Your Vet should continue your puppy on a vaccination/deworming schedule. Puppies in a new environment may be scared at first since everything around them is new and different. They need to be introduced to new family members and other pets with reassurance from you as they feel safe, secure and loved. Holding your puppy and talking to them for the first moments of arrival will help acquaint them to the new environment.
I recommend most any good quality puppy food. Just check the first ingredient to make sure the first ingredient is a good protein Example: (chicken, chicken meal, or chicken by-product meal) This will insure that your puppy gets the proper nutrition and will have less waste. Instructions on the puppy food bag should be sufficient. If you feel your puppy isn’t eating enough or eating very well, you may add a tablespoon of soft dog food with the hard dog food, as they are used to this through their weaning process with me. They may be gradually taken off the soft food after they are adjusted.
Puppies love to be given toys and chews. They are cutting teeth and are just like a child and need this chewing exercise so they don’t start chewing anything they aren’t supposed to! I do recommend crate training which you much be consistent, so the puppy won’t get off schedule. Some individuals have mentioned litter box training, which is great if you live in an apartment or weather is inclement outside. Puppy pads work well too if you are training in inclement weather, remember to place the puppy pad by the door that you want your puppy to go out of. You may want to schedule the puppies feeding so as the puppy has less to eat/drink of an evening so the puppy can get through the night with no accidents.
Bathing is recommended on a weekly basis. There are many products for ear cleaning that leave a pleasant smell. I strongly recommend once a month spot treatment for external pests that can be annoying for you and your dog. Gently combing puppy’s hair and handling their feet regularly helps to ensure that they behave for your vet and grooming appointments. If you do this often enough your puppy may enjoy these visits.
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