Making The Transition Home Easy...
Taking puppy home...

I recommend bringing someone who can hold puppy on the ride home. Most
likely they will just sit on the passengers lap. Try to keep them cool, they can
overheat from stress or body heat. Sometimes they like to sit on the floor at the
passengers feet and have cool air on.  
In case your puppy might get car sick/motion sick on the way home I suggest
bringing a towel, paper towels, plastic bag. Stay calm and clean them up.

Once home...

Give puppy about 45 minutes to an hour to settle down once you get home.
Take them out in your backyard first to let them have a potty break before
introducing them to their new home. Stay away from public sidewalks or areas
where other dogs may have walked. Parvo can last up to 6 months in soil and
grass. Be careful where you let your new puppy go for the first 16 weeks. Stay
out of pet stores, dog parks, baseball/soccer games. It is not worth showing off
your new puppy for the risk of them contracting a disease.

Keep things calm for the first few hours...

Your puppy has just left all that they have known in life. This can cause anxiety
and stress for your puppy, so staying calm can help them adjust to their new
surroundings.  If you have young children make sure they understand puppy is a
baby, they need to stay calm around the puppy at first. Pay attention to your
puppy's body language, if they seem okay with the amount of activity that's fine,
but if they seem nervous or sad, slow and calm things down. Each puppy is
unique just like human children.
Remember a puppy needs lots of naps and quiet time. The crate is a good place
for a time out so they can have some down time.

Puppy mouthing/nipping...

Puppies use their mouths to explore the world and can be very mouthy at this
age. They need to be taught not to use their teeth on skin or at least be gentle.
Never allow them to play bite on your hands or clothing. It may not hurt you but
if you have children it can be hurtful. Redirect them to one of their toys or stuffed
animals. If this doesn't deter them let out a high pitch "Yelp or Ouch" like it really
hurt you. There are many books and Youtube videos you can use to help with
many training or behavior issues.

Feeding your puppy...

I send my puppies home with their feeding schedule. The first few days home
they might have a smaller appetite due to stress, no competition from their litter
mates or if they are preoccupied by their surroundings. Don't panic if they are
not finishing their food the first few days. If they won't eat for 12 hours try adding
a little can food to their dry kibble to help entice them to eat. A young puppy's
blood sugar can drop fairly fast if they don't eat and this can cause concern.

Consistency is key...
Feed your puppy the same food at the same time everyday.

Don't overfeed your puppy...
Growing to fast can cause hip, joint, tendon and ligament problems. Don't forget
that treats are calories also.

Appetite change...
The first few days home, the stress of a new environment, new people, new
water (I have well water) can sometimes cause a decreased or lack of appetite,
or loose stool. If any of these symptoms last longer then a day contact me or
your veterinarian.

Feeding time...
For the first few days I suggest feeding your puppy in their crate. This not only
gives them a positive feeling about the crate, it also reassures that they are
eating and not being distracted by other activities going on in the home.

Potty time...
About 15-30 minutes after eating they will need to go potty. This is not a firm
time frame for every puppy, some take more or less time. Watch for signals they
need to go out, sniffing around, spinning in a circle or if still in the crate barking
or crying.

Your main goal the first week is to get them on a strict eating, sleeping, potty
schedule. Set it to fit your family schedule, this makes it easier on everyone.
While with me they use a litter pan and are fed on my schedule.
Getting on a regular new schedule is very important to them and you. That way
you learn when they will need potty breaks and nap times.  

Bedtime in the crate...

This can be one of the biggest challenges of the first few nights. Over the last
37 years that I have been breeding I have heard and tried many different things.
I am not going to say any one way is right or wrong, the one thing that puppy
needs to learn is that their crate is not punishment it is a place they need to get
used to and accept. I crate train the puppies that I keep by placing the crate next
to my bed at night. This way they know I am there and if they fuss I can
reassure them I am there. If they persist to cry I give them a calm yet firm "NO,
QUIET". Being close to you you can hear them if they start to stir or whine in the
night because they need to go potty.
Remember the crate is their special/safe place, not used for punishment. Most
puppies will go in their crates during the day with the door open when they need
a time out or nap.

Patients, Love, Understanding are the most important things you can give to
your puppy. This is all new and scary to them.
Crest Kennels est. 1984
Congratulations on your new puppy!!