Thursday, May 8, 2008

Preparing for Puppy

Bringing puppy home is a momentous occasion. Everyone looks forward to the new addition to the family. But, before puppy comes home, there are a few things you need to make sure that you purchase.
Most of the items that you purchase for puppy will be one-time purchases. Acquiring these items on sale at pet department stores can save a ton of money. Clipping coupons from the Sunday newspaper provide cost-cutting savings for the new pet owner as well.
Puppies need a balanced diet. Don’t buy puppy food because the commercials say that pets deserve gourmet food. Puppy won’t be sitting at the table with a bib around his neck. A simple bag of puppy formula kibble will do.
Dry food is recommended for puppies. The brand that you choose is based on nutritious ingredients. Buying the generic doggie kibble is not always the best choice. If you need help, ask your vet for suggestions.
Bowls for water and food are needed for feedings. One set will do and they don’t have to be fancy, just durable. Place them in the area where puppy will regularly receive his meals.
Puppy will also need somewhere to sleep. It may be cute the first few weeks to have puppy in the bed with you, but that will get real old real quick. Puppy can toss and turn as he likes in his own bed. Puppy may go through several beds before it’s all said and done so spending a lot on the first one is not advised.
A crate is where puppy will stay when traveling and when he needs to stay in one area of the house. The crate should allow for growth but not be so large that puppy is scared of it. Later, you will show puppy how to make nice with his second home.
Whenever puppy ventures outdoors, he will need to wear a leash. Leashes come in all colors, shapes, and sizes. Puppy’s leash should allow room for growth. It just needs to keep puppy from getting away, not necessarily make a fashion statement. Besides puppy will probably chew on his leash the first few times you put it on him anyway, so spending a fortune on one, is not always a good choice.
To satisfy his chewing habits, give puppy some chew toys. Ones made for dogs are safer than giving him a real bone to gnaw on. Pieces of the bone could chip off and cause a choking hazard for puppy. Chew toys like bouncing balls could pose a choking hazard as well if they are smaller than puppy’s jaws. So, be conscious about puppies play toys to make them fun, but more importantly, safe for puppy.
Puppies need a lot of love and care. He incurs expenses even before his arrival. To make sure that puppy’s first day with you is an enjoyable one for everyone involved, stock up on everything that he needs before bringing him home.

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