|Barked: Mon Jan 7, '13 4:35pm PST |
|Here are some preparatory basics .....
1) Enjoy the anticipation!
2) Practice patience and take the puppy at TEN weeks, not eight. He will be
far more socially enhanced at that older age. That little bit of extra
patience can make for a lifetime of dividends!
3) Do *not* have a throng of onlookers coming to meet him on his first day,
for that may prove overwhelming.
4) You yourself will likely be way beyond excited when he first arrives, but
give him time and space to feeling settled. What he needs from you when
first there, he will let you know
5) If you can avoid accidents entirely, that is the optimum, and yes, it
can be done. Bladders are stimulated every time they wake up, every
time after they eat or drink, and after every vigorous play session.
There also are body language signs to look for....starting to sniff
around more than normal or starting to circle. When you take him out,
*do not go back in* until he does his business. People who say "I had
him outside for so long, but he goes as soon as we are back in" drive me nuts! Stay OUT until he does something, always. Have
enzymatic cleaner at the ready to eat the scent should be have an
6) If not acquainted to a leash when you get him, be aware this is quite a
stressful thing for some puppies. Keep slack in the leash and follow
him when he is first leashed. Don't pull, but gradually acquaint him to
pressure. Calling him when down on your knees, tapping the floor with a
happy voice, accompanied with a slight tug/instant release on the leash
is also excellent.
7) There is *no such thing* as being too silly for a puppy. Be animated
and he will love you for it!
8) If you plan to crate him overnight, you must steel not to bring him out
of the crate his first few nights, no matter how much he cries. This
will only extend things. Never put him in his crate without something
stimulating and distracting, particulary stffie toys such as Kongs.
Word from a veteran....don't waste tons of money getting toys before he
arrives. Let him arrive and either carry him to your pet store or simply
get to know him through a couple of toys and his personality before you
spend your hard earned money on toys that aren't his "thing."
9) Give him Acidopholus capsule when he gets there. It helps combat an
upset tummy. Try and get a supply of what he is eating from the breeder
for a good transition.
10) Utilize your breeder for guidance you might need first. They will have
the best insight if you have chosen well.
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