Pik-A-Pup Kennel
Bringing love to the world, one puppy at a time

In New England
508-429-4431

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About Pik-A-Pup Kennel

Bringing a New Puppy Home

Just as with a new baby, one of the most important things you can do for your new puppy is to make sure that he or she is coming home to comfortable and safe surroundings. At Pik-A-Pup Kennel, where residents of Massachusetts go to find puppies for sale, delivering healthy puppies to happy homes is of the utmost importance. The staff at Pik-A-Pup Kennel checks on the puppies regularly and makes sure that every one is up-to-date with vaccinations and wormers that are appropriate.

Additionally, the experts at the kennel recommend scheduling an appointment for your new puppy with your own veterinarian within two weeks of bringing it home to make sure that your vet is comfortable with the puppy’s health and to schedule any additional treatments or vaccinations that the puppy might need. Before bringing your new puppy home, the Pik-A-Pup Kennel staff also recommends getting all of your pet supplies, since you will probably be too excited with your new family member to shop afterward. That includes the food your puppy has been eating. Consistency is important in the transition home, as is keeping the stress level down, so make sure you know what food to get before doing your shopping. In addition to food, you will also need bowls for food and water, a brush, shampoo, treats, toys, a crate, a bed, and a leash with harness, since collars put too much pressure on a puppy’s throat. Again, you should try to keep the stress level as minimal as possible to help your new puppy adjust in an easy manner. You definitely do not want to bring a puppy home to a loud or hyperactive environment, as that may cause the puppy to become afraid and timid. Instead, the first couple of days with your new friend should be calm and positive to ensure a smooth transition from the kennel to your home. Pik-A-Pup Kennel suggests setting up an area of the home where your pet’s food, water and rest area will remain. Then, place the puppy in that area by itself to allow it to become acquainted with the surroundings.

Once the puppy is feeling comfortable, it is then okay to expand the area in which you allow the puppy to roam. Two of the most trying aspects of bringing home a new puppy for any family are usually getting through the first few nights and training the dog to go to the bathroom outside. Pik-A-Pup Kennel recommends playing the waiting game with a puppy that starts crying at night. It’s going to happen. Instead of rushing to the puppy’s side every time it whimpers, let it get used to the idea that when the lights are out, it’s time to rest. Puppies cannot tell the difference between night and day, so they will want to eat and play throughout the day and night unless taught otherwise. Your new puppy's crate should be just big enough for the puppy and a bed so that the puppy cannot get off the bed to urinate. It is also important to remember that when your puppy has an accident in your home for the first few days, it is not intentional. Yelling at your puppy will not help the training process. Instead, you should use positive reinforcement, and when your puppy does go to the bathroom outside, you should be ready to offer up a reward. Once you and your puppy establish a working routine, you’re well on your way to a long-term love affair.