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Your puppy is eating only dry puppy food before it leaves. We always send puppies home with food they were eating here. We also send a can of wet can food. Puppies are scared in their new home. Some pups do not understand where their food and water is yet. I always leave food & water out all day long till 2 hours before bed time while potty training. Taking away food & water about 2 hours before bedtime gives your pup time to go potty and be able to hold it longer during the night. Always remember during those 2 hours you do not want to play hard with your pup, it will make them thirsty again and you could have quite a mess overnight. Its best to use that time to teach your puppy calm time. A relaxed puppy will sleep much better that a wild puppy.
The can food is only a temp fix IF new pups are not eating. Please dont continue can food!
Where ever you have your pups food and water dishes, the first few days take about a 1/3 of dry food and 1/4 of the can food and mix together & sprinkle dry food on top. Place that extra food BETWEEN the food and water dish where he will normally eat. Once your pup is done eating the mushy can/dry food and walks away. Pick it up and you can place in the fridge for the next meal. Can food should not be a constant in your dogs life. Dry food is best for them. IF needed feed the mush mix 3 times a day, next day down to 2 times, then down to once a day till can food is done. Your pup will learn where the food is, they just may need some extra time. Do not give in and keep feeding can food. It can be very bad for their teeth!
Around six months change over to a premium grain free adult dog food. Please read the ingredients on the back of the bag of dog food. You do NOT want CORN, WHEAT OR SOY in the first 3 ingredients of your dog food.
Grain Free diets are the best, even though they cost more, they do not need to eat as much to be healthy. If you need help deciding on a grain free feel free to contact me and I can help you find the best food local.
We work very hard here so you DON'T get a nervous puppy. If you do, or if buying from others here are some good tips.
Your puppy may be a bit nervous the first few days. The puppy is no longer experiencing familiar sounds and smells that it’s used to. This unsettling feeling will pass shortly. Plenty of peace and rest in their crate will help with the adjustment to their new family. It’s very important that the puppy is given time to rest when needed. As much as we love playing and cuddling our new puppy, They are still young and sleep often. They really need relax time in their own kennel with their normal smells to relax. Don’t worry in a week you will wish you had that quiet time back!
Hopefully your baby will come home and out of the crate excited to see you!
If not, here are some tips to help them adjust.
After putting your puppy down on the floor for the first time, Back away and get down to their level. Sit on the floor and talk soothingly to them. Reassure them by saying "Hey baby, What’s the silly puppy doing?” in a very happy voice.. This is usually what we say when pups wake up and still groggy after a nap. Your puppy will soon come over and sniff and check you out. Go slow and let them lead the way. Your puppy will be fine. Long trips home and away from littermates, mom and us can be confusing.
Your puppy will leave here with a bath & nails done. I would suggest getting a gentle puppy shampoo and bathing the puppy at home till all shots are given. Take them in the bath and use a small amount of shampoo, and rinse, rinse, rinse! Shampoo left on your puppies skin can cause itching or other problems. Dry puppy as much as you can with a towel, then brush. Make sure puppy is in a warm area till finished drying. As your pups gets older they will need regular grooming. A Slicker brush or a Rake will be the best thing to use on their coats.
I suggest as a puppy, brushing daily to get them used to it. My dogs now LOVE their personal time of getting brushed. NEVER let your puppy chew on the brush, or run away. If needed find his favorite treat, let him lay down and brush as long as he is eating. This teaches 2 things. Brushing is a good thing, and they can eat around people and not be food aggressive!
Slicker Brush, Rake or Comb.
I personally dont like the Furminator! It is not much different than using a clipper blade, Same idea its just not moving. This is great for short coat dogs. Not good for aussie coats! This can actually rip or cut the top coat. The website says..
*The deShedding edge reaches deep beneath your dog's long topcoat to gently remove undercoat and loose hair* Ask around, It will also cut the beautiful top coat. Please dont use this. If your aussie coat is out of control go to a groomer and ask for a good bath and force dry to get the undercoat out.
Never leave a young pup or adult dog in a Kennel for long periods of time unless absolutely necessary. The Kennel is just a training aid and safe house for your pup and should not become a total way of life or a place for punishment! Young pups should be Kenneled for their own safety when they can not be supervised, but they need to come out frequently to go to potty - even at night. I notice they start here around 5-6 am walking around and going potty. You hear your pup crying in the wee hours, do not talk to him, Take him out to go potty then return to kennel and go back to sleep.
You will soon be able to extend the time your puppy is in the crate. Remember the first few days will be hard, Do not give in. Stick to the rules and by 3 days your new pup will be comfortable in his new situation and be settled in. He will know when it is bedtime and behave through the night. You give in 1 or 2 times, you are showing your pup that rules do not matter, and they will just try harder to break the rules! They are Aussies by the way, Very smart! Do not under estimate them! Its for your pups safety they are in a kennel at night. You are sleeping, you cant see if they are chewing up a power cord, or destroying your new shoes!
This is your puppies bed, If they are sleeping DO NOT disturb! If you want them to come out, Do Not Pull puppy out. Rule of thumb, if pup is in the kennel, leave them be and don’t bother them. My pups all grow up loving their kennel, they all have their own they can get away from all the commotion of life. You want them to feel safe, so remember....
Only time your hands should be in your pups kennel, is when you are cleaning it!
Kennel training is started here. All pups share a kennel, and sleep in it 90% of the time. They horde their toys in there, treats, blankets etc. That is their area, and unless I’m cleaning it I don’t touch anything in it. (It does get cleaned 2-3 times a day, less as they get older)
The week before they leave. Any time I clean the pup area, they go into their own kennels. They stay in there while I clean and come out once they are quiet. If they fall asleep I leave them in till they wake up. This helps them learn to be in a kennel alone and to be quiet in there.
I send home pups with a Nylabone Healthy Edible Bone. I suggest every time you put your pup in their kennel at first, you also give them this bone. They are pretty hard, but very safe for puppies, and take quite a while for them to finish them off. It will give your puppy something to chew on, and keep them busy. Replace as needed.
I always use the words *Kennel Up* When ever I pup my dogs in their kennels. They run for them now waiting for that tiny treat for going in. I do this with the pups also. Continue to use it when you go home. I use *Kennel Up* for getting into the car, going into a room I want them to go into, really for any place I want them to Go Into.
There are as many ways to housebreak a puppy, as there are books on the subject. Your success depends on your ability to predict the call of nature & to be consistent! Watch your puppy!!! They will tell you when it's time. After playtime, after they wake up, and after mealtime. Take your pup outside right away. The more times they go outside, the less accidents you will have inside and the quicker your pup will be housebroken.
What we do here with ALL our puppies.
While you are at home take your pup out every hour on the hour. Don't talk to it until it has gone to the bathroom. When it is physically going potty, repeat the words “Get Busy” … Nothing else till is it finished going potty.. Then its a treat then play time outside.
*That’s our command for our dogs to go to the bathroom when asked. Teach them early, and later on in life when traveling with your pup, you will love how easy potty breaks will be!*
Once your pup finished going potty then you show them lots of love and affection, making a huge deal out of them going outside! or a treat! Have TREATS with you while training to go out to potty! Stick a bag near the door and hide them till your pup goes potty. Once it is DONE and walks to you give it a treat! I see many doing potty training with pups and go.. Come on in for a treat..Dogs will learn later on.. Hey if I go potty I get a cookie when I go in, Puppies dont get that. They go hey I went in I get a cookie! They do not understand that cookie was for going potty outside.
If pup doesn't go, take him back in the house, put it back in the playpen, and resume your normal activities. Wait about 10 min and then pick the pup up and take it back outside. Again, no talking until puppy does what it's supposed to do. Remember to pick puppy up when you are going outside. The call of nature comes very quickly and there is nothing sadder than the look on a pups face as it looks in your face as it has to squat.
Pups learn to go in Litter Boxes here. WONDERFUL. So your puppy knows to go in a litter box??..
When you first bring that pup home, your home is DIFFERENT! Take the litter box and put it right in front of door you plan to use for potty breaks. Place the pup IN the litter box and say *Get Busy* The pup will sniff or walk away, but it knows where it is. Dont pick your pup up after placing it in the litter box, let him/her walk away. They have to remember to get back to it. Its BEST if the litter box is in their view the first few days! Let your pup go potty in their litter at least 1 time. Treat them the same as if they went outside and went potty! Puppies HAVE accidents. You would rather an accident in the litter box rather than your carpet, or in a back room right? Good puppy, you went in the litter box!! Yesss!!! Next time, you see that pup walking to the litter box.. Open the door and bring it out to potty! There is your first sign the pup needs to go.
So now you are teaching your pup 2 things... Walk to the door and go out to potty! You are 1/2 way there! I leave a litter box near the door till a the pup goes for 2 weeks with out an accident. Then I remove it.
IF your pup is still using the box after a few weeks... Try putting pellets IN YOUR YARD where you want your pup to go.
If the children are young spend these days teaching them how to handle puppies – explaining common sense rules on how and when they are allowed to handle the puppy. Young children, under the age of ten, should not be allowed to carry a young puppy around. They are very wiggly and can easily fall to the ground from a child’s arms. They will not be able to contain the puppy and a disaster could happen. No pulling ears or tail, No going in their kennel, and no allowing the pup to chase them around the house. No chewing on kids. Simple rules will teach them that your children are not chew toys and are to be respected.
Please do not bring new puppies into grooming shops to get groomed on your way home!
Puppies leave here with a bath and age appropriate shots, but that does not mean they are ready to go into places like Pet Shops, Grooming Shops, Vets, Dog parks, Puppy Classes, Or other places people bring dogs and allow them to roam around. Visitation to these places should be very limited and only if needed!
Bring puppy to vet, keep in carrier or hold at all times till you get to the vet table!
Puppies are not fully immune till ALL puppy shots are given! Nothing worse than falling in love with your new puppy just for it to catch parvo because you had to show the puppy off to everyone! Some of these things pups are susceptible to before all their shots are very harmful to your new baby. Most pups that catch parvo and the like do not make it. Please keep your new baby safe till all shots are given!