Once you’ve brought your new furry member of the family home, you will have a few needs to ensure success and joy for both you and your pet. To make your transition easier, consider getting the following items before you pick up your dog:
- A Collar: Adjustable nylon collar with two-piece buckle. We recommend Martingale collars as they are designed to not slip off the dog’s head. The collar should fit snugly while allowing 2 fingers between the collar and the pups neck.
- A Leash and Poop Bags: A strong and well made leash, preferably 5’ to 6’ that attaches to the collar allowing you to maintain control during walks and obedience training. Responsible pet owners pick up their dog’s poop.
- ID tags: List the animal’s name, your name and phone number.
- A Microchip: A Microchip is a rice-sized device that contains a code that is stored in a database with your information. We highly recommend you get both, a visible ID tag and a registered microchip.
- A Crate: A crate will keep your new dog in a confined area where you can monitor and house train them. There are two different types, metal and hard plastic, and either will do. Crates provide a feeling of safety for your dog as it replicates a closed-in den space. When selecting a crate make sure it will fit your dog. Your dog should be able to stand up, sit down and turn around easily. Get a crate that will fit your dog when it is fully grown. Most crates come with dividers that can be utilized during the puppy phase.
- A Bed: We recommend you wait until your dog is fully potty trained before buying a bed. Use towels or blankets for inside the crate in the meantime.
- Food & Water Bowls: We recommend non-skid, stainless steel bowls. They are strong and easy to clean and typically to difficult for a puppy to carry in its mouth.
- Shampoo and a Good Brush: You will want to bathe your dog immediately once you get it home. We recommend using dog shampoo as human shampoos have a different PH level and are extremely drying. There are all different types of brushes depending on the breed. You should brush your dog often to remove dead hair and mats. Do this often as a puppy to get them use to the experience.
- Flea, Tick and Heartworm Preventative: We are in Texas so all of this is necessary all twelve months of the year.
- Toenail Clippers: Start clipping their toenails when they are a puppy as they will probably resist as an adult.
- Toys: We suggest a stuffed toy, a hard rubber/plastic toy and a squeaky toy. We also suggest some type of ball that you can play fetch with.
- Training Treats: We prefer small in size and good smelling treats to get your dogs attention. Natural Balance Mini-Rewards is our favorite.
- Chews: All dogs have a knack for chewing on everything and anything. Chews redirect their attention to chew on things they should be chewing on and avoid the things they you don’t want them to chew on. It also keeps them entertained and mentally occupied. We suggest soft chews for puppies.
This is just a starting list. Search the internet for information about your breed and proper puppy care.
At Patsy’s, we have plenty of resources and are always happy to help with any questions you may have.
When considering getting a new puppy, consider adopting. Our shelters are filled with pure breed dogs and many well adjusted healthy dogs that just need a good home. Fort Bend Animal Services can help you find the perfect pet for you and your family. Check them out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FortBendAnimalServices.