Puppy Information & Training

Here are some helpful hints and tips on buying a puppy and bringing it home...

 

Buying a puppy?

When deciding to buy a puppy, it is easy to forget about how much care they need. The average dog will live up to 10 years or even longer.

 

You will need to provide it with lots of companionship and provide regular high quality nutritious meals and water. All dogs will need regular exercise and taking for walks 2 to 3 times per day, even in the middle of a UK winter!

 

Bringing your puppy home

When first bringing your puppy home, remember that it will be a very stressful time for the puppy, especially if this is the first time away from its mother and siblings. You should give it time to adjust to the new surroundings in your home.Make sure that the puppy knows where its bed, food and water bowls are.

 

The puppies bed should be a refuge to retreat to if things become too stressful. It needs to be warm, dry comfortable and draught free. You can use either a strong cardboard box or a dog bed/basket. Make sure the bed has a warm blanket to help keep the puppy snug.Most puppies have a habit of crying at night time, especially during the first week or so in a new home.

 

The warmer you can make its bed, the more comfortable it will feel.It’s advisable to take your puppy to the vets during the first week you bring it home to get it checked out. The vet will be able to arrange its vaccinations if it hasn’t already had them.

 

Introducing your puppy to other pets and children.

If you already have pets in your home, it is probably best to let your new puppy explore its new surroundings first, before introducing it to your other pets. When you do introduce your puppy, do it gradually and always make sure you are there to supervise proceedings.

 

Be careful when introducing or leaving the puppy with children.

Make sure the children don’t treat the puppy like a toy! Instead, let the puppy explore your children and don’t let them pick it up too much. Teach your children to respect the dog.

 

Feeding your puppy

When you first take a puppy home it is important to feed it as it has been used to. A sudden change in diet combined with stress of adapting to a new home can cause stomach upsets and diarrhoea. If If you want to change you’re the diet, do so gradually by mixing it with the puppies usual food.

 

Taking your puppy for walks

You should get your puppy used to walking with a lead when it is still very young. You’re best to use a safe, non choking collar, and put it on the puppy for s few minutes each day so it can get used to it.For further information on the how’s, why’s and wherefor’s to bringing up a puppy or for our service on choosing the right puppy for you, then just contact us and we will be only to happy to assist you every step of the way.

 

Good luck!

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