Your puppy’s first weeks at home:
One thing that you should keep in mind during the whole puppy stage is to be “Firm , Fair and Consistent”.
The first few days home with you, is very stressful for your new puppy. Ev erything is a new experience to them, which can be very overwhelming. Try to keep things as quiet as possible in the home, not having a lot of visitors on the first day home. Try to bring the puppy into your home during a time that is slow for you .
Once you arrive home with your puppy, you want to start a routine as quickly as possible. Your puppy will sleep most of the time at first, but you will notice him/her sleeping less and playing more each day. It is quite common for your puppy to get diarrhea when he/she first comes home. This is brought on by stress, and as long as it is not excessive or bloody, it is nothing to be concerned about.
1) When you first arrive home with your new puppy, be sure to start your puppy out where you would like them to go potty. Encourage them to roam and explore……and as soon as he/she potties, give them lots of praise. This will start the scent location for future potty trips, and can make potty training easier.
2) Be sure to keep a schedule (feeding, sleeping, play time, potty times, etc.).
Outings & Visits:
Please keep in mind that your puppy has only had 2 sets of vaccinations, out of a 4 set series. This means that he/she does not have full immunity, and is at risk of contracting serious diseases. You need to be mindful not to expose your puppy to these diseases…..until fully vaccinated.
We suggest that you avoid areas frequented by dogs or wildlife (such as Petsmart, Petco, dog parks, hiking trails, fields, etc.), until after your puppy has been fully vaccinated. Visits with other family/friend pets are perfectly fine; as long as the other dog(s) have been fully vaccinated and are free of transmittable diseases/illnesses.