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Dog Advice - Taking your Puppy Home
Food and water bowls
Plastic bowls often end up being chewed so it is better to choose heavy-bottomed, stainless-steel or ceramic food and water bowls, which are less likely to be knocked over.
Toys and Chews
Toys are great for making training sessions and play fun for both you and your dog.
It is a good idea to buy a selection of chews for puppies to test their teeth on when teething. Ensure that they are non-toxic, durable and not too tough for your puppy’s teeth. Remember, never to leave your puppy alone with anything that could splinter or choke him. It is not recommended to feed bones to puppies or adult dogs as these can damage teeth and may splinter.
There is a huge selection of dog toys out there, including rings, balls, slings, tugs and Frisbees so take your pick.
Collar and Lead
Once your puppy has had all his necessary vaccinations you can start taking him out for walks. However, there is nothing to stop you from getting him used to wearing a collar and walking on a lead before his course of injections finishes.
Adjustable collars in nylon or soft leather are recommended as these will stretch as your puppy grows. Ensure any buckle is adjustable so that you can easily put a couple of fingers between the collar and your puppy’s neck. Your puppy will grow very quickly so make sure that you check the fit regularly. For very small dogs you may prefer to use a harness to protect their delicate necks.
It is a legal requirement for all dogs to wear a tag on their collar with their owner’s name and address. It’s also a good idea to add your phone number too. These tags can be bought at your local pet shop or over the internet.
Collars can sometimes fall off or break so microchipping is also recommended: it’s quick, permanent and effective. It is worth checking with the breeder or rescue home to find out if the puppy has already been microchipped, and if so find out how to register the chip to your address.
It is a good idea to consider potential treatment costs and decide what cover you may need before signing up.
Moving to a new home is a big change for your puppy so it is a good idea to initially feed him the same food he is used to. This will make him feel comfortable, welcome and secure.
After a few days you can start introducing whatever food you decide is best for your puppy. You do this by mixing the new food in with the old, bit by bit over a week or so.
Grooming your puppy isn’t just about untangling their coat, it is also a bonding experience for you both and it is a good idea to do this daily. Ask advice about which brush is best for your puppy’s coat. You will also need to bath your puppy and clip his nails from time to time so make sure you have clippers and dog-friendly shampoo ready!
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