PUPPY PREPARATIONS

     Bringing a new puppy home is one of the most exciting days in our puppy families lives! Here, I will go over some of the preparations I make and some things that you can do to help make your puppy's transition as smooth, comfortable and pleasant as possible!

     Below, you will find a list of things I put together for go-home Puppy Packs, an example shopping list, and some must-haves for your new baby!

 

Puppy Packs

     These are a few things I've put together myself, for ease of transition and familiarity. The bold, underlined print contains links to some of these items. Each puppy will be sent home with a pack that typically includes:

  • Food - Diamond Naturals Small Breed Puppy

  • NuVet - Informational pamphlets for NuVet supplements

  • Toys - Each pack will contain a bag of various toys (chew toys, comfort toys, activity toys) - For the boys: Valcopets Blue Puppy Toy Set and for the girls: Valcopets Pink Puppy Toy Set

  • Blanket - Small snuggle blanket, hand-made and crocheted with love! - Handmade Baby Blankets

  • Teething Treats - Treats specifically geared towards soothing teething needs for growing puppies - N-Bone Puppy Teething Sticks

  • Puppy Pads - For travel and to help with familiarity & ease of potty training; we use AKC Ultra Absorbent Training Pads

  •  AKC Paperwork - AKC Puppy Application to register your puppy

  • Health Records - A homemade vaccination record which details medical history, vaccination, deworming and other medicinal / preventative / treatment product administration

  • Veterinary Health Certificate - For puppies that will be traveling via airlines or across state lines, they will acquire a Health Certificate signed by our veterinarian at least 5-7 days before expected departure (where applicable).

  • Health Testing Info - All puppy packs will contain a folder which includes copies of your puppy's parents health certificates and clearances

  • Birth Certificate - Handmade, customized White Valley Birth Certificate keepsake - Puppy Birth Certificate

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Shopping List

     I've put together a checklist of basic necessities and care items for your new puppy. Most families will already have a list ready or even have some of these items at home. These are not absolute requirements, but most are essential for comfort and routine care. 

  • Diamond Naturals Small Breed Puppy food (or the food of your choice)

  • NuVet - Your choice of wafers or powder form

  • Food and water dishes - preferably stainless steel or BPA-free plastic

  • Crate - For sleeping, house-breaking needs or safe travel

  • Bed / Bedding / Blankets

  • Puppy Pads

  • Snuggle Buddy or Stuffed Animal for comfort

  • Toys - For play and activities

  • Chew Toys - For teething, mental stimulation and calming

  • Collar or Harness - By the time they go home, most of our puppies fit into a size SMALL adjustable collar or harness

  • Leash - We use retractable / locking safety leashes

  • ID Tags - With your puppy's name, your contact and emergency info included

  • Safety Nail Clippers / Dremel Tool

  • Puppy Shampoo - We use a goats milk, oatmeal based bar soap that I make at home.

  • Ear Cleaner - (Brands such as Zymox, Virbac Epi-Otic Advanced, Vetericyn Plus work fine) I like to use mineral oil on a cotton swab for routine cleaning. 

  • Eye Cleanser / Tear Stain Remover - We use Vetericyn Plus Antimicrobial Ophthalmic Pet Gel as a rinse for both of these