Big Creek



New Puppy Owner




What you will get with your new puppy


Big Creek Bullmastiffs Contract/Health Guarantee


Registration Papers from the American Kennel Club 


Vet issued shot record


Small bag of Puppy food



When you pick up your new puppy


Bring a crate with you if that is how you plan to transport your puppy.


Puppies may become car sick during the first couple of trips. Consider taking another person along to hold your new puppy. Your passenger should wear a seatbelt and open the window about 3" to 4" from the top. Constantly, but slowly rub the underneath of the puppy's neck. This proves to be effective most of the time. Take a towel along just in case your puppy does get sick. Upon your arrival home you can do any needed clean up or you may need to stop along the way. Give your puppy about 45 minutes to an hour to settle down - his tummy should do just fine.



Things to do before you bring your puppy home


Get Your House ReadyYou need to decide where the puppy is going to eat, sleep & play while you are at home & also while you are not at home (working, shopping, etc...)


Get The Yard ReadyIs the yard fenced? Is it easy for someone to steal your dog out of your yard? Could a dog dig under the fence or jump over? Are there things your dog can get into to chew, eat or get sick from? What about stray dogs or the neighbor's dogs? What about poisonous plants?


Who Is Your Vet - If you don't have a vet already, shop around. Call different vet clinics & ask some simple questions; like: are they a walk-in clinic, cost of office call, do they board & how much, what the cost of a health certificate is, what is the costs for a full set of shots including the rabies shot. If you ask these things for general information, you can compare. If you go to the closest vet, or the ones in your town/city, they may be very much alike because they work together. Check with some vets in nearby towns & compare. Talk to other people to see what they think or how they feel about other vets.

Health Issues - Some puppies get stressed out, or are afraid when they go to a new home. They can come down with a bad case of diarrhea; some won't eat, others shake & others just have a good time with no problems. Don't let your puppy get dehydrated.  Make sure the puppy is drinking water. A puppy can get dehydrated in as little as 6 hours.


Dog Food -- Do some research on dog foods. Look at labels. What about corn, animal by-products & soy? Are the old time dog foods really as good as they use to be? Check out what companies bought out who.



Dogs with sensitive stomach- Does your dog need to be on special food because of a sensitive stomach? One dog out of an entire litter or one in several generations may develop a problem like allergies, demodex or some other issue. This can happen with people too. Your sister, brother, aunt, uncle or cousin my have had a bad case of allergies, but no one in the family history ever had. Maybe your grandfather had a health problem as he got older that you or your parents never had. Then it shows up, maybe in one of your kids or your sister's kids. Does that make your parents or grandparents bad? NO! Things like that can happen with dogs and cats too. Looking back to where you searched for your puppy, does that make the breeder "Bad"? No, they would have no knowledge of it.



So Do Your Homework Before You Purchase A Puppy!!

First Few Days

Your puppy may be a bit nervous, since the puppy is no longer experiencing familiar sounds, smells and environment. This unsettling feeling will pass shortly, but some may take longer than others.

or change in diet may cause diarrhea. If it lasts more than 2 days please contact your veterinarian.

Not Eating for the first day and a half - that can happen. Things are different for him. The adjustment period should last a day or so and with others it may be longer.

After putting your puppy down for the first time, he may just stand there in fright. Back away and talk soothingly to him. Reassuring him by saying "good puppy" or "nice puppy" Whistle very softly and your new puppy will come over for a sniff. When he comes over, give him a gentle pat on the head. The puppy should do just fine.