I have brought several puppies home, but the one time that has stuck with me most is when I brought Ginger home. She was the best puppy in her litter, so it’s little wonder she has turned into the matriarch in our home. I was excited about having a new puppy to care for, and I had prepared everything for her from bowls, to doggie bed to toys. I was also emotionally ready for her.
Now that I want to bring in a new addition, I have to remind myself all over what I need to do before she comes home. She is a snow white Japanese Spitz by the way.
Here are some things to consider before bringing a new puppy home.
Have a conversation with the puppy’s current owner to find out what the dog eats. Try and feed her this food when she comes home to make her feel welcome. If you need to make a change from the diet she is used to, do so gradually for a few days to a week. Mix the usual food with the new you want to introduce.
Provide enough toys for the puppy to play with. Chew toys are especially important if you want her not to chew on your sofa, shoes and other valuables. You can also provide toys such as Pet Qwerk’s babble ball to keep her occupied.
Food and water bowls
Provide food and water bowls for your newest family addition. I tend to prefer stainless steel bowls over plastic ones because they are more durable and easier to clean. There are also two-in-one bowls in the market that combine a water and food bowl for convenience.
Make sure to have an identification tag ready. It should have your name and address. You can also include a phone number through which you can be reached in case your dog is lost.
Identify and meet up with a vet before you bring your puppy home. I have realized that having a reliable vet can be the difference between life and death for your pet. When the puppy comes home, take her to the vet for a general checkup, and to schedule routine appointments for vaccinations.