|Congratulations! Its a Female! Or a Male!
So, now that you have chosen your new puppy and are eagerly awaiting its eight-week
birthday, what are you doing to prepare your home and family for the new addition?
Here are some helpful hints!
#1 and probably most important if you have small children, TEACH your little ones
how this tiny puppy must be handled. Get a little stuffed animal and demonstrate
picking up, holding, petting, and putting down this little fellow. Poms are fairly delicate
animals, but with a little preparation, they can be handled safely by the average child.
If your child cannot control his enthusiasm or is rough, perhaps you need to wait
before introducing an animal to the home.
#2 Prepare a bed for puppy. A box, commercial dog bed, playpen or crate is fine.
Prepare it with a soft blanket and a little toy.
Have chew toys available for him during playtime, but never give him milk bone dog
biscuits, rawhides, grapes, raisins, sousage or any chocolate treat.
#3 We will start you off with a small amount of the food, or coupons for the food puppy
is used to eating. If you feel that you would like to use a different (high quality only,
please) puppy food, introduce it gradually, mixing it with the food he is accustomed to.
Have dry puppy food and water available at all times.
Make sure if your puppy is eating. If he does'nt eat enough, his blood sugar can drop
and he can develop very dangerous Hypoglycemia.
#4 Poms need regular brushing and bathing.
It is important that you take special care when puppy is young.
Use a mild puppy or baby shampoo and dry him well with blow dryer on low setting.
At about four or five months of age, the puppy coat falls out and is replaced by the
adult coat, which is usually fully developed at about one year of age.
#5 When you get your puppy, he will have already had his first series of puppy shots. He
will also have received vaccine to prevent kennel cough. The second series of shots will
be needed in three weeks, and the third three weeks later.
Your puppy has been de-wormed least 4-6 times. Remember, all puppies have worms
and we try eliminate most of them by de-worming puppies at age 2, 4, 6, 7 and 8 weeks.
Your puppy will need to be de-wormed again soon. Choose a good vet and bring him
immediately to ascertain his good health and to advise you about further de-worming.
If diarrhea occurs, please use Kaopectate or 1-2 tsp canned pumpkin least 3 times at
day. If there is no improvement after two days , contact breeder or vet immediately,
because this can be a sign of coccidia or giardia caused by stress and your puppy will
need medications ASAP.
Don't take your puppy to places like the groomer, doggie parks, pet stores, or other
public gatherings until ALL three series of puppy shots have been finished. Your puppy
may make a new friend who is carrying deadly parvo, giardia or coccidia. Make sure
your puppy has enough rest; too much handling and rough playing can cause stress.
#6 Age-appropriate training should begin with gently showing your pet what is expected
of him. Take him to the same area and give him small rewards and lots of praise when
he goes there. If he has an accident somewhere else, pick it up and take it to the
appropriate place to show him that is where it belongs. Never beat your puppy or put
his nose in pee-pee...You will make him scared of YOU, not scared to pee! If you do not
actually see him going potty in the wrong place, ignore it, as he does'nt even remember
doing it! When leaving him home alone for short periods, leave him in his crate. This
will give him a sense of safety and security. As he gets older, he will be able to stay in his
crate for longer periods of time without having accidents.
Good luck and once again, Congratulations.