Davis Family Doodles
Natalie and Tyrone Davis
Our Vet Info
Dr. Harrison Cribbs & Dr. Destiny Cribbs
Heatland Animal Clinic
213 Village Center St.
Nixa, MO 65714
Scheduling and Amount
If you wish to switch your puppy's food, please do so gradually so their stomach has the time needed to adjust. There will be instructions on the back of the food bag that shows how to gradually switch food over and also a guide to how much your puppy should be eating for his/her weight. This is a good rule of thumb to go by but I like to give my growing puppies as much as they will eat in a 30 minute time frame 3 times per day. Your puppy will be hungry and want to eat right after waking up and going potty in the morning. Then they can eat again around lunch and then a final meal between 4 and 5pm. Cutting the food off by 5pm gives your puppy plenty of time to digest the food before going to bed for the night. Water will need to be given much more frequently and it is best to have a water bowl out with clean water that he/she can drink from on demand. Remember, your new puppy will need to go out to potty 10 to 30 minutes anytime he/she eats or drinks. You can feed your new puppy inside of his/her crate to help remind the puppy not to potty inside the crate or exercise pen. Dogs naturally do not like to potty where they eat.
Type of Food
If you choose to switch your puppy's food, please make sure to choose a high quality food that is appropriate for the size of your dog and always feed a puppy food for at least the first year of your puppy's life. Puppy food has additional components needed for proper growth and development.
As a puppy is transitioning from nursing and getting immunity from the mother's milk to building its own immunity, it may need additional immune support. Nuvet helps give a puppy additional nutrients to help its body function at its best. It is important to be safely socializing your puppy and these exposures along with transitioning to its new home may cause your puppy to become stressed which can lower its immune system. Nuvet, along with a high quality food is a great way to help your puppy keep a strong immune system and healthy growth. You can order online at www.nuvet.com/894899 or you can call (800) 474-7044 and give them the order code 894899
If your bottle does not come in prior to your puppy pick up, please let me know so i can give you a few tablets for your puppy's transition.
Training with food
Feeding time is a great time for training. If you have children, have them get involved with doing the commands so that the puppy understands the child is not a littermate but actually must be obeyed just like the adults. Have your pup start with a simple command such as “sit” before eating. If the puppy does not understand at first, gently push their bottom down and then once they are seated, give praise and the food. Do this at each meal until they are obeying without having to have the help by pushing on their bottom. Then gradually increase the command to stay. Have someone hold the puppy in the seated position until you say “eat” then let them go and begin eating. Having your dog know that they must wait for your approval before eating will help them to understand that things on tables and counters are off limits. You can also have them do other tricks prior to eating as well as it is a good time to practice.
When you first bring your puppy home do not allow it to wander through the house unattended. When you are unable to watch your puppy, put it in a kennel or exercise pen. If your pup is using the bathroom in the exercise pen, you may need to decrease the size of the pen or put the pup in its kennel. The kennel should only be big enough for your pup to lay down and turn around in. It should not be large enough for your pup to go off its bed, go potty and then come back to its bed. Adjustable wire kennels are great for this as they allow your pup to see out and they also allow for you to adjust the space as your puppy grows. Your puppy will need to go potty directly after a nap, 10 to 30 minutes after eating or drinking, first thing in the morning, right before bed, and every couple of hours in between. While in their crate if they were sitting quietly and then suddenly start to whine, they need to be taken out to potty. Each time you take your pup out, say the same command to them and then once they complete the command give verbal praise or use a clicker that you will use for praise and then give your pup a small treat. Make sure whatever your commands and praise cues are that they are consistent and the whole family uses them. This will help your pup to learn more quickly what you are asking. If you have an area of the yard you would like your puppy to use to potty you can walk it on a leash to that part of the yard and walk it around in the area you want it to potty. After it has gone there a few times the puppy will start to pick up that the area is the potty area. You will probably need to go outside with your puppy for the first several weeks until your puppy is confident in what it supposed to be doing. Make sure you actually see your puppy go potty before letting him/her back in to play. Larger breeds usually fully potty train a little quicker than smaller breeds but you should be able to see a major improvement in potty training in the first few weeks regardless of the breed. Each month things should be progressing well. For larger breeds it is common to be fully potty trained by 4 to 6 months but smaller breeds may need a little closer watching for a bit longer.
Socialize your pup as soon as you get it but be careful not to go to places such as dog parks or other dog events where lots of dogs are that you do not know. If dogs are not properly vaccinated, they could spread disease to your new pup. Socialization is very important to do in the first 14 weeks of your pups life. Make sure you expose your pups to people of all ages, races, with facial hair, without facial hair, with glasses, hats and etc. It is important to do lots of socialization outside of the home so that your pup is confident in new places and with new people. There is more of a chance that your pup will have fearful or aggressive behavior due to a lack of socialization than it is that your pup will contract an illness so be careful but also make sure to get the time in early.
I like the wire kennels best so that your pup can see out and feel a part of the room even in his/her kennel. If your pup needs less stimulation, you can always cover the crate with a blanket. Make sure you get one your puppy can grow into. The ones with dividers are best so you can increase the amount of space your puppy has as it grows. I also like the kind with doors on both ends and a door in the middle. If you have more than one pup you can put the divider in and get them out one at a time without disturbing the other. You can also open the door through the front if you have it in a space where the end doors are blocked.
This does not have to be huge but a decent size for your puppy to play while it is being potty trained. You can hook the exercise pen onto the kennel so that your puppy can get used to sleeping in its crate but playing in another area without having free reign of the house. At night, you can put puppy pads in the exercise pen for your puppy to use if it cannot hold its bladder overnight. If it can, you can close the kennel door to practice holding its bladder and then crying when it needs let out. Feed your puppy in the exercise pen or the kennel to show the puppy that this is an area we don’t use the bathroom.
Make sure your puppy does not get attention when jumping on people or children. Have company and members of your family have your pup show polite manners by sitting to be pet.
All puppies will play bite at first because that is how they played with their litter mates. Play fighting with their litter mates is how they would learn to fight if they were in the wild. This is a natural instinct but not in an aggressive manner. You should begin teaching your pup that biting is not a way to play with humans from the time he/she comes home. If your pup playfully bites you, you can do a few options. The first is to replace your hand with a bone or a toy that the pup can chew on instead. The second option is to yelp in a high pitch voice to show the puppy that biting hurts. This is how the litter mates show each other when a bite is too hard. The third is to put the pup in its kennel to calm down. Sometimes your pup can get overstimulated and may need a rest to regroup. Your pup should also be learning the word “no” or “leave it” or some phrase that tells your pup that what they are currently doing needs to be stopped. Make sure you are not saying whatever your chosen phrase is in a cheerful manner but more in a deeper voice that would suggest you are not happy about the current action.
Chewing and gnawing on things is the natural way puppies lose their puppy teeth and grow into their adult teeth and it is also how they keep their adult teeth clean. Different pups may like different textures to chew, so it may take some trial and error before you find your pups ideal chew to keep your shoes and furniture safe. Many dogs like natural chews (buffalo horns, bones, hooves, antlers, etc.) better than a synthetic material but I have found Nylabones to work occasionally as well. Make sure you watch your pup with their chew to make sure they are not breaking off large pieces that could get lodged in their digestive system and cause a blockage. You can also try toys such as a Kong that is fillable with peanut butter, etc. to keep your pup busy.
Your puppy may need some time to transition to its new home and may be sad or not feel up to eating. This should only last a few days but is a great time to bond with your new pup and give it all the snuggles you can! If your pup’s appetite is down, continue offering food throughout the day and encourage your pup to eat. Often, they will eat from your hand even if they don’t want to eat from their new bowl.
Remember that all pups are different and these are just come basic things I have found that may be helpful! There are many great training classes, training groups on social media, and tons of free info online that can help you on your new journey. I am always here to give any help I can and love to keep in contact with my puppy owners and their babies. Congratulations on your new family member and I hope to hear from you soon!