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!)
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
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
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.
TIPS FROM HERITAGE FARMS
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.
"... For we aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord's sight, but also in the sight of man..."
- 2 Corinthians 8:21
Mark & Kate Ritter
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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
We are also associated with the:
Arabian Horse Association
Tennessee Walker Horse Association
Website last updated on 05/18/18