It’s best to let your puppy have longer naps during the day, the evening is key, if you puppy has been awake all day then when you sit down for the evening pup tends to sleep on your lap until YOUR bed time. Your puppy will be wide awake a ready to play big time, thus the howling, crying and tantrums start and go on and on and on ALL night.
Your breeder should give you enough food that the pup has been weened on however, some go on hunger strike, the move away from litter mates and mum maybe too much, soak dry food in warm goats milk, wait until it’s soften and feed, also raw puppy meat mixed in to normal feed works well also.
- comfortable dog carrier
- cosy blanket.water and food for longer journeys.
(Feed will be supplied by Miss Porter)
When you collect your new puppy it will probably be nervous being taken away from its litter and environment for the first time. Here are some tips on how to make your new puppy as relaxed as possible:
- Try to minimise exposure to loud noises.
- Settle your puppy in a carrier.
- Don't let children or adults handle the puppy too much if it's nervous.
- Keep your puppy well ventilated.
- If the puppy shows signs of distress sit quietly and comfort it.
- Make sure you give your puppy comfort breaks and take spare bedding - puppies are inclined to wee when nervous or excited!
There are many ways to create the best diet for your dog. In general, it is better not to give your dog any variety, which could cause havoc with its digestion, and not to leave food down (so throw away any uneaten food after 20 minutes). However, make sure that water is always available to your dog, so never take its water bowl away.
It is very important that your puppy has a range of appropriate and interesting toys to play with, otherwise it might chew on your things, instead of its own. Chew toys also provide mental stimulation, help to keep your dog's teeth clean and allow it to exercise its jaws. Select toys for your puppy carefully - some may be too small and might choke your puppy whilst other items might splinter.
You should also have toys that you can play with interactively, like balls on ropes and frisbees, so that you can have fun with your puppy.
Do not let your puppy play with sticks, golf or squash balls. All these things can easily get stuck in the throat and cause damage or even death. For this reason, it is important to bear in mind the size of your puppy and the size of the chew or toy you decide to purchase. If a chew becomes too small after a prolonged period of chewing, do not take the risk and throw the chew away.
You will need separate (non-slip) bowls for food and water. These should be raised up off the floor for tall dogs. Make sure fresh water is always available for your puppy.