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Caring for Your New Puppy

Here are some tips that we give our customers, about caring for their new puppy. Please let us know if you have any questions!
We recommend that you do not introduce your puppy to too many new environments, animals etc for the first 72 hours. Any people & animals in your home is fine, of course. But we recommend that you do not take your puppy on any unnecessary car rides, trips, to the park etc for the first several days that he or she comes home.

A puppy can become stressed during the transition from our home to yours, especially if he arrives to via an airplane. When puppies are stressed, sometimes they stop eating (there is more information on this below). Because your puppy is so small, you do not want to stress him out unnecessarily until he or she becomes more accustomed to you, your family, house, lifestyle, new environment etc.
Things to Purchase

We recommend that you purchase these items prior to your new puppy coming home to you:

* A collar and/or harness (we personally recommend harnesses for walks!)
* A non-retractable leash
* Honey or a high calorie supplement (such as Nutrical, Energel etc)
* A sturdy, heavy duty size 100 OR 300 crate (if not provided by us); depending on your dog's size
* A good quality dry kibble puppy food (large or small breed puppy food is best!)
* A couple of cans of wet, canned dog food (such as Alpo, Caesar etc)
* Food & water dishes (not too tall, so that she can reach them)
* Puppy pads for when she can't make it outside in time
* Paper towels & cleaner for any messes
* Assortment of bones & treats (not thin rawhide chews- soft or crunchy is best)
* An assortment of toys, ropes etc (They love squeaky toys!)
* Soft bed(s) and/ or soft blankets (fleece is good)
* A pet gate(s)
Small Puppies & Stress
If you received a small, toy breed puppy from us, you can read more size- specific puppy care tips here.


Food & Water for Your Puppy
Right now your puppy is eating Purina Puppy Food. This can be food at any pet store, Walmart, Farm & Home Store etc. If you would rather feed a different kind of puppy food, we recommend any good quality puppy food (such as Purina, Diamond, Eukaneuba, Iams, Royal Canin etc).

It is very important that your puppy get fresh water and food at least twice a day (or 4 times a day, if it is tiny). It is crucial that if your puppy doesn't eat and drink enough, that you seek additional help. Feel free to call us or consult your veterinarian. With small breeds, waiting even 24 hours can be fatal.

Some puppies need more or less so you will have to be the judge of that. However, overfeeding is just as bad as underfeeding your puppy. If unsure, ask your vet. If your puppy is a small breed and he/she becomes a picky eater after arriving home, you can try, temporarily, the following foods to encourage them to eat:


·Gerber baby meat sticks

·Lunchmeat such as Braunschweiger, turkey, roast beef, etc.

·Chicken cooked  (remove the skin first)

·Any meat baby food

·Any canned puppy food

Potty Training & Crates
Tips for potty training your puppy- If possible, we recommend taking your puppy out to go potty every 3-4 hours or so (after every meal, when he or she wakes up in the morning, when he or she is done playing, when he or she wakes up from a nap etc)- as a transition between activities. Your puppy is still young & is still learning. Some mistakes are understandable. Diligence, patience & consistency are the key!
If your puppy was shipped you, we recommend using the crate that your puppy came in as his or her bed until he or she is potty trained. Dogs don't like to potty where they sleep. So if they are in a crate that is just their right size (not too big, with lots of room to move around in), they are much less likely to have an accident in it. We have found that if you buy them a very big wire cage to start with in the beginning, they will mess in one corner & curl up to sleep in a different one, because the crate is so massive. We recommend that you let him or her sleep in this crate until your puppy is at least 5 months old & fully potty trained. Then you can move him or her to a big wire cage or let her or him free roam the house, whatever you think is best.

If you find that he or she is messing in the crate or on the floor, just shorten the amount of time in between potty breaks. Maybe take him or her out once or twice during the night, if your puppy makes a mess. As your puppy grows older & continues to learn, it will be able to go 7 or 8 hours or more without any accidents ever!

Crate Training
Your puppy should be taught to stay quiet (not bark) while in its crate. The only time he or she should bark while in its crate is if it has to go potty. Any other barking is unacceptable. If you put him in his crate for bedtime, for example & you know that he doesn't need to potty & he is barking, you can gently swat the crate, tell him a firm "no bark" & make him be quiet. If he continues to bark, you can put a sheet or a blanket over the crate, to emphasis dark, quiet, sleep etc. This seems to help, if it is needed.
Shots, Spay/ Neuter & Worming
Your puppy will be up to date on all shots & worming when he or she comes home, per our vet's protocol for our state. Your puppy will need booster shots at 9, 11 & 16 weeks old. Per Missouri standards, a puppy can receive a rabies vaccination after 12 weeks old & before 1 year old.
Our vet recommends that you wait to spay or neuter your puppy until he or she is at least 5 or 6 months old. This gives him/ her more time to grow & allows the necessary hormones to do their job. We do NOT recommend an early spay/ neuter.

Your puppy has been on a strict vaccination and worming program. When your puppy arrives, you will also receive a copy of these records & any additional instructions on health, care etc.


When you take your puppy to your vet for its first check up, please bring the copy labeled "Litter Medical Record" or "Shot Record". Your vet will put you on a vaccination plan that works best for you & your new pet.

Keeping a White Puppy's Fur White!

We bathe our white & cream dogs regularly in whitening shampoo. Regular bathing, grooming & trimming (especially around their eyes; on their face & paws) helps keep them clean. Make sure you dry them thoroughly, as leaving their fur wet (especially on their faces & paws) can discolor the fur. Be sure not to get any products in the dogs' eyes! All natural food is best. Distilled water can help (as there is no iron in it). Clean & disinfect their pens & crates often.


Keep them warm during cold weather & cool in hot weather. Limit taking them around other dogs (outside of your home) until their vaccinations are complete.

For the first 3 days (72 hours), spend this time getting acquainted with your new puppy. Let it get used to its new surroundings & environment.

Remember that your puppy is a baby. They need to be warm and will get sick if they get chilled.You can put a heating pad under half of your puppy’s crate on the outside of the crate on low if the puppy is chilly, as well as a blanket inside your crate.


  Things you will need for your new puppy


1. Food and water bowls                                  5. Grooming tools

2. Puppy food                                                     6. Toys of all kinds

3. Collar and leash                                          7. Dog shampoo

4. Bedding for crate                                         8.  Crate


                                                Tips for a happy puppy


1. Set your puppy up on a schedule

          Choose a time for feeding, potty training and play that best fits your family. Your puppy may whimper or cry at night at first. Provide him/her with a warm blanket, soft toy and a dim light. Remember, don't let your puppy do things now that you don't want him/her to do later.


2. Puppy proof your home

        Check around your home for dangerous things your puppy could get into. Electric wires, open doors, balconies, medicines etc.


3. Prepare your family by explaining the schedule and rules for the puppy

       Having the family's help will make training your new puppy easier.  If everyone works together your new puppy will be trained well for life! Also doing things different each time a different family member takes care of your new puppy will be VERY confusing.


4. Make your puppy feel at home

          Allow your puppy to sleep with an article of your clothing, preferably something you've worn and that smells like you. This way, your puppy will become familiar with your scent and will feel more comfortable in his/her new environment.


5. Groom your puppy once a week

          Good grooming habits start early. Regular brushing and bathing will keep your puppy feeling clean and fresh. A clean puppy is less likely to soil them selves in their crate. Dogs have a keen scent for foul odors.  Make a bath fun and rewarding for all!


6. Checklist for Feeding

          Provide food for his/her stage of life. Have fresh water available. Serve the food at room temperature. Watch your puppy's weight. Feed nutritious snacks. Do not allow the children to tease the puppy while eating. Never give stale food to your puppy. Don't change your puppy's diet suddenly. Don't allow your puppy to have brittle bones like chicken.  Follow the food label for increasing/decreasing the amount of food needed.


7. Register your puppy’s microchip

       Please go to http://www.akcreunite.org/ to register your puppy’s microchip in your name. If lost or stolen you want the company to give the police, shelter or vet your name and phone number. The pup’s number is located on the Customer Pet Record and The Litter Medical Record.   

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- 2 Corinthians 8:21

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Heritage Farms
Northeastern MO
Mark & Kate Ritter

Phone calls, texts & emails welcome!

Business Hours

Monday through Saturday
8:00 am to 10:00 pm CST

We're CLOSED on Sundays,
to celebrate the Lord's Day

We are proud members of the:

Missouri Pet Breeders Assoc.
America's Pet Registry Inc
American Canine Hybrid Club
Certified Pet Registry Inc
AKC ReUnite

We are also associated with the:

Arabian Horse Association
Tennessee Walker Horse Association

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