Supplies: food, food and water dishes, rubber toys, ropes and chew toys, a crate (either wire or plastic pet taxi.) We use the pet taxi, but either works fine. You just want the crate to have enough space for the puppy to turn around. To avoid having to buy more than one kennel, buy one a little bigger and you can always put something in it to take up space till the puppy gets big enough.
Food: Pro Pac Performance puppy is the food you were given. Similar foods are Iams, Royal Canine, and Nutrisource. If a puppy is being a picky eater, mix any ground up canned food with the dry food. We recommend any variety that resembles hamburger.
Feed about 1/4 to 1/3 cup each twice a day depending on the size and appetite of the puppy. Increase by 1/8 cup increments if the puppy is eating everything in his/her bowl. Give water a few times a day. No food or water after 7 pm to avoid accidents in the crate. Sometimes our puppies are fed a few puppies at a time, so it may take a day or two to adjust to the individual feeding schedule and rationing. It is very common for a puppy to not eat the first night in a new home.
Crate training: All of our puppies sleep in crates at night. Their first night in a new home may be a little rough. It's not uncommon to have accidents the first 2 nights. Put some shredded paper in their crate in case of accidents. If you have 2 puppies at the same time they will sleep better if crated together. Crates should be just large enough for the puppy to turn around. If you take puppies out of the crate at night, they will expect that again the next night. If a puppy won’t settle down you can put a towel over the crate, play soft music or a clock. You can also put them in a dark room away from noise and away from people getting up at night. Keep in mind that the puppy cannot hurt themselves in the crate. We don't recommend crates during the day if the puppy will be in there longer than 4 hours. We use playpens and find they work well. You can also use baby gates to isolate them to an area. Some people will use a laundry room or bathroom. Just make sure you pick up rugs or towels.
All puppies chew because their gums hurt from teething. We recommend ropes, rubber toys, Nyla bones, or Kong toys. NO RAWHIDE BONES FOR A YEAR!!!
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