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Puppy Stages-Birth till Going Home With You

Feeding Your New Pup

Hypoglycemia (Low Sugar)

Shots Your Pup Will Need Once Pup Leaves With You

Potty Training

Eukanuba's Info on Bringing Your New Friend Home

Pups life stages from birth till going home with you!:
  • Pups get their tails docked and dew claws removed by 3 days old.
  • Pups eyes open around 2 weeks old.
  • Starting at 2 weeks old, every other week, I de worm all pups.
  • Pups pretty much do nothing but eat, sleep and poo from birth until about 3 weeks old.
  • At 2-3 weeks old they begin to try to walk.
  • At 3-4 weeks old I begin the weaning process. Mom sleeps with pups all night but in the morning she is removed, then I put about a 1/2 teaspoon per pup of Eukanuba dry food into a dog bowl and I add warm water and I let it sit for about a half hour so it gets nice and mushy, since pups have no teeth yet! I give the mush to the pups and then I'll put Mom back in with pups a few times a day.
  • From 4 weeks old to 6 weeks old I let Mom in with pups less and less, I add less and less water and more and more food and I let it stand for less and less time until by 6 weeks old they are eating Eukanuba dry food dry and are no longer with Mom at all.
  • In some cases pups will not have the 4 necessary teeth to eat the dry food dry by the time they are ready to go home with you. In this case you will either have to moisten their food when you get them home (for a week or so) or you can leave the pup here until he/she has the teeth necessary to eat the dry food dry.
  • At about 7 weeks old the pups see my vet where she checks them over and makes sure they are healthy and gives them their first puppy booster shot.
  • 24 hours after their vet visit, as long as pup is 7 weeks old, pup is ready to go!

Here at Pup E Palace I leave food down for all of my adult dogs as well as my pups 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Now, my adults have access to a doggie door and pups have newspaper all of the time too!
For the first 3 to 6 months (3 for larger pups and 6 or more for smaller pups) I recommend you keep food and water available to your pup 24/7 as well.
Once your pup is 3 to 6 months old you can start to feed him/her 2 to 3 times a day instead of 24/7 if you choose.
I recommend getting the advice of your vet before switching from having food available 24/7 to only feeding certain times of the day.
You need to offer your pup food and water every 2 to 4 hours even if at play or out visiting friends, family etc.
We feed Eukanuba dry food to all of our adutls as well as our pups. We do not recommend canned/wet
food, however, the most important thing you need to do is make sure your pup is eating puppy food.
If that means you need to switch from Eukanuba because you got a picky puppy, then switch.
If that means you need to feed the pup canned food, then feed the pup canned food.
The #1 priority is make sure your pup is eating puppy food!


Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar): Pups must be offered food at least once every two to four hours. If they do not eat they can become hypoglycemic. Some of the symptoms are weakness, lack of coordination, loss of appetite, pale gums. The best way for me to describe the symptoms is “they act like they are drunk"! If you notice this offer your pup warm sugar milk and notify your veterinarian. If he/she is not interested in the warm sugar milk get him/her to a veterinarian immediately! If your pup has symptoms more than once notify your veterinarian immediately! Illness/death due to hypoglycemia is not covered in this guarantee because any pup released from Pup E Palace has not had any issues with hypoglycemia while at Pup E Palace and so if an issue with hypoglycemia arises after they have left it can not be our responsibility as we have no control over when and how often you feed your pup. We can only make you aware of the ways to avoid hypoglycemia and it’s seriousness! Nutri-Cal, available in just about every pet store is an excellent High Calorie supplement to have on hand when purchasing a small pup. If you have Nutri-Cal on hand use it according to the directions instead of warm sugar milk and still notify your vet immediately!


Pup gets his/her first pup booster shot at about 7 weeks old, before leaving Pup E Palace. My vet does 4 shots total, 3 weeks apart and then a rabies at the same time the pup gets his/her 4th booster shot and then he/she is done for one year. At one year my vet gives a 3 year distemper and a 3 year rabies and then the pup is done for 3 years! I try to take the pup as close to 7 weeks old as possible so the schedule for shots would be 7 weeks, 10 weeks, 13 weeks, 16 weeks and at 16 weeks a rabies as well! Now having written all of this, all vets are different and your vet may have a completely different shot schedule! Don't panic...just give your vet the shot record I supplied to you when you picked your pup up and doc will do the rest! ;- ))


Potty training your puppy can be difficult because most people want to have their pup with them all the time and they are so overwhelmed with the excitement of getting a new pup they just let the pup do what the pup wants and then when the pup is 3, 4, 5, or even 6 months old or older and pup has been having overlooked accidents training pup to undo 3, 4, 5, or 6 months or more of what pup has been doing wrong and thinking was OK because no one was correcting pup is that much more difficult!!!

So, please, please, please, for your puppy's sake as well as your own!!! Have an area for your pup at your home before you ever pick pup up from us! Pups area needs to consist of newspaper (spread out big like 2' x 2'), a food/water dish and a dog bed, blanket or towel for pup to sleep, the entire area needs to be no larger than 3' x 3'. THAT IS IT!...For the potty training time period anyway!

Your new pup is like a newborn baby. Would you let a new born just crawling baby wander unattended all over your house to get into stuff, some stuff that may injure or even cause death to him/her? OF COUSRE NOT! Then do not let pup wander all over without you! A baby starts out in a play pen and/or crib and pup needs his/her own "safe area" as well!

When you are home you can have pup out with you but you have to be right there watching pup like a hawk! If you have to step out of the room put pup in pups area. If pup has an accident in pups area pup has too much room. Once pup is going on the newspaper or pads in pups area 100% after say a week or so then you can give pup a little more room...no accidents make pups area bigger, and so on, if pup does have an accident back to the last size area pup did not have an accident in! Each time you make the area bigger, as long as pup is not having accidents give pup several days to a week before making pups area bigger. Eventually pup will have an entire room, then two rooms and then 3 rooms, etc...

Once pup has going potty on the newspaper down, if you want pup to go outside...move the newspaper as clost to the door you want pup to use to go out. Once pup is using the newspaper at the door you want pup to go out watch pup, when pup goes to the newspaper have pups leash and collar ready and go out. If you have a fenced in yard, when you see pup go to the newspaper let pup out!


All info below courtesy of Eukanuba.com

Bringing your new friend home

Start out on the right foot by doing all you can to ease your dog’s adjustment to his new family.
Here’s the information you need to help make your friend’s stay in his new home safe and enjoyable.



Whether your new friend is a puppy or adult dog, here are important tips to help keep him out of harm’s way:
  • Keep household cleaners and chemicals out of his reach.
  • Restrict access to plants that are dangerous to dogs: poinsettias, azaleas, rhododendrons, dumb cane, Japanese yew, oleander and English ivy.
  • Store breakable items safely out of the way.
  • Hide or cover electrical cords so he won’t chew on them.
  • Safely store antifreeze, engine oil, laundry detergents and lawn chemicals.
  • Keep kids’ toys off the floor—since some parts may be small enough for your puppy or dog to swallow.
  • Use a cover and/or protective fencing if you have a pool or hot tub.



Here are a few tips to consider before naming your new dog:
  • Names should be short. A two-syllable name is best because it’s brief and won’t be confused with one-syllable commands such as “No” or “Sit.”
  • Be consistent. All family members should use the same name—don’t use confusing nicknames or variations.
  • Reward your dog’s recognition of his name with lots of praise and play.



As the “parent” of a puppy or new adult dog, it’s important for you to help him get used to his new surroundings. Think of him more as an infant than a pet. He’ll need plenty of patience, supervision and love. Here’s how you can help him adjust.
  • Bring him home when it’s quiet and you don’t have company. Also, choose a time when your routine is normal.
  • Show him the area of your yard that will be his bathroom before bringing him inside. Then take him there whenever he goes outside.
  • Give your dog his own room where you can keep his crate, complete with bedding and chew toys (leave the crate’s door open). He’ll feel safe in his “den.” Put down newspaper for accidents. (See pages 14-15 for more housebreaking tips.)
  • Supervise your puppy at all times, and play with him several times a day. You’ll help establish yourself as the pack leader.
  • Give him bathroom breaks every few hours and right after eating, drinking, sleeping and playing (watch for signals like sniffing or circling). Never punish your dog for accidents; instead, praise him when he goes in his outdoor spot.



An appropriate amount of exercise will help promote your new dog’s good behavior and assist you in training him.
Talk with your veterinarian about how much daily exercise your breed typically needs. Some dogs are just naturally
more high-energy, and need more exercise than others. Schedule family members to exercise your dog throughout the day.



Ideally, your kids should help you choose your new puppy.
When you bring him home, don't let them play with him constantly.
Puppies in particular need a lot of rest just like a growing child.
Limit puppy-children play sessions to 15-30 minute periods 2-3 times a day.

  • Young children may be tempted to shout at a puppy if they think he's doing something wrong.
    Be sure they understand that puppies and dogs can be easily upset and startled by loud noises.
  • No teasing. Keeping a toy just out of reach will reinforce bad habits such as jumping up and excessive barking.
  • Wagging tails and play biting can be too rough for some young children. Supervise interaction and separate them if the play is too rough.
  • Teach kids to care for a dog by showing them how to feed and groom him.


  • Do it gradually. Keep them separated for the first few days.
  • Keep him safely in his crate (or behind an expandable doorway gate) as you supervise their first meeting.
  • After several days of sniffing each other out, let your resident pet enter the den while your new dog is out of his crate.
  • Giving your new dog the appropriate amount of exercise, like this Shih Tzu puppy, above, and Golden Retriever puppy, far left, will help promote good behavior.



Have these supplies on hand before you bring your dog home with you.
  • Premium dog foods, such as Iams® or Eukanuba® Dog Foods and healthy treats such as Iams® Biscuits and Eukanuba® Healthy Extras™ Biscuits. (See “Selecting the Best Nutrition” at Eukanuba.com)
  • Stainless-steel non-tipping food and water bowls.
  • ID tags with the contact information for yourself and your veterinarian. (See “ID Your Pet” at Eukanuba.com)
  • A “breakaway” collar and a 6-foot leather or nylon leash.
  • An airline-approved home and travel crate (large enough to transport him as he grows)
  • Dog shampoo
  • Brushes and combs
  • Cleanup supplies such as a stain remover, Bounty® paper towels, Swiffer® floor dusters and a deodorizing spray

Remember, The Iams Company is your ultimate resource for the lifetime of your dog, whether you need advice on nutrition, health or behavior.
Just call the experts at 1-877-546-9583.

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