Whether you have gone to the local animal shelter in your area, or you have contacted a breeder about finding a puppy for Christmas, there are a few things that you want to keep in mind before you bring him home. Owning a new dog is a huge task and remember that they don’t stay a puppy forever, especially if they are a big breed.
With that in mind, you want to be sure that you have a kennel completely set up and ready to go for the arrival of your new puppy. Although I bought a boxer puppy, with knowing her breed size, I decided to get the largest dog kennel from eBay that I could find. I also made sure that the kennel had a sliding metal pan and not one made of plastic. Boxer puppies do a lot of chewing and it doesn’t stop when they get older.
Be sure to research the various types of dog food. Every new dog owner has a personal preference and that is fine, unless otherwise recommended by the veterinarian to give a special diet. The one thing that you should remember as a new puppy owner, is that like a baby, your puppy needs to adjust to any changes in feeding habits.
If you have your heart set on Puppy Chow ® yet your puppy is currently eating Beneful ® brand dog food, you will want to gradually wean them into their new brand. You would mix the two types of food by adding more and more of the new brand each day, while eliminating the previous brand. Don’t forget the dog food and water bowls.
Preparing for your new Christmas puppy requires a lot more than you probably expected. You want to begin training your new puppy as soon as possible. Keeping plenty of chewable toys to match the particular breed of dog is very important, unless of course you want holes chewed out in your furniture. The choice is yours.
Make sure that you have a variety of great treats for puppies when they are behaving good and when they are performing tricks and being obedient to you. Puppies love to chew so grabbing a package of raw hide bones and a Kong® chew toy is the ideal brand of toy for large breed puppies.
Have a veterinarian picked out so that you can make the first appointment almost right away for your new puppy. Your puppy will most likely need to have some shots done as well as an overall wellness check, unless you are getting your puppy from the animal shelter. If so, it is still good to have one picked out.
A few extras may include some puppy pee pads and a dog brush. Be sure that if you get shampoo, it is safe for the age that your puppy is. You want to purchase either a collar or a harness. Depending on the breed you chose, you may not want a long leash. Especially because it is close to Christmas time, it is good to grab a dog bed to keep any cold drafts away from your puppy.
These are the bare essentials for welcoming your new furry addition. Dogs make great Christmas presents, but they aren’t something to set aside when you become bored. A puppy will grow into a bigger dog so that is something that you should keep in mind when shopping for a new puppy. They need lots of love and attention, chew toys and a comfortable bed.