So now you have your new puppy
home. Yeah!! Isn't it a sweetie? Chances are, your
puppy will continue to be happy and healthy. Be
careful though, the transition to a new home is
quite stressful on a puppy. You should be watching
out for signs of too much stress.
I would suggest you take your puppy
immediately to the vet for a health check. If things
are not up to par, then the puppy possibly may be
returned within 24 hours. The sooner the better!
If you are not able to take the pup immediately,
let the breeder know when your appointment is scheduled.
When you first bring home your puppy, give him a couple of weeks to adjust to his new home and being separated from Mom and siblings. He is going to be lost, frightened and confused at first. PLEASE do not take your baby out to show off just yet. Give him time to adjust to his new surroundings first. In about 2 weeks he will be ready for the world!!
It is crucial that you realize
that too much stress, becoming chilled, not enough
rest, or not eating properly can cause "Hypoglycemia"
or low blood sugar. This will usually occur by 12
weeks of age, if it does. Hypoglycemia can be fatal,
so watch your puppy closely and call the vet if
there are any signs of listlessness or weakness
during awake time. Be aware that puppies will sleep
many hours of the day, and this is normal. But if
during his waking hours, he does not seem alert
and playful, something is probably wrong. They may
shiver prior to an attack also, due to a drop in
temperature. In a severe case of Hypoglycemia you
may see convulsing or coma.
To help prevent low blood sugar you can give about a 1/2 teaspoon of honey or karo syrup daily. For more health benefits you could purchase a tube of NutraCal from your vet or pet supply store.
You should also closely watch your little guy's stools. They can alert you to many health problems. The stools should be firm and brown. Any changes from this should be reported to your vet. If a young puppy gets loose stools, they don't have much reserve at all and may dehydrate very quickly!! DON"T DELAY a trip to the vet.
If you purchased your puppy from
me, he has had one vaccination. No one ever knows
for sure when the puppy loses the immunity that
has passed on through Mom's milk. This varies from
pup to pup. A shot before this natural immunity
is lost, is like a shot of water! Therefore it is
important that you continue to have vaccinations
every four weeks until the puppy is four months
old. This assures he will not have much downtime,
from the time Mom's immunity leaves and the shot
kicks in. After four months you may vaccinate annually.
Talk to your vet about when he suggest the rabies
vaccine. Also whether Lymes and Corona are necessary
for your area. I do not give these vaccines. Lepto
is not recommended until the puppy is at least 4
months old. Many reactions have been attributed
to Lepto vaccine in puppies!!
One of the most common concerns
of a new yorkie puppy owner is that he is not eating
enough!! Guys, these are just tiny little puppies,
that only eat a tiny bit!! If they are eating and
not losing weight, then they are getting enough.
When you pick your puppy up, be aware of his weight.
You can usually feel the difference in weight loss
before you can see it. Make sure that the food you
are feeding is of good quality and everything will
be ok. I do not believe in canned food, unless the
puppy is truely not eating enough. Canned food will
create a picky eater, and canned food is not as
healthy as dry. Dry food should be offered at all
times. No table scraps. Since these little fella's
don't eat much, it is crucial that what they be
nutrient filled. Table scraps can also mess up the
digestive system and cause loose stools. Remember
when giving treats, only a bite will do. You don't
want to fill him up on treats, only to have him
miss his meal later!!
The joys of owning a puppy!! Hopefully
you will not experience any of the problems mentioned,
but being aware of them may very well save your
puppy's life!! A puppy is one of the most appealing
creatures on earth. He's the embodiment of
exuberance, humor, and affection. But there
are a great many things that a puppy is not, and
these negative aspects deserve some thought before
you bring a puppy home.
A puppy is not a toy to be enjoyed
while he is a novelty, then set aside in favour
of a new diversion. He is a living thing whose physical
demands must be met constantly for as long as he
A young puppy needs more sleep than a human infant, even though your children may be in the mood to play with him. He needs to be fed regularly and often, even though his meals may conflict with family plans.
A young puppy is breakable. Very young children can inflict unintended tortures on a puppy, especially one of the small or fine-boned breeds. And his broken leg is much harder to fix than the broken wheel of a toy truck.
A puppy is not a teaching aid guaranteed
to instill a sense of responsibility in children.
If a child loves his dog, he will probably enjoy
brushing him, taking him for walks, filling his
water dish, and other tasks. A sense of responsibility
may well grow out of the relationship, but it is
unfair to the animal to put his entire well-being
into the hands of young children. Even the most
dog-loving youngsters tire of daily chores, and
parents who try to force the regime will be asking
Unfortunately, it is the puppy who is the loser in this battle. Responsibility lessons are better left to household tasks that do not involve any pet. The essentials of feeding, house breaking and discipline training will fall to an adult member of the household.
Children can help with the less essential jobs of grooming and walking. Dogs and children do give each other something very valuable - time and attention that adults are often too busy to offer in sufficient quantities. This is the main function of a child-dog partnership. A puppy is not cheap.
Whether you pay a nominal fee at the city humane shelter or what seems to be a king's ransom for a really special pup from a breeder, the money paid to make the pet yours is a mere drop in the bucket compared to what it will cost to keep him.
There will be veterinary bills to pay for both emergencies and regular vaccinations and checkups.
There will be city and county licenses.
There are legal aspects of dog ownership you may never have considered - not just personal injury claims, but replacement of shrubbery or grass or neighborhood children's clothing torn in play.
And there's the wear and tear on your furniture and carpet.
A puppy is not a spur-of-the-moment
purchase. The wrong dog can be an unending
nuisance to a household. It's much easier to acquire
a pup than it is to get rid of a grown dog that
didn't work out.
Animal shelters are bulging with dogs who were acquired for the wrong reasons, or without sufficient investigation. If your family has decided to buy a dog, by all means take the time to learn about the breed you have in mind.
Every breed has characteristics of temperament, and some of these traits may not fit in with your lifestyle. Some breeds are prone to physical problems such as hip dysplasia, ear cankers, eye abnormalities and ear infections. If you are aware of these problems, you can do a more intelligent job of selecting your puppy.
Many towns have kennel clubs whose members are reputable, knowledgeable, and generally helpful. Most breeders will be glad to answer your questions and to help you locate the pup you want. A veterinarian can put you in touch with the nearest kennel club.
If you take the time to do some investigating before you buy, you will know what the going prices are for your breed. Pet shops are never a bargain, no matter what the price because they often sell pups of very low quality for show-dog prices simply because few buyers bother to check.
Always buy a pup from a reputable breeder - one
who has been recommend by your local kennel club.
Many puppies are bought impetuously because they looked cute in the pet shop window. Or because it was a nice day for a drive in the country and there was a kennel with a "Visitors Welcome" sign. Or because another family pet had died.
Pups bought without being genuinely wanted - and planned for - too often end up at the animal shelter. A puppy is not a gift unless the giver is certain that this particular pup will be wanted. Not only now, but a year from now, ten years from now.
And even then the puppy should be selected by his new owner rather than by someone else. The pup that appeals to one might very well not appeal to the other. It's a matter of chemistry, like love at first sight.
A puppy is not self cleaning. There will be puddles on rugs, vomiting occasionally, dog hair on clothing and furniture. There may be worms to be dealt with. If these prospects are intolerable to the housekeeper of the family, then perhaps the pleasures of owning a puppy will be overshadowed by the tensions it will cause.
Long-haired breeds need to be groomed. Not only while the pup is small and new, but also week in and week out, for years. The heavy, silky coats of breeds such as cocker spaniels, Yorkshire terriers, and Lhasa Apsos become matted in a very short time, especially in the areas of friction, such as legs and flanks. If the dog's coat isn't combed thoroughly and frequently, it becomes unsightly and uncomfortable. The matts pull and irritate, and they make excellent hiding places for fleas and skin disorders.
A puppy is not an adult dog. He has
neither the physical nor the mental ability to perform
as an adult dog would. He cannot go for long periods
of time without relieving himself. He cannot tolerate
harsh training methods, nor can he differentiate
between what is chewable and what isn't. Nor will
he make any distinction between food and objects
that hurt him if he swallows them. He will
try the patience of the most devout dog lover in
the household, and at times he may drive everyone
If he is very young, he will cry during his first
night or two in his new home. He will require patience
and understanding from everyone in the family.
A puppy is not a puppy for long. Before you succumb to the charms of a clumsy St. Bernard pup, or a sad-happy hound, or a limpid-eyed cocker, be very sure that you want not only the puppy he is now, but also the gangly, unattractive adolescent he is about to become, and the adult dog who may fall short of what you hoped he would be.
If you've faced all the negative aspects of puppy ownership and still want him, chances are good that your new dog will be one of the lucky ones who finds a permanent happy home. And you will enjoy the rewards of planned-parenthood dog ownership - rewards which far overshadow the drawbacks.