1.) A crate big enough for them to stand up and turn around. You can buy one for them to grow into most come with divider panels now. But make sure they go out after naps, meals and playtime. Mostly every 2 hrs the first month. A puppy/dog should not stay in his/her crate for more than 4-8 hrs. Depending on how long they can hold it.
We reccomend a puppy exercise pen to start them off in then go on to crate training. If you are not there to take them out every 2-3hrs at first. So they can use the potty. You can crate train them once you are not gone longer than they can hold it. So you can place a pee pad on one end and their bed/toys on the other along with food/water. Their crate is a good item for their bed in the exercise pen so they can get used to being in it. Our puppies are set up like this until they are ready to go home. All of our puppies are Washable Pee pad trained. They go on the pee pee pad the first day I set up the pen. They are extremely smart.
As a rule your puppy can only hold it for how many months old they are. Example:
2 Months (8wks) -- 2hrs
3 Months (12wks) -- 3 hrs
and so on.
They can hold it 8hrs once they reach 8 months.
They need to eat puppy food until they are 12 months old and then are to be switched to Adult. Remember if you want to change their food do it gradually. Keep them on a Premium or Super Premium Food. If you switch foods do it on this schedule -- First day 10% new, 2nd day 25% new, 3rd day 50% new, 4th day 75% new and then 100% new on the 5th day.
3.) Food/Water bowls. Make sure and keep clean fresh water for your puppy at all times.
4.) Puppy shampoo. I use Gold Medal Puppy Shampoo or Oatmeal Shampoo. Bichons are prone to skin allergies so the Oatmeal Shampoo is great for them.
5.) Toys/Treats -- We use Lamb Ears, Bully Sticks, Rawhide Sticks and Puppy Biscuits. Make sure they are Made in the U.S.A. Remember to always check any treat bag and see if it is for puppies and what size. Sometimes it will say for puppies over 5-6lbs and over 6 months of age.
6.) Puppy pads for rainy and/or freezing weather and I place some by our doors for accidents.
Or to put in their exercise pen.
7.) Collar/Leash remember your puppy grows fast. Never leave the collar on your puppy only use them when your are training/walking them. It is also better to use a harness rather than a collar your baby could easily slip out of a collar and that would not be good if you were going for a walk.
8.) Brush, Your puppy needs to be brushed at least weekly if not every day. Not just for grooming so she/he can get used to being brushed/groomed.
I like a brush with the metal pins this gets down to the roots. A comb for their ears ,face and tail.
Their vaccines are very important. They will usually have 1-3 sets of shots before leaving us ( depending on their age at pick-up). If they have not had all 3 shots they will then need their next shot 3-4wks after the date of their last shot. They will need Rabies also at 16wks. Then your vet will put them on a schedule. It is very important not to take your puppy out to parks/stores until they have had their puppy shots completed.
This is a stressful time for them. The changing of environment. Some are more sensitive and do not eat that good when changing homes. If your puppy is not eating that good when he/she comes to their new home their food can be soaked in water and mashed up or just soaked. It will encourge them to eat. Especially Teacup puppies. These tiny puppies can stress even more easily. (see our Teacup Page). Some puppies while not T-cups needs these directions also. Stress by changing environment, playing too much with children, adults or other pets and over handling of the puppy can lead to hypoglycemic attacks. Repeated Stress can lead to Repeated Hypoglycemic attacks that can lead to Liver Damage or even Death. All puppies need a Stable Environment/Schedule especially during their adjustment period. They need to be brought into your home and not taken several different places within a short amount of time ( the first couple weeks up to a month). Let your puppy adjust to his/her new surroundings first then they can be taken different places and introduced to new dogs and people.
Nutracal paste can be used to boost their blood sugar if they are not eating well. Or If you are having your puppy shipped have some on hand when she/he gets off the plane. They miss a meal or a couple of meals if it is a long flight.
Your puppy needs to eat 3 times a day until he/she is 6 months old ( T-cups require every 4hrs or free feeding. See our T-cup info page for more info). They then can switch to 2 times day until they are a year old. They can eat once daily after a year but twice a day feedings are better for their system. Remember when looking at the cups/pounds chart on the food bag to divide the cups into the number of feedings.
Which one makes the best pet ?
Little boys are the most adorable pets you could ever have. They have have wonderfully sweet dispositions they love the whole family. Females often bond to one member of the family and love them the most. Have them neutered early, before they start lifting their leg. Little Boys are very special and they need to have a loving home as well.
While many people want Females, Males are more affectionate and loving. They are more bonding than Females. Females tend to want to go off and do their own thing while a male will be more inclined to come sit on your lap. Females are loving when they want to be.
If you have a male neutered before 4-6 months old, or if you don't have another un-neutered male around the need to lift their leg is not there. Males make great pets they are very eager to learn and easy to train.
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