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First 24 Hours

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The First 24 Hours

Puppies grow up very quickly indeed, and the baby stage is gotten through very rapidly so take heart! Here are pointers that should help you and your new puppy get started off on the right paw!

  • The average small breed puppy will eat three times a day, usually ¼ to a ⅓ of a cup per feeding. I recommend taking away any food your puppy hasn’t eaten after about 15 minutes, to help with keeping potty training on track. You’ll offer a full feeding the next meal, always taking the food away after 15 minutes or so (of course if you’re puppy is still munching away, you can increase that time until she finishes.
  • The goal is for your puppy to have a bit of extra food left over each meal. Most puppies are real nibblers and some meals eat very little, some meals the whole bowl, this is perfectly normal. Usually a potty break is in order about 10 mins after she Note: It helps to keep feeding times as distraction free as possible, like kids they find it hard to focus and finish their dinner if there are more interesting things going on around them. Even sit on the floor beside baby for the first few feedings to encourage her to nibble a bit more readily.
  • IMPORTANT: As your puppy grows, you will increase the amount of food per feeding. If she’s licking the dish and looking for more, it means her growing puppy body needs more calories. Gradually increase the amount per feeding until she begins to leave a few kibbles at each meal. The goal is for her to have a bit more to eat than she wants, until one year of age, then as your veterinarian advises to keep her fit.
  • At bedtime, even if she’s asleep, wake her up and take her out one more time, then she should sleep through the night till around 7:00 or so. If she fusses and cries, try to use a low, growly voice, and FIRMLY say “No NO! Quiet!”, she’s pretty good, but a baby, so she might miss us! If she persists more than 5 minutes refer to Chapter 6 - the PUPPY MELTDOWN.

This book is full of many tips, secrets, shortcuts and helps, you’ll save hours of frustration if you do your puppy homework and are knowledgeable before baby arrives. Education is the key to a smart trained puppy! Everyone wants to choose a new name for their puppy, it’s perfectly OK to choose your favorite. Sometimes it takes a day or two, don’t be afraid to narrow your list to a few favorites and give them a try until you arrive at that special name that simply belongs to your new family member.

Read the Potty Training articles to help your puppy navigate quickly through the housetraining process!