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    Preparing for a new puppy

    Articlegeneral dog adviceWednesday 27 March 2013
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    If you have been browsing the new puppies on our site and you have thought about getting one then it all sounds good. You may however worry about what you need to prepare. Don't worry as we have created this guide to help you prepare for the addition of your new 4 legged friend before he even sets foot in your home.
     
    The first thing to do is try to make the journey to its new home as comfortable as possible. Try wrapping the puppy in blankets and using a decent sized crate. Puppies like confined spaces but not too confined. It has been said that placing a ticking clock within the blankets is a good idea due to the puppy associating this to their mother’s heartbeat.
     
    The first thing you are going to need when picking up your new puppy is a collar and a leash. Without a collar your dog will be classed as “ownerless” and could be taken away if found lost. You will require a lead as puppies are, unsurprisingly, very active and will have lots of energy. You want your new puppy to be under your control.
     
    Puppies grow so this collar will need changing a few times as they grow larger. The collar will also need identification tags preferably with the puppies name and also your name and your address.
     
    Find out from who you are receiving the puppy and what their current diet is. You will not want to upset this careful balance. Later on you can gradually change the meals to what you prefer. Also choose the food you purchase sensibly. You will need to buy food made for puppies and although commercial dog food offers all the promises in the world you will need to judge which brands are the best ones.
     
    Other useful accessories to have is a decent sized dog bed. Pay attention to how big your puppy is likely to grow and buy an appropriate sized bed for them. They may be small now but they group up fast depending on the breed. You will also need a range of bowls for both food and water and even a separate bowl to leave in the car to put water in when you go travelling. For grooming, purchase Dog shampoo and brushes or get in contact with a dedicated dog groomer and arrange regular visits. A range of toys will be useful. New puppies love to chew and these toys can be perfect for them. You would rather that a dog chews on a toy or some rope than your shoes. Thank me for that tip later.
     
    You will also want to book an appoitment with your puppy into a new vet. Arrange and book this appointment as soon as possible. Even though the person or breeder you picked the dog up from should have provided all necessary vaccinations and cover it is still best to double check with a vet and also form a relationship with them. Choosing the right vet is important. Get recommendations from friends and try to find one located nearby in case of emergencies. You should also get to know your vet and be able to communicate naturally with them. For someone who doesn't know a dog medially, you want your vet to talk to you on a basic understandable level about any issues.
     
    If you have another pet in the house then it is extremely important you prepare for the addition of a new puppy. When introducing them let them take their time to explore and get to know each other. Never leave an older dog or cat alone with a puppy. They may feel their existing authority in the house threatened and take their anger out on the poor puppy. Always maintain supervision of this first meeting. Don’t ignore your old pet, keep them entertained and show them attention to show that they are still loved.
     
    You should also prepare an area in the house for your puppy that is only theirs. Typically this is in the kitchen or laundry room. As you would for a new baby, make sure the area is puppy proof. Clean it, remove electricity wires and remove anything the puppy could chew or scratch. This has to be the puppy’s base and it will need to retreat here when stressed or tired. 
     
    Another point of note is that when you bring your puppy home try to make the house as peaceful as possible. Introduce it to key family members and slowly introduce guests. The last thing a puppy wants is a "baby shower" party to welcome it to the home. Take things easily and slowly.
     
    Think of a name. This may be difficult before getting a dog but is very important in regards to the dog’s development. Try to think of something original and unique. In the park when calling out your dog’s name more than one may come to you if you have a common name. You should also maybe try to think of a name not too complicated but not too short. Too long will be confusing for the dog when training and be a mouthful to get out and too short (one syllable) can be confused with other training specific words.  Once you have chosen a name, try not to change it for something else as this can confuse the dog. 
     
    Source: Discovery
     
    Photo: Wikimedia

     

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