Today is the big day! Chisel is 8 weeks old today, and his new family can’t wait a minute longer to get him home! Today is all about cute photos and time with his new family, but there are some very important things to consider too.
- Your breeder should provide you with some essential information and possibly some equipment about your new puppy.
- Microchip change of ownership papers.
- Most pedigree breeders will provide a folder with information about your new puppy, including pedigree papers and results of any scoring and genetic testing of the parents.
- Proof of vaccination, and records of any worming, flea or heartworm medications that have been given.
- Your puppy’s current diet.
- The trip home in the car needs to be safe. Pets should always be secured in the car, either in a pet carrier, or with a harness and lead clipped into the car’s seat belts.
- Introducing to other pets at home. Chisel’s new brother is a 2 year old Cavoodle. Toby is a sweet little dog and his family weren’t expecting any aggression. But things didn’t go quite as smoothly as they had hoped. We’ll write a separate blog in the coming week about this!
- Set good habits right from the start. For instance, if you don’t want your adult dog sleeping in your bed, then ideally don’t let them start sleeping in your bed as a puppy. But this is a big day for Chisel, being taken away from the only home and family that he knows, as well as his mother, this grandmother and all of his brothers and sisters. For this very first night, one of the teenage children in his new family has decided to camp-out and sleep with Chisel downstairs, to keep him company and let him out if he needs to go to the toilet in the night.
- There’s just so much we could talk about for a puppy’s first days in his new home!
But for this blog, we’ll just settle for some cute puppy photos
- Like most new puppies there are some issues that have to be dealt with, and we’ll cover each of these in separate blogs over the coming week(s) including:
- Introducing a new puppy to your other pets
- Toilet training
- Getting your pet to sleep through the night / crate-training