Bringing Home a New Puppy
The transition of bringing home a new puppy is an important experience for everyone. This includes your new puppy, members of your family, other pets in your home, and visitors you have in your home during the transition time.
Prepare for Bringing Home a New Puppy
As soon as you know you will be welcoming a new puppy into your home, begin to prepare for the transition. Include members of your family, other pets who live in your home, and visitors who may drop by. Here are a few ideas about how you can prepare for your new puppy.
Prepare Family Members, Other Pets, and Visitors:
- Name your puppy. If you have picked out a name for your puppy, please let us know the name you have chosen. We will start using it and get him/her familiar with the sound.
- Set up sleeping area. This needs to be a space where your puppy will not be disturbed. Create this space and include family members to plan and discuss this is a quiet zone where the new puppy will feel safe and secure.
- Determine where your new puppy will eat.
- Determine where your new puppy will potty. Consider other pets and how they will react to a new pet in the family.
- Have toys and supplies ready. Your new puppy’s toys and play area can be prepared ahead of time so there will be consistency for your new puppy.
- Practice how to hold a puppy. children may find it helpful to practice with other pets or stuffed toys.
- –For small puppies, hold using one hand under the chest and the other under the hindquarters.
- –For larger puppies, hold in a cradle position.
Bringing Your New Puppy Home – First Few Days Home
You will be excited and filled with anticipation as the day your new puppy is coming home arrives. Here are some ideas to help your puppy adjust to new surroundings during the first few days.
- Keep your puppy under close supervision. Keep him/her safe and respond with praise to correct behaviors.
- Take your puppy out to potty immediately after arriving home, and then again after eating, playing, napping, and about every two hours. Give your puppy time to learn this is the potty area. The American Kennel Club states a puppy will need to eliminate 15 minutes or less after playing, eating, or napping.
- Involve family members in play time.
- Limit visitors the first few days. This will help your puppy know who lives in his/her new home.
New Puppy Care – Continuity – Ongoing Plan
Avoid sudden changes to the environment unless they are unavoidable. When something needs to change give your puppy time to adjust. The transition period can vary depending on the approach to introduction and the age, personality, and self confidence of your puppy.
Halo: Newborn Pictures 08-14-2014
All Wisteria English Cream Golden Retriever puppies receive lots of love, attention, socialization, and are started on basic training. Here is our routine for giving our English Cream Goldens a great foundational start in order to become the best possible member of your family.
Each week building we build upon the next:
- 1 – 2 weeks of age: Handled, cuddled, picked-up, and turned over, while gently being spoken to
- 3 weeks of age: Introduced to the grooming table and given “mock” grooming sessions
- 4 weeks of age: Introduced to the crate
- 5 – 6 weeks of age: Introduced to “treats” (for baited commands), puppy parties in the yard and training room. Introduced to the command “careful” for learning how to be careful with taking treats
- 7 weeks of age: Begin “baited commands:” sit, down; introduced to the collar/leash
- 8 weeks of age: Time to go to their “new forever” home
If you are interested in an older Trained Puppy, please visit our Trained Puppy Page
Halo’s Boys & Girls
A Dog and His Bone
We have this concept in life named “infinity,” and inside of that concept is the idea of variety. Many people enjoy doing the same thing repeatedly. I get bored with it and I really do believe that dogs get bored, too. You can prove this to yourself by doing some different activity with your dog or by buying him a new treat.
Treats to Reinforce Behavior
I wrote earlier this month about using treats to reinforce behavior, and I really think that if your dog has done something out of the ordinary, he deserves a special, new treat just to keep things fresh and special.
Here’s a list of different and special kinds of treats for your golden retrievers. Try them and see if the responses of your dog doesn’t show a bit more pleasure and happiness.
- Freeze chicken or beef bullion in ice cube trays. After a training session, place these in a bowl for your dog. They work particularly well on a hot day and it’s a nice change up from water.
- Bake a sweet potato until soft. Cut it up into chunks and include the skin. This works really well for behavior modification treats.
- Dehydrate apples, bananas, carrots, sweet potatoes or zucchini for your golden. They are a nice surprise for obedient behavior and you’ll certainly keep him interested in doing well if he doesn’t know what wonderful thing his reward will be “this time.”
- Frozen green beans are a nice surprise treat for your dog. He’ll love the change, and if you offer it in the summer time, he’ll enjoy the coolness, too.
- Turkey cut into chunks is a thriller treat for your dog.
Treats for Other Good Reasons
You’ll want to be careful when buying treats for your golden retriever puppy that you don’t put him into harms way with anything that might cause him to choke. Things like animal bones, hooves, rawhide, ears and bully sticks might cause choking or they might be treated with unnecessary chemicals that your puppy just doesn’t need.
If you’re going to give your dog human food, your best bet is to use only fresh food as it is the healthiest. Some cooked foods containing sauces or gravies might not work as well. This kind of treat has to be limited – in fact, you should factor it in so that it’s no more than 10% of his daily allotment – so that your dog does not become overweight.
Try a wide variety of treats with your golden retriever puppy and watch closely to see which one he responds to the best. At Wisteria Goldens, we keep the ones that highly motivate our golden retriever puppies for a high reward when training challenging cues. It makes for a happier relationship and we at Wisteria Goldens are all about that!
Your pet’s food needs to be handled as safely as your own food does. You might not be aware that your pet’s food can become contaminated with bacteria like salmonella. It’s always wise to purchase pet food in a bag that is not torn anywhere and we don’t think it’s wise to purchase dented cans of dog food.
We realize it can be scary not knowing which food is safe for your pets, so we’ve listed several recommendations we know of from reputable sources to help you make wise decisions. On our own part, our complete preference at Wisteria Goldens is for Life’s Abundance Premium Dog Foods which can be impeccably trusted and which are great for all stages of a dog’s life from puppyhood through their senior years. We believe that the key ingredients used in Life’s Abundance dog foods are what make it superb. It’s not possible to get high quality with less-than ingredients.
- The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends against feeding raw food to dogs because of the risk of illness to the pet as well as to people living in the household. Be sure to cook all people food you give to your dogs to eliminate all bacteria.
- The CDC also recommends storing your dog’s food away from an area where human food is prepared. A clean plastic container with a lid is recommended.
- The nutrients in dog food come under strong recommendation from the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) and National Research Council’s (NRC) here in the United States. The governing body for Europe is European Pet Food Industry Federation (FEDIAF). I mention them here simply to state that they don’t agree with one another, so it’s rather difficult to point to one and say “Follow this one.” You’ll have to decide for yourselves.
- From the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), there’s a substantial list for Pet Food Safety and Alerts.
- Another list is provided by The Dog Food Advisor, Dr. Mike Sagman here.
- The FDA weighs in on recalls and withdrawals from the market here.
- There has been a long line of problems with dog food products produced in China. As a caution, there have been severe mislabeling problems; for example despite labeling claims, many contained no beef at all. Exercise caution in reading labels on your dog food to be sure where it’s produced, and that it’s not on any of the above lists. Use the Internet to research before you buy.
We wanted to share several links where you can check on your pet’s food safety, because there have been so many recalls on dog food. We here at Wisteria Goldens know you love your pets as we do and feel that feeding them responsibly and safely should be tantamount, and we hope you find these easy references helpful.
This dog was born on Christmas Eve in the year 2002. He was born with 2 legs. He of course could not walk when he was born. Even his mother did not want him. His first owner also did not think that he could survive and he was thinking of ‘putting him to sleep’.
But then, his present owner, Jude Stringfellow, met him and wanted to take care of him. She became determined to teach and train this little dog to walk by himself. She named him ‘Faith’.
In the beginning, she put Faith on a surfboard to let him feel the movement. Later she used peanut butter on a spoon as a lure and reward for him for standing up and jumping around. Even the other dog at home encouraged him to walk.
Amazingly, only after 6 months, like a miracle, Faith learned to balance on his hind legs and to jump to move forward. After further training in the snow, he could now walk like a human being. Faith loves to walk around now.
No matter where he goes, he attracts people to him. He is fast becoming famous on the international scene and has appeared on various newspapers and TV shows. There is now a book entitled ‘With a Little Faith’ being published about him.
He was even considered to appear in one of Harry Potter movies. His present owner Jude Stringfellow has given up her teaching post and plans to take him around the world to preach that even without a perfect body, one can have a perfect soul’. In life there are always undesirable things, so in order to feel better you just need to look at life from another direction.
I hope this message will bring fresh new ways of thinking to everyone and that everyone will appreciate and be thankful for each beautiful day. Faith is the continual demonstration of the strength and wonder of life.
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