• DO NOT LET YOUR PUPPY GO TO THE BATHROOM IN PUBLIC PLACES. While your puppy is young, avoid public places, especially doggy parks or the dog areas at rest stops. If you must stop somewhere in public, choose an area that does not appear to be frequented by other dogs. Until your puppy has had at least three vaccinations, he is not safe from disease.
• FEEDING SCHEDULE. Make sure your puppy is fed three times daily, and have a fresh supply of water on hand at all times. While you are training him, give him as much food as he will eat in a 15-minute period, then take the food away. Do this three times a day; it will help you know when he has to go to the bathroom, and being consistent with a set schedule will assist in getting your puppy trained quickly. As your puppy gets older, you can feed him twice a day, but continue to have water available at all times.
• WORMING/VACCINATIONS. Please check with your veterinarian for worming recommendations and to keep your puppy current on vaccinations. Be sure to show your vet the worming/vaccination record that is provided in your puppy packet. If your puppy is vaccinated before the scheduled date, it could kill him/her (3-4 weeks between vaccinations is the recommended timeframe).
• WHAT FOOD DOES HE EAT? We give our puppies Kirkland brand puppy food from Costco (Nutro Natural puppy food has similar ingredients if you do not have a Costco membership). If you choose not to feed him the type of food he’s been used to, introduce the new food slowly, mixed in gradually with the food we provide in his puppy packet. If he develops diarrhea, try giving him some plain yogurt (about one tablespoon) with his food twice a day, until the diarrhea goes away. If the diarrhea persists for more than two days, please consult your vet.
• WATER. It is best to use bottled or filtered water at first, and gradually mix it with your tap water to get your puppy used to the different water.
• LOTS OF REST. Your new puppy needs lots of rest. Do not carry your puppy excessively. If you have small children, please be aware that too much “love” can be harmful to a small puppy.
• STRAINING TO “POOP”. Make sure the hair surrounding the rectal area is cut short so there is no blockage. If the hair is too long, use scissors or clippers to trim the hair. If you see your puppy straining when he’s trying to poop, check for dried feces and clean it off. This is extremely important! If your puppy cannot defecate, it is life threatening!