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Hi everyone! I’m so excited to bring home my new mini Poodle on the 20th. He is coming from Wendy Penn in Ohio. I previously had a mini but my boyfriend at the time was helping me. Now that I’m doing it all on my own, I’m getting a little nervous! What tips can you give me on those first few weeks? I just made a vet appointment for him today and Wendy has been trimming his face to get him used to that. Meet Cole ? the little fluff looking up
 

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Oh, he is cute! Congratulations! I am also getting a mini soon, but my bundle of curls won’t be born for another two weeks. Waiting is hard...
 

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He’s so cute and inquisitive. Congratulations on your cutie.
 

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Congratulations- you must be so excited!
 

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Congratulations on Cole! There's a lot of tips around the forum, so I'll start you off here with just a few :).

Crate training is your friend and Cole's! If he's not used to one, search for crate games to get you both started. An exercise pen is also a big help.

Bring a towel or baby blanket to get the scent of his mom and siblings to keep with him during his transition. There's even a stuffed dog with a heartbeat sound, to help comfort him. It's available thru a lot of retailers but here's a link so you can see it:

https://www.amazon.com/SmartPetLove-Snuggle-Puppy-Behavioral-Brown/dp/B000C9YHFS

It's best if you have him sleep, crated, in the same room with you, at least for the first months. It'll hit him hard that first night, that suddenly his whole world has changed. Don't ask him to go thru that alone. Not only will you be able to comfort him, but you'll be able to get him quicker in the middle of the night when he needs to go.

Best to keep him on the same food for a few weeks and then transition, if you feel he needs a change.

Have just a few toys, puppy Nylabones, something cuddly, and something to chase or fetch.

Socialization is very important. Looks like a good start with his siblings so balance socialization with health and safety. Your vet can advise you on when it's safe for him to get "paws on the ground" in various settings.

Consider starting a 52 Week thread so you and we can follow Cole's growing up.

Welcome!

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Below is the longer Tips lol:

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/wire is best for early days. Look for one with a divider in the size you expect them to grow into 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.

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.

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.

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. Look for the sticky on it. If/when you want to change foods, a good go to is Dog Food Advisor.

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 and mix it with their new home water.

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 just a few on hand. Chewing toys like Nylabone for puppies are good. 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 specific suggestions for combs, brushes, shampoos…
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.


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.
 

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This is so helpful. Thank you! Do you know if it’s helpful to send anything to the breeder with my sent so he gets used to it? IE blanket, toy?
 

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If you are going to be the last person or nearly so to pick up that cute pup then yes I would send a towel or small blanket and/or a toy for the breeder to allow the puppies to sleep on so there is scent from everyone on gotcha day.
 

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He is beautiful! Looks so much like Misha! I haven't had a good night's sleep for a month lol. Be prepared for a lot of crying (the puppy, not you haha), but it goes away as they get used to being alone. Just remember it is good for him to have alone time. And don't wear any delicate clothes around him. I think mine has ripped four pairs of pajama pants at this point. I do all of Misha's care as my boyfriend is not a dog person, and it is not too bad. It is like a full time job though.

As for grooming, do it when he is very sleepy. I have been using the bravura trimmers and they are excellent. More trimming is better than less trimming when they are little, even though they are awfully squirmy. Just be calm and gentle but persistent.
 

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Hi everyone! I’m so excited to bring home my new mini Poodle on the 20th. He is coming from Wendy Penn in Ohio. I previously had a mini but my boyfriend at the time was helping me. Now that I’m doing it all on my own, I’m getting a little nervous! What tips can you give me on those first few weeks? I just made a vet appointment for him today and Wendy has been trimming his face to get him used to that. Meet Cole ? the little fluff looking up


What a cutie! Congrats.
If you’re doing it all on your own then for the first few weeks be prepared to be tired, and sometimes overwhelmed.. But just try and breathe and stay patient and calm :) Just remember baby puppy’s require a ton of attention and for the first few weeks focus on potty training and love on him as much as you can! :) also, watch out for anything on the floor that he can get ahold of and eat - if they see it and it fits in their mouth, they’ll eat it! you’ll do great. :) good luck!


 

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Congratulations on Cole! There's a lot of tips around the forum, so I'll start you off here with just a few :).

Crate training is your friend and Cole's! If he's not used to one, search for crate games to get you both started. An exercise pen is also a big help.

Bring a towel or baby blanket to get the scent of his mom and siblings to keep with him during his transition. There's even a stuffed dog with a heartbeat sound, to help comfort him. It's available thru a lot of retailers but here's a link so you can see it:

https://www.amazon.com/SmartPetLove-Snuggle-Puppy-Behavioral-Brown/dp/B000C9YHFS

It's best if you have him sleep, crated, in the same room with you, at least for the first months. It'll hit him hard that first night, that suddenly his whole world has changed. Don't ask him to go thru that alone. Not only will you be able to comfort him, but you'll be able to get him quicker in the middle of the night when he needs to go.

Best to keep him on the same food for a few weeks and then transition, if you feel he needs a change.

Have just a few toys, puppy Nylabones, something cuddly, and something to chase or fetch.

Socialization is very important. Looks like a good start with his siblings so balance socialization with health and safety. Your vet can advise you on when it's safe for him to get "paws on the ground" in various settings.

Consider starting a 52 Week thread so you and we can follow Cole's growing up.

Welcome!

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Below is the longer Tips lol:

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/wire is best for early days. Look for one with a divider in the size you expect them to grow into 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.

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.

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.

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. Look for the sticky on it. If/when you want to change foods, a good go to is Dog Food Advisor.

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 and mix it with their new home water.

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 just a few on hand. Chewing toys like Nylabone for puppies are good. 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 specific suggestions for combs, brushes, shampoos…
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.


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.


Suuuuuuper comprehensive and helpful post - some of this has helped me too as I have a 4 month old baby Spoo :) !


 
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