Bringing a New Puppy Home. How to Plan for a New Puppy.


Bringing home a new puppy with Dr Sarah Hi there I’m Dr Sarah from Life’s Abundance. This episode of Pet Talk is dedicated to one of the most wonderful events in a pet parent’s life. Bringing home a new puppy. With us today is Sarge, an eight week old Australian Cattle Dog. He’s on hand to help me prepare you for the momentous day. As there are some important preadoption tasks you’ll need to mark off your list to insure a successful start to your newest relationship. Puppies have so much to learn, try to be patient and consistent in your teaching. Communication works best when everyone commits to the same language. Sit down with your family and come up with an approved list of words everybody will use. For example when puppy jumps up on people decide if you want to use “down” or “off”. This will help your puppy comprehend more quickly what you want and help anyone else involved in raising puppy. Such as dog walkers or pet sitters. Go ahead and buy your puppies items before you bring puppy home. Not only will you be better prepared but you will be more focused on your new family member. Puppy necessities include bowls for food and water, chew toys, a brush, a bed, a crate, a collar, leash, ID tag, a gate if applicable, a bottle of deodorizer spray for those inevitable messes and of course a premium food like Life’s Abundance. Life’s Abundance now offers Small Breed and Large Breed Puppy Food. When switching to Life’s Abundance do so over a period of 5 to 7 days. Mixing old and new for a smooth transition. If your puppy develops vomiting or diarrhea after bringing him home schedule an appointment with your veterinarian immediately as puppies can become dehydrated very quickly. Ask the breeder, rescue organization or shelter worker who assisted in the adoption about your puppy’s diet and feeding schedule. Replicate this routine for at least a couple of days to help prevent stomach upset. It’s imperative that you puppy proof your home to protect this K9 version of a human toddler and prevent unnecessary destruction of prized items. Be sure to store household chemicals on high shelves and remove plants, breakables and rugs from your puppies designated area. Set up the crate in a quiet area and install a gate if necessary. Tape down loose electrical cords to base boards, close pantry doors and move food up high. Same goes for puppy food. The moment you think your done prepping your house for puppy get down on your hands and knees and take a look from your puppy’s point of view to make sure you haven’t missed anything. From day one your puppy will need short periods of solitude, either in a crate or a gated off area. This may be a completely new experience, so don’t be surprised if your puppy vocalizes a complaint or two. Start with 5 to 10 minutes alone and don’t give in to whining. Eventually your puppy will grow to like his new digs. Remember to give rewards for good behavior. Puppies are usually brought home in about 8 weeks, like Sarge here, to 10 weeks of age. At this age your puppy will need to go outside to urinate and defecate every couple of hours. So make sure you take puppy out regularly. For pups with tiny bladders I encourage you to use training papers. Schedule an initial veterinary exam within the first few days of bringing your pup home. At this visit your puppy your puppy will receive a full checkup, most likely be checked for intestinal parasites, receive deworming medication and possibly a vaccine or two. Bring your puppy’s shot record as well as any other paperwork to help your veterinarian complete a full health assessment. Thank you so much for watching. All of us here at Life’s Abundance wish you and your puppy many fabulous healthy years together. Check back every month for a new episode of Pet Talk http://Blog.TheFitPet.com

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7 Responses

  1. Libby Alcock says:

    That puppy is so cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

  2. The Dogs Influence says:

    Absolutely brilliant video

  3. sylvie123 says:

    I'm getting a cocker puppy tomorrow

  4. dior awesomeness says:

    "Eventually your pup will learn to like its new dicks."

    Um.. what? 😂

  5. Emily L says:

    Does anybody have any ideas for my little yellow lab girl? I'm thinking something along the lines of Molly, piper, Cassie, or Annie, but I can't decide!

  6. SkylanderMe says:

    Can wait for there new dicks 😂

  7. Kenneth Reyes says:

    Forget commercial foods. Raw diet is the healthier and natural option.

  8. 80monia says:

    Poor puppy, he is going to be eating kibble for the rest of his life!

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