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FAMILY HISTORY & GENEALOGY
New Dog or Puppy Shopping
CRATE (kennel or cage): Buy the size
that will fit your dog
grown. There are collapsible wire types or the enclosed molded plastic.
types will work. Your puppy needs enough room to stand up, turn around
lie down. If you have a large breed puppy, block off the extra space so
house training goes more quickly.
PUPPY GATE: Very useful for confining a not yet house
puppy to one room. These are the same as baby gates for human children.
COLLAR: Nylon or leather buckle collar. There are
adjustable ones that grow with your puppy and will last longer. Expect
to buy more
than one during your dogs growth stage. Puppies do not need any type of
training collar (choke chain) or pinch collar. Head collars like the
Leader also work well, you will probably need to buy more than one just
like the regular collars. Head collars when used correctly give you
and effective control over your dog.
LEASH: Six foot leather, they last several lifetimes.
from pup's teeth since it will seem like a great chew toy.) Chain is
recommended. A 10 foot training line is also recommend for in and out
the house. If your puppy wants to chew leashes and collars, spray them
something like Bitter Apple.
FOOD/WATER DISHES: Buy one for water and one for food.
is the best and lasts the longest. There is less likelihood of your pet
any reactions to these bowls and they are really easy to keep clean.
dishes can give your puppy "pimples" on their chin. This is a reaction
the plastic and if your dog is "breaking out" be sure to change to
or crock bowls.
FOOD: Obtain a small amount from your breeder to start. If
are changing brands, you will have some to mix in with your new formula
this should help you avoid an upset puppy stomach. You will want to
a premium or super premium food. More on
FOOD TREATS: Avoid all highly colored treats. The dyes can
and skin problems in susceptible dogs. There are many natural treats
on the market. Remember to read the labels to be certain you are
a high quality treat.
TOYS: You want to get chew toys you can stuff with
kibble, treats. The best on the market are the KONG toys they come in
many shapes and different sizes. Red colored are for normal chewers and
Black are for dogs who are extra hard chewers. Nylabones are great for
chewing. Some dogs do well with the sterilized bones available at your
local pet supply retailer. These are all safe toys. Rawhide bones are
good but owners should make sure there are no knots for dog to chew off
and swallow. If you really want to use rawhide, avoid bleached bones
and select the pressed rawhide style to reduce the risk of choking.
Always supervise when chewing rawhides.
BRUSH/COMB: Suitable for your dog's coat. Ask your breeder
dog groomer about the correct type. Also select a toenail clipper to
keep pup's nails nice and manicured.
TRAINING: Check into types of training
classes available and when they start.
BOOKS: There are many excellent dog training books
available. Check web sites like Dogwise
and SitStay for a good variety.
Your local library is another excellent source for reading materials.
TIME: Time and patience are important when you are
puppy into your home. Remember, pup doesn't know what you expect from
him in the beginning, and he is learning a new language.
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