PREPARING FOR MY NEW PUPPY

 

Before bringing your new puppy home there are a few things you 
should do to prepare:

1.) Call the veterinarian to set-up an appointment to have the puppy 
examined.
Your pup should be examined within the first 48 hours if at all 
possible. This appointment should be scheduled prior to your 
puppy coming home as many vet's offices schedule appointments 
far enough in advance that you may not be able to get one in a 
timely manner.  Always assume your pup may have worms even if 
worming medicine has been administered. Take a stool sample in 
to this first appointment with you.

2.) Call to get registered in a puppy obedience or kindergarten 
class.
We cannot stress enough the benefits of enrolling your new puppy 
in a puppy kindergarten or obedience class. First of all, 
socialization is vital to the development of your new pet. Getting 
them out around other children, men, women, other dogs and a 
variety of environments and situations all help to form a well 
adjusted loving adult dog. If you are going to have this puppy in 
your home for the next 10-12 years, it is important to invest a few 
weeks of training in the beginning to ensure success. Most classes 
only require 1 hour a week for about 6 weeks.

Another benefit is that your puppy will learn to obey and listen to 
your commands with many exciting distractions going on around 
them. This is very beneficial in situations later on in life when you 
may be outdoors - there is a car coming - and your puppy is being 
tempted to chase the neighbors loose dog!

You can call area pet shops and adult continuing education classes 
at area high schools to find classes. Try to find one specifically for 
puppies as this instructor will include basic obedience as well as 
puppy socialization skills.

Some instructors will tell you that you cannot begin classes until 
the puppy has had the entire set of vaccinations. If you wait until 
the puppy is 4-6 months of age, you may have already developed 
bad behaviors that will be hard to break.If you run into this, call 
someone else. Many, many places have special puppy classes. 
Your puppy should receive his second vaccination before 
beginning the class. This vaccine is usually given around his 10th 
week.

By going to weekly obedience classes you will have the benefit of 
teaching your puppy to behave well from the start. It is much 
easier to train a puppy to behave when they are young, rather than 
to attempting to break him of bad habits after they have developed.

3.) Purchase necessary items such as:

- FOOD
- ODOR AND STAIN REMOVER
- FOOD AND WATER BOWLS
- CRATE
- COLLAR, LEASH, AND NAME TAG
- BRUSH OR COMB
- NAIL TRIMMERS
- *TOYS
- PUPPY SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER
- PUPPY TRAINING BOOK


* We recommend purchasing about 3 or 4 toys. If you overdo it and 
buy a large selection - your puppy will have a more difficult time in 
determining which items in your home belong to him and which 
are yours!

We recommend a floss toss toy which is made of small strands of 
rope all twisted together. This is a soft toy that young pups can 
really sink their teeth into. If they do ingest small pieces it should 
cause no problem.

A fleece style toy. These are also known as unreal lambskin toys. 
They are similar to stuffed animals. Some have squeekers and 
some do not.

Their is alot of controversy over whether or not you should give 
your dogs rawhide chews. If you choose to, only let them have 
them while being supervised. Some dogs never chew off large 
pieces that would cause harm, others will.

You can also choose a Nylabone or a Sterilized bone. These are 
both choices for a chew toy that are hard. Nylabones are made 
from a nylon type material and sterilized bones are actually bones 
from cows, neither will splinter while being chewed and are safe 
alternatives to rawhide chews.

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NYS PD #365