Do I need to bring anything to the airport with me?
We recommend some wet wipes and a new blanket/towel to wrap the puppy in when you come to pick up the puppy at the airport because the kennel may be not clean.
Is there anything in particular that would make her relaxed or more comfortable when I meet my pup?
Best thing you can do for your puppy is to get home as soon as you can, get it out of the chaos to a quiet place and be gentle with it. They will read your motives right away without you saying a word. That will help them get stabilized in their new home.
Is the puppy potty-trained at all?
Your puppy is potty-trained to a beginners level. They’re still young and unable to hold for too long until their muscles develop for longer holding time. That means the older your puppy gets, the longer the puppy will be able to hold pee and poo. At this point, the puppy is trained to go on the newspaper or on a pee-pad. Does that mean that puppy will not go on a rug or a carpet when you are not looking? NO… Puppies have a great smell and if the puppy smells something on the carper or a rug that sends a doggy bathroom reflex, the puppy will go there. It would be your job as a new parent to keep an eye on that in the beginning and correct it. Pomsky puppies are super intelligent and after a few corrections, this or that will stop.
What food has the puppy been eating?
Our puppies are on “Simply Nourish” Sweet Potato & Salmon Recipe. It’s a good idea to keep your pup on that for one year and then go into adult food. You may choose different types of food based on your research or your vet recommendations, and that’s OK. You choose what you think is best for your puppy.
What do you recommend: Hard? Wet? Raw?
Your Puppy is used to hard puppy food. Sometimes we would give them a treat of a bone, sometimes it’s a hide or even a raw bone. Their stool may change because the belly is not used to it, but it’s short term and not harmful.
How many times should I feed in a day and how much?
We feed our pups three times a day. We give them a small food bowl with just enough food to cover the bottom without layering, for 15 minutes in their crate. This means don’t play with them or pet them or anything else… Give them privacy and quiet food time. After 15 min, we take it away no matter if they ate a lot or they did not even take a bite. When hungry, they will eat really well at the following mealtime, but its not going to hurt them. It will teach them that FOOD equals EAT…
You would use this portion until they are about 6-8 months old when their major growth spurt is over, and then you would feed a little less and twice a day. But at that point, consult with your vet how much you should be feeding, based on the size and health of your pup.
Has the puppy been wearing a collar?
Yes, our puppies have collars after about a month old (with a bell).
Has the puppy been on a leash?
No, our puppies are not on a leash. We have them at home and together with their siblings and it’s too crowded to put them on a leash. They see other pups and want to run and play, so it’s not ideal for us to introduce a leash with a full house of pups.
Do you think a harness would be better for the puppy?
Harnesses are safer and more comfortable for them while they’re still small. When the puppy is more trained to walk on a leash, then a collar and leash is no problem.
How long should the puppy be isolated once it arrives? When is it safe to taker it outside for a walk?
We are very protective with our dogs and waited at least until the pups were 6 months old before taking them out to public streets and parks. This is a good questions to ask your vet. Its super important to have your pup up to date on all of the shots, and then it would be safe.
Has the puppy met any cats? Is it wise to introduce a cat to it?
Our puppies have not been introduced to cats. It’s alright to introduce your puppy to a car. I would not leave them by themselves on the first day. This young age is still silly and very playful and they should become friends quickly, especially if it’s a kitty.
Are there toys/snacks that the puppies particularly like? Snacks?
Yes, any snacks! But that should be given only as a treat. Food should be given at a regular time. I would not substitute snacks for mealtime. Again, Pomskies are super smart and can manipulate you to get what they want, and it may not be the best thing for them. When we “spoil” our dogs with meat or homemade dog food, it takes about 2 to 3 days sometimes for them to start eating their dog food after such a treat. They sure know what they want, but we need to remember that we are the parents.
How much should I be feeding my puppy?
Puppies should be fed about three times a day. We give the puppies half a cup of food. We also give her about 15 min to eat and then take it away. This teaches them to eat when the food is out and not play with it. For the first week especially, please watch how well the puppy is eating. There will be some anxiety maybe the first few days, but then they should get back to the normal eating patterns.
How often should I brush my puppy?
If you can start brushing your dog early, it will fall in love with the process of being brushed and then you just brush her as often as you like, but in the time when the pup is shedding you’ll see the need to do it more often for a few days/weeks.
There are many options on brushes.. They all will work great… you’ll need a short hair brush.
How often should I wash my puppy?
Baths can be given as often as you feel the need. Huskies do not smell like other dogs so you don’t want to over do it. Too much bathing will dry their skin and cause dandruff and itchy skin.
Should I brush my puppy’s teeth? If so how often?
Yes, we would recommend to do it at least once a week. It will help with less dental visits in older age.
Do you recommend a bed, or just a blanket for the puppy?
We recommend for the puppy to have a kennel as its bed… if the puppy ever does not feel good or gets sick or afraid of anything, it will always go into its little home and find peace and rest there. Plus, it is great for the puppy to stay in the kennel if you ever leave it alone for more than a few hours at a time. When you’ll be gone from home, the puppy will be at rest in its personal house/kennel, resting and waiting for you. When a puppy is left to him/herself, trouble always seems to find the puppy… things will get chewed up and such. But inside the kennel, you can put anything soft like bedding or a blanket.