Congratulations on adopting a Brittany puppy!
These energetic and intelligent dogs make wonderful companions. This guide will help you with everything you need to know about caring for your new puppy, from feeding and training to socialization and crate training.

Feeding Your Puppy

  • Frequency: Feed your Brittany puppy 3-4 times a day until they are about 6 months old. After that, you can reduce feedings to 2 times a day.
  • Type of Food: Choose high-quality puppy food that is rich in protein. Look for brands that list meat as the first ingredient.
  • Portion Size: Follow the guidelines on the food packaging, adjusting based on your puppy’s activity level and growth.

House Breaking

  • Consistency: Take your puppy outside frequently, especially after eating, drinking, playing, or waking up.
  • Designated Spot: Always take your puppy to the same spot to do their business. Praise them when they go in the right place.
  • Crate Training: Use a crate to help with housebreaking. Dogs naturally avoid soiling their sleeping area. Ensure the crate is not too large to prevent accidents.

Crate Training Tips

  • Introduce Gradually: Let your puppy explore the crate with the door open. Place treats and toys inside to create positive associations.
  • Short Periods: Start by closing the door for short periods while you are home. Gradually increase the time they spend in the crate.
  • Comfort: Make the crate comfortable with bedding and ensure it’s a safe, quiet space for your puppy. Keep an eye on them to make sure they are not eating the bedding.
  • Safety: Remove their collars while in the crate to prevent accidental hanging/choking.

Chew Toys

  • Safety: Choose chew toys that are durable and safe for puppies. Avoid toys with small parts that could be swallowed. No plush toys! They will tear them apart and swallow the deadly stuffing and/or squeaker.
  • Types of Toys: Rubber toys like Kongs, nylon bones, and rope toys are great options. Avoid rawhide, as it can be a choking hazard.

Behavior Training

  • Start Early: Begin basic training as soon as you bring your puppy home. Brittanys are smart and eager to learn.
  • Positive Reinforcement: Use treats, praise, and play to reward good behavior.
  • Basic Commands: Start with commands like sit, stay, come, and down.

Socialization

  • Expose to Various Environments: Introduce your puppy to different sights, sounds, and experiences.
  • Meet New People and Animals: Arrange playdates with other dogs and allow your puppy to meet new people. This helps them become well-adjusted adults.
  • Puppy Classes: Enroll in puppy socialization classes for controlled interactions and learning experiences.
  • Safety: Make sure they have had all of their puppy shots, including rabies, before socializing with other dogs; due to their undeveloped immune systems.

General Expectations for the First Few Months

  • Energy Levels: Brittany puppies are high-energy and require plenty of exercise and mental stimulation.
  • Routine: Establish a daily routine for feeding, potty breaks, playtime, and training.
  • Vet Visits: Schedule regular veterinary check-ups and vaccinations to ensure your puppy’s health. Heartworm preventative must be given monthly!
  • Patience and Persistence: Training and housebreaking take time. Be patient and consistent with your efforts.

Do’s and Don’ts

  • Do:
    • Provide plenty of exercise and mental stimulation.
    • Use positive reinforcement for training.
    • Be consistent with commands and routines.
    • Socialize your puppy with various people and animals.
    • Keep up with regular veterinary care.
  • Don’t:
    • Use harsh punishment or negative reinforcement.
    • Leave your puppy alone for long periods.
    • Overfeed or underfeed.
    • Neglect socialization and training.

Summary

Adopting a Brittany puppy is an exciting journey. With proper care, training, and socialization, your new puppy will grow into a happy and well-behaved adult dog. Enjoy the process and cherish the moments with your new furry friend!

Keep in touch!

If you have any questions reach out to BRIT at info@brittanyrescueintexas.org & 817-300-8301.