YOU AND YOUR PUPPY
FOR YOUR MEADOW PARK LABRADOODLE PUPPY
Puppies are curious and they are teething. This
can get them into serious trouble. It is a good idea to prepare
your home or at least the rooms your puppy will be in so there
is minimal chances of an accident. Here is a list of possible
safety issues: Remove poisonous house plants.
Visit this site for a list http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control
Secure cleaning products where puppies can't
get to them, (do not use Swiffer floor cleaner), paint and
paint thinner, fertilizer, disinfectants, mothballs, insect
and rodent poisons, antifreeze, medications (prescribed and
over the counter), sewing supplies such as buttons, pins,
yarn, ribbons, etc., hardware like nails, screws, paper clips,
etc., plastic bags, six-pack holders. Keep electric cords
out of chewing reach.
Put lid down on the toilet. It could fall
on their head and toilet cleansers can be harmful if swallowed.
Always check when leaving puppy at home to make sure he is
in a safe area. Look at a room from the viewpoint of a puppy.
Clean up car leaks. Anti-freeze is deadly to dogs and it is
appealing to them.
Things to Have
Before the Big Arrival
When you pick your puppy up, whether it is here
or from a flight, your puppy will be wearing a collar. Your
puppy will also have:
• Leash, Brush, Bowl, Blanket and favorite toys (to help with
the transition from our home to yours)
• tag with his microchip information
• bag of dry food of that they have been eating
•folder with all of his papers.
In addition to these things you will want have other essentials
ready before your puppy comes home.
Food- The puppies and their mother eat Earthborn
Holistic puppy vantage or Earthborn Holistic
Meadow Feast all life stages . I trust this food
fully for my dogs. The bag that you will get from me will
last a few days.
There will be accidents and when they happen it is good to
have a pet safe cleaner that will totally take the smell from
the site. A product that uses a digest to eliminate the source
of the oder is important so your puppy will not have an impulse
to “go” there again.
Bowls- You need one for water and one for
food. Stainless and crockery or ceramic are the best. I use
a heavy, large ceramic bowl for water and a medium stainless
steal one with rubber on the bottom for food. The stainless
is easy to clean and the rubber keeps it from sliding. As
they get bigger, I raise the bowls up so they are level to
the dog’s front chest using an ordinary wood box. You can
also get commercial bowl stands at pet stores. This makes
it easier for them to eat and drink.
Crate and bedding- I like crate training.
It gives a puppy their own place to be and feel safe. If you
are going to crate train you will want one the first night
you bring puppy home or even for the car ride home. I prefer
the wire crates that fold down for storing. You will want
to buy one that is the size your adult dog will fit in preferrable
one with a divider. You can get a pad that is made for the
dimensions of the crate. I just use use old blankets or bed
covers. They are easy to wash if there is an accident.
Grooming tools- Puppy hair is almost worry
free. Until their adult hair grows in, the coat does not take
much maintenance. However, you will want to get your puppy
used to being handled and groomed. A small pin bush is good.
Veterinarian- You definitely want to find
a good vet before you need one. Plus, for the Health Guarantee,
you need to have the puppy seen by a vet in the first 3 business
days you have him. Ask family and friends who they would recommend.
You can also find vets close to you and set up a time to visit
them and see for yourself if they are someone you can talk
easily with and can trust to care for your puppy. Once you
find your vet, keep their phone number and on call number
in a easy to fine place, in case of an emergency.
Toys- Toys are not just to spoil your puppy.
They are good for exercise, give an alternative to chewing
your things, and provide mental stimulation. Make sure the
toys you choose cannot splinter, be torn apart or swallowed.
Old clothes such as socks and shoes are not good to use since
it tells your puppy that is okay to chew your things.
Make a schedule- Figure out a game plan or
make a schedule of who is going to be doing what and when
with the puppy before he arrives. There is a lot to do to
take care of a young puppy. If you already have the family
prepared for their part that they are expected to help with
and the time they need to do it in, the easier your new addition
to the family will be.
Read up- For more detailed information on
caring for a puppy and bringing up a great dog, read some
books on the subject. Some good ones are:
“The Art of Raising a
Puppy” by The Monks of New Skete
“How to Raise a Puppy You Can Live With”
by Clarice Rutherford and David H Neil
“The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Raising a Puppy” by Liz Palika
( I like this one to start off with)
When the Big
You might want to pack the car the day before
you come to pick up your new puppy. With the excitement of
the day you can easily forget some things that will make the
trip a bit smoother.
Towels- Bring some old towels for accidents
and for your puppy to cuddle on if he is riding on the passengers
in a crate. Paper towels can also be nice to have for clean
Empty Container and Bowl for Water- If you
have a long drive, over an hour, you might need to stop for
a pee break and to let you puppy have some water. I will fill
your container with our water which your puppy is use to drinking.
Sometimes even a change in water can upset a dogs digestive
system, especially on a car ride.
Crate- If there will be only on person picking
the puppy up, the puppy will be safest in a crate. Some owners
prefer the puppy be in a crate when traveling in the car.
In these situations you will definitely want to put the crate
in the car.