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    I have noticed a few threads started about new puppies & how best to to get a good start when you first bring them home & what their basic needs are.
    There are alot of knowledgable poeple on this forum so I thought I would ask a few basic puppy raising questions of you guys & it will be a good thread to be a sticky maybe. So
    How old is the youngest you'd bring a puppy home?
    How often do you feed the puppy?
    What do you feed the puppy & should the food be different for different sized(at maturity) dogs?
    Where dose the puppy sleep?
    Is rountine a important part of settling a new pup & if yes why?
    What do you do when they whine in those very early days?
    How do you start tolit training?
    What worming & flea treatment routines & products do you use?
    Well there's start feel free to add extra questions & I will answer my own questions in a reply also in a little bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazydog View Post
    I have noticed a few threads started about new puppies & how best to to get a good start when you first bring them home & what their basic needs are.
    There are alot of knowledgable poeple on this forum so I thought I would ask a few basic puppy raising questions of you guys & it will be a good thread to be a sticky maybe. So
    How old is the youngest you'd bring a puppy home?
    How often do you feed the puppy?
    What do you feed the puppy & should the food be different for different sized(at maturity) dogs?
    Where dose the puppy sleep?
    Is rountine a important part of settling a new pup & if yes why?
    What do you do when they whine in those very early days?
    How do you start tolit training?
    What worming & flea treatment routines & products do you use?
    Well there's start feel free to add extra questions & I will answer my own questions in a reply also in a little bit.
    Fantastic idea CD and here are some of my answers below (these are how I do it and obviously others won't do it my way):

    The youngest I have brought a puppy home is 5 weeks (I was 17 and didnt know any better). The youngest I would bring a pup home now would be 8 weeks however, depending on circumstances I would bring one home at 6 weeks.

    I feed pups 3 times a day then I taper off to 2 feeds a day usually around 4 months old I thnk usually.

    I feed my pups dried and wet food, and I feed puppy food until they are a year old.

    Our new pups sleep with us in our bed for the first few days then they move to sleeping with the older dog in their little bedroom (an entraceway by the back door)

    I don't specifically have a routine when I settle pups because we don't liv by a routine and I don't want to get them used to one thing then have to change it.

    We don't get too much whining in the early days overnight because they generally sleep with us then with another dog. But any whining during the night is ignored usually.

    Toilet training on our house is in the usual way. Pup is taken outside as soon as it wakes, after a drink or a meal and every half hour to hour apart from that. With our smaller dog I dd paper train and also keep paper down for quite some time as she was a bit harder to train than all our other dogs.

    I deflea and worm once a month using advocate.

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    Thanks Lala alot of good points I reakon.
    I agree that pups can manage from approx 5wks but it isn't a good idea & the right age to bring a pup home is 8kws.
    I feed 4 feeds a day untill 16wks & then 3 till 6mnths for small to medium breeds & keep the gaints at 4 feeds a day till 6mnths.
    All my dogs have high quality dry food on offer 24/7.
    There feeds are made up of different minces, egg, rice & veg or fresh meat & chicken necks/wings.
    Pups sleep in a crate in our bedroom from day 1.
    I start tolit training as soon as possible & even have areas in baby puppy pens with newspaper when I breed, then when they have access to a yard I move the newspaper outside. Within a day or 2 you get rid of the paper & as long as they get enough access to outside they would rather pee there. If a fully inside pup take it out as soon as it wakes everytime, after food/drink & approx every couple of hrs inbetween & within a few weeks you can get them holding for longer periods.
    I find any whinning at this age is more to do with a need not being met just like a newborn baby, the pup will whine/cry for food, drink, comfort, or some other natural need. So listen to your puppy they are too young to be just being bad.
    I also use advote at the moment & it covers everything.

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