Adopting a Newfoundland pup, particularly if it is your first dog, represents a major event in your life. To ensure that it begins on the best possible note, some advance preparation is needed for your new family member. The key areas are outlined below. Please feel free to contact us at any time; we are available to help you locate the resources that you need.
Please discuss your plans for a pup with adjacent neighbours. Of particular importance is your proposed location of the pen, especially if it is to be along a perimeter fence.
It is a good policy to be sensitive to your neighbours’ concerns, especially with regard to their sleep times. If they are willing, try to arrange for your neighbours to meet the new pup when it arrives, or as soon as possible afterwards.
When your pup moves to your house, virtually everything will be different. One of the few things that can and should be the same is his food. Ensuring that you have the proper food on hand for his arrival will help him cope with the transition.
While Hannibal Newfs are expected to live in your home with the rest of the family, there are many benefits to having outdoor accommodation as well. For pups under eight months, such accommodation is normally mandated. However, Newfs of all ages can benefit from such alternate housing.
It is essential that the pen and/or fencing plus the shelter be in place before your pup arrives. Without this, housetraining could be become a challenge.
Fencing must be a minimum of five feet high (six feet is preferable) and the area must be a minimum of 100 square feet. Portable dog kennels (composed of modular preassembled panels) are highly recommended.
There are many forms of shelter that you can use. Often a simple Rubbermaid shed will suffice. We would be pleased to advise you on all your options.
The ideal surface is crushed stone with a minimum depth of three inches. The usual stone is “clear” or “clean” 3/4 inch crushed limestone. You will need a minimum of one yard to cover a 10 by 10 pen; however since stone is inexpensive and trucking is very costly, you might consider ordering a whole truck load. Store the extra stone in a convenient place as you will need it to fill in holes and to add as the original packs down. It is a good idea to put railway ties or some other border material around your pen area to prevent the spread of the stone onto your lawn.
Natural or manmade shade is absolutely crucial for the hot months. You can buy tarps that are specifically designed to provide shade for dog pens.
Since every situation is different, you should discuss the outside accommodation with us in detail and check with your local by-laws prior to investing in materials.
Basic equipment and supplies that you should have before the pup arrives:
- Wire dog crate — minimum 24 inches wide, 48 inches long, and 32 inches high with divider panel
- Food bowl — preferrably stainless steel
- Summer bucket — 3 to 5 gallon bucket
- Winter bucket — 5 gallon heated bucket (available at farm supply stores)
- Combination leash and adjustable collar — we supply this for pups at pick up
- Chew items — cow hooves, raw or smoked beef bones, bully sticks, or split antlers
Basic grooming tools that you will need for your pup’s first year:
- Baby wipes — for ears, belly, and face
- Vinegar — in a spray bottle
- Lemon juice — in a spray bottle
- Nail clippers — heavy duty clippers, not guillotine-type with replaceable blade
- Styptic powder or liquid clotting agent — quickly stops the bleeding
- Pin brush — supplied at pick up
- Slicker brush — supplied at pick up
- Fine comb — supplied at pick up
- Medium comb with rotating teeth — supplied at pick up
- Miracle Coat Conditioner & Lusterizer — supplied at pick up
- Wet comb — supplied at 8-12 month check up
- Shedding rake with rotating teeth — supplied at 8-12 month check up
- Thinning shears — supplied at 8-12 month check up
At your first grooming lesson, usually when you pick up your pup, we will discuss necessary grooming equipment. The majority of the basic equipment will be supplied by us during your first grooming lesson, and the remainder will be provided at your 8-12 month check up.
This should be planned in advance so that you are ready for the pup’s arrival. Methods vary from using the regular garbage (double bagging) to composting to mini-septic systems. If you have any questions on this, please ask us.
If you do not already have a veterinarian, you should try to locate one before you take possession of your pup. Neighbours with pets (preferably large ones) are a good source. Also, we may be able to put you in touch with other owners of Newfs in your area so that you can get the name of a vet who is particularly good with this breed.
Ideally the vet clinic should be available for emergencies on a 24 hour basis.
You should contact local Kennel and Obedience Clubs and/or private trainers to find out the availability of group lessons and minimum age for such classes. We can give you the phone numbers for clubs in your area.
Private lessons are not recommended because your pup needs the socialization that a class setting provides.