Hello! Below you'll find A LOT of information that I've found many new puppy owners tend to ask us about. Some of you already have a dog or have had experience so you may not need all these details but here it is if you feel like you need a refresher. I've divided it into sections so it's easier to read.
First night: The first night is always challenging so prepare for the worse and if your puppy does amazing then great! Some puppies need more time than others to adjust and that is OK! They have been sleeping, eating, playing, snuggling and pottying with their siblings so when you take your puppy home…newsflash: they feel sad! You are the new family, the new mom, brother, sister – you are EVERYTHING to this puppy! Some puppies will cry one or two nights while others will cry a lot more.So what can you do?
7 am Take out to potty and then feed
12 pm feed 2nd meal
5-6 pm feed 3rd meal
7-8 pm remove water and food bowl. Take out to potty and put pup in crate
10 pm wake up and take out to potty before you go to sleep so puppy can last all night without needing to go out..
You'll want to make a schedule that works for you. Right now they should eat 3 times a day because they are small and will likely be distracted by all the new and fun things to do so they may not eat everything at once - nor should they as they are small. You'll want to look at the back of the bag for the portion for each of your pups as they all vary in weight. It's okay if they don't eat all of the food at first, as that is normal due to change.
For crate training, it’s good to leave them crated for short periods of time and slowly increase the amount of time you are leaving your puppy crated. Puppies are unable to hold for very long so if you are leaving the puppy at home to go to work, it’s best if you have a puppy pen with a potty area, and toys.
It is not uncommon for puppies to cry through the night when they are first placed in their crate. Many new puppy parents find it hard to ignore the cries and decide to take the puppy out of the pen/crate. Responding immediately to your puppy’s cries when they are unhappy in their crate will let your dog know that they can cry and have a tantrum and you’ll let them out. This behavior may make you feel needed but believe me it’s not cute when they are adult dogs and still throwing a fit. Give them treats and make it a happy place.
When you come back from being away and your puppy is ready to come out of the crate or pen, take him/her outside to potty. Play it cool and do not make a huge deal that you’ve arrived home. Even if your puppy is super excited and is throwing a party – you need to play it cool. Otherwise, you are acknowledging that you left him/her and it was indeed a big deal.
Teething: They will loose puppy teeth anywhere around 3-6 months so during this time they will be wanting to chew and massage their gums. They also want to explore and taste everything so they will be little sharks. What can you do?
Get toys that are easy to distinguish so that your puppy knows which items are his toys. You could get a box with easy access for your pup to get his toys from. At our home we have a box with all the toys and our dogs will just go and grab their choice of toy. Puppies don’t know better so its YOUR job to teach the puppy.