What to Expect, When You're Expecting a Puppy

Things I will need:

  1. Dog crate, size 42"-48" for a Golden Retriever, 30"-36" for a Miniature Golden Retriever, 24" for a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. 

  2. Metal food & water bowls (metal because plastic will most likely get chewed up). If you are getting a Mini Golden or a Cavalier, you may want to look into one of these bowls. Long-eared dog's ears tend to get into their food and water bowls. This can lead to ear infections if not cleaned often. 

  3. Toys: Nylabone, Kong, Doggie Ropes, Ball (buy a variety to figure out what your puppy likes, every dog is different)

  4. Collar with name & phone number and leash. To order a beautiful custom collar like all the dogs at 7-L wear, visit Duke & Fox and don't forget to use code: 7LGolden for 15% off (size small will fit at the time of leaving)

  5. Training treats: here is a link to what I like to use.

  6. Puppy food: A link will be provided before you pick up your puppy. If you are considering switching your puppies/dogs food, please speak to your veterinarian about the reasons why you are wanting to switch, and what foods the vet recommends. Remember that we require you to keep your puppy on their current food for at least one month. This is to help  prevent stomach issues that often arise when a puppy is stressed or food is drastically changed, so if both happen at the same time, it is a recipe for disaster.


Once You Have Puppy

  1. DO NOT TAKE PUPPY ANYWHERE until at least the second set of shots, some locations even later! (No pet stores, dog parks, beaches, walks). 

  2. Do not leave a puppy unattended in the backyard! They like to dig if left alone too long. Put the puppy in a crate where they will be safe when you are gone.

  3. A puppy needs to be fed twice a day.

  4. Before the puppy comes home, schedule a vet appointment for a physical exam within 72 hours of picking up. 

  5. The puppy will be due for their next set of shots between 10-12 weeks old, you can find a complete First-Year Vaccination Guide here.

  6. You will need to get your puppy on a Flea & Tick preventative once old enough. 

  7. You will also want to get your puppy on a Heartworm preventative.  

Training Tips

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