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Caring For Your New Puppy

Pet Magic wishes you the best on the purchase of your new puppy, and would like to thank you for the opportunity to help you with your newest family member.

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To make your Puppy as comfortable as it can in a new environment, you should be well prepared by purchasing the items listed below.

  • Clean bowls for food, water and wet food.
  • A warm bed. This should be located in a warm, draught-free, quiet place.
  • A Puppy Training Pad. There are a huge range of puppy pads available.Try a few different ones to see what suites you and your Puppy.
  • A few simple toys. Such as rope toy, a rubber Kong® and fluffy companion toy.
  • A collar and leash. Even for young little pups, a collar will help for identification if your puppy ever gets lost.

For the first few days, keep your puppy in a quiet area of the house with all the necessities within reach. Don't punish your puppy for any accidents as you don't want their first impression to be a fearful one. Always allow the Puppy to have access to their bed, this is their 'safe place' and should be in a quiet area. Always supervise young children around your puppy as they may not realise how fragile a puppy is.

Familiar smells will cause your puppy to stress a little less.  Provide a toy with the smell of its litter mates, or an old shirt of your own without buttons or zippers in your puppy's bed. Do not comfort your puppy when it cries on the first night, they will usually fall asleep quickly. If they are very persistent, a radio on low or a clock near the bed may help as background sound can often make your puppy feel safer.

Toilet training is a must whether your puppy will be wholly indoors, outdoors or both. DO NOT take your puppy for a walk until it has had its second vaccination.  


Only feed your puppy the food that Pet Magic has provided you with for the first week.  If you wish to change the food over to another brand at any time, slowly mix the new food in with the old food until the mix is made up of the new food only.  We recommend and use ADVANCE Puppy Food range. Here are some of the many benefits to ADVANCE Puppy Food®:

  • Maintaining strong teeth and bones
  • Provides a complete and balanced diet
  • Defends against diseases
  • Builds a strong immune system
  • Puppies (depending on the breed) can be weaned onto adult food at around 12 months (small and medium) to 24 months (Large and Giant) of age.

Puppies should be fed more often than older dogs because they have such a small digestive tract and high nutritional demands. Puppies should be feed between 3-4 times daily until 6 months of age. Frequent feeding also prevents over-possessiveness of food. If you cannot feed your puppy during the day, have a family member or friend feed and check on the pup. At Pet Magic our puppies are also fed a small portion of Tucker Time® once a day, simply for a little variety. Puppies over 6 weeks do NOT need milk supplements.

Fresh water at all times is essential as your puppy will dehydrate without it.

A Family Puppy

To teach your puppy their name, use it every time you interact with them. Within a few days your puppy should start to respond to their name, particularly when associated with praise. You're best to use two syllable names as they are easier for your puppy to respond to and remember.

When your puppy is acting in a good manner praise and reward them. NEVER use negative punishment as puppies don't respond well to this and it can lead to behavioural issues. If there are children in the house, don't share toys with the pup.  This may lead to a dog that believes snatching toys is appropriate. Play fighting with a little pup may be fun, but bear in mind that it will not be as fun when they are fully grown and boisterous. Pet Magic stock a wide variety of toys to entertain your new puppy.=

Toilet Training

Puppies have very small bladders so they need to toilet frequently. You can use newspaper but it can permanently stain your floors and has no odour control. There are a wide range of toilet pads available which are highly absorbent, have odour control, do not stain and have attractants that will allow the puppy to have a designated area.

Initially, take your puppy out every hour, after every meal and when they wake from a sleep.  Be sure to always reward your puppy when they "go" in an appropriate area. Accidents will happen but don't punish your puppy as they are unaware that what they are doing is wrong. NEVER put the puppies face in the mess, this achieves nothing and can pass on dangerous illnesses.


Bathing a puppy is great fun, but you should only wash your puppy once a month using an appropriate puppy shampoo. Bathing too often can lead to dermatitis. A daily brush to keep their fur healthy and clean is a must along with being a really good bonding time.

Your puppy's nails may occasionally need careful trimming using dog nail clippers. Dogs with floppy ears may need occasional ear cleaning. Epi-Otic® is an ear cleaner that is available at Pet Magic. Please ask our friendly staff for instructions on ear cleaning if needed.

Health - 'Prevention is the Best Cure'

Puppies can be sterilised from 5-6 months. There is an over-population of dogs in Australia and every puppy sterilised helps. A sterilised dog is also cheaper to register with the council or local government. Unsterilised females have the possibility of becoming pregnant, and may result in unwanted puppies. Unsterilised males will wander, be over active and may be aggressive. Sterilised dogs also live longer and have less health issues (such as cancer).


Even after a puppy has its first vaccination, you should avoid all public places until 2 weeks after the second vaccination. After this time you can happily take your puppy on walks and into public areas. Cannington Vet allows puppies with their first vaccination into Puppy Preschool due to high hygienic conditions. All dogs and puppies should be up to date with vaccinations as it is part of responsible dog ownership and the law.

Dogs should be vaccinated against the big 'three':   

  • Canine Distemper
  • Canine Hepatitis
  • Parvo Virus

Vets will often advice to also vaccinate for:

  • Para influenza
  • Bordetella (Kennel Cough)

All puppies from Pet Magic have been vaccinated for all five of the above ailments. 

Flea, Intestinal Worm and Heartworm Prevention

Puppies and Dog can catch fleas and heartworm, with heartworm being fatal. Puppies are also vulnerable to ear mites, ticks and sarcoptic mange mites. All of these can be prevented by a monthly treatment of Revolution®, Frontline® (only does Fleas) or any of the Advantage® range.

Puppies also suffer greatly from intestinal worms. Some Intestinal worms in puppies can be treated with Revolution® as well, but for full control an all wormer is best. To control and kill all stages of roundworm, hookworm, whipworm and tapeworm, the following schedule should be followed. 

  • 6 weeks old
  • 8 weeks old
  • 10 weeks old
  • 12 weeks old
  • 4  months old
  • 5 months old
  • 6 months old
  • Then every 3 months for life.

There are many canine all wormer brands such as Drontol® and Paraguard®

For Worming, Vaccination and Flea Treatment dates please refer to your Puppy Vaccination certificate provided during the sale

Puppies can fall sick quickly and can show no symptoms until the last minute. Frequently check your puppy for weepy eyes, runny nose, flu symptoms and always watch for sudden changes in behaviour. A usual docile puppy that acts excessively defensive may be sick. Always check your puppies body condition every day paying particular attention to the skin, eyes, ears and feet.