Your Puppy Checklist
Whether youre a first time "puppy parent" or you already have a few furry ones of your own, its always nice to be prepared and know what is needed and helpful during "parenthood". Throughout the years we have put just about every gadget and gizmo to the test and during that time we have found what is useful and what is not so much. This page is a list of a few things you might find helpful when bringing your puppy home.
Feeding Instructions and Info:
The food we feed on a daily basis is Purina Pro Plan Sport.
Inevitably we all choose the nutrition program we feel is right for our puppies. The following instructions , I feel, are important regardless if you continue the puppy food we have started them on, or switch to a food that you feel better about.
HOWEVER! IT IS NOT RECOMMENDED TO SWITCH DOG/PUPPY FOOD FOR THE FIRST MONTH IN A NEW ENVIRONMENT, THIS CAN LEAD TO STOMACH UPSET WHICH IN TURN PROVIDES OPPORTUNITY FOR PARASITIC BLOOMS AND WORM BLOOMS IN THE BELLY.
For Switching or Continuing the Current Puppy Food:
-Please do not switch food for 30 days.
-Always mix bowl of half/half of the current and new puppy food.
-To this mix add a dollop of Canned Pumpkin
(not pumpking pie filling,no ingredients should be listed except pumpkin)
-In addition add a dollop of Plain or Vanilla Yogurt to the puppy's food.
We recommened the following feeding schedule:
Adult Dogs get 3 - 3 1/2 Cups Daily (usually fed once a day in the evening)
Puppies get 2 2 1/2 Cups Daily (usually split in two feedings)
6-7am Morning Breakfast
6-7pm Evening Meal
**Purchase distilled water (this is very inexpensive at Wal-Mart) and allow the puppy to drink distilled water for the first 5 days, then you can start mixing in your water and then in 4 or 5 more days they can then begin to drink the water from your tap.