Preparing for Your New Puppy

Bedding and Litter Separation Anxiety

Your puppy should have a small enclosed area where he/she can sleep. He is likely to be a little upset over the first few nights and will possibly cry throughout the night. To try and settle your puppy put a blanket, small soft toys his size and a hot water bottle in the enclosure over night. This will simulate his litter mates. If you have another dog, try sleeping your puppy with him/her as this will help the separation anxiety.

Your puppy is used to sleeping outside, so it won’t be issue if they continue to sleep outside. If you choose to sleep your puppy inside, crate training is a good option.

Food

Puppies are fed a diet consisting of Ivory Coat Puppy kibble and pet mince (beef). When you bring your puppy home it is advised to continue this diet for the first couple of weeks. You are then welcome to change to a diet that suits your preference, however we do recommend not to feed high end kibble products due to the additives and hormones used.

The recommended quantity is one cup each of kibble and mince (combined well) twice daily, morning and night.

Please be aware that a change of environment can lead to stress and an upset tummy for a new puppy. If this occurs feed your puppy cooked rice and shredded chicken (no mince) until stomach/bowel movements are back to normal.

Puppy Proofing

You will need to make sure your yard and house are puppy proof. Your yard will need to be fully fenced with no areas that present a possible escape option. Swimming pools are a serious hazard and pool fences will need to be improved if a puppy can squeeze through it. It’s also a good idea to keep your puppy from general view of the passing public to prevent people from stealing your dog.

Your house will also need to be prepared. Section off any areas that you don’t want your puppy to be, remove items that you don’t want your puppy to chew and remove any potential hazards to your puppy, such as electrical cords.

Puppy School

Please think about enrolling your puppy in Puppy Preschool. They have excellent classes which provide you with lessons on basic training, advice on all aspects of pet care, discussion of common problems and they allow puppy socialisation in a safe environment.

Shopping List for your New Puppy:

 Fresh Beef mince can be purchased from your local butcher, supermarket or pet food store. I freeze appropriate size portions in the freezer.

You will need to purchase Advocate for dogs 4-10kg. This will need to applied when you take your puppy home. Advocate can be purchased from your local pet store.

You will need 2 x stainless steel dishes, one for water and one for food. These can be purchased from your local pet store.

You will need a dog collar, leash and ID tag. These can be purchased from your local pet store.

You will need a warm bed for your puppy to sleep in. Remember that your puppy will grow up so buy something that he/she will fit in as an adult. These can be purchased from your local pet supply store.

You will need some paper towel if you plan on having your puppy inside.

Dog training treats can be used to help you train your new puppy. Training treats are available from Supermarkets and your local pet store.

Bringing Puppy Home

Transitioning to a new environment can be quite stressful for a puppy. It is important to reduce stress. There a few things you can do to help with this:

Avoid major dietary changes

Don’t overtire the puppy

Let the puppy have undisturbed sleeping and rest periods

Confine your puppy when it is by itself so it doesn’t get lost or into trouble

Let your puppy have the company of people as much as possible

Let your puppy explore your home

Let your puppy get used to its family before introducing it to new people

Provide your puppy with fresh water at all times

Stick to the recommended puppy diet guide

Put your puppy somewhere quiet so it can eat without distractions

Commitment of Owning a Dog

You shouldn’t take the responsibility of adopting one of our dogs lightly as they will be in your life for the next 12 to 15 years. We only want our puppies to go to the best of homes and will try our hardest to help you determine whether they would be the right dog for you and your family.

If you choose to adopt one of our puppies we hope to have a close relationship with you over the coming years. We love progress reports and being updated with photos as they grow. We welcome any questions and are always available to give you advice. If for any reason you need to rehome your dog please contact us and we will be able to assist you in finding an appropriate home.