Your New Puppy

Your New Puppy

The decision to adopt a new puppy is an exciting one! To ensure your new little friend makes a smooth transition into your household we have some simple suggestions and advice:

We suggest feeding your pup the same (or very similar) food it was receiving before the adoption. Changing the diet quickly can result in an upset tummy. Once your pup has settled in for a few days you can slowly transition to the food of your choice. Puppies should be offered 3-4 small meals of a good quality puppy food per day, with food left down for 30 minutes at a time. Any uneaten food can be put away for the next meal. We can discuss puppy nutrition with you at the time of your pup’s first check up at our hospitals or see our Dog Nutrition page.

Ensure your pup has a warm and quiet sleeping spot. Remember the habits you establish now early on will set the habits of a lifetime. The first few nights may be rough, with your puppy crying if lonely. Crate training may be a helpful tool in establishing a good sleeping routine with your pup. Talk to our staff for further information.

Toilet training your pup can be a frustrating experience. Patience and persistence are key. Ensure your pup is taken outdoors regularly and rewarded when they toilet outside. Try to pre-empt your pup’s toileting needs by taking them out after a sleep, after a meal and every hour or so. Punishing them if they toilet inside will not be helpful and is not recommended.

Puppies should begin their vaccination course from 6-8 weeks of age. Please speak to our staff about when your pup can be vaccinated, and see our Vaccination page for further information. It is very important your pup is not taken into environments where adult dogs have been present without ensuring full protection against Distemper, Hepatitis and Parvovirus.

Puppies should be treated for intestinal worms every 2 weeks, from 2 weeks of age until 12 weeks of age. After 12 weeks of age we recommend monthly worming until 6 months of age, then every 3 months life long. Heartworm prevention should be started at 12 weeks of age.

Please see our Heartworm Prevention page and Parasite Control page for further information, or discuss the best regime for your pup at their next health check or vaccination visit at our hospitals.

We offer puppy preschool to puppies aged 8-14 weeks. Puppy preschool is a fantastic program aimed at dog socialisation and owner education. Please see our Puppy Preschool page for further information.

We encourage older pups to begin group or individual training once they are fully vaccinated. The investment you make in your pup’s training in their first 6-12 months will reward you with a happy, well-mannered companion for many years. Speak to our staff for information on local training groups in our area.

Book your puppy in for a check up and we can answer any further questions you may have on rearing your new little friend!