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Buying A Puppy: 5 Must Haves Before Bringing The Little Thing Home

Bringing your new puppy home is an exciting time. To make it as stress free and enjoyable as possible, do a little preparation work before you bring your new addition home. By doing a little research and knowing that you will need in your home beforehand, you can really cut down on the stress of being a new animal owner and make your new puppy feel comfortable and have a smooth transition itself.

Confinement Tools
Your puppy can get into a lot of trouble in not much time if he is allowed the unsupervised run of the house. A crate and baby gates allow you to keep your puppy where you want him, and confine him when you aren’t available to supervise.

Fencing
A fenced yard makes house training and exercising your puppy much easier. While you will still want to go out with your pup and supervise, having an easy and quick area where he can explore will make you both happier. Don’t leave him outside on a tie-out cable or expect him to understand underground fencing. The experts from Toltec Steel Products, LTD say if your yard is not safely and completely fenced with a physical barrier, put him on a leash every time he leaves the house.

Food and Dishes
Ask what food your puppy has been eating and have some on hand for when he comes home. If you plan to switch to a different brand, have some of that available as well. Make the switch gradually over a period of a week or more, so your puppy doesn’t get an upset stomach. Start by adding a small amount of the new food to your puppy’s normal diet. Gradually increase the amount of new food while decreasing the amount of the original diet until he is eating only the new food. Food and water dishes that are plastic or stainless steel, and dishwasher safe are easy to keep sanitary.

Collar, Leash and Toys
You’ll want to get your puppy used to walking on a collar and leash as soon as possible. A flat buckle collar allows you to adjust the collar to fit your growing puppy, and is gentle on his neck. Go ahead and get an ID tag with your name and phone number, even if you haven’t decided on a name for your puppy yet. Have a selection of chew and play toys available before your puppy comes home, so he won’t be tempted by the legs of your furniture, the garbage or other household items.

Enzyme Cleaner
No matter how diligent you are, your puppy is bound to have some house training mistakes. Clean them up immediately with a special enzyme cleaner to discourage your pet from returning to the area and soiling it again.

Taking the time to pick up the supplies you need before you bring your puppy home will make the transition much calmer for you and safer for your puppy. With everything you need close at hand, you can devote your puppy’s first few days home to bonding and house training.

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