING, in one, safe, puppy proof area. The puppy should not be allowed near other dogs until he is finished with all of its shots and worming. The puppy should not go into the car unless he is visiting the veterinarian’s office for the first two weeks. The puppy should not have a bath for the first two weeks as they are susceptible to colds when they first arrive home.

HOUSEBREAKING

Confine the puppy to a small area such as a training crate, half bath, or laundry room. This area should not be larger than 4 x 4 square and have a tile or linoleum floor, NOT carpet, hardwood, or concrete as these are porous and will stain and cause odor. Do not close the door to this area, use a childproof gate so that the puppy can see out. Provide a variety of rawhide and toys for the puppy and a bed or blanket for comfort. Do not put newspaper/ wee wee pads on the floor unless you want to litterbox train the puppy. When the puppy has an accident, NEVER hit the puppy with your hand or newspaper, or stick his nose in the mess. Instead, verbally correct the puppy using the words, NO, BAD DOG in a loud, authoritative voice. When cleaning accidents, in the house do not use vinegar or ammonia products as these smell the same to the puppy as urine and will cause the puppy to repeat these mistakes. Instead, use Natures Miracle or club soda as this will neutralize the odor. The puppy needs to be walked FIRST THING IN THE MORNING, AFTER EACH MEAL, and LAST THING BEFORE BED, typically, 4-5 times daily at first. Since the puppy does not know how to walk on a leash, you must carry the puppy at first. Bring the puppy to one spot in the yard or curb, no long walks around the block. If the puppy makes outside, praise the puppy verbally (no dog treats as this will cause more bowel movements). If the puppy doesn’t not go outside after about ten minutes, return him inside and wait until the next scheduled walk. The puppy may come out of his area only for short periods of time, when you can watch him, but is not allowed to run free through the house.

KEEP AWAY…

Your puppy can become gravely ill or even die if he licks or swallows just a small amount of the following, common household items. Make sure your puppy is in a safe, puppy proof area at all times and under adult supervision. Chocolate, hops or beer, household plants, potting soil, antifreeze, household cleaners, onions and onion powder, alcoholic beverages, coffee (grounds or beans), tea, salt, macadamia nuts, tomato leaves and stems, potato leaves and stems, chubard leaves, avocados, moldy foods, or lawn fertilizers.