New Puppy?

Things You Need To Know When Bringing A New Puppy Home

If you have been wanting to get a puppy and the day has finally arrived where you were going to welcome the new member of the family, you should be prepared for the ride home with a little puppy.

Once you have selected your favorite pick of the litter and are ready to drive home with your adorable pup, it would be smart to make sure that the following preparation items are on your checklist:

1. You want your puppy to be comfortable during the drive and he may have a tendency to move around a bit, so be sure to bring along a thick large sheet that you can spread across the area of the seat. This will keep him as comfortable as possible, as well as help fill in some of the side pockets and gaps of the car with the excess sheet material. The last thing you want is to find that your new puppy has fallen in between the seat and the car door.

2. Bring a roll of paper towels that can be used in case of an accident.  Remember, your new puppy is completely untrained and has no comprehension when it comes to using the bathroom.  He may urinate or even poop during the drive home.  In addition, if he is extremely nervous and gets an upset stomach from the bumpy ride, your puppy may vomit.  Extra paper towels will indeed come in handy here.

3. For extra safety and security, bring a small cardboard box or crate in which your puppy can sit in during the drive home. This is an even better option than simply laying a thick sheet across the seat. Your new friend will be protected from all sides and there is little-to-no chance that he will use the bathroom in your car seat.  Be sure to layer the bottom of the box with a light towel so that he is comfortable.

4. If possible, try to bring along a friend or family member that can sit with the puppy and offer him comfort while you are driving.  The pup is scared, nervous, and very confused, so having someone there to hold and caress the pup will alleviate some of the stress.

5. Last but not least, drive slowly and play some soothing music such as classical or smooth jazz.  Believe it or not, the puppy will be sensitive to the soft music that is playing.  It will help comfort him during the trip.

New Puppy – A List Of Supplies You Must Have Before Bringing Home Your Puppy

Before you rush out and purchase a new puppy, you need to first be prepared with the appropriate supplies needed at home. New puppies need more than just food and water, especially during the first night at the house. Here are a few items to get you started:

1. For starters, your new puppy will need to have his own food and water bowl. The best types of bowls to get should be made out of stainless steel. Stainless steel dog bowls are hypoallergenic, clean easily, and can last a very long time. Be sure to avoid plastic food and water bowls at all costs. 

I advise against plastic because puppies have a tendency to chew up the sides of plastic bowls which create sharp dents and can cause minor cuts and scrapes to your dog’s gums. And of course there is the danger of your puppy biting off a piece of plastic and swallowing it. Make sure that both bowls are full and ready to go as soon as your puppy arrives.

2. Deciding on what to feed your puppy is an important decision and you should have put together a nutrition plan ahead of time before bringing your new friend home. Most new dog owners buy dry puppy food because they think that it has all of the nutritional needs their puppies will need. Although dry food may be convenient, it is not the best source of vitamins, minerals, protein, carbohydrates, and fats for your growing puppy. It is best to consult with an animal nutritional expert will talk with your local breeder as they are professionals at raising healthy dogs.

3. Be sure to have a place for your puppy to sleep.  Bedding is essential but does not have to be fancy or complicated.  In fact, it is best at first to pile some of your old clothes that still have your scent on them for your new puppy to sleep in.  This way he will fill a little more secure with your scent around. You can of course purchase a more elaborate setup but it is not necessary.

4. Toys are an absolute must for a new puppy to be occupied with. However, many new dog owners go a little overboard and bring home lots of different toys, most of which are unnecessary. And if you have too many dog toys lying around it really complicates trying to train your dog to not nibble on everything in the house.  It becomes confusing to your puppy to decipher what is his and what is yours. The best puppy toys are old socks, shoes, or small balls that are big enough to play with but not too small for your puppy to swallow.

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