Dear Lisa: My Bulldog will soon be having her first litter. What should be included in a puppy kit for the new owners? --Novice Breeder Needs
A great way to insure a new puppy's continued success with their new family is to provide an abundance of resources for each new owner. As a longtime breeder myself, compiling a bundle of resources and items, commonly known as the "puppy kit" is one of the fun administrative jobs of being a responsible breeder.
The best place to start when assembling the kit is to ask yourself, "What would I have wanted when I first got my eight-week-old puppy?" Here are some of my favorites to include:
- AKC Registration papers
- Vaccination history
- Worming history
- Pedigree & photos of sire and dam
- AKC/CAR Microchip enrollment information
- Training, housebreaking, sleeping, etc. tips
- Several days of current food to help in the transition to new home and food
- Coupons or literature from food manufacturers
- Feeding schedule for puppy including growth increase amounts
- List of recommended treats
- New puppy collar
- New leash
- New toy
- Old toy which brings the scent of his mother and littermates home with him
- Parent Club information and newsletter
- Book list -- or a copy of your favorite recommended book
- Magazine articles
- Recommendations for area vets, groomers, and training classes
When each new puppy owner comes to pick up their cute new bundle of energetic joy, spend at least an hour with them and go over each item in the kit. Also, include all your contact information so that the new owner can reach you during those first weeks of puppy hood.
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