(Closed) First new puppy questions…

posted 4 years ago in Pets
Post # 2
1420 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Turf Valley

Aww, congrats on your soon-to-be new addition!  I would make sure to have lots of toys and things for the puppy to chew on.  Puppies tend to be more destructive when they’re bored, so a good assortment of toys is helpful.   Cycle the toys out so he doesn’t get bored of them.  

We crate trained our dogs when they were puppies.  Now that they’re older we let them run free in the house while we’re gone, and they do fine.  I would advise a puppy be crate trained.  Make sure to NEVER use the crate as a form of punishment!

🙂 Good luck with your new puppy!

Post # 3
907 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

What kind of dog? If it’s a smaller breed (and some larger breeds), you need to get a harness and not a collar. Collars pull on necks of smaller breeds, which are already fragile, where harnesses pull from the middle of their bodies.

Post # 4
1301 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Do you have a backyard? If so, have you triple checked all the fencing to make sure there are no little spaces your puppy could squeeze through?  If you don’t have a backyard, be prepared to take the puppy out several times a day at first.  Little puppies aren’t good at “holding it,” so you need to take them out a ton so that they always go outside, and then give them tons of praise so they learn that’s the right thing to do.<br />

Post # 5
1777 posts
Buzzing bee

Congrats!  puppies are great, but it’s a good thing they’re so darn cute 🙂

Consider how you’re going to socialize the puppy.  There are a lot of good books out there look for something that talks about developmental stages at such and such weeks.  They’ll talk about fear imprinting periods etc.

There is some controversy about how many and how frequent vaccinations are needed.  Read and talk with yoru vet and decide what you think makes sense for you.

You may want to talk with the breeder / google the ideal time to bring the puppy home.  Some breeders feel that pups gain lots of socialization with mom and sibs by staying with the litter a little longer than traditionally recommended. 

Post # 7
451 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

chica95110:  Congrats! Ditto PPs on having a socialization plan. I used to raise puppies for Guiding Eyes for the Blind, and they had everyone read “Good Owners, Great Dogs” by Brian Kilcommons and Sarah Wilson. I highly recommend that book, as well as their newer one, “My Smart Puppy.” It comes with a DVD too.

Post # 8
428 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I’m sure you will have a wonderful time with your new puppy and wish you all the best. I just wanted to put in a shout for anyone else considering a new puppy: please consider adopting one! There are so many little innocent puppies in need of good homes, and it breaks my heart to think of them getting put to sleep because no one wants them.

Ok, enough said. Go enjoy your new puppy!

Post # 10
480 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Lots of chew things!!  Toys and treats. It will be mouthy like made until about 6-8 months.  I would recommend antler, bones or bully sticks… Rawhide is tricky and can be bad for pups that don’t know any better, because if swallowed it can’t be digested.  We lost a family dog that way 🙁 

Post # 12
3230 posts
Sugar bee

Here’s a few tips:

If you can get trifexis, that’s a great combination pill for the puppy/dog. Unfortunately, my dog is 24 lbs and the pill he was taking was for 20-50 lbs which was too much for him so we have to get two different pills for fleas/heartworms. 

Socializing is ideal. We have been socializing ours with humans since we first got him. Remember not to take him around other dogs until he has had all his shots (usually around 4 months). You don’t want to expose him to things that he doesn’t have an immunity to but there’s a vaccine for. 

Remember that he’s a baby. Babies get sick a lot. My dog finally started getting sick not so much after her turned one. 

Be consistent with everything. My dog doesn’t come when we call him because we weren’t consistent enough and he’s stubborn. Also, be firm.

Crate training is great because it gives dogs a space that’s just theirs. 

Mine loves rope toys, balls, and will destroy stuffed animals within minutes. 

Most of all, enjoy puppihood. It doesn’t last long! Take lots of pictures. 

Post # 13
1777 posts
Buzzing bee

Great plan to go to the dog social (after vaccinated) for socialization.  You’ll also just want to expose the pup to lots of different things besides dogs.  Sometimes even with tiny bites of food to make them fun and pleasant:  Trustworthy children, crying babies, screaming toddlers (not to say let them let them pinch or hurt the pup… just let the pup figure out that busy ‘wild child’ toddlers are OK.  Let them hear and walk by lawn or other noisy equipment, walk on gravel, grass, and pavement, walk over that that little wooden footbridge, and has weird splashing water beneath it, meet little dogs, big dogs (if he’s small don’t pick him up and coddle too much – you don’t want him to get bowled over by a big rambunctious dog, but neither do you want him to always flee and hide behind your legs and cower in fear around a dog bigger than he is). 

Play with his feet so that he doesn’t feel protective of his feet, make sure you can open his mouth without getting nipped (your vet will appreciate this, and if he grabs something he shouln’t and you need to remove it so will you.)  Drop by the vet occasionally just to weigh him and let the office staff coo over him so that the vet isn’t always a scary /painful place.  Basically you want him to see and experience many many things in a non-fearful way.

It’s so great that you want to start of right!

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