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Pickup day

Here is the day "D" and you will pick up your wolfdog puppy. At home everything is prepared for the arrival of a new family member.

So you do not miss anything, here is a small summary:

It is best to go pick up the puppy on Friday morning, take a day off in work (if it is not possible, at least you have the whole weekend to spend with the puppy). Pick up day is from 7 weeks of age (for export after rabies vaccination). Earlier is it not recommended because is time of imprinting. The dog gets to know their relatives and creates a relationship with them. Late pick up will be harder for socialization, especially by wolfdog. You already know, that he will have with his master a solid relationship, acts like he was learned, has negative and positive experience. It is better if you learn and educate the dog yourself, as by someone else. It can do good, dog learns many lessons, but many things go wrong and eliminating bad habits learned in this period, is a very difficult journey.

With your puppy you get from breeder
certificate of origin - export pedigree (if its still not done, ask for termine - my opinion is, that every breeder can give the pedigree by pick up!)

International Certificate of Vaccination (Europass)

 instructions how to take care for puppy

 sales contract

puppy will be vaccinated, dewormed (these operations will be recorded in the EU's Pass)

puppy will have a chip

 possibility at any time ask breeder a question, ask for help

This should be a minimum of any breeder... but the reality may be different

The way home

It is best to go for a puppy in the morning, so is enough time for him to get know you and your new home. Tell the breeder (he should know) in advance, if traveling by car or plane, not to feed the puppy, could vomit. Most puppies will come sick of traveling, it's a stressful situation for them and they can vomit (but not necessarily the rule). At home, prepare transport basket, crate, box or cloth in which transport the puppy. The most time the puppy lies down and sleeps only so in the car.

But to be honest a box is not so good, since the puppy will be not happy to be closed somewhere. so the best is only so in the car - safe in someones hands. It is better if you went for a puppy in pair. One of you take puppy in his arms and be with him during the trip, talk,... If the path is longer, take the bowl of water, during the journey stop and let the puppy empty (puppy should withstand continuous path approximately one to two hours, but it is better to take time to stop than have a "accident" in the car. It is more likely that your puppy sleeps the whole journey). Still, walk him only on a leash, so he can not run away. As soon as possible, preferably on the way home, visit your vet to check the puppy.

On pick up day, let the puppy run the last time with mom and siblings, you and breeder sign Sales contract and fill out papers and pedigree. You will need an ID card or proof of your identity. Let the puppy say goodbye to breeder, mom, siblings and store it in boxes. Probably it will defend. Along the way, if it is not very tired, will follow what is happening around him, but after a while will be bored and possibly asleep. But most of them cry at start.

First day in new home

The way home in a car or plane, is for a small puppy a stressful situation. Perhaps it will remain sick and should not be giving food by arriving.

A new household member will search for his family. In the first hours in new home, should move around the puppy only you, do not let your family and especially children welcome too rush, it could be scared. Calm and relaxed, show him rooms in your home where he will have access. If somewhere will be not allowed access, do not show him the place. Introduce him his bowl with water, toys, his place to sleep. It is possible that the dog gets diarrhea, so prepare if you live in an apartment, newspaper before you arrive.

Gradually show him members of your household. If you have a garden show him. If you already have one dog, learn them know very carefully at a neutral location, preferably such that your old dog do not knows. Pay more attention to the old dog more than usual, can start to be jealous. When the puppy calm down, you can try to give him food, that came from breeder as a sample. Give it about 1/3 ration, he is used to. Unnecessarily do not take your puppy on your hands, but try to take it out and right from the first minute educate, socialize. Puppy will empty every two hours (and less) when emptied outside, praise him properly, but if he had an accident inside, don´t punish him, but let him know, that you are not satisfied, for example. command "no".

Nothing leave after arriving of puppy, maybe it's not time for it, picking up all necessary things. Dish, collar, leash, nest, toys, medical kit, ...

The first night
Probably it will be a very sleepless night. Get ready for the first night with the puppy. From the breeder bring a toy or something with smell of the mother and the breeders home and give it the puppy to bed. It can be wrapped around hot water bottles - the warm of mother. Go to the new home will be less stressful. Not recommended is to take the puppy to bed, but put place for sleep close to it. Puppy can cry and calling his mother and family. If you play during the day and let him explore new, sleeps for a long time in a row. But if he cry, calm and gently tell him, everything is OK. Do not take him out of bed when crying, could get used to cry and you arrive and rescue him. The puppy's personality is unique and how many nights you will not sleep, is very individual. Often is that wakes you up for walking... The pupp changes position during the night few times and find a place that suits him the most. Will try to have fun, ask out for a walk, but most will sleep when it sufficiently get tired during the day. This comes out of age of the puppy too. Something else is a 7 weeks old pupp, something a 3,5 months old pupp or a puppy taken too early - 5 weeks from a puppy mill.
Cage
Especially if the dog will live in an apartment, cage or pen is the perfect solution, but also get used to kennel has a similar procedure. This is not a cruel method, as many believe. Puppy can protect against injury during your absence. No cage shall serve as a punishment or a place to close the dog for hours or when you have enough of him. Puppy should be closed only to necessary long time, it must be get used to the dog crate very slowly.

Getting started so that we leave the cage open so the puppy can go in and come out as it wants, let it there a treat or toy. We can show him the place, when he wants to sleep, but never with pressure. We leave the door open. Do not let the dog out when crying, wait until he calms down. He gets really quick to know, when he cries, you come and let him out. Remember to praise your puppy when it was good and quiet.

Cage or playpen should be a place to rest, so let the puppy rest and do not disturb him.

Acquiring is different. Begin with short periods. Get the puppy get tired and move it into the cage with the command "place" and if it stays and does not protest, praise him. After several tries, try cage for a short time to close. When is the puppy quiet, open it and price him. In the first experiments make the cage closed for about 2-5 minutes and stay in the room. Do some normal activities and ignore your puppy. Nothing extraordinary happens. Then release the puppy, as if nothing happened. Repeat the procedure, but extend the time to 10 minutes, but still stay in the same room. This period extended up to 30 minutes. Repeat the exercise several times a day. Then proceed with the next step, so after closing the cage go to another room. Again, leave in the first 5 minutes and than to more and more minutes. Do exercise slowly, use a command and praise the dog after loose him out. Use the time when the puppy wants to sleep. Never close the dog in a cage for punishment, do not allow he gets afraid of the cage, it must be his on place to sleep and have peace.

First days at home

So you have your small wolf at home. the question is - what to do with hime next? First days are full of visits, but what to do next? Ideal is to learn and educate him the first days:

where is his place and where to sleep

learn regularly to pee and ask for it

learn regularly to eat

on walks get used to noices, humans, animals,...

have choosen trainings place and went there for short lesons, get used for trainings and try to teach the tricks also at home

In this age is the most important socialisation and showing the puppy what is awaited from him and what is prohibited. Get to situations, where you can price the puppy and must not punish him. Positive approach is the most. In relationship with puppy, so his faster understanding of what we want from him

The life with a puppy wolfdog and later with young one is about nerves :) Be prepared for diverse problems and with it connected invested time and his character and socialisation. Later, you will be happy you did it and it commes back to you as great educated dog.

Usual problems with a puppy

Each puppy is different and with each you will learn something different. But nevertheless, a few things are common for wolfdogs. Once get used to new home, which for some is usually one day or week for some, become established, they show their true nature. A fading is slow, gradual. Many owners can not handle this, have no patience and puppies or young dogs, unfortunately, let for adoption free or most sad - put down.

Common is for puppies and young dogs in particular:

Walking a puppy - small puppy has definitely other needs than young or adult dog in walking. Other thing is emptying. Be aware that your puppy is a baby that has not fully developed sphincters and is empting after waking up, after game, after feeding,... warning signal is circling in the ring and search for "place" for pee or poop. If the dog lives outside, it more or less does not matter where to do it. It is different in apartment. Take puppy out regularly! Ideal if we can capture the moment before emptying. Puppy price if pee outside, and comment bit badly when did inside. We never punish. Puppy can do nothing against it. Some puppies will pee inside even though we were two hours out straight on the floor of your apartment after arrival. We need be patience, it takes a really long time. But it is worth to praise, motivate and regular frequency of walking, by young puppies definitely regular "Pee" walking (pee, sniff and home). It's also useful command "Pee-pee" or similar. Your puppy will quickly learn to pee on command. They will learn what is expected.

Sleep and activity - a small puppy alternates sleep and activity very often. Puppy mostly asleep, but then it will come a time of increased activity and required your attention. Your puppy needs to use its energy, obtained by sleep. It is clear that most of us go to work and can not be with dog or puppy his whole life. So it must stay itself for a while. Therefore, it is ideal if you are going somewhere, dog get tired by playing, or he must use his head so he gets tired. Goes to sleep. Puppies activity lies in the fact, that after wake up needs to pee, than play, bite, chase, practice his skills by some commands, to walk a bit and socialize too... then when it's time, to feed and again sleep. Its up on you to create activity for puppy, but remember that the physical work can not be huge. Focus more on the mental - learning through play - exercise.

Biting - is a big issue, because all CsW puppies incredibly bite and somehow it does not stop with them, and takes a long time. What is worse, bite master, visits, legs, arms... The new owners are just out of this unhappy and do not know what to do. Therefore, prepare yourself for the fact, that wolfdogs bit a lot also in adult, though a little different way, but it's a term of endearment. Beware - biting and biting can be different! Puppy instead of a hand and touch take everything in mouth. Often it takes our hand to mouth. But then, when they start to grow teeth, it is rather to release the loose teeth and help with pain, massage. Therefore, the intensity increases. It is ideal to give at this time puppy toys that help to massage the gums. There are rubber toys and the like (mind the ideal size for your puppy). Biting the hands and feet, and our shoes is uncomfortable and painful, and your legs will resemble hand workers. In this case, it must be considered in mind, that the puppy naturally manifests itself its own nature. Here you should correct and guide him. If your puppy starts to bite painfully your hand, you must literally give toy in its mouth and allow biting only "his" toys and that leading it to do it. Do not let a problem with biting grew to such proportions, that the puppy bites you in blood! You can not allow this! If the biting is painful, use voice to tell the pupp it is. the puppy also make noice, when something is painful... If the game is already so intense that the puppy can not calm down and goes to extremes, immediately give the command "NO" or "STOP" and end the game with going away and the lack of interest in puppy. "Famous" tumbling, and growling and the like extremes definitely do not belong to puppies. Especially not for biting. Stretched on neck and other punishment puppy support in defending, and this habit - to address acts of violence - will learn to use this behavior towards others.

The howling, yelping and other noises - Wolfdogs are just monkeys. These sounds, which can be issued are really funny, but the fun ends at half past four in the morning, when they howl, or in the morning when you leave for work, and they cry to call you back. Barking and howling is often also a problem to re-sell the dog because of the neighbors. Therefore thus wolfdog owners search houses without neighbors :) So the dogs can howl or cry as they wish. This issue is based on loneliness and you can read about it on our pages. In this case, this is the biggest negative to have dog in the apartment.

Escapes - Wolfdogs run away because his master leaves him alone, or boredom, or there is a female in heat. If its any of these and even if few people will say its cruel but i will write this: proper fencing, especially pens, solid and secure is simply inevitable. Only a very small percentage of the wolfdogs (I know only two) remain on the land, when master goes to work for eight hours. Orderly and functional pen is essential. Definitely solid metal, not wood that can be bitten through. Same for roof - must be fixed. The dog can climb over, burrow almost anything. The proper home for wolfdog is described on pages too.

Aggressive and dominant behavior - is definitely something different when it is dominant, aggressive male weighing 40 kg, than a cute 2-month old puppy. Aggression and dominance in adulthood have their own chapters on our pages. Now let's talk about the natural dominance in puppies, finding a position within the family and the various manifestations, especially in a game or while eating. Example - puppy has dinner - meat, bones, vegetables. Give him bowl and it begins to eat. But you noticed you must move the bowl or that in the bowl is something that does not belong there. But puppy defends his chow and is growling at you, showing teeth, or even an indication of bite or even a bite itself. In the first place - from the early days teach your puppy, that you give food and has no reason to defend it. This appeal goes to anyone with a "normal" thinking, not practice "preventive" removing of food, as some owners do. The dog will be stressed that he will not get the food and the more it will guard it. Give your puppy a bowl of chow and before finishing eating add to it a bit more. Casually, calm and with an overview. Feed him out of hand. Alternatively, you sit down, side by side to the bowl and thus wait until the dog finishes eatingt. Many are not really a problem, but a couple of puppies are "machos" who want to defend chow. You need to show them that you let him eat free and even when you touch the food, you want to add more. If really the puppy will be aggressive while eating, say NO and take the chow away. Start feeding him from hand and slowly teach him that as soon as he growls, he gets the food not. With young dogs before eating you can perform commands, that he knows and you reward him for that with food. Never, however, do not give the dog chow, if while you holding the bowl growls, is wild, jumping on you,... Wait until calm down and give it to him. Regularly walk around him when he eats, talk to him, what a great food he has and leave calm. Puppy learns that he has no reason to protect food from others.

Destruction - yes, puppies destroy things. Dot. BUT! It depends mostly on you, what they ruin - on your wits, patience. The puppy will bite, scratch, poke, spread things. It is necessary to prepare in advance and have safe the shoes, cables, prepared yerd. Puppy has to have his own toys, with which to play and which can be destroyed. As soon it begins to destroy something that can not, come with command NO and take the thing away. Give in your puppy's mouth his toy, with which can play. Prepare an enormous amount of patience and nerves. Even if you have not planned a new hole in a beautiful lawn, it is possible that will appear. You have nice flowers, but can be destroyed in a moment. Puppy is looking for distractions and getting to know surroundings. It is up to you to play with him, otherwise will find itself a game. To ensure that during your absence, or time, it can not be under the supervision, is great fence, cage or pen that is mainly for puppy a shelter a safe area where can not hurt himself.

Hunting - hunting of adult dog is another story and we have a separate chapter on our pages. Hunting attempts of puppies are often seen as "innocent" and not "bad". This is because it still is not fast enough to catch up with their prey. But they grow... Hens, rabbits, cats, pheasants, ... and not only yours, but also the neighbor. Already the first impulses to hunt must be stopped and corrected otherwise it may turn into a regular problem. Puppy become familiar with cat may not be a problem if you have a good foundation from a breeder, but a breeder can not have a farm complete with all the wildlife animals and some of the animals you'll just have to accustom to the puppy by yourself. This means a gradual socializing and correcting and a total NO for hunting. Command NO pronounced clear, understandable and up with a menacing expression. For every good behavior eternally praise and use treats. From my own experience: I pushed Akia into accepting cats at home from the first day, but once she was enough fast, she hunted them. And is hunting until today. Someone using electric collars and similar methods, but I will never put those on dog's neck. Gunner unlike Akia I can re-call from the hunt, even if he already runs away, but he also had to "mature" this stage.