- Your puppy will be treated preventively for intestinal worms, giardia, coccidia, and fleas before they leave and will be given a bath and nail grind the day they leave. They will have at least their first 2 vaccination rounds including parvo, distemper, and all other age-appropriate core vaccines. They will have taken a ride in the car, handled by many in our family daily, and have slept in an open-door crate for at least a week prior to leaving. This aids in the adjustment process if planning to crate train and is the first step in crate training.
- They will need to be taken to the desired potty area after waking, eating, playing, and at least every 3-4 hours at first. They will begin to learn and adjust to your schedule, but are unable to "hold it" for very long at a young age.
- Please remember they will still be in a new place and will need at least a full week to adjust and fall into the new environment and routine. The vaccination schedule will still need to be completed as they grow, and they will need to be wormed as needed. This is a normal part of owning a puppy.
- We will provide you with a blanket the puppy is familiar with when you pick your puppy up. This sometimes aids in the adjustment process.
- They will need at least a full week to adjust to the new home, schedule, and environment. Please be aware that this is the first time your puppy has been away from their litter mates and their familiar environment and they are leaving everything they have known for the short time since they’ve been born. This can sometimes be a stressful time for your new puppy while adjusting to being away from mom and litter mates, but it is a necessary part of their development.
- Everything is new. Some puppies may be instant explorers and try to take it all in by jumping right into everything. Others may be content to lie by and take everything in for a few days.
- Some puppies may continue their normal appetites while others may not be inclined to eat quite as well as normal due to anxiety through the adjustment process. Any of these behaviors are normal.
- Some other normal behaviors can be slight depression or wariness of the new circumstances and people, and some puppies could even run a slightly higher temperature due to stress while adjusting.
- Try giving them some space to observe and learn the new routine while they get used to the new schedule and what goes on day to day as they are adjusting.
- Offer plenty of cuddles and try to ease into the transition rather than throwing the puppy into an obviously stressful situation until they have adjusted to your immediate family.
- You should expect them to cry the first few nights and some even longer. Prepare yourself for this as it can be stressful for you as well, but just know it is normal and temporary. Have a stuffed animal, some toys, or a towel or blanket on hand for your puppy. Another trick we've used is a hot water bottle wrapped in a towel.
- Do not leave your new puppy unsupervised with a current pet no matter how well-mannered or docile your current pets normally are. Provide supervised introduction and play until you are sure all have adjusted.
- Always have fresh water available at all times and stick to the feeding schedule provided upon transfer as much as possible.
- Keep your puppy indoors as much as possible and provide a comfortable sleeping/relaxing space for them to sleep. Puppies sleep many hours a day and need it for healthy growth.
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