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Preparing For Your Newf Pup

Adopting a Newfoundland pup, particularly if it is your first dog, represents a major event in your life. To ensure that it begins on the best possible note, some advance preparation is needed for your new family member. Please feel free to contact us; we are available to help you locate the resources that you need.


When your pup moves to your house, virtually everything will be different. One of the few things that can and should be the same is his food. Ensuring that you have the proper food on hand for his arrival will help him cope with the transition.

Outside Accommodation

While Hannibal Newfs are expected to live in your home with family, there are many benefits to having outdoor accommodation as well. For pups under eight months, such accommodation is highly recommended. However, Newfs of all ages can benefit from such alternate housing. (see Benefits of an Outdoor Pen document)

If deemed necessary, a pen and/or fencing plus the shelter should be in place before your pup arrives. Without this, housetraining could be become a challenge.

Fencing should be a minimum of five feet high (six feet is preferable) and the area ideally a minimum of 100 square feet. Portable dog kennels (composed of modular preassembled panels) are highly recommended. There are many forms of shelter that you can use. We would be pleased to advise you on all your options.

The ideal surface is crushed stone with a minimum depth of three inches. The usual stone is “clear” or “clean” 3/4 inch crushed limestone. You will need a minimum of one yard to cover a 10-foot by 10-foot pen; however you might consider ordering extra stone as you will need it to fill in holes and to add as the original packs down. It is a good idea to put railway ties or some other border material around your pen area to prevent the spread of the stone onto your lawn.

Natural or manmade shade is absolutely crucial for the hot months. You can buy tarps that are specifically designed to provide shade for dog pens.

Since every situation is different, you should discuss the outside accommodation with us in detail and check with your local by-laws prior to investing in materials


If you do not already have a veterinarian, you should try to locate one before you bring your pup home. Neighbours with dogs (preferably large breeds) are a good source. If needed, we may be able to put you in touch with local Newf owners that can recommend a vet who is experienced with the breed. Ideally, the vet clinic should be available for emergencies on a 24-hour basis.

Obedience Classes

You should contact local dog trainers, or kennel and obedience clubs, and register for group obedience classes. Private lessons are NOT recommended because your pup needs the socialization that a class setting provides.


Basic equipment and supplies that you should have before the pup arrives:
  • Wire dog crate — minimum 24 inches wide, 48 inches long, and 32 inches high with divider panel
  • Food bowl — preferably stainless steel
  • Summer bucket — 3 to 5 gallon bucket
  • Winter bucket — 5 gallon heated bucket (available at farm supply stores)
  • Chew items — cow hooves, raw or smoked beef bones, bully sticks, or antlers
  • Leash and adjustable collar — supplied at pick up
Basic grooming tools that you will need for your pup’s first year:
  • Baby wipes — for ears, belly, and face
  • Vinegar — in a spray bottle
  • Lemon juice — in a spray bottle
  • Nail clippers — heavy duty clippers, not guillotine-type with replaceable blade
  • Styptic powder or liquid clotting agent — quickly stops the bleeding
  • Pin brush — supplied at pick up
  • Slicker brush — supplied at pick up
  • Fine comb — supplied at pick up
  • Medium comb with rotating teeth — supplied at pick up
  • Miracle Coat Conditioner & Lusterizer — supplied at pick up
  • Wet comb — supplied at second grooming appointment
  • Shedding rake with rotating teeth — supplied at second grooming appointment
  • Thinning shears — supplied at second grooming appointment

At your first grooming lesson, usually when you pick up your pup, we will discuss necessary grooming equipment. At the optional second grooming lesson, after your pup is eight months of age, we will show you how to care for an adult coat.

Poop Disposal

This should be planned in advance so that you are ready for your pup’s arrival. Methods vary from using the regular garbage (double bagging) to composting to mini-septic systems. If you have any questions on this, please ask us.


How the waiting list works and how to get on it

Process for adopting a Hannibal Newfoundland

Breeding priorities and the health standards used

Information regarding the adoption of a Hannibal Newf

Hannibal Newfs guarantee for Newfoundland Dog

A list of foods that keep the soundness and minimum life expectancy guarantees in effect

Recommended advance preparation prior to welcoming your Newf pup

Recommended care for your Newf pup

A list of benefits to having outdoor accommodation