Simple DOs & DON'Ts to Follow for your New Puppy

  • DO be on time to pick up your puppy....whether at a meeting place or at the airport 
  • DO communicate with your breeder when you receive your new puppy
  • DO schedule a vet appointment as soon as you have made arrangements to receive your new puppy to avoid missing contract deadline for wellness check  
  • DO visit with your vet to plan on finishing all appropriate shots and set up an appropriate worming schedule for your area. 
  • DO keep your new puppy separate from your other pets (quarantine) for at least 30 days 
  • DO play with your puppy, but give it lots of rest!   15 minutes of play to 45 minutes of rest 
  • DO keep your new puppy in a small enclosed area with enough room for bed and easy access to food and fresh water
  • DO pay attention to what your puppy eats. NO table scraps and know what foods & houseplants are poisonous 
  • DO read any material & instructions your breeder sends to you or gives to you with the puppy.   
  • DO communicate directly with your breeder about any issues and for updates and pictures. Your breeder is your best resource for advice/help with your new puppy 
  • DO read the contract and make sure you understand all terms and can 100% agree to your responsibilities and the terms 
  • DO keep food and fresh water available at all times for your new puppy 
  • DO brush/comb, blow dry and clip nails of your new puppy on a regular basis 
  • DO keep NutriCal or Karo (light corn syrup) on hand for new puppies.  Learn the signs of hypoglycemia and how to react without panic. It could save your new puppy's life! 
  • DO use a harness (if a toy breed) rather than a collar on your puppy's fragile neck 
  • DO keep the hair clear around the anus to prevent plugs 
  • DO use positive reinforcement for training 
  • DO make a small play area outside for potty training 
  • DO learn the "puppy shuffle"...keep feet on the floor with a little puppy 
  • DO remember to register them with your city 
  • DO remember to register their microchip information 
  • DON'T get a new puppy unless you are fully prepared to properly care for and are ready for the time commitment 
  • DON'T get a new puppy unless everyone in your household is in agreement about getting a new puppy 
  • DON'T take your new puppy to the store, to the neighbors, to the pet store, groomers, etc. This is a new baby and just like human babies they need rest, with no interruptions.  Your new puppy should be confined/protected and kept as stressfree as possible! Moving away from its siblings into a new unfamiliar surrounding is stressful on them and the stress can ignite hypoglycemia and allow opportunistic , otherwise dormant parasites to release into their gut and could have very serious consequences!   
  • DON'T leave your new puppy unattended in the yard 
  • DON'T change the puppies food immediately...this must be done GRADUALLY over a course of several days 
  • DON'T leave your puppy or dog in a hot car...not even for a few minutes 
  • DON'T allow your child to handle a puppy unsupervised 
  • DON'T put tiny puppies on beds, sofas or chairs where they can fall off 
  • DON'T give leptospirosis vaccinations to small-breed dogs 
  • DON’T allow puppies under two-years-old to run alongside a bicycle, jump off or on furniture in or out of cars, or long distant run. This can cause injury or hip dysplasia

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Adapted from www.idahojewelspoodles.com