Puppy Care

Introducing your new puppy!

To make the transition into a new home easier for your puppy, let your puppy explore their new surroundings uninterrupted. Children need to be reminded that while their puppy needs lots of love, it is also very important for it to rest and not be over handled. Introducing other family pets needs to be done cautiously with lots of supervision.  

 

Living quarters

It is a good idea to provide a little area that is just for your puppy such as the laundry or quiet corner of the house/bedroom. Your puppy will miss curling up with its siblings so provide some soft blankets and bedding. You may also want to put a hot water bottle beneath the bedding to help keep him/her warm on cooler nights. 

 

What do I feed my puppy?

Initially, it is important that your puppy remains on the same diet when you take over its care, as its tummy can easily become upset with any dietary changes. The same diet will also help make your puppy feel at home. A small amount of puppy food will be provided when you purchase your puppy. Contact us if you would like to purchase extra in advance and we can inform you what foods your puppy is used to.  As well as ensuring the same type of food, your puppy will be used to eating multiply times per day. This is because they have a small tummy and quickly get hungry again. If your puppy is 8 weeks old they will need to be fed 2-3 times daily. Lastly, make sure there is always fresh water available in a spill proof bowl. Milk is not needed/recommended.

Puppies teethe at around 12 weeks of age and chewing on a bone can help with this as well as help clean the teeth. Always give raw large beef or lamb bones to avoid risk of choking and keep them as a treat. Giving bones everyday may cause constipation. 

Some foods to avoid include: chocolate, onions, nuts, caffeine products, small bones, fruit stones/seeds, corn cobs, bread, avocado, grapes, unripened tomatoes, garlic and raw mushrooms. For more comprehensive information, consult your veterinarian before making any dietary changes.  

 

How do I toilet train my puppy?

Always take your puppy to the same spot when they need to go. This is usually first thing in the morning after they eat or nap, after being alone for a long period of time and at night before bed. If they beat you to it, take the puppy to the same spot so they learn that is where they should go and clean up the mess so the smell doesn't attract them back. You will soon learn the signs of when they need to go and it is important to be positive and patient.

Signs include:

  • walking around in circles
  • sniffing at the ground
  • sitting or whining at the door 

 

How often do I need to exercise my puppy?

Puppies are very playful and energetic. They will get enough exercise throughout the day on their own. As they get older, you may take them for short walks. They enjoy this and it helps maintain their health. Our dogs are small in size and do not require long walks or to be jogged. 

 

What vaccinations do they need? 

Just like humans, dogs need to be protected against harmful diseases. To do this, they need to receive a series of injections. We start this for you and you will be given a vaccination card highlighting when they are next due for their needle. This is usually at 12 weeks. Until your puppy has had its second vaccination we recommend avoiding parks, public areas and visiting other dogs.  

 

How do I worm my puppy? 

Just like the vaccinations, your puppy will have already been wormed. This happens at 2,4,6 & 8 weeks of age. You will need to re-dose at 12 weeks of age (when they are due for their vaccination), at which time you can speak to your chosen veterinarian about ongoing worming options that are best suited to you and your puppy. 

 

Fleas & ticks 

It is important to wash and groom your dog regularly to detect any fleas/ticks. Most dog shampoos contain an insecticide to ward off fleas. If your dog has a bad infestation, you can purchase various products from your veterinarian. It is important to remember that most fleas live on the bedding so as well as treating your dog, wash and change the bedding to avoid re-infestation. 

 

Desexing your puppy

Desexing is performed by a veterinarian and prevents unwanted puppies. It also has positive effects on your puppy's health and behaviour. It makes your dog less likely to roam and less territorial, preventing fights and injuries with other dogs. Desexing can also prevent some infections and cancers. It is usually performed around 5-6months of age as they approach sexual maturity but before they come on heat.  

 

Registration

Your local council requires your pet to be registered. Your puppy has been microchipped and all the necessary documentation is provided to you when you take over its care, to help with this process. If you move house remember to update the microchipping details so your puppy can be returned to you if it is ever lost. 

 

Need further information? - please contact us if you would like to know more about looking after your puppy. 

 

 

 

Health Guarantee

Health Guarantee

We provide a health guarantee and a puppy pack upon purchase with vital information, puppy comforts and some quality puppy food to get you started. 

Health Guarantee PDF