ITEMS YOU MAY WANT TO GET BEFORE YOUR NEW FAMILY MEMBER ARRIVES:
* FOOD (most breeders will give you some food to get started. If you change brands, do it slowly for the stomach to adjust.
* Bowls- one for water and one for food (preferable not plastic)
* Crate (one big enough for growth)
* Treats for rewards
* Dog gate and/or exercise pen
* Collar and leash
* Grooming tools- brush, dog nail clipper, puppy shampoo
POTTY TRAINING YOUR PUPPY
This includes crate training:
* Get on a regular schedule- feeding, watering and taking puppy to a pee pad or outside.
* Allow time for the puppy to properly eliminate. This may take longer than you anticipate in the
* Watch your puppies behavior (he/she may dance or act uncomfortable signaling the need to
eliminate- take him/her to their usual place for this) or for a walk.
* You may want to reward your puppy for positive behavior- this will help motivate him to repeat this activity .
* If there is an accident- if you catch your puppy in the act immediately tell them "no" take him/her to their eliminating place. Do not punish, but only reward for positive behavior. Accidents do
* Potty training can also include crate training.
- Place clean blanket(s) in the crate.
- Start with short periods of time. When the puppy is taken out of the crate bring for a walk
or to his eliminating place immediately. Praise heavily and give him a treat for his
- Do not leave a young puppy in a crate all day. It will end up soiled as he will need several
potty, food, and play breaks during the day.
- Please remember to never use the crate as a punishment. You want this to be his safe
area, not jail.
SOCIALIZING YOUR PUPPY
** Socialization should be done between 7 weeks to 4 months. This will affect how he acts and
reacts to people, places, things. Gently, slowly introduce your puppy to other people (old and
young) Socializing your puppy properly will encourage a well mannered, happy, social