Before the puppy arrives to your home, ensure you have a few basic supplies.
Puppy check list:
- A wire crate for a 20-30 lb fully grown dog so they will know that is their home
- Purina Puppy Chow Complete (blue bag)
- Food and water bowls outside and a bowl that will attach to the inside of the crate for water
- Chew toys and play toys
- A small bed for the crate that would only use half of the crate
- A slicker brush
- Baby shampoo and conditioner, regular scent
- Small collar or harness and a retractable leash
If you have other puppy food that you'd prefer to use, please transition the puppy from the Purina Puppy Chow Complete slowly over 10 days. Also, puppies become adults at 12 months of age, so you will need to switch to an adult dog food at this time to ensure they are receiving the appropriate nutrients. If you transition the food too suddenly, the puppy may suffer from digestive upset or tummy trouble. During the transition period, mix the old food with the new food, starting with a small amount of the new food and adding a higher ratio of the new food over time. Please refer to the following chart as your guide.
House training a puppy requires patience and consistency with a lot of positive reinforcement. Please remember, the younger the puppy, the more frequently they need to relieve themselves.
Potty training schedule:
- First week carry your puppy out to the designated area where you want them to go potty.
- When your puppy wakes up in the morning take them straight out to go potty.
- When your puppy drinks water with in a few minutes take them out to go potty.
- When they eat wait about 10 minutes and take them out to go potty.
- When your puppy wakes up from a nap take them out to go potty.
- When your puppy looks like they are chasing their tail in a circle but they are smelling the floor take them out potty immediately.
- Always take your puppy potty as late as you can so they will make it thru the night.
- Use these steps until you know your puppies routine.