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Cockapoo Information: Tips to Help Care for Your Puppy (back)
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    For the first 72 hours, get acquainted with your new puppy; you and your new puppy need time, 
    so keep him at home. Limit taking him around strange dogs until his vaccinations are complete.
  • Your puppy has been on a vaccination and worming program. You will be given a record of this and instructions on further health needs. 
  • Remember that your puppy is a baby. They potty when they wake up, after they eat, after they play and before they go to sleep. Take them out often to prevent accidents. 
  • Make sure your puppy has lots of toys. Don't make the mistake of allowing your puppy to chew on socks, because they don't know the difference between your socks and their own play socks. 
  • It is very important that your puppy get fresh water often and food 2-3 times a day. It is crucial that if your puppy doesn't eat and drink enough that you consult your veterinarian.
  • Don't housebreak your puppy in too big of an area. We recommend that you use a  puppy crate. Your house training will progress quickly if the puppy is confined to a small area whenever you are busy and not watching him carefully. 
  • When using a crate, always make sure that your puppy is near you and the family.
    If he whines, tell him "quiet" and he will catch on. Never remove the puppy while he is whimpering; wait until he has stopped, and then remove him.
  • When you take your puppy out, put him on a leash and take him to the area where he should go. Do not change this routine or you will confuse your puppy. Be sure to tell him to "go potty," or whatever word or phrase you want to use to teach him to go potty on command. If he does not relieve himself, bring him back in and place him in his crate and then take him again in 20 minutes. As soon as he goes, praise him.
  • You can train your puppy to use a bell to let you know when he needs to go out. Hang the bell on the door that you plan to take your puppy through and every time you take your puppy outside, ring the bell and say, "outside" or "potty." Then immediately open the door and take him out. Do this every time you let your dog out, and he WILL catch on!
Reprinted by permission of The Humane Society of the United States. Copyright © 2004 The Humane Society of the United States
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