So you've adopted a new
When you are bringing your puppy home, be sure not to feed it before travelling, and wait a bit when you get
home for him to settle down. While in the car, keep him calm on your lap. Avoid "excitement" baby talk and
instead use soft, soothing tones. Put a towel on your lap to make accidents easier to clean up. You can also put
him on the floor between your feet.
When you get home, don't invite all your friends over right away. Let your puppy get used to his new environment
in a calm, relaxed manner. Too many people
and too much stimulation can cause anxiety, and they can revert back to anxiety every time a similar situation
occurs. Get him used to his new crate so that it is a pleasant place to go to for safety and comfort.
Never make it a punishment. Leave the door open so he can get used to coming and going of his own accord. An
Ex-Pen [Exercise Pen] is made up of wire panels that can be extended around to create a "corral" to ensure a
safe confinement for when you can't supervise your pup. Often you can attach the fencing to your crate so the
pup can go into his crate to sleep, but go into his corral to play and go potty. Be sure to put a large tarp
under the whole area to protect your carpet, and put newspapers on top for easy clean up and removal of
Puppies need to be fed on a regular schedule, and very often. Please refer to the Puppies link under Feeding Your Canine for recipes and
schedule of meals according to age. Make sure you overlap the food the puppy has already been receiving with your
new food to avoid stomach upset and diarrhea.
Always pick up your puppy by putting
one hand beneath his hind quarters and rump, and the other supporting his chest and front feet. Never
pick up a puppy by the scruff of his neck as it can cause injury if not done properly at the right age. Once a
puppy has gained sufficient weight, this method can be painful to the puppy.
Your pup should be well socialized with adults, children, and other dogs, but give him plenty of quiet time as
well. Do not isolate him in a bathroom but have his crate and pen close to household activity. Eliminate loud
noises of children as much as possible to prevent an anxious or nervous pup. Yelling or scolding others will also
cause fear and anxiety, even if it is not directed at the pup.
House Training - there are various ways of house training. Here's how I do it. Puppies have to urinate or
defecate after 1. Eating 2. Playing 3. Drinking
4. Sleeping ... so taking your puppy out to the grass or a place where you want him to go "potty" should be
done after each of these activities. You may find yourself taking the puppy out every hour. When your puppy goes
potty where you want him to, praise him. At night, I sleep with the puppy on my bed [on top of the covers]. I place a sheet or small
blanket under the puppy and put him next to me. Usually, puppies do not have to relieve themselves so
much during nighttime, especially if they are near their mom or companion. But if the puppy gets restless
during the night, it wakes me up and immediately I take him out. When the pup relieves himself properly in the
correct place, I praise him, take him back to bed, and lights out. No playing, talking, or stimulation.
The puppy smells your scent while sleeping and this helps create a better bond and a calmer pup. Never put the
puppy under the covers with you! It could cause suffocation, overheating, and possibly a soiled bed! In
the morning, make sure the puppy evacuates 2-3 times before coming back into the house and giving him
breakfast. Many of the puppies and dogs that are euthanized at the shelters are brought in due to not being
housetrained. So this should be a priority for you immediately after bringing the pup [or adult rescue]
to your home. Getting him into good habits is easier than breaking bad habits later on!
Remember, be consistent. Animals like consistency and are comfortable with familiarity and routine. The same
goes for training. Sit means sit! Be gentle yet firm. Educate yourself and read books and watch videos on dog
training. Every trainer has different methods so use the one that best suits you and your dog.
Wolfdogs are more sensitive than most domestic canines, and the simplest thing can make them very fearful for
the rest of their lives. No loud yelling or scolding, no hitting, or wacking with a newspaper. Avoid "old fashioned" training methods such as
these. Use body language [such as blocking and nudging] as much as possible to demonstrate to them that you
are the alpha leader and they have nothing to fear if they trust you. A little training goes a long way, but a
lot of training will last a lifetime. Be sure to check out some of the wonderful books on training and
living with wolfdogs in Shopping Wolf Things
Fleas, ticks, worming, etc. - use gentle, holistic methods as much
as possible for puppies. Harsh chemicals that you can buy in grocery stores are not as effective and are toxic
to your puppy. Try to nip it in the bud by catching these parasites early on, rather than waiting until it
gets really bad. Treating the dam before she gives birth is really the best way to do it, but not always possible
if you are adopting a puppy from another person. Diatomaceous Earth [or DE] is great for fleas and other
microscopic varmints on the skin and in the hair, and is nontoxic and gentle to puppies. It dries them up and kills
them dead! NOTE! Be sure to only use the Food Grade source, not the DE you can buy in nursery and florist
shops which is poisonous to the dog. For some holistic remedies, check out this website...