Congratulations, You will be taking home one of our puppies soon.
Here is a list of things to consider and to help you prepare for the homecoming of your new family member. First make your post buy vet appointment within 3 days following the day your puppy goes home.
What your puppy will leave here with:
*AKC PAPERS (Sold on Limited Registration--no breeding rights unless agreed upon prior to pick-up).
*HEALTH RECORD (showing all vaccinations and wormings to bring to your first vet visit).
*GROOMED (NAILS CLIPPED, BATHED, EARS CLEANED)
*SOCIALIZATION TO CHILDREN AND OTHER ANIMALS
*UP TO DATE ON SHOTS AND WORMINGS
*DOGGY DOOR TRAINED
*OLDER PUPS ARE CRATE TRAINED
*SENT HOME WITH NUVET SUPPLEMENTS FOR PRODUCING STRONGER IMMUNE SYSTEMS.
*AND MUCH LOVE AND CARE !!
Items to bring when picking up the puppy:
1. Leash and Collar- we like the adjustable collars that give some growth room. A 10-14 inch collar should fit nicely.
2. Blanket, towel etc. that you would like the scent of mom and littermates put on. This is to help the first nights when the puppy is first home and separated from his/her littermates.
3. If final payment need to be made-only CASH or Credit card (fees apply) is accepted at time of pick up. Final payment can also be made by paying through PayPal or sending a check 2 weeks prior to your pick.
4. Cleaning supplies-puppies are known to get car sick so having some paper towels, old towels, wipes, and plastic bags to dispose in are what we recommended.
5. Travel crate if you wish. Many hold their puppies on their way back home, if they have others in the car to help them. Holding the pup will help it with the stress of traveling. A travel crate size should be about 18 inches in height.
Items to have at home:
Food-your puppy will be on Purina ProPlan Performance 30/20 chicken and rice. Keep your dane puppy on an adult formula of food. The protein has to be between 18-26%. Most puppy foods are too high and then the puppy will grow to fast. We have seen this food at the following stores: Chow Hound, Family Farm and Home, Tractor Supply, and the Co-op in our town as well as Chewy. We feed the puppies twice a day and the amount to feed once going home will be 1 ¼ - 2 cups of food a day. So split that amount into 2 meals.
2. Treats for training-we really like Pup Pepperoni. They are soft and can be broken into small tidbits. Any soft training treat will work, we also use a lot of string cheese that we cut into small slices for our pups.
3. Sometimes the stress of moving and the change of their environment and schedule or the change in food can cause
the issue of soft stools/diarrhea in puppies. We highly recommend having Purina FortiFlora on hand to start the puppy on
from the first day home to health with the transition. Or you can also try 100% pumpkin from a can to add extra fiber to their
diet. A few tablespoons added to their food can help correct this issue of soft stools.
4. Bowls for food and water. We do not recommend raised food dishes. The research we have done we feel feeding from raised food bowls, eating one large meal rather than more frequent smaller meals, eating quickly, and having a nervous
temperament may contribute to bloat. Dogs would eat off the ground in the wild and we feel this is best for them in the home
5. Blanket, bed, pillow etc.
6. Crate---We highly recommend crate training. All of our dogs are crate trained. Crate training is especially useful when house training. Dogs also like to have their own spot to retreat too. For an adult size crate we use crates from 26-32 inches high.
7. Toys and lots of toys---De-stuffed ones are great that they really like. These are some of our favorites. Any toy with a squeaker but only let them play with it under supervision. Nyla bones for teething (some are even edible) or Kong toys will keep them busy for a while. Really bare bones or bones with stuffed middles. These are the best we have found for keeping teeth nice and clean. We buy our bones at Jeffers. Rawhides are fine but only give your puppy/dog them when you can watch them with the bone. I like the rolled ones, not the ones with the knots on the ends. These knots can come off and cause choking hazard, or they swallow them whole which can cause bowel obstructions. When the rawhide gets small enough to fit all the way in their mouth throw it out, they could then swallow it whole. Also I would not offer them a rawhide everyday as rawhide does not break down quickly in their stomachs.