Hello, it is almost time to bring your puppy home!
Below are care instructions
Feed your Klee Kai only food and treats made in the USA, Canada, UE, Australia or New Zealand with ingredients sourced from these same sources. This means that you will not poison your Klee Kai on accident from food sources that are questionable.
I feed an organic RAW or freeze dried food morning and night then leave out an organic kibble to eat during the day. Feed your dog more then recommended on the bag as they have high metabolisms.
Try to stick to lean meats for your dog like venison, bison. Try to avoid a lot of fish based foods due to high heavy metal contaminants. If you cannot afford the organic then get something that the source the ingredients from minimally processed ingredients.
Raw food – just google Organic Raw dog food, Organic Freeze Dried Food.
Honest Kitchen is a good raw/freeze dried food and is easy to find in any pet store.
You will need to get a 3ft high excercise pen, large litter box (I use WalMarts under bed storage containers cost 10.00 get two and put side by side) dog bed, toys, food/water dish, small size collar/leash and small crate to sleep in at night. (see below for types of products to get and avoid)
You will also need to get ONLY YESTERDAYS NEWS cat litter to use in your puppy litter box. This litter is made from recycled newspaper so when your puppy eats it it will do no harm.
Best practice for day to day life of your puppy
Your puppy should sleep in a crate at night until potty trained. The first few nights put the crate on your bed or night stand where the puppy can see you. They will get used to this quickly at which time you transition the crate to the floor in your room. Once fully potty trained you can use a dog bed in your room for them to sleep. AND TRUST me put them on the night stand or they will scream.
I suggest a soft sided crate that is used for airlines when you fly with your puppy. You can take this crate everywhere including if you are out and need to go in to a store. It looks like a bag.It also expands so as they grow into an adult they will still fit. I like the red one here which you can find on Amazon.
If you will be leaving your puppy in a crate while gone then DO NOT get a wire crate. They are very dangerous. Your puppy can get their teeth stuck in them and break a jaw. I have attached pics of the proper crate. I however do not crate train my dogs until 8 months or older.
I set up a exercise pen for the puppy with litter box, food, water, bed and toys. You can leave your puppy in there when you are gone. Do this until they are potty trained and you trust them to be lose in the house. When you are home let them out to play and follow you around. IF you are worried about them going potty when out, keep them on a long leash attached to your waist so that you will be aware when they are ready to potty. I like these two below pens. The reason is there is not a top rail and then another rail right below. Puppies have been known to climb out and get their leg stuck in between and break them or possibly die.
I free feed my puppies, so I leave food out for them to eat all day/night. You may wish while they are young and still getting house broken to pick up the food and water around 7pm.
Type of Harness and Leash
Get this type of harness for your puppy to walk them in. If you notice it does not click shut on their shoulders do it will not rub on their shoulder blades and make them sore. You can find them on amazon or in the pet store. This is the hamilton comfort harness.
Klee Kai are active so play with them a lot. Put a sock on your hand and wrestle with them or attach a doggie toy to the leash and run around. They love to chase it.
BEWARE of mix dog parks as bigger dogs have been known to attack and even kill Klee Kai. ONLY go to small dog parks. Be aware when walking them that bigger dogs do not run up and attack them either, it happens a lot and by dogs that suppose to be super friendly like golden retrievers and labs. Take your puppy everywhere with you so they get super well adjusted to the world. This is where your soft side crate comes in handy. Just do not put them down on the ground until after they have had all their shots. IF you do have a potty pad for them to potty or stand on.
Best thing you can do to make sure your puppy is a pleasure to be around is start with training classes for obedience and if possible find a trainer that will come to your house if you can to help with training them to be good members of your family.