In the last few months, you’ve read everything there is to know about the different dog breeds and you are now ready to adopt. Before looking for a reliable breeder or shelter, you have weighed the pros and cons of welcoming a puppy. Finally, after visiting a few places, you have found THE one.
Waiting for Your New Baby Dog to Come Home
You can’t stop thinking about that little fur ball. You’ve even caught yourself talking to your new baby with your “crazy puppy owner voice,” something you promised yourself you wouldn’t do. His funny personality, his bright eyes or maybe his calmness amongst the litter of excited puppies got your attention and made your heart melt. Still too young to be away from his mommy, you left him in his mother’s care for a few weeks more. You are now counting the days (minutes, seconds…) until you can bring that new family member home.
Stay Ahead of the Game
As we all know, time flies when we are busy! To while away the hours, start preparing for the arrival of your puppy with a bit of shopping. No need to break the bank, a few essentials are all it takes to welcome a new dog. By checking off your list now, you’ll spare yourself emergency runs to the pet store once your little fluff ball is home.
A Collar and a Leash: Try Hemp for Your Pup
Unless you want to be chasing your dog around the neighborhood, a collar and a leash should be at the top of your list. Pick items made from a soft, sustainable, sturdy and moisture-wicking material. Crocx products have it all and are an excellent choice.
A leash is essential for walks and obedience training. It should be resistant and comfortable both for you and your pup. The collar should be well-adjusted. A good rule of thumb: you need room for two fingers between the collar and your dog’s neck.
The Advantages of Using a Crate
For the novice puppy parent, a crate is a must. Not only will it allow you to keep your cute little tornado in a safe place while you’re out, but it’s also great for house training. The ones made out of plastic or fibreglass simulate the reassuring comfort of a cozy cocoon. Add a soft bed and you’ve created the perfect spot for your new puppy.
It’s important to choose the right size crate for your animal. He should be able to stand, turn and lay down easily. Too little room might make your dog feel confined. Too much space can encourage him to do his business in one corner and sleep in the other (and you definitely don’t want that!).
Chew Toys Are Your Best Friend
Puppies often turn out to be master chewers! To safeguard your furniture (and even walls) sturdy toys are a great investment and obviously less expensive than a new sofa!
Toys are useful to keep your puppy busy and can reassure him. They are often effective to manage nipping and destructive behaviour. It’s super important to choose safe products adapted to the size and needs of your animal. If your puppy destroys a toy, you should immediately take it away to avoid all risks of choking (he is after all, still a little baby).
Crocx offer quality toys made from strong hemp fibres. With antifungal and antibacterial properties, they will please your puppy and won’t make your home smelly! What’s not to love, right?
Meal Time Essentials
Your pup will be growing fast, meaning he’ll probably act like every meal is his first and last one. Baby dogs often have a huge appetite and need to be fed quality food. To avoid upsetting his vulnerable puppy tummy, your best bet is to feed him the same kibbles as the breeder. If you wish to change your new friend’s diet, chat with your vet to make the transition as smooth as possible.
You will find a lot of food and water bowls out there: porcelain, stainless, plastic, nonskid, etc. The choices are endless, no matter your preferences or budget. Each option has pros and cons to consider, but overall, plastic is probably the worst one. Known to be a breeding ground for bacteria when scratched, it could become unsafe for your pet.
The Big Day: Your Puppy Arrives
The day has finally come, you are bringing your puppy home! You feel excited, scared and tremendously delighted all at once. Don’t stress! Enjoy those sweet moments with your new love ball. With preparation, patience and affection, it will be a unique and loved-filled experience for your family. Happy adoption!