Your puppy will also need a special place where he can feel safe and be comfortable. A good "room for him is a crate with a comfortable pad. At first, this pad should be something that you can easily wash and don't mind having torn up. A towel or old blanket piece works well. A crate serves a double purpose in helping with “housetraining” him. Most puppies will try very hard not to “mess” their sleeping area. If you are careful to provide plenty of opportunity for him to relieve himself regularly, he should easily learn to use the “great outdoors” instead of your floor. Be sure to purchase a crate large enough that he can still fit in it when he grows up, usually a large (size 400 is good).
Your Flat-Coat Retriever puppy is very special. He will soon become a member of your family and will always try very hard to please you. Because he is just a puppy, you will have to help him to adjust to your home, your family and the new life he will lead with you.
On your decision to adopt a Flat-Coated Retriever puppy!
He will also need a safe place when he’s outside. Check to be sure that your yard is securely fenced and that there are no spaces that he can get out through. If you don’t have a fenced yard, you might consider fencing it, or you may elect to get a dog kennel, which will keep your puppy safe. Flat-Coats do not do well tied.
Of course, he will need a bowl for his food that he can’t turn over easily, and a source of fresh water. I have found that my dogs like the Lixit waterer that screws onto a water spigot. These can be found in most pet supply stores.
If this is your first experience with a puppy, or even if you’re a veteran, you may find these books
to be helpful.
“The Perfect Puppy” by Gwen Bailey
Published by Reader’s Digest
“Family Dog” by Richard A. Wolters
Published by E.P. Dutton, a division of Penguin Books
And if you can find it just for fun:
“Know Your Dog: An Owner’s Guide to Dog Behavior” by Bruce Fogle, DMV Published by Dorling Kindersley, Inc.
Another helpful training aid that I have found is Don Sullivan's "The Perfect Dog" This is a DVD and training system. Whether or not you decide to use the system, I've found that there is a lot of helpful information in the DVD.
After your puppy has been chosen, I know that you will be anxious to take him home. He will be ready to leave his mother and littermates when he is 8-10 weeks old. You can come to see him/her while you’re waiting, but please give me a call first.
Here are some things that you can do to prepare for the homecoming of your puppy. I will provide a small collar, but you will need a leash, which you should bring with you when you come to take him home. Most communities have a 6-foot leash law, so it is best to get a lightweight 6-ft. leash that will not drag your puppy’s head down, but will help keep him safe.
While waiting for your pup, here is a great resource for learning more about Flat-Coats!
"Flat-Coated Retriever A Comprehensive Owner's Guide" by John Wakefield
Your puppy will make a lifetime commitment to you. He will always be there for you.
I hope you will do the same for him.