Prepare to have your new Irish Wolfhound puppy to have a full first examination within the first 48 hours of bringing your puppy home. All our puppies will have full exams and first DA2PP vaccine before going home. Your puppy contract will not be valid if your puppy is not examined by a licensed veterinarian within 48 hours of bringing your puppy home. Depending on age, your puppy may be due for vaccines as well. We recommend giving DA2PP #1 vaccine at 8 weeks old, DA2PP #2 & Lepto #1 vaccines at 12 weeks old, DA2PP #3 & Lepto #2 at 14 weeks old, and DA2PP #4 & 1yr Rabies vaccines at 16 weeks old. Be prepared for monthly vet visits until your puppy is 4 months old. Also start saving money for spay/neuter and possibly gastropexy if you choose to pexy your Wolfhound around 18 months of age.
When you first bring home your new baby, make sure to have a quiet space set up for your new puppy to relax. He/she has been through a lot in a very short period of time, don't forget that. A kennel that is just big enough for your puppy to stand, turn around in, and stretch out laying down will make your puppy feel safe and secure. Too big of a kennel will stress your new puppy out. Of course we will send your puppy home with some blankets and toys that smell like mom and his/her siblings that will help your pup settle in more quicky.
Slowly introduce your new puppy to other dogs, cats, pets and family members. Remember, you are all new to your puppy. He/she will need some time to get to know and trust you. Placing a blanket you slept with or a t-shirt you recently wore into the kennel with your new puppy can help get your puppy use to you and his/her new environments.
We will send you home with a few days worth food that your puppy has been raised on. Make sure to place your food order or purchase required food before you bring your puppy home! We feed Purina Pro Plan Large Breed Puppy and require keeping your puppy on the same diet for at least one 34lb bag of food. If you decide to switch foods that is up to you but make sure to switch foods slowly over at least 2 weeks. We recommend Purina Pro Plan Large Breed Puppy, Royal Canin Giant Breed Puppy, or Science Diet Large Breed Puppy diets.
We don't recommend giving a lot of treats as young puppies. Young puppies can have sensitive tummies and lots of changes in diet, such as fatty treats, can cause gastrointestional upset.
Definitely stock up on toys! Wolfhound puppies love to play and chew! Soft chew toys, specifically for puppies, work great but ALWAYS SUPERVISE your puppy when chewing on a chew toy. Wolfies are very large puppies and can easily swallow large chunks of toys/chews. The appropriate size chew toy is very important as well. We do not recommend any "real bones" or antlers for your puppies or even adult Wolfhounds to chew on as they are very hard and tend to cause broken teeth.
Lots of soft toys are a must! Be prepared to go through a lot of toys as your Wolfhound grows. One of their favorite activities is to de-stuff and destroy all toys possible!
Have fun, love, and spoil your new puppy!!!