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Picking up your puppy from our home or airport ...

Here are a few suggestions on picking up your puppy and your puppy's first days with its new family.

Bringing Your New Puppy Home

When parents find out they are going to have a child they make all sorts of preparations. A room is set aside and possibly the walls are covered with an appropriate wallpaper or paint, a supply of formula fills the pantry, baby bottles and diapers are purchased in huge quantities, toys and pacifiers are picked out, the baby's doctor is selected, etc. You need to make the same preparations for the puppy, and think about the equipment you will need, the car ride home, and the puppy's activities, feeding, and health care check-up.


Your puppy is going to need a room or at least a place he can call his own, and a cage or crate will fill this bill. You are better off getting one that is big enough for him to use as an adult. The pup will need food and water bowls, toys to chew on and play with, a collar, harness and leash, a bag of large breed puppy food, and plenty of newspapers or training pads.

Picking your puppy up at the breeders home or airport and the car ride home

The big day arrives, and it is off to pick up the puppy. Many people worry that this is a traumatic event for the puppy, but it probably is not as bad as you might think.Coming home will start out with a car ride from the breeder’s home or airport Try to keep this from being a terrifying experience for the pup. The main problem dogs have with car rides usually is not what we humans refer to as motion sickness, but simple anxiety about the vibrations, sounds, and to a lesser degree, the movement. Many dogs that have developed problems with car rides get nervous or even nauseous before the engine is even started. It is important that this first trip not be a bad experience that regresses into a repetitious behavioral pattern.

Before you leave the breeders home or airport try to get the pup to go to the bathroom so there are no floods or surprises stimulated by all the excitement or the ride.Bring water,bowl, collar, harness and leash.See if the puppy is thirsty before starting on your way home. On this first trip home, we break a cardinal rule about traveling with pets. We do not put them in a crate for traveling. Remember, they are small and easy to hold. Rather, we have someone other than the driver hold the puppy in a blanket or towel and talk or in some way try to distract him from the ride. If you have a long way to go and need to stop for the puppy to relieve himself, do not use a highway rest stop. At his young age, the puppy has very little, if any, protection from common dog diseases, and these areas can easily be contaminated with the organisms causing these conditions. We never recommend these facilities for pets of any age, but if you must use them, wait until your puppy has completed his vaccination series.

  Being with people the first day home

Leaving his or her mother and littermates will probably bring about some form of separation anxiety.  However, this can be greatly diminished if you plan your schedules so that you are with the puppy constantly for the first 1 to 2 days. Some authors suggest leaving the puppy alone and give her time to herself to adjust to the new surroundings. We disagree. In our homes, we plan for this introductory period by keeping the puppy involved with plenty of attention from children and other family members through every one of her waking moments. When we are not with the puppy, she is eating, sleeping, or going to the bathroom. You will be amazed how time spent in this manner will speed up the housebreaking process. If the children are young or are not familiar with how to handle puppies, you should spend some time with them during these first few days explaining common sense rules on how to play with the pup.

Getting a health check

One of the first things you need to do is get the puppy into a veterinarian for an initial puppy examination. You will want to make sure the pup is in perfect health, free of any medical conditions. Also, find out exactly what the breeder has been done for the puppy. puppy vaccinations have been given by the breeder .he or She has also been placed on a deworming schedule. The tail will have not been docked and the dewclaws not removed. your veterinarian will need all of this information along with the puppy's approximate birth date.

Feeding the puppy

What, when, and how to feed puppies becomes a major issue on the first day. Many new owners worry that without his mother’s milk, their pup is going to have a hard time adjusting to his new home. we feed Purina Puppy Chow Large Breed. It is a good idea to continue feeding the same type and brand of food for at least a few weeks. Most people are soon surprised how well puppies make it through this transition because they do not understand how far along dogs are in their development at 8 weeks of age.

Feeding the first few days

For the first few weeks, it is a good idea to continue feeding the same type and brand of puppy food and use the same feeding schedule the puppy was on before he came to you. Then you can slowly start using the food you have chosen based on information you received from the breeder or veterinarian. A pet needs to be switched to a new food slowly to prevent intestinal upset. By 'slowly' we mean over the course of 7-10 days, go from feeding 100% of the previous food to 100% of the new food. For example, make a mixture that contains 25% of the new food and 75% of the old food and feed that for several days. Then make it 50-50 for several days, then 75% new food to 25% old food for several days. Then you can start feeding 100% new food. If at any time your puppy starts vomiting, or has loose stools or appears constipated, slow the rate at which you are switching him over.