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Hi everyone!
I have been waiting for so long to be finally ready to get a puppy and I am so happy that we are picking our baby boy up next week!
He is a teacup poodle and will be 9 weeks old ( I do know it’s a bit too early but we adopted him through relative’s friend).
We have been doing our research and preparing for months now and are feeling both excited and a bit anxious. Are we going to be good enough for our baby?
Anyways, his name is Prince, here are his pics (taken today, he is 8 weeks old now) and some things we prepared for his arrival. Any tips would be appreciated, thank you so much!
 

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Hi Anna, it looks like you have your bases covered on things for the pup. I do want to ask, have you seen the puppy in person? It may just be the lighting, but it looks like 2 different dogs (especially if the pictures were taken the same day....).
 

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Hi everyone!
I have been waiting for so long to be finally ready to get a puppy and I am so happy that we are picking our baby boy up next week!
He is a teacup poodle and will be 9 weeks old ( I do know it’s a bit too early but we adopted him through relative’s friend).
We have been doing our research and preparing for months now and are feeling both excited and a bit anxious. Are we going to be good enough for our baby?
Anyways, his name is Prince, here are his pics (taken today, he is 8 weeks old now) and some things we prepared for his arrival. Any tips would be appreciated, thank you so much!
Is there such a thing as a teacup poodle? I thought the smallest size was a toy poodle.
 

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Is there such a thing as a teacup poodle? I thought the smallest size was a toy poodle.
Teacup is a marketing term but is not a variety (size) within the poodle breed. The smallest variety is the Toy which is 10" at the shoulder and under.
 

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Your prep looks good. Here's a list compiled by suggestions from members over the years that you can compare to:

New Pup/Dog startup

Crates, Carriers, Exercise Pens, Beds/Bedding, Travel
Harnesses, Collars, Leashes
Food, Water, Bowls
Enzyme Cleaner, Pee pads, Poo bags, Paper Towels
Toys
Grooming
Health, Vet, Vaccinations Vs Socialization, Insurance, Care Credit, Emergency funds
Puppy proofing inside and out, including kitties

This is really more your basic startup info. It's taken from other threads and posts that many active members of PF has contributed to. I hope more Pfer's will add to this, comment or correct any mistakes.

Crates, Carriers, Exercise Pens, Beds/Bedding, Travel

Crates
Hard side plastic or wire is best for early days.
If you choose wire, be sure there are no sharp bits, and be very sure that the door will stay fully latched with a bumptious puppy in it. It's not common but there have been some concerning reviews mentioning injuries.
No collars in the crate for safety.
Look for one in the size you expect them to grow into with a divider and use the divider to keep them comfortably cozy (stand up, turn around, sleep) til then.
Use a blanket as a crate cover.
Use a washable bath rug/towels or sherpa crate mat for bedding.
Put something leak proof on the floor of the crate or under it.
Depending on the layout of the house/apt, consider 2 crates, one for the sleeping space, one for the living space.

If you can manage it, have the pup sleep in your bedroom. They just think they're on an adventure until bedtime, especially the first night, rolls around. Suddenly they realize that NOTHING is familiar, no scent, warmth or comfort of mom or siblings. They are Alone.

Ask the breeder to do this or bring a towel or blanket to get mom and siblings scent on it, to comfort them.
Keeping them in the same room allows you to hear if they are unwell or need to go out. Expect to have the young ones out several times during the night for a while.
Set a periodic alarm to beat them to it.
Don't count on a lot of sleep the first days or weeks.
Taking a few days off from work or work from home, if you can, will really help set routines and gives some time to get to know each other.
Find out if the breeder had them on a daily routine and try to follow that for a few days.
They're facing so many instant and incomprehensible changes. Keep what you can the same for a while.

Ex Pen
This expands their relaxation space but keeps them contained and out of mischief.
Food and water bowls as well as pee pads can be in that space.
Use a leak proof flooring here also.
These can be plastic or wire or even pop up soft side. (Same caution on wire construction.)

Beds and bedding
This may depend on the pups age and what they're used to. A young pup probably doesn't need one just yet. An older pup or dog may already be using one.

Carrier
These are generally only good up to about 15lbs but have their place.
A smaller crate with handles can double as a carrier.

Travel
Keeping your pup comfortable and safe in the car is important.
Depending on size and age, you might use a carrier, a crate, or a harness with seat belts.
Sleepypod brand is a highest safety rated product. Testing was done by the independent Center for Pet Safety, with some testing sponsored by Subaru.
There are a number of threads covering other brand suggestions. You can use the Search function to find them.

Harnesses, Collars and Leashes
Harnesses are usually a better safety choice for smaller pups due to potential trachea injury from collars, but it may not be the best choice for a pup who wants to pull.
Collars will carry tags and ID but don't have to be worn inside the home due to potential choking hazards.

Food, Water, Bowls
It's best to keep them on the same food as the breeder had for a while. They're already under stress from the abrupt change in their lives and this is one thing that doesn't usually need to change immediately.
They may go off their feed as it is, so keep an eye on that.

Toys are especially subject to hypoglycemia. This can very quickly become fatal. Look for the sticky on it. Your very small pup is even more at risk.

If/when you want to change foods, come back to PF for suggestions.
Stainless steel or ceramic is best for their food and water bowls.
You might even consider filling a bottle with the water they've been drinking at the breeders and mix it with the water at their new home, to acclimate.

Enzyme Cleaner, Pee pads, Poo bags, Paper Towels, Bitter Apple Spray
Pretty much all self explanatory.
Natures Miracle is usually recommended for enzyme cleaner.
Bitter Apple Spray is to keep them from mouthing and biting on what you don't want them to.

Toys
Have a selection of several different types on hand.
Check with your vet for safe chewing toys. They also work as trade to get your fingers back
Puzzle toys are good, and Kongs to hide kibble and treats are helpful.
Not exactly a toy, but something to consider is the Smart Pet Love Snuggle Puppy toy. This can help soothe a pup.

Grooming
I hope others will have brand specific suggestions for combs, brushes, shampoos…
Generally, a puppy shampoo with or w/o conditioner added
Greyhound comb
Pin brush with rounded tips
Soft tipped Slicker brush
Dryer
Grooming table or designated area
Nail trimmer or Dremel tool
It is important to get them used to the grooming process asap.
The longer you wait, the harder it is on the pup and whoever's doing the grooming.
It does not hurt their coat to get a puppy trimmed

Health, Vet, Vaccinations Vs Socialization, Insurance, Care Credit, Emergency funds
Ask if any other dog on the premises has been ill in the last week or so.
Choose a vet if you don't have one and know where the ER clinic is.
Have the pup checked out by a vet within a day or two of homecoming whether the breeder requires it or not.
Puppies can socialize with vaccinated adult dogs, and probably known puppies who aren't fully vaccinated yet.
Best to stay away from paws on the ground at places a lot of dogs might be til yours is fully vaccinated.
People are not usually any risk or at risk.
Consider pet insurance, at least for the first year or two, or sign up for Care Credit if there is a health emergency.
If you can, a healthy four figure separate savings account dedicated to emergencies can be a life saver, literally.
Keep a first aid kit and learn some first aid procedures.

Puppy proofing inside and out, including kitties
Check your fencing if there is any. You want to keep things out as well as puppy in.
Check your plant life for possible toxic plants.
Inside keep cords and cables covered or out of reach.
Anything puppy level is at risk.

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Besides pet stores, there is Amazon, Chewy.com, and eBay and Etsy for supplies. Other brick and mortar stores if they're nearby are Tuesday Morning, Marshall's, HomeGoods, Sierra Trading Post and TJ Maxx. The last two are also online.
(Apologies for the US centric shopping references, but they're what I know.)
 

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Is there such a thing as a teacup poodle? I thought the smallest size was a toy poodle.
Yeah, You're right that the akc recognized sizes are toy/miniature/standard. Keep in mind we all enter from different starting points into the poodle world & pet ownership. There's a lot to learn along the journey.

Anna, I'm sure you'll be okay. The first week will feel pretty rough as your furbaby will be the center of your attention. Just keep reminding yourself that it's what you signed up for. :). When puppy naps, you nap.
 

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Because your puppy is going to be so extremely small, you will need to monitor his body temperature to make sure he doesn't get too cold (or hot for that matter). I also suggest that you get a vet appointment set up asap for an initial exam.

Sounds like you know this already, but 9 weeks is too early for such a small dog to go to a new home. He's going to need a lot of care and attention until he gets bigger. Probably not good idea to leave him alone for long initially.
 

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Yes, definitely educate yourselves on the signs and treatment of hypoglycemia if you’ve not already done so. A search of Poodle Forum will turn up multiple threads on this topic, but a chat with your vet would be good, too. Your little Prince will need round the clock love. :)

Do you know what his breeder is currently feeding him? I’m not sure the kibble in your photo will be appropriate just yet:

“Be sure your puppy is eating and well. There are tiny toy breed kibbles available at most toy stores. This kibble should be left out and available at all times. It is possible/likely your puppy will be unable to eat this kibble at first. You should be offering a canned variety every 4-6 hours and confirming these babies are eating well that often until directed otherwise by your veterinarian. Be sure the food you are using is soft enough and that your puppy will reliably eat it.”

More info here:

 

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If you do feed kibble soften it to a mash with warm water at first - easier for a small puppy to eat and will help to keep him hydrated.

First hours and days with a new puppy can be rather overwhelming, especially when it is your first dog. Book a puppy check with a vet you can trust as soon as possible, so that you can phone them for advice if necessary - I would go by personal recommendations rather than price, and a practice which offers in house 24/7 cover is a definite advantage. Poodle Forum can also be an excellent resource - with members all over the world there will nearly always someone awake to hold your hand!
 
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Has anyone mentioned nutrical? It would be prudent to have some on hand.
It's mentioned in twyla's stickied thread but bears repeating every time.

should immediately be given sugar water or an oral concentrated solution of glucose, such as corn syrup or Nutri-Cal. Owners of toy breeds should have a glucose source readily available. In an emergency situation, owners should dab sugar water on or under the tongue. The sugar is absorbed directly through the tissue into the bloodstream.

Owners of young toy puppies should buy and keep on hand two tubes of Nutri-Cal. It's around $8 on chewy.com. The vet will sell it to you for around $20. Keep one at home and one in your purse if you take him/her out on trips, to visit others, or if applicable, give one to your doggy daycare sitter b/c she may clueless about the problem. If you don't have this on hand, Karo syrup, pancake syrup, google for other emergency substitutes.
 
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Do you know what his breeder is currently feeding him?
This is very important too. Even if you want to change the food down the road, make sure you're feeding what the breeder has been at first. As mentioned, there is stress enough on their tiny systems in all the changes they have no way to prepare to deal with. Changing food on top of everything else is a recipe for GI distress on top of the rest.

If the Royal Canin is what he's being fed by the breeder then just stick with that for the first weeks, unless other issues develop. Your vet will guide you if that should happen and PF experience is here for you too.
 
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