Saturday, July 21, 2012

Checklist for your New Puppy

Today we are going to be talking about getting a new puppy and some of the essential things you want to have before the new puppy comes home. I know that getting a new puppy or your first puppy ever its and exciting time, but you want to plan ahead and make sure that you have everything you need so that your puppy gets off on the right start.

The Food

The first thing we are going to talk briefly its food. When you are getting a new puppy, you must make sure you are not changing his diet drastically. Try to find what was his diet before and stick with that for at least a couple of days or a week and then you can slowly transition to other type of food. You want to do this so that you will not stress the dog too much. He is already stressed about changing homes so try to minimize other stress factors.

Bowls

For the bowls, I suggest going with stainless steel bowls because your puppy will not be able to chew them and they will last forever. I believe they are a bit more expensive than other type of bowls, but you can what you pay for, so in the long run, stainless steel bowls are a good choice, both for food and water.

Cleaning

Even if you are planning on house training your dog on going outside I suggest getting some floor protection pads just in case. For cleaning, you want to use an enzyme based cleaner, not a detergent based cleaner, because you want to neutralize the ammonia in the urine so the dog will not try to remark that area.

Pens

When you are not able to watch your puppy, you want to have a create or indoor dog pen. Dog pens are very good containing solutions if you do not want your dog running around all day or if you plan on training him.

Grooming

For grooming your puppy, I suggest getting yourself a puppy brush what will help you remove any loose furs. You also want to get a nail cutter and take off the tips of your puppy nails every two weeks or so.

You also need to get some puppy shampoo. Please note that human shampoo is not safe for dogs because it dries their fur and skin too much. You can also buy some puppy wipes as puppies can get dirty often.

Toys

The last thing on our must have list are the toys. Toys for a puppy can be almost anything, however, you do want to supervise every puppy with every toy and make sure they are not going to tear it apart.

I hope you find this helpful and have fun with your new puppy!

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