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Puppy 101: Welcome Home!

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Promising Unconditional Patience – is a nice meaning for the word pup! Actually, it is the main requirement if you decide to take home a puppy.

Well, while you are trying to find patience, here are other items you will need before the homecoming.

1. Tag him! Once you have a new puppy, make sure to get him an identification tag. Put your name and phone number on the ID tag. Your new dog might do some sightseeing and get lost. Giving him an ID tag will help people know where to return him. Another way to make sure he won’t get lost is to have a microchip implant. It is a bit expensive, but with the help of technology, you will always know where he is.

2. Collar with leash! After getting the tag, attach it to a nice collar and make sure he is always wearing it. Adjust the size of the collar while your dog is growing up. Use a leash (short or long) for his daily walk or training time.

3. Chow time!  Buy high quality puppy food and not adult food. Their nutritional content is different so be careful. For a better understanding of what kind of food your pup really needs, ask a veterinarian. In addition, a nice food and water bowl is also needed. Stainless steel bowls are the most durable, but the most expensive. Other options are ceramic and plastic. The ceramic bowl may look nice, but they are breakable. Plastic bowls are the cheapest, but may turn into a chewing toy causing health problems.

4. Bedtime! Puppies are not really selective with bedding. A nice box with soft towel where he can stretch, curl, sit or stand, but still feel safe inside will do just fine.  You can change his bedding after a few months. A nice mattress with some cute bedding design is a nice gift for your new dog.

5. Groom away! To make sure he is clean and always smelling great, get some grooming materials like soap, shampoo, nail clippers, toothpaste, toothbrush, comb, brush and towel. If you don’t know how to bathe a pup, ask your veterinarian. If you don’t have time to groom him yourself, hire dog groomers every two or three weeks.

6. Toys! Get assortment of toys for your puppy to enjoy.

7. Other stuff! A pooper scooper and some poop bags are also important items you shouldn’t forget. If you want to train your puppy to stay indoors, don’t forget some absorbent training pads too.

These are just some of the things you need to get before taking home your bundle of cuteness. It may sound like a lot, but with all the licking and kisses you will get, it is all worth it!

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