Your Shetland Sheepdog Puppy
Here I would like you discover some basic knowledge that anyone should know when considering buying Shetland Sheepdog puppies. What you need to know includes what you should look for in a Sheltie puppy, preparations you should make once you get one, how to get them home, the first day and night with your Sheltie, as well as how to housebreak your puppy.
When you are looking for Shetland Sheepdog puppies, it is good to observe many members of the breed prior to making the big step. All Shetland Sheepdogs are cute, but don’t let that be the only criteria when picking one. He/she should show as much interest in you as you do in them. Some say make sure it radiates health and spirit and how much it shines. I believe that is saying that you shouldn’t pick a shy puppy. However, that may be exactly what you want; you may want a puppy that needs you for protection and comfort, a stronger bond may very well develop just as well as active, confident puppy.
When you first purchase your Sheltie, you should receive a transfer of ownership, registration, and papers for his/her immunization shots. Check to see if your puppy has been wormed, as well as feeding schedule if the seller has one.
You have selected your puppy over all other breeds and all other puppies you have seen. Get all the information you possibly can about how to care for your puppy from both the internet, as well as books, articles, or pamphlets. There will be more than one different opinion, so read everything with an open mind and a grain of salt. The more time you spend reading, the better. Keep open a line of communication with your veterinarian, other people who own Shelties, as well as the owner.
Bringing Your Sheltie Home
When taking your puppy home by car, protect them from drafts, make sure he/she is wrapped in a towel and held in the arms or lap of a passenger. If there is any drool or squirming stop the car for a few minutes until your Sheltie is more comfortable again. Have newspapers in case there is car sickness. If you are taking your puppy alone make sure you bring a covered carton or crate. Make sure you avoid too much excitement on arrival. Also, do not unnecessarily handle you puppy initially. They are making complete change of surroundings. Make sure he has frequent rest and refreshment, especially in the early days.
The First Day or Night
When your Shetland Sheepdog arrives at home, put him down and don’t pick him up again unless it’s absolutely necessary. He is a dog, don’t carry him around like a rag doll. Handle him little, and don’t let anybody else pick up or baby him. He/she may be afraid at this time in his new surroundings. He no longer has his mother or his litter mates. Comfort and reassure him, but don’t console him. Encourage him to walk around and sniff over his new home. If it’s dark, turn the lights on. Let him roam a few minutes, while everybody else goes about their business. Let the puppy come back to you on their own.
If your Sheltie is being introduced to a home with children or other pets. Some supervision is required until your puppy has adopted a live and let live relationship is established with your children and/or other pets. You have to be particularly alert about this if you are bringing your Sheltie home for Christmas, or some other holiday. Try to avoid bringing your puppy home on major holidays, it can harm their adaptation to their new environment.
Your puppy should not be over handled by any children because your baby Sheltie needs his rest. Once the child realizes that the puppy has feelings of their own and can be easily hurt or injured, there will be opportunities for play, exercise and training for both.
For his first night, he should be put and kept in the same place they will spend subsequent nights. The kitchen is a good place, because it generally can be more easily cleaned. Let him explore the kitchen as much as he/she wants to. Make sure the kitchen is set apart from the rest of the house, using a door or some other barrier.
Feed your Sheltie lightly the first night. Leave them a pan with some water in it, not a lot, because your puppy will usually drink whatever you put in the dish. Give a piece of clothing to sleep on that has strong human scent on it. This gives him a feeling of security in the room that he has been fed.
You will find, pretty quickly, that your puppy will be peeing on the floor. Take a newspaper to sop up the urine until it has been soaked. Make sure to save this paper. Take a cloth with soap or water and wipe up the floor and dry it well. Take the wet paper and put it on top a pile of other newspapers. When he/she wants to squat he will use the papers.
Generally, you should only have to do this the first three days. When you leave your puppy for the night, he will likely cry and howl. Let him stay alone the first night, it is the best course in the long run. He/she will quiet down after a while.
Wrapping It Up
I will admit I didn’t handle things exactly this way, but I have learned in time what to do. From pre selection through the first few days of your Sheltie has been brought home, I hope I have brought you up to speed what it took years of trial and error to do. I always keep at least one Sheltie in my home, as they are one of my favorite breeds. I hope that you will come to the same conclusion. Feel free to leave your comments, I welcome them.