What to expect the first week home!
7 to 8-week old puppy:
- Your puppy has been very well socialized while at Ridge View Labradors.
- Your puppy has been introduced to a happy voice and coming to words such as "here puppy puppy" and getting food rewards from our hands, with plenty of pets and praise.
- Your puppy has been introduced to a puppy crate and is eating meals in a crate for positive crate introduction.
- Your puppy is learning to wait in the crate for a short amount of time.
- Your puppy is learning how to follow people in and out of a door way to begin potty outside introduction as well as new sights, smells, and surfaces including grass, gravel, and sand.
- The first two-weeks in a new home is very stressful to a puppy. You will be introducing your puppy to a lot of new things. Learning their name, introduced to a collar and leash, learning to potty outside, more extended time in a crate.
- Your puppy may show signs of loose stools (diarrhea). The very first sign of a stressed out puppy, is loose stools. Their life has completely changed and although they are playing normal, they can be stressed out! Diarrhea is pretty normal, but bloody diarrhea is NOT! Contact Ridge View immediately is there is blood in the stools. Do not take to emergency vet, we promise, your puppy is okay.
- You will need to let your puppy out to potty from its crate at least every 2 hours throughout the day and night hours to begin house and crate training.
- Your pup has had fresh water available at all times. For house training, you may want to limit water overnight.
- Encourage play time and activities to tease the brain. Puzzles and finding treat games are some favorites.
- Toys! Make sure your puppy has lots of toys to choose from. Toys are a great way to deter chewing and to also keep them entertained. They make toys that are puzzles that will keep them entertained for hours. Some great ones are Nylabone and Kong.
- Walks must be NO LONGER than 10-15 minutes at a time. No forced exercise! ...this could stress or damage growth plates.
- Your puppy has NO depth perception at this age, so do not put your puppy in a situation where they could hurt themselves by jumping off a bed, couch, or a long flight of stairs. Outside be careful of decks, open stairs, or puppy jumping out a car window.
- Most puppies go through a "fear stage" sometime between 7-12 weeks and will all of the sudden be afraid of objects and situations they took in stride before. Keep all interactions positive and do not discipline. Socialization with new people, places, and things are very important at this time!