Preparing for Puppy

In preparation for bringing your puppy home it is a good idea to hide any exposed electrical wires, cords, etc because puppies WILL chew on them if they get the chance. It’s also a good idea to make sure all cleaning chemicals and toxins are out of puppy’s reach. It never recommended to feed your puppy table scraps but especially not raisins or grapes, they are toxic to dogs and just a few of either can kill them as their body cannot process something in them and damages their liver. Sugar free gum is also toxic for dogs as Xylitol (the sugar substitute in sugar free gum) cannot be broke down in their system. If your dog eats gum you need to call your vet immediately.

As soon as you bring your new puppy home, the house breaking and teaching simple commands can begin.  You might also check into puppy training classes but would consider holding off on beginning classes until they’re fully vaccinated at 16 weeks to reduce the chance of exposing them to an infected dog if they haven’t had their full set of shots.

You should make contact with a vet to talk about their 3rd (12 weeks), and 4th (16 weeks and includes Rabies) set of shots (and possibly even an extra protective 5th vacc at 20 weeks) that the puppies will need over the next couple of months. After the 4th set of puppy shots, the adult dogs will need to return to the vet once a year for their annual shots.  You will also want to purchase Frontline or a similar flea and tick preventative and Heartgard or equivalent for heartworms. We order ours from Australia, they’re FAR cheaper than any place in the US or any vet, your vet’s office marks these up 2-3 x’s the selling price! Visit Pet Supplies Net to order.

Over the next few months after your puppy goes home, the milk teeth will fall out and be replaced by adult teeth.  You may also notice your puppy losing it’s puppy coat. This is sometimes accompanied with minor shedding though an occasional brushing can remove most lose hairs.