Excessive puppy stress or a combination of various types of the below listed stressful situations, can weaken any pup of any age or size, but especially so for teacup, tiny or toy puppies.
Please read on if your new pup is experiencing or has recently gone through more than 3-4 of the following points. In that case you should reconsider the way your pup is living in your home, dial down the activity level for a few days and put more emphasis on quiet TLC, and a calm and emotionally serene & physically secure environment. And as always – pay more attention to eating and supporting the pup with a high calorie supplement.
The Most Common Puppy Stressors are:
- weaning and separating from the home it is used to
- moving to a new home with new people that are very excited by its presence, rather than calm and relaxed
- being alone for long periods during the day while you go to work
- being constantly held, played with or passed from one set of hands to the next one…
- extensive rough housing, wrangling and wrestling with children, adults or other pets
- bigger dogs and/or cats that chase or scare it
- frequently being on the floor with unsupervised, active children or rambunctious pets running through the house or around it [not only dangerous for the pup due to potentially getting stepped on – but also very scary and intimidating for a wee tiny pup, this can actually lead to a pup not wanting to be around or being scared of children or your larger dogs]
- getting yelled or screamed at – both due to excitement [kids] or anger [potty accidents]
- being hungry or thirsty, or getting too intimidated or too distracted to eat
- not enough undisturbed rest times for naps and sleeping
- being cold- shivering uses up precious energy
- being hot– excessive panting does the same
- grieving and crying– often times new puppies miss their litter mates and their previous care givers, even long after they have been weaned
A Calm & Quiet Environment…
… can go a long way in helping a puppy settle into its new home and getting used to its new family. With anything from teacup to toy breed sizes, it is always recommended that you copy the set-up the breeder has used [at least initially], so the changes are less drastic for the new puppy.
While it is often recommended to ignore or not pay attention to a larger size pup’s whining and crying, this does not apply to teacups and toys. Provide frequent cuddles and smooches – but keep it calm and mellow. Talk to it with a soothing loving voice. Offer food and tidbits often and encourage it to eat on its own as well. Keep Nutrical and/or Dyne handy and don’t be shy in its usage!
When the pup is in its playpen, make sure it has a stuffed toy and a warm blanket or snuggle-sack for comfort, and that the playpen is set up in a sunny and draft free location [watch for overheating though!].