Puppy Pick-Up Day
The big day is arriving and we want to prepare you for the best transition ever. This is such an important transition in your life and in the life of the precious puppy or puppies. So here is some helpful information to assist you in a smooth, less-stressful (notice I did not say "stress free") transition.
Schedule Vet Visit: Once you've scheduled your puppy pick-up date, please schedule your puppy's vet visit within three days of puppy pick-up.
Your new puppy is going to be very sad to leave his/her home. Your puppy has lived with his mother and litter mates for the past 8 weeks as well as us humans. To make the best of the situation, we are providing you with a puppy toy that has mama's scent. This comfort toy will keep your puppy calm and remind him of the scent he has been accustomed to since birth.
Car sickness: This happens almost 100% of the time. Please bring towels, old blankets, etc., you don't mind getting soiled with number 1, maybe even number 2 and maybe even throw up or all three, or any combination of the above! Better yet, bring a designated driver so you can hold your puppy the entire ride home. Puppy will enjoy being cuddled in your warm embrace and will make for a quieter drive home. Avoid giving food while driving, unless you have a long drive. If that is the case, offer some of the puppy dog samples and water, allow time for a potty / move-around break, and hopefully the little one will take care of business outside. Please always have your new pup on his leash with collar and name tag.
Puppy collar, leash and name tag: Please bring a collar or two (size small or medium, adjustable), with leash and your dog's name tag. This will allow you to be prepared for potty and rest breaks. Please plan ahead so that you do not have to bring an already sad and stressed pup into a busy environment to purchase these items.
Purchase Food: Please purchase puppy food before bringing your puppy home. Your puppy is currently eating Diamond Naturals Large Breed Puppy (no corn, no wheat, no soy); which contains 32% protein, 25% fat. Food can be purchased at Tractor Supply or your local animal food store. If you plan to transition your puppy to a different brand, please do so over a period of 10 days, and keep the protein / fat content at these levels for the first year of your puppy's life. Allow your puppy to eat free-choice, after potty training has been completed. Also, remember, a no-soy, no-corn, no-wheat diet for life is the best diet you could give your new puppy. All of our puppies and adult dogs eat this formula. It keeps their weight and coat just right for an active, large dog.
Patience: I have heard it said that it takes at least 3 weeks for something new to become routine. Please allow yourself time to get into a new life routine. It will take a lot of time up-front to train your puppy. The good thing is that Great Pyrenees pups are very intelligent. They are trained in a week for potty training (average time reported from our buyers). This takes a lot of consistency on your part.
Here is an example of a routine:
Puppy sleeps in a crate in your bedroom with his mama's scented puppy toy
If puppy cries at night, let him hear your voice to soothe the little one. A touch helps too.
When he wakes up from sleeping, take him to his designated potty spot to do business.
Come inside and allow puppy to eat and drink water from the designated eating spot.
Out for business again within a few minutes.
Play time and then back in the crate for a nap.
After nap time, up again to take care of business and time to eat and play. Remember, lots and lots of love and cuddle time. Your puppy is used to sleeping and cuddling with mama and litter mates. So you are now all of them in a much bigger package.
Follow this pattern for the day.
Gradually leave the crate open over the next few days and allow for puppy to explore his new life.
If your puppy is going to the pasture, do the above, but bring puppy into his new pasture and allow him some supervised play time there. Your puppy is still small, so transition into the pasture should be a slow process. Keep in mind that your little one has lived in a climate controlled environment and needs warm shelter in the cold months and a cool place in the hot summer. Gradually transition your puppy into his field over several months, unless you have a foster mother-dog for him to be with 24/7. Please do not put a new puppy into a field by himself. That would be cruel. Dogs are pack animals and need another of their kind.
Love, love, love your new puppy. Did I forget to remind you to love your puppy? Your little puppy will be sad at first, may cry a lot, may look around a lot as if lost, may not eat very much at first; but things will begin to get better after a few days.
A note about crate training. Please, please, please limit the time your puppy spends in the crate. A crate can be a good thing in the very beginning to let your puppy know he has a special place of his own, a place of safety and comfort. But it is a transition time only, and should never be abused. In other words, please limit the puppy's time in the crate: it is not the puppy's home. Give your puppy a lot of attention and love. Over time, the crate can be put away and you can transition to a large space in your home, and then the entire home, or whatever you allow. Some owners keep the crate around and leave it open so the puppy can go in and out as they please.
Exercise: Great Pyrenees love the outdoors. They need the outdoors. They were created to be outdoors and must have a place of their own to guard and move around. Please allow your pup and dog to have access to the outdoors for a great portion of their day. They are not meant to be "couch potatoes". Take them out for walks, let them run free in your yard. They love the rain, they love the snow, they love the mud. Once they reach about 6 months, they can easily handle these type of climates, as long as they have a place of shelter to go to when they get too hot or too cold.
To shave or not to shave: Please do not shave your Pyr's coat. They have it for a reason. It protects their skin from the harsh heat and cold. Never, never, never under any circumstance shave your dog! That could cause serious sun burn in the summer months. Please give your dog a shelter from the elements.
Extra claws, what's up with that? Yes, the trademark of the Great Pyrenees is their double dew claw. Yes, they have an extra claw. Please do not have it removed. It is there to help them with balance. No need to be alarmed, God knew what He was doing when He created this marvelous creature.
Did I mention socialization? Whether a beloved family member, wonderful guardian livestock dog, or a therapy dog, please, please, spend lots of time with your puppy. Great Pyrenees are very kind, calm, and loving dogs. A Pyrenees that is aggressive or shy is not normal. Of course, in the beginning this is very normal. But your puppy needs a lot of attention from you and other people. If a family pet, or therapy dog, expose your dog to as many situations as possible. Bring him to the store, bring him to your local pet store, bring him to doggie parks and let him see other dogs, other people and other noises. Your puppy will enjoy these trips and get used to people and a variety of situations. Your puppy will love to be around other dogs and people. This is very normal. The Great Pyrenees dog desires to please and is a wonderful dog.
If your puppy will eventually be in the field, do the same. He will do his job of guarding because that is how God made him. He will naturally guard without training. He should be loved just as much if going to the field and have daily interaction with people. A Pyr that is in the field should have another Pyr with him. Dogs are pack animals and need one of their own kind at all times (could be another breed), but another pyr is best if guarding. They work as a team: one dog fights the battle while the other dog guards the flock.
We are here to help. Please email us with any questions and we will get back to you.
Blessings to you,
David and Jessica Battelstein