After you have decided on which dog breed, farm/petshop/adoption to search for the dog, it is time to bring home your dog. Most farms/petshop will allows you to collect the puppy after their final vaccination as required by AVA-Singapore. So you have the time to prepare yourself. They should also provide you the papers / certificate when you collect your puppy. If you need, arrange an appointment with the vet for a thorough health checkup.
Before you bring your puppy home, do some preparation to avoid any last minutes rush. You don’t see any parent purchase a baby cot or baby’s stuff on the day the baby go home, do you? Do the same for your puppy, it is still a baby after all.
Find a good location for the puppy enclosure, a place where he could sleep and do his business. It is best that the puppy can see the movement of everyone while they are in their enclosure, so that it would not feel too lonely in a new environment. Place newspaper in the enclosure, if you live in an apartment as it would start his paper-training.
It is advisable, you get ready the puppy necessities, example: drinking & eating bowl, kibbes (dry food), canned food, supplements if any. One thing most people had forgotten to prepare is a first aid kit. You can also get them when you pick up your puppy. Make sure you write what you need in a checklist to avoid any missing items.
Learn the behavior of your dog breed and what to expect from a puppy to prepare you. These are easily available online. If you have children, educate and prepare them before the puppy arrival. Especially the way they should handle the puppy to avoid injuries to the puppy.
On the day when you pick your puppy, make sure you will be with the puppy the whole day. Have a towel with you and wear a old/unwanted T-shirt. Puppy tends to be frighten/nervous when leaving their comfortable zone, (the farm/pet shop or wherever you picking your dog from) they would vomit or pass motion along the journey. Hug the puppy like you would for a baby wrapped in a towel. They would feel love and security on their way to their new home. If you are putting the puppy in a carrier / crate, lay towels in them to make him feel secure, try not having a carrier too big. The puppy is fragile at this point, you don’t want them to get hurt (especially their spinal cords) along the way home.
When the puppy arrived, clean him/she up if necessary and leave them in the enclosure you had prepared. If the puppy did not vomit/pass motion during his trip, he should need to go now. He will recognize in future that this is his territory and where he could do his business. Leave him to explore his environment in his enclosure where you settle yourself. If you have children, educate them; let the puppy settle down before introducing your children to the puppy. Make sure your children leave the puppy alone when it is in his enclosure and play with the puppy only when the puppy is out of it’s enclosure, to avoid pressure and stress to the puppy.
Allow the puppy to explore the house one or two hours while you are with them on their first day. Expand his hours slowly until you can allow it to roam your house when you are around. Once he is paper trained, you can allow it to roam while you are not at home.
Things to take note:
#Enclose the puppy from access to power sockets & cables. Puppy tends to lick power sockets and bite cables out of curiosity and get electric shocks.
#Avoid leaving toys on the floor as they get ruined
#Do not interrupt a puppy when it is sleeping & eating as they might bite.
#Do not hit a puppy, as they don’t understand why and develop fear towards you and human in future. Thus they might start to bite when a friendly hand and may run away.
#Treat a puppy like a friend or a child, not a toy.
#Avoid picking up the puppy as they bones are weak and easily break if you do not know how to handle it. If you drop them, they will break.
#Puppy tends to eat more often than dogs. A small breed puppy needs to eat more frequently than larger breed dogs as they don’t have much fats.
Doggie first aid items
#Antiseptic / soothing cream for itch and minor cuts
#Ear cleaning solution
#Eye cleaning solution
#Cotton wool and bug
#Protexin Pro-kolin (for digestive upset / diarrhea)
#Rectal thermometer (normal body temperature of dogs and cats is 100.5 to 102.5 F
#Activated charcoal tablets (effective in absorbing many toxics)
#Styptic power (for bleeding nails, or baking flour will work)
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