You should keep up your puppy’s vaccinations, never put it off. Some canine diseases are severe and can be fatal even with treatment. Highly effective vaccinations are available to help prevent some of these diseases. At eight weeks of age, puppies receive their first vaccination; this is temporary and needs to be followed up with another one at 12 weeks. After the 12 week vaccination, wait another two weeks, and only then, you can take your puppy out in public areas. Your vet may even suggest waiting a bit longer before you introduce him/her to other dogs or public parks. Your puppy will need boosters; your vet is the best person to speak to about this.
*** Do not take your puppy to public places until two weeks after both vaccinations are completed ***
BRINGING YOUR PUPPY HOME
When they first arrive home, your puppy will probably feel a little apprehensive and will be missing the companionship of his/her mother and littermates. Our puppies are home/indoor rared, and our clients tell us that they settle in almost straight away but still, always keep an eye to them. To make this transition less stressful, allow him/her to explore their new surroundings without too much interference or noise (but with your observant supervision). Children are usually very excited about a new puppy but make sure they let the new puppy rest and don’t play roughly or overstress your puppy. Don’t invite all your family and friends over to see the new puppy; it needs to settle quietly into a new environment and get to know you. Too much stress can make your puppy ill.
We always start our new puppies in the bedroom with us, they are too young to train at this age, and you can always start as you intend to go on when they are accustomed to their new surroundings and your family. Then you can section off a part of your house such as the Utility Room/Conservatory/Kitchen for your puppy. Provide him/her with a blanket and a basket or box in which to curl up. Your puppy is accustomed to being cuddled up with brothers and sisters. He/she may cry when put to bed for the first couple of nights or when left alone. You can leave a radio or soothing music on low volume or a hot water bottle in the bed to keep him/her warm (not too hot because puppies chew!). If you prefer to use an electric heat pad, buy one with a low voltage power supply (like your smartphone) and not an old direct mains one, puppies chew! Depending on the personality of any existing dog, you may in time prefer to let them sleep together, this is usually fine, and only you can be the judge of that.
If the puppy is stressed and cries continuously and you feel it has become excessive, it may be better to keep him/her in a room with one of the family for a while, just until your puppy feels secure and settles in. If a puppy becomes too distressed, they can become ill, and you don’t want that.
These Imperial Shih Tzu puppies are bred in the home and will be accustomed to lots of human contact so they should settle in quickly. They have been introduced to other dogs on several occasions but introduce him/her slowly, very carefully and for short periods at first to any existing little souls. Don’t leave a new puppy alone with an existing dog or cat at first. Existing pets will probably be jealous, so you need to handle this carefully.
Try not to make too much of a fuss of your new puppy in front of an existing pet at first, just like child siblings; the result will be jealousy on behalf of the current family member. However, the puppy will take his/her lead and learn the house rules from the other dog; you can’t and should not try to interfere with that. Finally, feel free to call us if you need any advice, not just at the beginning but any time.
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