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Preparing for Puppy

Preparing for the arrival of a new dog can be exciting. You need to think about the basic necessities of food, water, grooming, a warm place to sleep, excercise, and health care.

Basic Necessities

There are the usual things like food, bowls, toys, a collar, and a lead. Consideration should be paid to each item. For example, the size of the bowls, toys, collar and lead will depend on the type of dog you are bringing home. Small dogs will not enjoy playing with a toy that is so large it overwhelms them. They will slip out of a collar that is too large. Large dogs can choke on small toys. A small collar can dangerously cut into a large dog's neck. You will want to provide a healthy diet by selecting a premium dog food. Typically, you will not find a good dog food in a grocery or general store. A small puppy will need items to chew like a rawhide. If you do not provide something, it may pick your favorite shoes.


You will need grooming items for your dog. You may opt to take on the bathing challenge yourself. If so, you will need shampoo and perhaps a detangler. Some dogs are very cooperative and look forward to baths. Others will obstinately disagree with the process. There are dog washes opening in local communities for those who do not want a dog in their bathtub. Those who cannot spare time may opt for a professional groomer. Either way, you will need to buy a good set of brushes for your dog. Most dogs will require some regular brushing in between baths. If you have a dog with an undercoat, you may need a coat rake. If you have a dog with long silky hair, you may need a comb.


An outdoor dog will need a warm shelter to protect it from the cold and wet weather. If the weather becomes too severe, it will need an indoor place for refuge. The shelter should offer shade in hot weather as well. If you keep your pet indoors, you must decide if it will stay in a crate. Most breeders support using a crate and it can offer many benefits. For more information on crating, please see the additional link. If you decide not to use a crate, you will need to find a protected area in your home where the dog can stay when you are not there.


Finally, set up an appointment with your veterinarian for a thorough exam. Some breeders mandate that it is within so many hours, typically 72, after taking ownership. Remove all poisonous plants. If you're getting a puppy, protect stairways with gates to avoid falls.

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