dog sleeping in bedBringing Home a New Dog 

Having your house and most of the necessities ready is very helpful. Be sure to have lots of toys for your puppy so they have things to chew. This will make sure they are not tempted to chew or scratch on furniture. Adequate sized bowls, collar/leash and puppy pads are also necessary. You may decide to crate your puppy as a house training aid: if so, be sure you have a crate that is not too big.

You can purchase size-adjustable crates, so as your puppy grows, the crate can grow with him/her. It is also very important to ensure that anything you don’t want your puppy to get into is inaccessible, so as to avoid anything harmful becoming ingested. The next step is to take your new friend to the veterinarian so they can be thoroughly examined, deworming, vaccines and diet can be discussed at this time as well.

At your puppy’s first visit, we ask that you bring any history the breeder or shelter may have provided you with, as well as a fecal sample so we can test for parasites. Your puppy will have 3 vaccine visits by the time they are 16 weeks old. This will ensure they are fully vaccinated and protected against harmful dog diseases found in Ontario.

Puppy's first year