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how soon....?

Our little guy is (finally!) coming home in a few days, and we're so very excited. And now the flurry of last-minute questions. How long after bringing him home can we start brushing his teeth? His coat? Can puppies eat a smear of peanut butter, or is it too sticky for them initially? Do I sit next to him during the 3-hour car ride home, or just keep him strapped in his carseat carrier while I sit up front so he gets used to traveling like that?

So excited! And now, suddenly, so nervous!

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Congrats on your new pup. Check with your vet but I would recommend starting the teeth brushing right away so he recognizes it as part of the daily routine. You could use a soft cloth and just water if you don't want to introduce the toothpaste but teeth brushing has become something I am passionate about. I adopted a 5 year old little guy whose prior owner(s) did not brush his teeth and by the time I got him the tooth brush was a foreign concept and he would try to squiggle away when he saw it. I switched to a soft cloth and he tolerated it better, then I took him into the vet for a dental checkup and he ended up having many teeth removed. The infected teeth got bacteria into his system and elevated some globulins and liver enzymes in his blood work which can make a dog very ill. Little dogs are prone to dental problems as they age and my Jerry is older so don't worry about your pup's teeth but do brush them. They make dog tooth paste in flavors attractive to dogs, we use peanut flavor and my in-laws use a meat flavor.
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brushing should have already been started by breeder. Skip the peanut butter for now. No new foods until pup has settled in and then any new foods very gradually. I certainly don't want to encourage unsafe car travel but my wife held Molly on her lap for the 2 hr ride home. We wanted the drive to be as little aversive as possible . Get a towel or old sheet with mother's scent as well as littermates on it. for the ride home. and first while in crate / expen. Give as many pit stops as possible for pup to eliminate. , on leash. Good luck.
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I agree with brushing from the beginning. Pet toothpaste is very safe and tastes good, so it's fine to use from the beginning if the pup will lick a tiny bit off your finger. He won't HAVE that many teeth right now, but you want to make sure that he knows that it's something fun and a regular part of his day.

My puppies all rode home in their carriers, strapped into the seatbelt. (and then, two of them, under the seat in an airplane... which they didn't mind at all either) All were absolutely FINE with that, only fussing a little to let us know if they needed a potty break. OTOH, both of my breeders were very good about getting the puppies used to crates before they let for their forever homes, so it was not a new experience for them. Each had a cozy blanket and a stuffed toy that smelled like mom and litter, provided by the breeder to ride with them. My dogs have never NOT been restrained properly in a car, so they think it's just "the way we travel", and that's what I wanted. None found it the least bit aversive.

And I agree with Dave... skip the PB, at least for the first week or so. Even then, it wouldn't be the first thing I introduced as a treat food. Boiled chicken is a great "beginner" training treat. Also, be very, VERY careful with PB... more and more manufacturers are using xylitol as a sweetener in PB, and it is DEADLY for dogs. So read every label, every time to make sure this is not in the ingredients, even when he's old enough to enjoy it.


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I had a five hour car trip home with Joy, but she was four months old. She traveled in a crate in the back of the SUV. It was a trip punctuated with her complaints, though we made frequent stops. I am sorry to say Dave's less safe method sounds good to me after my experience. Changing homes had to be unbelievably stressful. They are baby dogs with developing central nervous systems and their rehoming situation deserves to be served up with a generous dose of kindness.
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DH drove while I sat next to Shama's crate in the back seat. I held her periodically, but she was mainly in the crate with the door open for me to stay connected with her. We stopped at a friend's house five minutes from the breeder for 10 minutes then drove 90 minutes home, stopping once to potty. Looking back, probably shouldn't have pottied in the dog area of a busy rest area. We didn't know better at the time. (Possible disease hazard when shots not yet done.) She didn't get sick during the drive. Shama has also been in a crate 95% of the time she's been in the car. We think her car crate is actually too big for her, but we haven't gotten around to figuring out a better alternative . . . Brush coat, head, face from the beginning. I should have done a better job at brushing her head and face when she was little. I.e., should have taught her that head/face grooming combined with love and cuddles is just part of life. You can "brush" his tiny teeth with tiny amount of dog toothpaste on one of those rubber finger things sold with office supplies for flipping through papers. Highly recommended to brush as often as you can. Good luck! Keep us posted! So exciting!

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congratulations. exciting days ahead.

toothbrushing - we now using a very soft baby toothbrush but even that was originally too big. Henry’s dentist recommended a cat toothbrush because they are very tiny for initial toothbrushing.

ride home - i was fortunate in that my breeder got all the pups used to riding in the car. we started off with him in his carrier strapped into the back seat, believing he would sleep. and he began with a whimper and then he ramped it up. Within five minutes we had pulled over. I got into the backseat with him but left him in his carrier, talking to him, and he then immediately fell asleep. except for a pit stop he slept the whole way home 3.5 hours. because he was litter trained i put a small litter tray in the trunk and he used that on our stop so he wasn’t exposed to questionable rest areas.
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This is all great advice. Thanks!

We just bought safe peanut butter and have frozen chicken at-the-ready for boiling.

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[quote=Marni;1391090]. I had a five hour car trip home with Joy, but she was four months old. She traveled in a crate in the back of the SUV. It was a trip punctuated with her complaints, though we made frequent stops. I am sorry to say Dave's less safe method sounds good to me after my experience. Changing homes had to be unbelievably stressful. They are baby dogs with developing central nervous systems and their rehoming situation deserves to be served up with a generous dose of TLC
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I think I would avoid using this analogy, because there is really no comparison. I do not think you meant it to be offensive, but it could offend any African-American thinking of the atrocities suffered by their ancestors.


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Deleted. That part of our history certainly offends me, as does our hesitancy to enter into WWII before the trains to extermination camps rolled along. The more I think on it the more I am ready to move to Canada. The Canadians are very nice, and they enjoy my US southern accent.

But then, maybe the Canadians were almost as mean to their indigenous people as we have been, not sure. Perhaps I will do more research before my doggies and I apply for citizenship.

My use of the slavery issue in my post had to do with the animal rights activist assertion that making an animal a pet is in effect the same as enslaving the animal.
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