You have made a wise choice by selecting a puppy from Poodles By Design. This puppy will bring you much joy and companionship for many years to come if the proper care and attention is given.
To ensure that your new puppy enjoys a happy and healthy life it is imperative that YOU (the new owner) take responsibility for its proper care.
FOOD - Your new puppy will need to have fresh food TWICE a day. Once in the morning and again in the evening. Feed your puppy enough food to last until the next meal. Toy breeds need to “graze” during the day. If there is any old food left in the bowl always throw it away and give your pup fresh food.
Small-breed puppies have higher metabolic requirements per pound of body weight than large-breed puppies, and require more protein and fat to support their energy needs.
We use and recommend Science Diet Puppy Small Bites and Cesar Puppy Canine Cusine. Be sure to use a quality brand that is specifically formulated based on the calories from protein needed for the appropriate protein-to-fat ratio.
WATER – Please give fresh water DAILY!!!
CAUTION: DO NOT feed your puppy any milk, table scraps, or change your puppy’s diet in anyway for the first two weeks of acclimating. This will result in diarrhea making your puppy very ill.
Going to a new home, being handled, traveling, or too much play time can sometimes lead to a very stressful pup. This causes digestive problems and even diarrhea.
To assure that your new puppy will not suffer low blood sugar that is brought on by STRESS, Karo syrup or honey (1/2 teaspoon) should be added into the water during the two week adjustment period.
A product called NUTRI-CAL should also be used (approximately 1 inch twice daily) to give a new puppy the extra calories needed to keep its blood sugar from dropping.
Sometimes stressed puppies do not want to eat. Your new puppy MUST eat within 12 to 16 hours the first day you take it home or it could get weak. This may result in seizures, better known as hypoglycemia, which is LOW BLOOD SUGAR. If proper care is not given right away, it could be imminent death to your new puppy.
EMERGENCY STEPS – drizzle ½ teaspoon of Karo or Honey straight into your puppy’s mouth. This must be done slowly and with care so not to aspirate your puppy. This should help get your puppy’s strength back within 5 minutes. It is recommended that you immediately call your vet for further advice.
DO NOT give any shots when you first get your puppy! Wait at least one week until the puppy has settled into its new home. Shots will put a puppy into stress and could make them not eat.
Your first visit to the vet will be for a health check required by the breeder within 48 hours of acceptance of your puppy. At this time you will set up a plan for completing required immunizations. Ask your vet about heart guard at nine weeks of age. For toy poodles I recommend waiting until 6 months of age for rabies vaccines because their livers are so very tiny and will have difficulty processing more than one vaccine at a time. If you follow these recommendations your puppy will remain healthy throughout its life.
Your new puppy has been delivered to you groomed, and pre-spoiled. Your Poodle has been freshly bathed; toe nails trimmed; hair in the ear canals removed; face, tail and feet have been shaved; and the coat is scissored to a pleasing shape. Now you want to learn the basics of coat care, because this is an important part of keeping your Poodle happy and healthy.
Prior to being bathed, your Poodle must be brushed out thoroughly. I recommend an oatmeal based shampoo to keep skin moisturized. This helps the skin from becoming dry and itchy. Blow dry your Poodle under low heat from you hair dryer, using a brush while blowing dry. Make sure to use a pin brush when blow drying, and NOT a wire slicker (which is meant for badly tangled coats and will pull and damage hair). To ensure that your Poodles coat remains tangle free it is a good idea to brush your Poodle every other day or so. If the coat does become tangled and matted the coat may have to be shaved completely, something you want to avoid. However, the good news is that a Poodles hair re-grows quickly.
Clipping a Poodle should be left to a professional groomer in the beginning; however many owners learn to do their own trimming in time and enjoy the challenges.
Ears should be cleaned weekly. GENTLY pulling out the long hairs from the ear canal. Use moistened cotton wrapped around your finger to swab the ear canal. If your Poodle is scratching its ears or if the ears have a bad odor, SEE YOUR VET IMMEDIATLY.
Clip toenails every week or two. This is very important. Take off only the tip ends of the nail, as you do not want to cut into the "Quick". This will hurt your Poodle and cause it to bleed.
Grooming should be a pleasant, and safe experience for your Poodle. Do not frighten your Poodle or make it nervous about grooming. Poodles are very smart, and they love being pampered.
And best of all, because Poodles do not shed, they make a perfect breed for people with allergies and asthma. They do require more maintenance, but they are well worth the effort!!!
HOUSE TRAINING –
There are many books and internet articles giving advice on how to housetrain.
My favorite book is "Housetraining for Dummies" by Susan McCullough.
PLEASE REMEMBER WHEN TRAINING-
• BE CONSISTENT!
• BUT MOST OF ALL BE PATIENT!
Never leave a puppy alone without toys. A squeaky toy, a chew toy and a cuddle toy is recommended. Poodles are highly intelligent, and will become easily bored and depressed with nothing to do. However, do not overly indulge your puppy with toys. If there are no limits your puppy will think everything is available to it for chewing: including clothes, shoes, jewelry, children’s toys, and the list goes on…
We hope these Puppy Care instructions have been useful and helpful. Enjoy your new puppy!!!