The Do's And Dont's With Your New Puppy
- DO stay in contact with your breeder. We love to see pictures and receive feedback!
- DO give your puppy plenty of exercise. Remember that a tired puppy is a happy puppy!
- DO be patient with your new puppy. This is their first time away from the litter and they are scared.
- DO take your puppy to the bathroom every 1-2 hours. They simply cannot hold it at this age. (Every 1 month of age your puppy will be able to hold it for roughly 2 extra hours).
- DO Keep your puppy separated from all other pets for a few weeks. Slowly introduce them to each other.
- DO use positive reinforcement with happy words and treats for training.
- DO Keep your puppy crate close to where you sleep at night. This way you can hear them bark or wine when they need to use the bathroom.
- DO take away their water 1-2 hours before bedtime. This will allow them to get more sleep and empty their bladder early on.
- DO keep their world small for the first few weeks until they become more comfortable.
- DO feed your puppy 3 times a day if you are home and provide access to plenty of water.
- DO take your puppy to the vet within the first week for a physical exam.
- DO keep a consistent schedule. Try to feed your puppy followed by a bathroom break. This will help them learn a routine.
- DO pay attention to what your puppy is eating. There are a lot of food and household items that could be harmful to your pet.
- Don't get a puppy unless you are fully prepared to take care of them. They are a lot of work at first, but very rewarding for the rest of their life!
- Don't hesitate to call your breeder with any questions or concerns. We are here to help you!
- Don't take your puppy to any dog parks, stores, and public areas until they have all of their vaccines. (around 15-16 weeks of age).
- Don't reprimand your puppy for the first 2 weeks. Let this time be about bonding and allowing your pet to adjust to their new home.
- Don't change your puppy food too fast. This will upset their stomach and should be done GRADUALLY over a few days.
- Don't leave your puppy outside for long periods of time. They can get cold or overheat very quickly.
- Don't lock our dog in a crate or in a room alone for long periods of time.
- Don't leave your puppy on high furniture or tables. If they jump off this can cause them to get seriously injured.
- Don't let your dog run next to a bicycle. One wrong turn can seriously injure your puppy.
- Don't allow a very young child to handle your puppy unsupervised.
- Don't rush to their side every time they bark. This will encourage them to bark more. Instead, give them rewards and attention when they don't bark.
- Don't be afraid to let your puppy play alone for some time. This will teach them independence. Puppies will need to learn how to entertain themselves as they get older.