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PREPARING FOR A NEW PUPPY

Bringing Your Puppy Home

Bringing a new puppy home is SO exciting! We want you to thoroughly enjoy your new little furry friend. Below is some information for what you will need to know to care for your new puppy! 

 

Your new puppy will need lots of attention and care!  It will be easy to spoil them but remember, your puppy can become too spoiled without proper training and discipline. Have constant supervision, lots of patience, and, of course, gentle handling. Your puppy will want lots of attention so always give lots of love and affection!  

 

Socialize

Moving to a new home is a big change for a puppy! The first few weeks of acclimation will be the most important. Puppies are very social, but don't be alarmed if it takes the puppy a couple days to get comfortable as this is very normal. Try to socialize the puppy with positive encounters and weave them into your normal routines. 

 

Socializing with other Pets

All contact between a new Bernedoodle puppy and resident pets should be constantly supervised for the first two weeks at a minimum. Be especially careful if your other pets are much larger than your new puppy. We suggest separating your pets with child safety gates or pet exercise pens until they are acclimated.

Keep your puppy away from areas where non-resident pets may frequent (public parks, rest stops) until your puppy has completed its immunization shots. When your puppy comes home, it is NOT fully immune to the many viruses until all booster shots have been given. Puppy booster shots are typically completed at 4-5 months of age. We encourage you to speak with your licensed Veterinarian about completing these vaccinations when you receive your puppy. Your Bernedoodle puppy will be up to date with our de-worming and vaccination program when he/she goes home!

 

Naptime

A new puppy will need to have nap times throughout the day to rest. It is also important that he/she has a warm place to sleep. Be aware that play times are kept short, whether the play is with people or other pets. Puppies can play themselves into exhaustion or not take the time to eat or drink. Your puppy should also be able to retreat to its "den" or crate on its own accord if it becomes tired or frightened. 

Keep household cleaners & chemicals out of your new puppy's reach. 

Restrict access to food, plants and chemicals that are dangerous to dogs:  

Foods: chocolate, caffeine, onions, garlic, chives, moldy foods, alcoholic beverages, nuts, grapes, raisins, yeast dough, corn on the cob, Xylitol, milk. 

Plants: Azalea, Amaryllis, Daffodil, Bird of Paradise, Eucalyptus, Hyacinth, Hydrangea, Iris, Calla Lilly, Morning Glory, Rhododendron, Rose, Jade, Tomato plants, Tulips, Poison Ivy/Oak

Chemicals: Antifreeze, Ibuprofen, rat bait. 

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