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A puppy? not just for Christmas
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Make the home safe and secure
  •  A place it can call “home”  - Your puppy is going to need a room or at least a place he can call his own where he can feel safe and secure - make sure it is warm/cool, well insulated and relatively quiet.
  • A Place to play - Nothing will help settle the puppy’s nerves better than "calm" play, so it is important that a puppy/young dog has access to a good supply of toys during his early days. It is a good idea to change the toys/chews to keep the puppy learning about new shapes/sounds/smells/textures etc....  It will be very important to stimulate your puppy mentally by doing "enriched environments" for him many times a week as well as treat searches in different rooms in the house and/or garden..
  • “No go” Zones  - There may be areas in your home where the puppy/dog will not be welcome. The key thing is to decide on where these areas are early on. Every member of the family should then be aware of these no-go zones so that everyone can enforce the rules. The best way to ensure the puppy does not stray into such areas is obviously to keep the doors closed. But if it does find its way into one of these rooms remove it quietly and quickly with as little fuss as possible.
  • A place to toilet - You should ensure that the area is secure and that your dog cannot escape. As with the baby gates mentioned above, you should also make sure that there is no danger of the puppy's head being trapped in any fences. In assessing this, please do note that puppies have the ability to stick their heads in the tightest spaces in the most unlikely places!
Find and make an appointment with a Vet
  • to have a health check and discuss the way forward - make sure that the vet has the same philisophy as you have...
  • Your puppy should already be used to being handled by the breeder and this positive experience should help the pup to feel more relaxed during your first and subsequent vet visits.  When taking your puppy to the vet for the first time make sure you are "matter of fact" and do not go all "mushy" on your puppy as he will think that there is something to worry about. 
  • I recommend, as a regular bonding experience for you and your puppy, that you continue to gently look in your puppies ears, eyes and mouth then run your hands down his legs and pick up all 4 feet and his tail... in that way any subsequent visits to the vet will be so much easier. 
  • Should you wish to take your dog to the UK, please inform your Vet as there are specific requirements which he can fully explain to you.  As of 01/01/2012, these have been simplified and can been found on the DEFRA webiste.
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