We have been feeding your puppy Victor Classic Hi-Pro Plus.
Things you may need for bringing puppy home:
A kennel that is small enough that your puppy can not sleep and potty in comfortably or one that can be divided and made larger as puppy grows. Make sure your puppy has enough room to comfortably sleep in his/her kennel when they are grown.
Chew toys and balls (that are tough enough for puppies to play with but not get pieces off of). A small collar and a leash. Your puppy will need a larger collar soon, but a small should fit for the first several weeks. We like Country Brook Martingale Collar:
We recommend a good probiotic for your puppy especially as they grow and build their immune system. Zesty Paws Probiotic Bites with Natural Digestive Enzymes Pumpkin Flavor Chews for Dogs:
We like these puppy treats for training: Fruitables Skinny Minis Pumpkin & Berry Flavor Soft & Chewy Dog Treats, 5-oz bag:
https://www.chewy.com/fruitables-skinny-minis-pumpkin-berry/dp/35991 ~ Water dish for your puppy to have a drink on the way home (if it is more than a 2 hour drive home)
We recommend holding your puppy on your lap on you way home (if someone else is driving for you). This allows puppy to bond with you right away and make the transition easier on them. A towel is a good idea so puppy can be comfortable on your lap. Puppies usually whine and wiggle if they are being held and need to go potty.
Bring some potty pads. Puppy should not be put down anywhere where other dogs could have been until they get all of their puppy shots (usually given at 8, 12 and 16 weeks). If you have a long drive home, please watch for signs that your puppy needs to go. If puppy whines or acts restless or like they want to get off your lap, they probably need to go potty. Put your puppy down on the potty pad only so they don’t get exposed to any germs or diseases.
Taking Puppy into Public-
Until your puppy has had all of his/her puppy shots, do not let them down anywhere that another dog has been, other than your own (no rest areas, no parks, nowhere that a dog could have been). If you travel with your puppy and need to let them go potty, make sure you take them far away from where any other dog has been or put down a potty pad so he/she is not exposed to germs or diseases. Until your puppy has had all of his/her puppy shots they can still pickup deadly diseases from being exposed to sick dogs or areas that sick dogs have been. Don’t let your puppy drink out of puddles or water that could be contaminated.
We have been feeding puppy about a 1/2cup of puppy food 3 times a day. If you switch puppy food, please mix it ½ & ½ with the food they are used to, gradually increasing the new food over the course of several days so that your puppy does not get sick (upset tummy). Increase your puppy’s food as he/she grows. Puppy needs access to fresh, clean water all day. Feed your puppy dinner several hours before bedtime and cut off water a couple of hours before bedtime. This will help your puppy be able to make it through the night without an accident. Your puppies may feel a little bit stressed going to his/her new home. Their tummy may be upset by the drive and leaving their litter mates for the first time. A teaspoon of pure canned pumpkin in their food will help their tummies if they have loose stool from the stress of their big move to their new home. They are just babies and although they are very well socialized and used to noises and activity, your home is new to them and so is being away from their mom and litter mates. We also like to give our puppies and dogs boiled chicken and rice if they seem to have tummy trouble. Do not over feed your puppy as it can cause loose stools. We highly recommend getting a good probiotic for your puppy and it will help keep his/her guts healthy.
Bedtime & Potty Training-
Your puppy is used to sleeping in a carpeted bed with a doggy door which they use to go out to go potty and they have been keeping their bed clean with no accidents. If you choose to put your puppy in a crate for sleeping, or when not being supervised, make sure it is not big enough for puppy to potty and sleep. Your puppy will not want to go potty in his/her bed. A small crate works well at first until puppy is completely trained. Take your puppy out to potty immediately when you take puppy out of the crate and just before you put puppy in the crate. Your puppy should be able to make it 8 hours through the night without an accident, if you schedule feedings and water properly. When we night train puppies, we put them in their crate in the bathroom with the fan on (for noise) and a blanket covering their crate (to make it dark). We do not talk to, look at or disturb the puppy from 10:00pm till 6:00am when we take puppy out to go potty (If your puppy sounds like he/she needs to go out earlier, by all means take them out and work up to the 8 hours. It may take several nights before puppy is trained to sleep through the night. If your puppy sounds very distressed, take them out to go potty, but not to play. You want them to learn that night time is sleep time, not play time. Potty training takes time and patience, they are still babies. Just remember how long human babies take to be fully potty trained. If puppy isn’t ready for bed, or isn’t sleeping through the night well, they probably need more exercise and play time during the day and before bed. These dogs are very smart and they need physical and mental exercise to be happy and healthy.
Shots & De-wormer-
Your puppy is up to date on shots and dewormer, but will need their next round of shots at 12 weeks. Your vet will get your puppy on a schedule for shots and dewormer.
Please let me know if you have questions and I will do my best to answer them. Most of all, enjoy your puppy, they are a special blessing.