What do I need for my new puppy?
Puppies are generally easy to prepare for. Here is a quick checklist
of things you want to have on hand when bringing the new family
·Bowls. You need good, heavy water and food bowls. Make them a
bit heavier and larger than you would think, so the puppy will not
be as likely to knock them over. I prefer ceramic bowls, but stainless
steel is also fine. Avoid plastic.
Food. Your best bet is to purchase whatever food the shelter has
been feeding the puppy. Continue this diet until you consult with
your veterinarian. The less change initially the better. Inquire
of the shelter staff how they have been feeding them. How many times
a day? How much? You want to make their routine as consistent as
possible the first week. Even if you are not familiar with the brand
of food, stick with it until you consult with your veterinarian.
·Water. Tap water is fine. Bottled water is nice, but usually
·Toys and Bones: Any kind of commercial dog toy or bone that is
available at the shelter or a local pet store is acceptable. Always
think bigger when you think of toys or bones. The larger they are,
the less chance of pieces breaking off and causing problems. Do
not use socks, butcher bones or other household items. Commercially
prepared bones and toys are made to be safe.
·Training crates. This is going to be your best friend. Purchase
a small training crate and talk to your veterinarian about the housebreaking
technique they like to use. The crate should be on the smaller side.
It should be just large enough for the puppy to stand, stretch,
turn and lie back down. It should not be large enough that the puppy
could urinate or defecate in one end and sleep in the other. That
would be defeating the purpose.
That's it. Those are all the necessities.