Puppy Care and Training

How to care for your new Sunrise Puppy :  New Puppy Care

How to potty train your puppy easily.              Quick and Simple Basic Obedience.


A List of Basic Supplies to have on hand when your puppy comes home--   

Eukanuba Small Breed Puppy Food, healthy treats (Eukanuba or Pro Plan has several types)   

A copy of Jan Fennel's book or DVD of "The Dog Listener".  It is a must read/watch for any of my puppy's new owners.  If you only read one thing-be sure this is it.  Here is a link to Jan's site where the book or DVD can be purchased http://www.janfennellthedoglistener.com/dvd.htm.   

Stainless-steel non-tipping food and water bowls   

I.D. Tags with the contact information for yourself and your veterinarian   

A  collar and a 6-foot leather or nylon leash   

An airline –approved home and travel crate (your first one will come with the puppy if he or she is shipped)   

Dog shampoo  (I like the hypoallergenic kind)

Brush and/or comb, nail clippers  (a slicker brush goes over the top of the coat to make it look smooth, and a steel toothed comb works great for going deep into the coat)

Cleanup supplies such as a stain remover, paper towels, deodorizing  and odor neutralizing spray   

Chew Toys (Kong is one of my favorite brands)

An exercise pen for assistance in crate training.  These exercise pens are almost a necessity and can be found for around $35 on the petedge link shown below.

This is a list of the basic necessities.  Your trainer may have additional items.  There are many other helpful and fun products available at pet supply stores.


Recommended Reading

A well trained puppy makes a much better pet than one who is left to his own devices.  I highly recommend reading these books:

The Dog Listener
Author: Jan Fennell

If you only read one book before you get a puppy, be sure it is this one! Here is a link to her personal website (DVD's of her book are also available) http://www.janfennellthedoglistener.com/dvd.htm 


The Mind of the Dog - Understanding your Dog's Behavior
Author: Bruce Fogle, DVM (Book)

Caring For Your Dog - The Complete Canine Home Reference
Author: Bruce Fogle, DVM (Book)

Raising Puppies & Kids Together – A Guide for Parents
Authors: Pia Silvani, CPDT and Lynn Eckhardt


Early Training

The importance of beginning to train your puppy as soon as he comes home cannot be over emphasized.  Just a few minutes each day spent in fun interaction and training with your puppy will reap life long benefits.  Please take the time to read through my recommend reading list.  By learning how to interact with your puppy, and understanding how a dog's mind works, potential behavior problems will be avoided.  Help your puppy understand what his boundaries are through obedience training.  A well mannered puppy is one who will be loved by everyone and welcome anywhere!

It will be helpful to you and your new puppy if you enroll in a puppy obedience class.  This class will strengthen the bond between you and your puppy, teach you both about basic obedience and be a continued socialization opportunity for your puppy.  This class can be started as soon as your puppy has complete his puppy shots (usually between 12 and 16 weeks).  If you prefer, professional trainers can also do individual classes, or come to your home for private lessons.

The American Kennel Club features a Canine Good Citizen program which is a 10-step test that certifies dogs who have good manners at home and in the community.  CGC is an excellent program, and one I wish to promote and encourage.  Since I want my puppies to become well trained, any puppy purchased from Sunrise Hybrid Puppies who becomes certified CGC is eligible for a $100 bonus. Click here to find CGC training classes in your area.  All breeds of purebred dogs, hybrids, and even mutts are welcomed by the AKC to receive CGC certification. Click here for the AKC's Welcome.


 More about Care and Training for your puppy-

Teaching Good Manners

Basic Obedience


Choosing a Vet

Spay and Neuter


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