Dogs are really interesting and loyal creatures, and having to experience the cycle of growth these furry folks undergo is quite an amazing one. However, before having to go pick up your puppy, there are few preparations to make in order to make your puppy’s firsts arrival a comfortable one.
Before your puppy’s arrival, here are a few things you should have in place and before time to your puppy’s arrival.
Check with the breeder a week, or a few days to the pup’s arrival to know exactly what diet the breeder feeds the puppy, so you can go out and purchase exactly that beforehand. Puppies can be very emotional beings on the first arrival, and a change in diet will only make things worse.
Before your puppy’s arrival, it is essential to go pet supply shopping for a list of things you will need to ensure proper care of your new companion. Here are a few things to consider in your buy list
Food & water bowls
It is highly recommended to purchase ceramic food and water bowls that your new pup cannot easily push over, and it is also best as plastic bowls can easily become chew toys to your new pup making it somewhat harmful.
Having puppy brushes and detangling tools will save you a lot from tangled hairs, especially if your pup’s coat is thick and will require proper grooming to go in and detangle. To you, it might seem like a regular grooming session, but to your pet, it is an important moment to bond with its owner. Here are a few other puppy grooming tools you should purchase- nail clippers, brushes, shampoo, de-shedding tool, puppy toothbrush, and toothpaste, etc.
Other supplies include
Is your new puppy being shipped by air? Then I highly recommend you note down the flight number and check that you have the right airport and arrival time. Be sure to be there present before time with a travel crate so you can easily transport your puppy home without delay. After the puppy’s arrival, have the pup placed in the travel crate you brought with you and place the crate in the backseat of your car; alternatively, you can have a friend come with you to sit beside your new pup as you bring your new pet home.
Your puppy’s first arrival at home can be quite traumatic one for the puppy being that he just got separated from the comfort of his familiar surrounding, siblings and even his mum. This can greatly affect your puppy, and you may experience weight loss and loss of appetite during the first few days of getting your puppy. One I trick I recommend is to have a the breeder wrap a towel round the puppy’s mum or siblings, you can go with the towel and have it placed beside the puppy in its crate so it can always sniff out the scent of his mum or siblings whenever the puppy feels uncomfortable.
Of course, nobody wants to purchase a puppy with health defects or illnesses. That’s why it is recommended to have your puppy examined by the veterinarian within 48 hours of purchase. If an illness or disease is found, you can always return the puppy to his breeder. Most breeders in the UK have their puppies insured for six weeks or even longer, although this may not be common in other countries. That’s why you should have your puppy’s health insurance renewed after purchase if it has expired of course! A visit to your veterinarian 48 hours after the purchase is your best bet.
Your puppy’s first night
Surviving the first few nights is key to raising a happy puppy, although this won’t come off as easy as you thought. Puppies may tend to cry during the first few nights, and you may be tempted to go in and check what’s going on with your new puppy, I highly recommend you refrain from this as it would only raise a puppy with a habit of crying to get your attention. Have your puppy relieve himself last thing before going to bed, and first thing in the morning, also endeavor to go with him for this. Place your puppy in his crate and lock it up before leaving to avoiding getting into problems. Should you hear a cry for help, observe the puppy from afar if it’s a cry for help or mere cry for comfort; if it is the latter, then let the Iuppy be and go back to bed.
Always have plenty of fresh water available; water is essential for every living thing, and dogs are not excluded. If a dog loses about 10 percent of water from its tissues, this could lead to death, and worst in typically hot conditions, dogs will consume more water than usual. Therefore, it Is advisable to have plenty of fresh water available for your puppy at all times.
Once your pup is settled, have him wormed; using a good product, have your puppy warmed with dosage recommendations from the manufacturer.
Do not tire your puppy; the excitement of having a new puppy can be overwhelming, leading to cuddling every minute your get; I won’t do this if I were you! Have your puppy run around you and have fun around your house. You can play with your puppy but avoid excessive cuddling or play so you don’t tire out the puppy
Dogs are great creatures and good companions too, having to get a puppy can be a tedious task if not well prepared for. However, with concise planning and taking appropriate measures, you will have the best time raising your new puppy, and what’s more? You also get a life companion too!
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