Taking Your Puppy Home

Bring with you:

  • Bring a dirty blanket or towel that you will be willing to let your puppy sleep with until they are acclimated to your home. 
  • Collar /Leash
  • ID tags with your puppy's name and your contact information.


What you will need at home: 

  • Food/Water Dishes
  • Crate with movable divider
  • Food

  • Chew Toys

  • Toys for playing with your puppy...ball or rope toy

  • Treats for training

  • Some kind of bags to clean up after your puppy if he goes to the bathroom in public

  • Brush/Nail Clippers

  • We are currently offering a Puppy Start Package which includes all of the items on this list except id tags and more.


Settling in:

  • 8 – 10 weeks is a very critical time for a puppy. They begin to be more independent but with that come more fears. We have tried to help her experience many things (socialize) to help with this but it is important that you keep your puppy close and create an environment where she can feel safe to explore but with boundaries. 
  • Fear Imprint: Traumatic, fear producing experiences, may be permanently impressed causing defensive reactions in some circumstances.
  • Consistency/routine is very important.
  • Give her a dirty towel or piece of clothing or blanket to sleep with.
  • Keep her close to you so she begins to depend on you.
  • Put her in her crate at bedtime, cover it with a sheet to hide some of the light in the am and movement. Once you put her in for bed do not talk to her or try to ease her whimpering, you will only make that last longer if she knows you will give her attention.
  • ONLY go to her if you have not seen her go to the bathroom, take her outside and bring her in the only “attention” she should get is a minimal amount of praise IF she goes to the bathroom outside. Then back in the crate.
  • Remember that your puppy is not fully vaccinated.  Be sure that any other pets/animals that you come in contact with are vaccinated. It is not wise to take them to public dog parks where you do not know all of the animals present.
  • ALWAYS keep your puppy on a leash, especially at the park, the forest preserve anywhere that you might think it will be fun to run with him. Two years ago we had a family lose their puppy that way, he was just 4 mo old and they let him off the leash at the forest preserve and he got into something that was poisonous to him. They did not see it and by the time they noticed any symptoms it was too late.
  • Your puppy may not eat much for the first few days and he/she may have diarrhea.  This is normal, however if either goes on for more than 3-4 days please contact your veterinarian.


Feeding: American Natural Premium

  • We feed two (2) times a day

    • 5:30 and 6 am​

    • 4:30 – 5 pm

  • Feed ½ of their daily allowance at each feeding.

  • Only allow them to eat for 15-20 min. If after 20 min they have not finished you should pick the food up and dump it back in the bin. At the evening feeding only feed them there evening ½ of their daily allotment.

  • Make sure they have water available all day.

  • Take them out to go to the bathroom 30-60 min after eating.

Changing foods:

  • Always change foods gradually

  • Day 1: 75 % old/ 25 % new food

  • Day 2 – 3: 50% old/ 50% new food

  • Day 4 – 25% old/ 75 % new food – you can stay at this level until the old food is gone so it is not wasted.


What’s next?

  • Your puppy will need to go to the vet 7-10 days after taking your puppy home. At this time they will discuss vaccination schedule and heart worm solutions.
  • I suggest that you use Sentinal as your heartworm medication. I was recently informed by my vet that is covers whipworms (which heartguard does not) and has a flea inhibitor that helps stop fleas from becoming an infestation.
  • At 13 - 14 weeks of age they will need another booster shot, heartworm, rabies and you can talk to your vet about spaying/neutering your puppy.
  • Heartworm is a monthly dose, you need to watch the weight of your puppy to make sure they are getting the proper dosage each month.