So you have decided to get a new puppy or have already gotten a new puppy. Congrats. This is a wonderful achievement in life, rather it be just as a personal companion, or a family pet, a new puppy will be a decision you wont regret. No doubt you want the best life for your dog and want him to grow up happy and healthy. Maybe you don’t quite know what to get him, maybe you just need to make sure that you got him everything he will need. Well is this informational piece I will discus the basic things that your new friend will need, as well as a few things to help him grow up big and strong.
FOOD BOWL: The best bowl you can get for your puppy is a spill proof, double bowl. This will contain his food as well as water, while making it harder for your puppy to spill and make a mess. Puppies are messy that’s just fact. While your puppy will still find ways to play in the water, at least he wont be able to tip it over. As for as size, they come in all different types, this should be based on your puppy’s size. Don’t make it to big to where he can really get wet or worst drown, but you want it to be at least big enough to provide him with water threw out the day. Also just a tip be sure to change his food and water at least twice a day.
LEASH AND COLLAR: Take your puppy to a pet store with you, most pet stores allow your dog to come in with you. Size up his collar, if you need help one of the employees will be able to help. You want to make sure the collar is tight enough around the neck that your puppy can not slip out but loose enough so he can breath. Best advice, insure you can get two to three fingers in between the neck and the collar. Your leash should be about 4 feet long and no more than 6 feet. This will give you better control of your puppy. If you have a larger puppy it is best to get a Halty, which is a device that goes around the nose. It is loose enough to allow the puppy to be comfortable but will pull when your puppy tries to pull away from you, this will start to correct the puppy at an early age not to pull when walking. I would also recommend a reflective leash so cars can see you and your puppy.
DOG BED: A lot of trainers will say not to allow your puppy on the bed with you. I am guilty of not following this. My massive, jack Russel and pointer, all sleep in the bed with me and my wife. Tight fit but we love it. Now if you do get a bed, there are many to chose from. There are sheep skin, memory foam, and very cushy cotton ones. Any of these will do just fine. Just insure, your puppy has enough room to lay out in and be comfortable.
KENNELS: This is a great training asset to have. Your puppy is going to have accidents in the house, simple fact of life, kennel training is a great thing to do at an early age. If you do decide to get a kennel for your puppy, don’t go to big. I know people think the more room the better, but this can cause your puppy to hurt its self. Best size is just to make sure your puppy has enough room to lie down turn around and lay away from its poop or pee if it does mess in the kennel.
TOYS AND BONES: Probably one of the best things to get your puppy. There are many to chose from. As far as toys, just get what ever your puppy likes, or you think he will like. Squeaky, plastic, rubber or cloth, this really doesn’t matter. However there will be a point where your puppy will start to tare it up, one of the best toys that I have found that is new today, is the cotton-less cloth toys. You can place an empty water bottle inside of the toy and your dog will have lots of fun with the crunch sound. Best of all when he tares the toy up, there will not be a huge mess to clean up. As far as bones, I would recommend something that is solid at least until Your puppy learns how to chew. The Big ears and hooves should be intended for adult dogs, as your puppy could chock on small pieces that break off.
DOG FOOD: This is something I see lots of people make mistakes on. They tend to go cheap. Cheap tends to not have a lot of nutrience, and believe it or not, all the foods you see on TV are cheap. Basic things to look for in the nutrience area is easy. Do not get corn as the first ingredient, Corn is very hard to digest for dogs, its also heats your dog up if in warm weather areas. If you can stay away from corn period this is best. Corn Gluitma, is the center of the corn and holds lots of calcium this is defiantly OK. Now you will also find lamb and chicken as an ingredient, Get this as the first ingredient in the dog food, and try to make it chicken or lamb meal, not bi product. Bi product is all the left overs of the chicken or the lamb. Also if it says chicken or lamb that’s fine but It takes 7 pounds of meat to make one pound of meal. So this means that your puppy will have 7 times the nuitrience. You may pay a little more for this type of food, but in the end your puppy will love you for it. If you need any help just ask a pet store employee and hopefully they will know what you are talking about. I recommend dog foods such as Nutro, Eukanuba, Authority, or Bill Jack.
TREATS AND TRAINING: Best tip for treats, is get what your puppy likes. This is like candy to your puppy and you want to make sure its something he will work for. Even if its left over steak that you cut up and save, this will do just fine. As far as training, this is something you will want to do right away as early as possible, before your puppy starts to develop bad habits. I recommend going threw a professional. However if you want to do it yourself, just stay with it and do not give up. It will take time but it is a very important part of you and your puppy’s life. There are several books at your library or the Internet, to assist you in your training needs.
Once again congrats on your new family friend, this will be one of the best decisions you make, Just follow these steps and research all you can and I know you and your puppy will get along just fine. I hope this has helped. Enjoy.