Is a lined box okay to bring my puppy home in the car?
We will provide you with a comprehensive puppy pickup information pack (including advice on travelling with your puppy in the car) long before you bring your puppy home.
We generally find that for the first few trips in the car, puppies travel best on the floor of the front passenger seat as this allows them to become accustomed to the movement of the vehicle without any visual stimulation.
What do you recommend for collars and leashes?
You will not need a lead and collar to take your puppy home.
We provide you with information about suitable collars and leads in your puppy pickup information pack.
Do you recommend puppy pads to go in the crate for the first few nights?
Instead of puppy pads we use and recommend marine carpet, which we purchase from Bunnings.
Marine carpet is easy to clean and comfortable for your puppy, whereas puppy pads are useless as they crease and become crumpled in the crate.
We have slippery floors and/or stairs in our house - will that be a problem for our puppy?
Your puppy’s growth plates are still open until about 12-14 months, which makes them susceptible to growth defects or joint issues in any the following situations:
• if they are not able to gain traction when walking on slippery floors,
• activities which require a lot of sudden stops and turns, such as ball chasing or chasing a Frisbee,
• jumping on their back legs often and repetitively, for example jumping at the door or gate when you arrive home,
• climbing excessive stairs, especially if the action of climbing is a “reach” for their little legs.
All of these activities can all cause joint issues at this young and developing age.
You can help prevent joint issues by never allowing your puppy to run or chase in the house/yard, blocking access to stairs until they grow tall enough not to have to “reach” the stairs, and covering any slippery floors with a non-slip mat.
What treats do you recommend?
Your puppy will love cheese or poached chicken in very small amounts, and these foods are very good for them because they will not cause a runny tummy.
Young puppies are susceptible to runny tummy if they have changes to their diet, so any changes you make to their diet MUST be made very, very gradually.
What toys should we get?
There is no need to spend a fortune on toys at a pet shop because all puppies love toys of any kind. In fact, some of the best (and cheapest toys) your puppy will love include:
• empty plastic drink bottles,
• old socks tied in a knot,
• tennis balls tied into a sock with a knot, and
• an old sock with an empty plastic drink bottled tied into it.
Answers to most of our frequently asked questions can be found in your comprehensive puppy pickup information pack or on this website.
However, if you have any other questions about your puppy, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll get back to you shortly.