BRINGING HOME YOUR NEW PUPPY
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The first step in house training is to start day one.
A dog or puppy is either house trained or not. Unless you can catch him, it really does not do any good to drag him off to the site of his mishap and try and punish him. Keep your dog in sight and if he is bold enough to try something in front of you, say "No," get his attention, and take him outdoors quickly so he can finish eliminating in the appropriate area. He is in your house, he has to earn his freedom through good behavior and this is your responsibility.
In the morning, clip his leash to his collar and take the dog outdoors to his spot for elimination. State commands like "go potty" or "hurry up." After he does his duty give him a treat and tell him he was a good boy or girl, Use your Happy Voice.
Providing your dog or puppy with a crate that is way too large may allow him to relieve himself in one end and sleep in the other. Make sure you take your dog or puppy outdoors to eliminate on a regular schedule and especially prior to being left for prolonged periods of time.
If you are going to be playing and interacting with your puppy, he would be free to be out of his crate as long as you like. He/She will start to circle and sniff and look for a place to potty when he has to go and when you are watching him or her, you can quickly take him to his potty spot. By watching closely, you will soon learn your puppy's individual body language. Minimize your pup's chances of making a mistake by predicting when he will need to relieve himself. The critical times to watch are : as soon as he awakens, as soon as he finishes a meal, first thing in the morning, after a play session, and of course, as soon as you take him out of his crate. Do NOT let your puppy run lose when your eyes are not on him....even for a couple minutes. Each time your puppy has an accident, he is being trained to potty in that spot. Each time the puppy goes in the right spot, he is being trained to relieve himself there. Consistent training will bring consistent results.
You may find it helpful to have an exercise pen for the house, and one for the yard, (Please do not leave them out in real cold or hot weather). The exercise pen inside the house is puppy's safe haven when you are not at home. Place the other exercise pen in the spot you wish your dog to use as a permanent potty spot, both as a puppy and adult. Put your puppy in the exercise pen when it is time for him to potty, and step back a few steps (or watch him through the door or window). This will help your puppy get down to the business of going potty more quickly than if he was on a leash, or running loose.
Even well-trained dogs sometimes have accidents. Clean the accident area with a pet odor neutralizer so your dog won't be tempted to repeat his mistake. Raising a puppy is very much like raising a human baby only a puppy will mature at a faster rate. It is up to you, the parent, to establish boundaries, train your puppy and understand their various stages of physical and mental development and provide all their care. When you're raising a pup there are going to be moments of frustration, times when you have to be creative with training (not all things work with all pups). By 4-6 months your pup will be well on their way to a well trained individual as long as you've done your part but they won't be perfect. With your hard work, patience, continuity and love, your energetic puppy will bloom into a dedicated and well trained adult.
It will be helpful to you and your new puppy if you enroll in a puppy obedience class. This class will strengthen the bond between you and your puppy, teach you both about basic obedience and be a continued socialization opportunity for your puppy. This class can be started as soon as your puppy has completed his puppy shots (usually between 12 and 16 weeks). If you prefer, professional trainers can also do individual classes, or come to your home for private lessons.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM US
What to expect when getting a Puppy from Trumpeter's.
Our process of becoming one of our life-long customers, once you contact us about a puppy you can then expect to fill out a puppy application if you haven't already. Once an application is filled out then we contact you to find out what puppy your interested, you can then choose to place deposit on an available puppy. Some people don't want to pick from a picture or video which is totally understandable, however we don't allow visits until the puppies are at least 5-6 weeks of age this is for the puppies protection. We have no problem letting you come pick out a puppy in person just know we won't hold a puppy until deposit is placed so that way we are fair to anyone who is willing to pick from pictures or videos.
Mom and Dad visits are only allowed with prearranged visits and we only allow visits if mom or dad isn't breeding and available for visits. The safety of our puppies and adult dogs is first priority, if that means you don't want to buy a puppy from us because you can't visit mom or dad that day we apologize but then you aren't the right customer for our puppies. Our dogs are our family and we care and love each and every one of them. We understand that our customers would like to see where our puppies and dogs are raised, due to the Puppy Mill status that breeders get, but for the safety of ourselves and our dogs and puppies we are a disease control facility and we don't allow kennel walk throughs anymore. We offer videos, pictures and live camera footage to show you when you come to visit of all of our facilities inside and out and our dogs and puppies. We want you to feel comfortable getting a puppy from us and know we take extraordinary care of our dogs here. We appreciate you as a customer understanding our major concern for our dogs and puppies safety that is very important to us.
If you want to pick a puppy from their personality we totally understand that however we can't guarantee we will have any puppies at 8 weeks or older to pick from but you are more than welcome to wait and see what we have left available. Our puppies all have great personalities and are happy, fun and love to play.
Once you place a deposit on a puppy with us we will update you every other week on your puppy with a picture or video, now remember to have such great healthy puppies it takes time to care for each dog and puppy we have therefore, as much as we want to we can't do pictures everyday. We will update pictures on the website you may look on there for any updated pictures.
2 weeks prior to pick up we will arrange time and date for pick ups, we prefer no night meetings especially during the week as I have a family of my own that I also have to take care of (exceptions can be made ahead of time depending on my schedule)
When it is approaching pick up date and we've set the time please stick to your time, no more than 15 mins early or late as we do have other customers to be courteous of. I will give directions prior to pick-up remember GPS isn't always correct and doesn't always know the fastest route, I will give you the best directions to get to my house from the area you are coming from if you choose to not follow my directions and happen to get lost and run late you may have to wait to pick up your puppy if someone else's appointment comes up before you a get here as our office isn't big enough for multiple customers and we want to respect each customer and their potential puppy questions.
Also we do offer puppy kits and supplies . Also no need to pre print paperwork I will have it all ready for you in a folder to go over when you pick up our puppy. I will also have a sample of the food your puppy has been on a well.
Remember we don't accept personal check and our credit card machine doesn't always work so please discuss final payment option with me before pick up.
Make sure to get a Veterinarian Exam setup before you get your puppy picked up.
If you have any questions you can always ask me when you pick up your puppy and I will gladly go over anything with you.
If you have any questions regarding anything feel free to call me at anytime to discuss anything above.