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Arrival of your tiny furry friend

When your little buddy first arrives at their new home, it's best to let them explore a bit. Show them where they can eat, drink and sleep, but don't overwhelm them; give them time to relax. Some puppies get pretty excited in their new surrounding after their exhausting journey – if that happens, just let the little one run around. They’ll soon tire themselves out and fall asleep.

What challenges will
we have to tackle?

The journey home.

Your puppy may wet themselves or get diarrhoea during the journey because of all the excitement. Some pups also get carsick. Be prepared for these things and have a towel or similar covering with you. Your little rascal also needs water. It's best to take plenty of breaks on the way home so that they can relax and be distracted in between.

Home at last.

Give your puppy time to get used to their new surroundings. Call your puppy by name, but initially only to praise them. Shouting at them will leave them confused. Show your little pup around on short walks each day. But don’t overwhelm them. It’s totally okay if they wet themselves or break something in these early days. Patience and understanding are the way forward.

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In the early stages, it’s important to teach your puppy a routine. Get them used to fixed times when they eat, sleep and do their business. If your puppy chews on furniture a lot, you can interrupt them with a clear signal word such as a simple “no”. Give them a toy as a substitute instead. Simple commands like “sit”, “stay” and “heel” are best introduced by repeating the same key words and accompanying gestures. And most important of all: train your puppy with love and patience. Never punish your puppy with loud shouting and wild gesturing. Whenever they do something well, praise them with treats, strokes and key words like “well done” or “good”.

Young pups in the midst of growing need food with the right nutritional composition. In other words, you should go for a balanced complete food especially formulated for puppies. Our little four-legged friends usually like wet food better than dry food. It's also easier for them to eat with their baby teeth. You can of course still give your puppy dry food. But make sure that they always have plenty of water to drink. Otherwise, dry food can lead to stomach aches and constipation. Good puppy food has a high energy and mineral content, but also provides easily digestible proteins. The calcium to phosphorus ratio is important here: this should be around 1.3:1.

First of all, your puppy will need some booster shots and some further vaccinations (e.g., against rabies). Vaccinations usually cost between 25 and 40 euros. If your puppy hasn’t yet been chipped, this costs around 25 to 50 euros. A worming tablet costs about 6 euros from the vet. Puppies need to be wormed very six weeks to begin with. A thorough initial check-up for your little rascal will cost between 15 and 40 euros. Vet costs vary by practice and region. You should always have some money in reserve in case your pup gets sick or is injured.

Basically, young pups should never be left alone for the first four months. After that, training can begin. To start with, try just leaving the room for a few minutes, not your home. You can then gradually increase the time and distance until your puppy is used to being alone in the house for more than a few minutes. Be aware that although our little four-legged friends can be left alone from the age of four months, they shouldn't be left without company for more than two hours at a time.

Grooming your pup depends on their breed and length of hair. It's best to talk to the breeder about this and ask for the right products in a specialist shop. You should only bathe your puppy if there is no other option – and indoors only if the weather is cold. Your puppy's eyes and ears should always be clear and clean. Gently clean their eyes with moistened cotton wool and their ears with dry cotton wool. Regular oral care such as brushing your puppy's teeth is also important right from the start. Your little furry friend’s claws need to be kept trimmed and make sure the fur between their paw pads doesn't get too long. If in doubt, ask your vet to help you with this.

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