Week #6 - Winter 2022 Litter
Weekly Litter Update - January 7, 2023
We can't believe we are two weeks away from introducing our puppies to their new families. This is such a special time and we are doing everything we can now with the puppies to help make the transition easier.
In the next two newsletters, we'll start including some recommendations for things you can be doing now to be prepared for when you bring your puppy home.
Puppy Weight Tracker
During the first two weeks we weigh the puppies twice a day. After that we transition to a weekly weigh in. In the chart below we only display the average of the two weights for that day.
Time to Schedule The Family Meeting
We are two weeks away from when your puppy will be introduced to his/her new home. Before your puppy arrives you should have at least one all-family meeting. This meeting is for anyone who will have regular access to the puppy and the purpose of this meeting is to ensure that everyone is on the same page with what is and is not allowed. This will help the puppy not be confused or frustrated because one person allows a certain behavior while another doesn't.
Once you establish the house rules, refer to them often and have quick meetings with everyone to not only remind each other what was agreed on, but to also make sure that there is compliance.
This is so critical to having a well behaved puppy.
For this exercise, take some time with this. Listen to the inputs of each family member, and ensure full buy-in from everyone before moving on. For some families you may be able to complete this in one sitting. For other families, you may need to break each section up in to multiple meetings. Either way is fine.
They key is agreement and compliance.
Let's get started! Below are some example questions that can be answered, but make sure your meeting encompasses all the unique facets of your particular family life.
Where will the puppy sleep?
Can the puppy sleep in bed with anyone?
Will the puppy be allowed to jump up on furniture?
Where will the puppy be allowed to roam within the house?
Where will the puppy be allowed to roam outside off-leash?
Will there be a specific location outside for the puppy to use the restroom?
Will we pick up poop immediately or periodically?
Are there any rooms that are off-limits for the puppy?
During meal times where will the puppy be?
Will the puppy be allowed to have food or treats from anyone at the table?
When feeding, will the puppy be required to wait and be released to her food bowl?
Is the puppy allowed to jump on anyone?
Will the puppy be allowed to jump on tables or take things from a counter?
Will the puppy be allowed to lick people's faces?
Will the puppy be allowed to lick people's hands or arms?
Will the puppy be allowed to drink from the toilet bowl?
Will the puppy be allowed to chew on shoes or clothing around the house?
Where will we keep puppy toys in the house?
How will the puppy travel in the car?
This is just a template to provoke some thoughtful discussion and to help facilitate the creation of your house rules. Keep in mind not all decisions are inconsequential. For example allowing a young puppy to jump on others may seem benign or even cute, but could turn into a bad idea when that puppy is full grown. Or worse, allowing a dog to take things off a counter, may seem like it's not an issue, until some food that is poisonous is accidentally eaten and your rushing him to an emergency vet on Thanksgiving Day.
Once you complete your house rules, we'd love to hear from you what you chose. Are there rules you incorporated that we didn't include above? How do you help insure buy-in from all you family members? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
November 26, 2022 - Litter Birth Date
December 30, 2022 - Selection Day
January 9, 2023 - First Vet Visit (Monday!)
January 21, 2023 - Pickup/Delivery
Below are the planned pick-up times for each family. If these times don't work for you please let us know and we will accommodate.
Saturday, January 21, 2023
10:00-10:45 - Pick-up slot #1 (Reams)
11:00-11:45 - Pick-up slot #2 (Giacobone)
12:00-12:45 - Pick-up slot #3 (Bogard)
Sunday, January 22, 2023
10:00-10:45 - Pick-up slot #4 (Porter)
Easing the Transition - Setting Goals
The first few weeks are going to be a transition. A transition for you and a transition for the puppy. One easy way to help ease the transition for you and your puppy is to have a clear plan.
In this section we'll work on setting some simple goals for the first few weeks of learning to live with your new puppy and helping your puppy reduce her anxiety and be set up for success.
The first week will be the hardest. It's critical to keep this week low key and ensure that there is a lot of close attention given to your puppy. Avoid leaving your puppy unattended for long periods of time (at this age 1 hour is long). Minimize the number of visitors and commotion as this will only increase your puppy's anxiety and prolong the transition period.
We know you'll be excited to introduce your puppy to all your extended family and friends, but it is important to help your puppy by allowing him time to get acclimated to his new space.
Also, set goals for the first week and first month for you and your puppy. By setting initial goals, you'll bond with your puppy faster and you'll be helping set him up for success in his new environment.
Recommended First 30-days Goals:
Puppy recognizes his name and comes when called (no matter what he's currently doing)
Begin house training
Close supervision - watch your puppy's body language and learn to recognize the signs that he's about to go.
Frequent breaks - start with every 30 minutes and after meals.
Reward good behavior - provide praise and treats when you puppy successfully goes potty
Puppy has had at least one veterinary visit and has all his age-appropriate vaccinations
Puppy sleeps through the night in a crate, and has at least one 60-minute crate quiet time during the day each day
Play everyday with your puppy. Chase, fetch, tug-o-war enjoy quality bonding time with your puppy
At least two easy short walks per day - it's key to keep these short and easy as your puppy's joints are still developing and you risk injuring him if the exercise is too strenuous.
Puppy knows at least two "tricks" (i.e. sit, stand, lay, wait, etc.)
At the end of your first month you should:
Have earned and your puppy's trust
Enjoy going on regular walks and playing with your puppy daily
Have learned how to clearly communicate with your puppy.
First Week Checklist
Puppy knows her name
Focus intently on house training this is your number one priority this week. Going potty outside in your designated area reinforces good behavior while every accident in the house reinforces bad behavior.
Work on the puppy's biting. We recommend having a tagline on your puppy at all times while she is out of her enclosed "safe area". When your puppy bites gently pull her away with steady pressure.
Scheduling Your First Vet Visit
As you're preparing to bring home your new puppy, now is a great time to schedule your puppy's first vet check-up. Many new families are surprised at how difficult it may be to get an initial vet check-up and oftentimes have to wait weeks or months to get an appointment.
In addition, at Oak and Magnolia, our health warranty requires a vet visit within a few days of taking the puppy home. Therefore, it is an important and often overlooked step to get that first visit scheduled, and now is a great time to go ahead and get this scheduled for 2-3 days after you bring your puppy home.