New Puppy Care Fact Sheet
A young puppy needs special care, much as a new baby would. Treat the puppy as you would your own infant:
with patience, constant supervision and a gentle touch. Moving to a new home is a big change for a puppy.
Expect the puppy to take a few days to acclimate to its new surroundings. The way you interact with your
puppy at this age is crucial to his socialization. Acclimate your puppy to your normal daily routine. Be alert for signs
(sniffing and circling) that he has to go to the bathroom, take him outside immediately. If he goes,
praise him. Never punish an accident. He won’t understand and may learn to go to the bathroom when you
are out of sight. We recommend housebreaking your puppy by using a crate. Dogs avoid going to the bathroom
near their eating and sleeping areas, so their will by instinct try to keep their den (crate) clean.
Keep your puppy in the crate whenever you are not directly supervising them. Take the puppy outside
every 45 minutes to one hour (once during the night).Take him out the same door and to the same
spot every time. Be patient and consistent.
A new puppy needs to have regular nap times throughout the day to rest. It is also important that he has a very
warm place to sleep. Be careful that playtimes are kept short, whether the play is with people or other pets. Puppies
can play themselves into exhaustion or not take the time to eat or drink.
All contact between a new puppy and resident pet should be 100 percent supervised for at least the first
two weeks. Be especially careful if your other pets are much larger than your new puppy. One way to
separate your pets is to use child safety gates or pet exercise pens.A new puppy should also be kept
away from areas where non-resident pets are (public parks, rest stops),until the puppy has
finished all of his puppy immunization shots.
A puppy is not fully immune to these devastating and deadly viruses until all booster shots have
been given. The puppy shots are usually finished around 4-5 months of age.
Your new puppy should be eating two times a day 1/4 cup of dry food. Please feed your puppy Blue Buffalo chicken
and brown rice life protection for puppies & Native Small Breed Puppy Food. This dog food is a premium quality
puppy food that is nutritionally dense. Follow the directions on the bag for the age and weight of your puppy. Do not
put the food in a bowl and assume your puppy is eating. Pay careful attention to how much he is actually eating
each day because this is critical to their health. If necessary we will instruct you on giving the puppy ½ teaspoon of
chicken baby food or EnerCal morning and evening until a jar/tube is finished. Your puppy can be switched to an
adult formula food between 9-12 mo. of age. If you choose to switch to a different brand of dog food, the change
must be a gradual one. Change the food over a 4 day time period, giving 100% of the original food the first day,
75% original food and 25% new food the second day, 50% of each the third day, and 25% of the original and 75%
new the fourth day. This gradual change will reduce the amount of stress to the puppy.
The small toy breed puppies do not have a large fat reserve, so it is essential that these puppies eat small meals
frequently. Missing a single meal can cause these puppies to have dangerously low glucose levels (hypoglycemia).
Once a puppy’s glucose levels are low, he might become too confused to eat and could refuse food.
Tear Staining: Although most of our parents are dry eyed and tear staining is not a problem but occasionally for
those puppies who suffer from moderate to severe tear staining we do suggest Angel Eyes for this problem. Can
also be caused by water, food dyes, and keeping the area clean by combing or using a q-tip regularly.
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|Excerise/ crate Option