One adult in the household must accept the ultimate responsibility for the pup. This will include feeding, potty breaks, and making scheduled vet/ grooming appointments.
Housebreaking is often easier using a crate, and it can also provide a "den" for the puppy. Dogs are very social animals and like to be with people. Decide the best place to place your crate, like a hallway or a family room. The bedroom of the primary caregiver until the pup adjusts to its new home and is sleeping throughout the night could be a good option.
Never crate a pup longer than three or four hours without a planned break for the puppy to relieve itself, getting a drink of water, and have a snack. Playtime is crucial also. Perhaps scheduling a friend or neighbor to drop in for a mid-day puppy break while you are at work, just until your puppy is used to its new home environment, would be a good option.
A routine will make puppy raising easier. Decide where and when the puppy will be fed and taken outdoors to relieve itself. Routine will give your new puppy a sense of security and will help with housebreaking.
Teaching basic obedience can be a fun and educational way to spend time with your dog. Dogs need to know the rules, which every member of the family should follow consistently.
Every pup needs to be socialized with people of both sexes and all ages. Plan frequent activities that will equip your pup socially with other animals and environments.
Find a veterinarian. Visit clinics in your area that friends and family have recommended. Look for knowledgeable, friendly staff and a clean environment. Never take your puppy outside your home until your veterinarian gives you the green light to do so. Diseases like Parvo can be very detrimental and overwhelming to a young pup.
Look for a groomer. Visit several in your area that have been recommended. Ask your vet if he has a recommendation. You want your pup to look forward to being groomed. Starting your puppy off with a patient, gentle person who will make the experience pleasant and help the puppy learn that going to the groomer is fun.
Keep a list of people you can call for information, including your feed store, groomer, and emergency veterinary hospital open nights and weekends.
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New Pup Shopping List
An essential shopping list for your new pup may include these items:
Plain yogurt to mix in, by the teaspoon, with the dry kibble for the first few days to ease any digestive problems and stress diarrhea
Bowls - a water bowl and a food dish
Pooper-scooper and plastic bag(s)
Baby gate(s) - if you wish to confine the pup to a kitchen or laundry room
Exercise pen - if your yard is not securely fenced or a tiny puppy may escape under a fence or gate, you will need a secure area for the dog to play. Note: The best rule is never to let a new dog go outdoors alone. It would be best if you were with the puppy to direct it to the place where to relieve itself and then praise.
Collar with ID TAG
Toys that are size appropriate for your pup.
Plush toys - with nothing the pup can remove and swallow
Kong toy - great for teething and for playing
Booda bones, cow's ears, beef tendons
Bully Sticks (either beef or buffalo)
Hard rubber ball, Frisbee, tug - - for outdoor play
NO chopped or formed bones - they splinter
NO stick type rawhide
NO pigs ears, rolls, snouts - they are too greasy
NO old shoes or old socks
Note: Throw out any small pieces to prevent the pup from swallowing them whole and choking.
A white vinegar and water solution 50-50, in a spray bottle - for accidents will happen.