Your New Puppy

It Takes Three! Newly Adopted Dogs take...

~ 3 DAYS to decompress.

~ 3 WEEKS to start and know your routine.
~ 3 MONTHS  to start and feel at home.

Give them a Chance!!!

Welcome to our new Reference Center for Everything PUPPY! Check back often as we continue to grow.
  • BEFORE YOUR GET YOUR PUPPY Dr. Ian Dunbar’s book “Before You Get Your Puppy” is a must-read for anyone thinking about getting a puppy and AFTER You Get Your Puppy for information on raising a puppy. Get both books with FREE PDF download at {}
  • THE IMPORTANCE OF STAYING IN CONTACT WITH YOUR BREEDER, When you purchase a puppy from a good breeder, they will often ask you to keep in touch. For some people this may seem odd. You may wonder why the breeder would still want you to keep in touch after the puppy has gone to their new home. There are many reasons for this and it is a good sign if you are asked to keep in contact throughout the puppy’s life. [learn more]
  • PUPPY PAK [free download] compiled by many breeders, this Pak contains information and articles related to your the raising of, and caring for, new puppy

NOTE: Shiloh Breeders, you can order a customized pupPak which includes picture pedigree and detail info sheets on sire/dam [HERE]

Learning Your Shiloh Family Tree
  • SHILOH INFORMATION PACKET [free download] includes: Shilohs In Brief (bulleted description of the breed), Shilohs, A Brief History, and Quick Reference  Sheet (common, easy reference links (i.e. ~the library, the Boutique) 
Raising Your New Puppy
  • pupPAK GROOMING & CARE [free download] features tips on bathing, nail trimming, dental care  
  • UNDERSTANDING FEAR PERIODS in Dogs by Adrienne Janet Farricelli
    Dog Developmental Stages: What are Fear Periods in Dogs?
    Why is Rover suddenly scared of strangers? This is often a question I get from dog owners who have pretty much owned a dog who cared less about being approached by a friendly stranger and now is cowering between the owner’s legs. [learn more]
  • SUDDENLY SPOOKED Secondary fear phase in adolescent dogs. If you have a puppy anywhere from around 6 months old to 18 months (and more!) and they suddenly spook at anything at all you will often be told by your doggy friends, with a knowing nod, ‘oh, that’ll be the secondary fear phase’. 
    Your teenage puppy may suddenly show fear, backing away or perhaps even barking at things they coped well with before- people with hats, flapping carrier bags, people on ladders, bikes and scooters, black or flat faced dogs etc are all top ten triggers. [learn more]
  • PLAY BITING/MOUTHING; managing play-biting by by Lisa Kilgore, Clarkridge Arkansas [learn more]
  • NOTHING IN LIFE IS FOR FREE; Listening for Life, by Lisa Kilgore, Clarkridge Arkansas
    “Do you have problems with your dog? Like:  Doesn’t listen, runs away and won’t allow himself to be caught, constantly seeks attention, always excited and can’t calm down easily, barks to make you listen, digs, chews, grabs stuff and plays keep-away, behaves aggressively, acts “jealous” when couples try to hug or kiss or when another dog tries to interact with “his” person, grumbles or growls when jostled…” [learn more]
Importance of Socialization
  • DEVELOPMENTAL STAGES & SOCIALIZATION What happens when and how your puppy changes and develops. This is a great reference chart.
  • HOW TO SOCIALIZE YOUR PUPPY, Socialization is a vitally important part of raising a dog. Socialization should never be missed, as a lack of socialization can cause serious problems for the dog later in life. Behavioural issues, fears, anxieties, aggression and the lack of ability to deal with stressful situations all result from poor socialization. [learn more]
  • PUPPY SOCIALIZATION and the Sensitive Period: When is it, and is it important? by Dr. Sophia Yin, DVM, MS “You’ve probably heard that puppies need to be socialized, but how do we know this and what do we know?” [read more]
  • RETHINKING PUPPY SOCIALIZATION “Why is my dog aggressive? I TOOK him to puppy class!” [read more]

More Info Coming Soon 

Dangers: Plants, Foods, Natural Disasters
  • pupPAK Dangers & Emergencies [free download] features Dangers, Plants & Foods, Pet Poison Safety Tips, Disaster Ready?, Disaster Preparedness (, Emergencies Happen – Do You Have An Emergency Kit?, Bloat, the Mother of All Emergencies, Bloat Chart
  • ANIMAL POISON CONTROL, The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) is your best resource for any animal poison-related emergency, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you think your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance, call (888) 426-4435. A $65 consultation fee may be applied to your credit card. [learn more]
  • TOP 10 PET SAFEY TIPS, You never know when a natural disaster or a more common everyday emergency might occur. Don’t be caught off-guard without a plan for you and your pets. [learn more]
Emergencies & Bloat, the Mother of All Emergencies
  • pupPAK DANERS & EMERGENCIES [free download] features Dangers, Plants & Foods, Pet Poison Safety Tips, Disaster Ready?, Disaster Preparedness (, Emergencies Happen – Do You Have An Emergency Kit?, Bloat, the Mother of All Emergencies, Bloat Chart
  • PET EMERGENCY RESOURCE A Pet Owner’s Guide to Medical Emergencies is part of the VCA Northwest Veterinary Specialist website [learn more
Health & Information: Vaccines, Parasites, Pano and more
  • UNDERSTANDING GROWTH PLATES in your large breed puppy, visit our health center [HERE]

More Info Coming Soon 

My Puppy's Ears Aren't Up, What Should I Do?

Yes, your puppy’s ears should stand on their own.  However, occasionally they need help. Before trying ANY of the suggestions noted below, CONSULT YOUR BREEDER FIRST!

Disclaimer: the links above should only be use as a talking-point with your breeder. You should always consult your breeder FIRST.