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New Puppy Care

Congratulations on your new furry family member! The first few days with your new puppy can be a challenging time for them. While it may be tempting to engage in extended playtime and introduce your puppy to friends, family, and other pets, we recommend maintaining a calm environment during the first few days. As your puppy adjusts to their new surroundings, providing ample love and reassurance is crucial. Please remember that being separated from their mother and siblings can be a stressful experience for your puppy, but with your confident and loving care, they will thrive in their new home.

To ensure your puppy's health and safety, it's crucial to limit playtime to 30 minute intervals and allow for rest periods. Puppies have a tendency to play until exhaustion, which can lead to a lack of appetite. If you have children, it's important to supervise their interactions with the puppy and only allow them to hold the puppy while sitting on the floor to prevent any potential injuries.

 

keep fresh water and food available at all times during the first few weeks. Puppies eat frequently, so it's important to make sure they eat every 3 hours to avoid the risk of hypoglycemia. We highly recommend closely monitoring their food and water intake for the first 24 hours and not leaving them alone. After that, continue to monitor their intake and gradually transition to a new brand of food if desired.


Please don't take your new puppy to dog parks or put him on the floor at pet supply stores or in the vets office until the whole series of vaccinations have been given.

 

If at any time your puppy is not eating, has diarrhea, or is vomiting, contact your vet and breeder immediately.


We believe Pen training is an effective way to house train your puppy. It provides a safe and comfortable space for your puppy to relax and nap, while also keeping your belongings safe when you're away or unable to supervise.

Your puppy will have already started his potty training with pee pads. Establishing a consistent routine for your puppy's potty training is crucial for success. Make sure to take your puppy to the designated potty area upon awakening, after eating, and after play. Positive reinforcement is key, so be sure to praise your puppy when they are successful. Additionally, paying attention to your puppy's behavior can help you anticipate when they need to go. Watching for behaviors like sniffing, circling, and wandering away as indicators to help avoid accidents.

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Puppies First Year

While we do all necessary health screenings, it's up to you to preserve the health of your pups joints like their knees and hips. This means limiting your pups activity for the first year, as puppies joints aren't developed enough to handle the strain of jumping or long walks and overuse can cause damage to developing joints.

While your puppy may want to jump up and down from furniture allowing them to do this will cause stress on knees in particular and cause problems in the future like luxating patella and arthritis in their joints. This is a very common issue seen in many toy breeds- and it's up to you to limit excessive activity to prevent future problems.

If you want your pup on your lap we encourage utilization of steps or ramps- or training your puppy they aren't allowed up on the furniture.

Temperment

You will notice your pups temperament develop throughout the first year- it's very common to receive a playful happy puppy, only to see unwanted behaviors pop up later. We call this the teenage stage and it's often a very challenging stage for puppy parents.

Usually around the age 6-9 months is when many puppy parents are tested, don't lose heart and don't forget that its a stage that comes and goes.

Your sanity may be tested- but be consistent in your training and don't give up! usually by the time they are a year old many of these behaviors have been sorted out and you have a very different dog going into adulthood.

Also don't forget we are here to support our families for the life of their pets, and are happy as either a listening ear or a mentor to give advice.

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Pen Training

Pen training for young puppies is an excellent way to simplify training and keep them safe when they are not being watched. With 24/7 access to food and water, it helps pups learn self-soothing and maintain balanced wake/sleep cycles. It's a highly effective method that you can confidently rely on for your puppy's training


Our pups are accustomed to their pens from day one- and learn to find security in quiet time in their pens. Our families have reported that pens make puppy rearing easier and provide peace of mind knowing their puppy is secure even when they can't give them their full attention.

Young pups by the time they join their families still need lots of rest and pens are a highly effective solution for facilitating naps and providing a break from the demands of puppy rearing. By promoting rest and relaxation, you can confidently raise a well-adjusted and contented puppy.


We recommend at the beginning pups be out of their pens no more than 1 hour at a time for playtime before going back into the pen for a rest. As your puppy grows in obedience and maturity, they will require less time in their pens until they eventually graduate from needing it altogether.


Pens should be in a quiet place in the home and contain: food/water, safe engaging toys, small kennel with soft blanket inside, as well as place to potty. By ensuring these essentials are met, you can be confident that your pet is safe while in their pen.

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