Getting a new puppy can be an exciting and stressful time. The best way to keep everyone healthy and happy is to get organized and prepared before you bring your puppy home. We have comprised a new puppy check list to help you get started on the right foot with your new furry family member!
Step1. we recommend you visit the Puppy Stages page to learn about puppy behaviors from early in life all the way to adulthood.
Step2. Get your home prepared for your puppy's arrival. Here are a few things to consider to keep your puppy safe. Don't leave electrical cords exposed and within your puppy's reach. Block any stairs to avoid injury. Keep human foods out of reach to avoid tummy upset or accidental poisoning. Secure trash cans and keep human foods, medications and toxic plants out of reach. Keep small objects and smelly clothing off the floor and our of reach. Keep your yard escape proof and your puppy confined or crated if you are not at home or able to supervise your puppy. Keep a first aid kit on hand and your veterinarians phone number on hand incase or an emergency.
Step3. To validate your puppy's health contract, you must have your puppy examined by a licensed veterinarian within 3 business days of possession of your puppy. We highly suggest getting an appointment set up prior to your puppy's arrival home.
Step4. Get your puppy signed up for pet health insurance. We have partnered with Trupanion Medical Pet Insurance to help provide additional support for our Clients and their new Puppy. Bringing a puppy home is an exciting time full of adventure. Criss Cross My Doodle requires all our clients to activate their 30 day free trial 24 hours before (pup7py pick up date) This is an added layer of medical protection for life's unpredictable moments. Call 855-266-2156 or 855-405-375 (California Residence) and provide our discount code BR1CC42420
Step5. Join the Baxter and Bella online puppy training program! Baxter and Bella is do-it-yourself dog training website program that is as much about teaching your dog how to act, as it is about coaching you on how to train your puppy. Join Baxter and Bella by visiting their website and providing our discount code CRISSCROSS
Step6. Order your puppy's food and vitamin supplements.
a) We are feeding your puppy Science Diet Healthy Development Chicken/Barley puppy formula. This is a high quality, nutritional food that is vet recommended. Science Diet is available at most any retail pet stores or can be ordered through our Amazon Store or Chewy.
b) Order your puppy's Nuvet Vitamin Supplements. Nuvet provides a synergistic formula of antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and more for good health for adults and proper development for puppies and young growing dogs. Order your Nuvet by visiting their website and providing our discount code 12361
Step7. Order your puppy's supplies. We have comprised a list of some of our must have supplies to get you started of right with your puppy. Visit our Amazon Store
FEEDING GUIDE Feed your puppy 3 x's a day at the same time each day until they are about 4 months old. Then change to twice daily. It is harder to house break a puppy that always has access to a full bowl of food. We do not recommend free feeding unless you see they are not eating a complete meal at one setting. Abstaining from eating at first is not unusual and we suggest adding a sprinkle of warm water to food to help to entice their appetite.
Food Amounts may very from puppy to puppy so we suggest starting with 1/2 to 3/4 cup of food at the morning meal and adjust more or less at the next feeding. Most Science Diet® foods have a feeding guide on the package to help you determine the proper amount to feed your pet However, the feeding guide is intended as a starting point. It's critical to your pet's health that his or her physical condition be monitored regularly and the feeding amount adjusted as needed.
COCONUT OIL We highly recommend adding coconut oil to your dogs diet. Add 1 tsp per 10 lbs of body weight to your dogs food twice a day. Make sure you purchase coconut oil that is labeled as... UNREFINED, ORGANIC, COLD PRESSED, EXTRA VIRGIN.
Your puppy will be vaccinated 1 time, microchipped and given a thorough vet health exam by our licensed vet before being released to you. The vet exam includes...
WEIGHING YOUR PUPPY
CHECKING FOR NORAMAL TEMPERATURE
CHECKING FOR ANY HEART IRRIGULARITIES
CHECKING THE EARS FOR MITES OR INFECTION
CHECKING THE GENITALS FOR ABDORMALITIES
EXAMINING THE EYES FOR CLARITY
CHECKING FOR NOSE, SKIN OR MOUTH IRRIGULARITIES
CHECKING FOR HERNIAS
CHECKING FOR ANY JOINT ISSUES.
CHECKING FOR ANY INTERNAL PARASITES