Preparing For Your Puppy’s Arrival
Like you, your puppy requires supplies to stay fueled and hydrated, to keep from getting lost, to feel at home and to stay clean, comfortable and happy. Fortunately, good supplies can be found at your favorite retailer.
Dog Food: Puppies have specific nutritional requirements to support their growth and development. A high quality puppy food will contain a balance of essential nutrients to support the all important start to a healthy life.
Food and water bowls: Puppies typically eat three times a day, so food bowls need to be cleaned frequently. Stainless steel bowls work the best and harbor less bacteria than plastic or glass. Additionally, puppies are not delicate eaters, so a food and water bowl with a wider base will provide additional stability.
Color or Harness: Buy an appropriately sized, adjustable collar or harness making sure they wear it regularly. The collar or harness should be tight enough to fit two fingers between it and your puppy, Remember to check it weekly as your puppy grows and buy a new, larger one as needed.
Leash: Puppies are not born knowing how to walk on a leash, This is an important socialization skill that they must learn., The leash should be 4 to 6 feet long and allow you to walk comfortably with your puppy while still maintaining control.
Pet ID: Remember to buy a pet ID tag so your puppy has proper identification should they get lost. Include your pet’s name, your name and your phone number. A microchip can help identify your dog if they lose their collar.
Crate or Carrier: Dog are den animals. They find comfort and security in an enclosed, intimate space they can adopt as their own. Choose a crate or carrier your dog can grow into a move around in but not so big that they can eliminate in one corner and sleep in another.