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New Puppy Transition Tips

Updated: Jan 7

Happy Gotcha Day!

I'm sure you and your family are over the moon about bringing your puppy home. However, your puppy may be confused as to what is going on. Changing environments and leaving the only home they’ve ever known is stressful for any puppy. It is completely normal if the puppy acts shy, refuses to eat much for the first few days, has diarrhea, or cries the first few nights sleeping alone. Please try not to take it personally if it takes them a few days to warm up to you and the place you've prepared for them to live. To comfort your puppy you can order a snuggle puppy that mimics the warmth and heartbeats of their litter mates and you can give them the blanket (included in your take-home bag) that smells like home.

It is good to take your new puppy to the vet within the first 5 days to establish care somewhere (many are full and not taking new clients) and they will be due for their next vaccine at 10-11 weeks of age. I do recommend continuing the deworming schedule every 2 weeks until they reach 12 weeks of age. So they would be due at 10 weeks and 12 weeks. We use pyrantel pamoate and safeguard at each deworming, dosed based on weight. If you aren't comfortable doing this at home, your vet can do it for you. Make sure your puppy doesn't spit out their medicine by shaking their head.

WARNING: Until your puppy receives the full series of parvovirus vaccines, it’s best to only allow your puppy to meet dogs who are up-to-date on vaccines and avoid highly populated or wet outdoor areas (parvo can live in the grass) like dog parks and be extra careful putting your puppy on the floor at the vet. Your pup comes with 30 days of free Trupanion insurance as long as you activate it, so please don't forget to do that here with code BR1TP31121. This insurance does expire after 30 days, so it would be good to consider if you want to continue keeping your puppy insured or if you want to set aside an emergency fund for them.


We feed our puppies the Pawtree whitefish and brown rice kibble three times a day (morning, noon, and night). We allow them to eat as much as they want for 30 minutes and then immediately take them out to go potty. We use the phrase “go potty” to ask them to go to the bathroom. If you need to refresh on the potty training tips, click here. It is normal for an 8-week old puppy to need to be taken out to potty once during the night. By 10 weeks of age they should be able to sleep through the entire night as long as you don't feed them right before bed.


From time to time, every puppy gets an upset tummy. Whether the cause is stress-induced, due to consuming too many treats, passing pieces of toys, or eating something unusual outside. Loose stools are no fun for puppy parents, so I recommend keeping some natural remedies on hand because once you need them waiting for them to arrive feels like an eternity once you are in need. While your puppy's tummy is upset, it is recommended to feed them a homemade dog food of 50% rice and 50% ground beef. Don't add any spices or veggies to this recipe, as it is intentionally bland. To help your puppy reset their gut flora, you can support their digestive system with pre-biotics that contain soothing pectin (linked here) and administer a pumpkin pro-biotic (linked here). If the diarrhea is pervasive, you can get bring a stool sample to your vet and they can test for other issues. If you think your puppy may have eaten a piece of a toy or household object, inform your vet and ask them for next steps.


Now that you have your puppy, if you haven't already signed up for training, now is a great time to do so. Most people attend in-person classes or do the Baxter and Bella online program (disocunt code Teddypuppies). Boarding and training is another option for busy families. I’m sure you’ve already puppy-proofed your home and are thinking about ways to make them comfortable. Your puppy will be teething and of course, if they nibble on your hands or an off-limits object you can tell them no. However, it is important to give them something they should be chewing on. You don’t want to give dog toys that will crack or splinter into small pieces like rawhide, so we recommend Yak chews, cow hooves, and large elk antlers. Over time the cow hoof will become smaller and it is good to take it away before it could be swallowed. Your new puppy has razor-sharp teeth and I wouldn’t recommend giving them plush bedding or anything that has small pieces they can break off and potentially choke on. Some doodles are allergic to chicken, so we recommend treats like these freeze-dried fish and CBD treats here.

If you want to learn about how to how to teach your puppy to stop biting during the teething phase, click here to check that resource out.


Like babies, puppies also cannot communicate with words. They communicate by acting out and it is our job as pet-parents to understand what they need. If they are crying in the cage, do they need more exercise prior to going to bed? Sometimes it can feel like a guessing game trying different things, but taking the time to be intentional to understand what your puppy needs will help you build trust with them and grow together. We do highly recommend working with a professional trainer on your puppy-raising journey and to be proactive about cultivating the life you'd like to have with your dog. Set the necessary boundaries up front and working hard training them in the first year will bring you joy in the years to come.

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