Bringing new baby home
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Going Home- When it is time to pick up the new addition to your family. Your puppy will arrive home with lots of paperwork (a contract, AKC ownership papers, and litter mate certificate), a leash, a collar, and a favorite toy. The puppy will be excited but also scared. The pup will be missing his/her mom, the littermates, and the only home he has known. In a few days he will adjust and love you forever. You will wonder how you ever lived without your puppy.

Obedience Training- your pup was too young to learn commands, although we do start on “sit” in the last week. I highly recommend at least one puppy class in the future, and that whoever attends with the puppy teaches the rest of the family. This way everyone in your household is consistent in dealing with the puppy.

Food- We feed our pups “Solid Gold” lamb and rice puppy food. Each pup goes home with samples so you can continue on with it or slowly mix it with the food you are transitioning to. If you make a rapid change in food your pup will get diarrhea and lose weight.  “Solid Gold” is all-natural without dense fillers. It is more expensive but we find dogs eat smaller amounts and stay healthy. “Solid Gold” is available through private distributors, at Petco, and can be delivered to your home by a company called Pet Flow (on-line). Be sure he has access to water all day. We usually remove the water source at night, but offer it first thing in the morning and all day. Puppies do not need treats for a few weeks. It upsets their digestion to add them too early. Please be sure the pup does not get things off the ground or floor to eat.  Do not let others feed your puppy treats.

Potty Training- Our summer litters spent time outside after 6 weeks but in the winter it depends on the weather. This year is extremely cold so they will have been out only once by the time you pick them up. I suggest that you take them out just after getting them up in the morning, after letting them out of their kennel or area, and after each meal. Praise them highly if they go. If they potty in the house just clean it up do not scold them. They do not understand scolding. Please use positive reinforcement.  Do not leave them outside unattended. Do not let your pup have the run of the house in the beginning. It is overwhelming to them.

Weather- New pups are delicate and can’t be left outside. They get cold very easily. The pups do love to run and play.  Airedales love snow but be mindful of the time outside. In the beginning, 15 minutes is more than enough time.

Accidents- Most accidents occur with pets from inattentiveness. Your puppy had no boundaries in his/her head. They do not understand commands yet. Keep them on a leash unless you have a fenced yard and you still need to be with them. In the house pups can get into trouble with wires, small toys, and plants.  Dogs that are hit by cars are often off leash.

Kennel Training- Airedales are wonderful, loyal and energetic. They love to feel secure. We strongly suggest an open side wire kennel that can grow with your pet. Get the size you will need for a full size dog (50-65 lbs). Make sure it comes with an insert that can be moved back as your dog grows.
Toys- There are many puppy toys on the market. Remember you get what you pay for. Cheap toys get eaten quickly or fall apart. Do not substitute children’s toys as they have parts that a puppy can eat, such as eyes.

Vet Care-Take your pet to the vet after you feel the pup is comfortable at your home. Remember everything is new to them. Your pup had his dew claws removed and the tail docked at 3 days old. At 6 weeks they received ½ tablet of Drontal canine broad-spectrum wormer. We use to give shots at 6 weeks but the Veterinary association has changed their inoculation guidelines. The first shot should be given after 8 weeks. Before 8 weeks the mother’s immunities negate the effects of an inoculation. Please check with your vet about future shots. Now the recommendation is for fewer shots. Another thing to be cautious about it is to stay at the vet’s office for 15-20 minutes after an inoculation to be sure your pup does not have a reaction. Last year the puppy we kept had a reaction and was rushed to the vet to get an antidote. Another pup adopted from here had a shot reaction from a bad batch of shots from his vet’s office. In both instances the vet was able to give a shot that averted the reaction. I have had dogs for 23 years and until last year we had never had any problems. My vet felt it was a bad batch coming from a manufacturer.  I also recommend a permanent ID that the vet injects under the skin at the neck. This helps locate your pet if it is ever lost.  A rabies vaccine is needed following your state’s guidelines. Rabies shots are given from 4-6 months of age.

Baths- The pup had a bath at 6 weeks of age. We do not wet their face or heads at this time. Puppies do not need baths every week as it affects their skin and coat. We use baby wipes to clean a pup up as needed. When dogs are given baths try and keep water from entering the ear canals.

Taking Puppy Home- Please bring a small travel pet carrying case (borrow from a friend if necessary). This enables you to stop to get gas, go to the bathroom, and eat, etc.  Bring a warm blanket and a snuggly toy. I also suggest you take an old tee-shirt (no holes so that the pup will not get tangled) that you sleep with for a few days to give to the pup so he can feel comfort and identify with you. Bring some water and a water bowl. Do not give food while you travel so the pup does not get carsick. Walk them on a leash when you stop and let them go to the bathroom.  Puppies that are scared will run and hide so it is important to keep them on a leash.

Prior to pups being ready to join their forever home.  Please call me (920-388-4214) or email me your plans on date and arrival time. Plan on being here at least one hour. I do have to coordinate my day to work out times due to my kids’ and my farm’s needs.

I hope I have answered all your questions and we look forward to meeting you!

Yours truly,
April Dahl