When adding a new puppy to your home, the first step you should take is to purchase all of the basic supplies you will need. This includes collars, leads, bowls, brushes, combs, and nail clippers. This is before your new puppy arrives. The collar and lead should be lightweight, durable, and the right size. Remember, your puppy will most likely chew on them at first, so they need to withstand this abuse. The bowls you select should be heavy and have a broad base to prevent them from being knocked over and making a mess.
The brushes and combs you select should be appropriate for your puppy's size and fur. You might need to buy new brushes and combs as your puppy grows and their fur changes. You might also need a special brush or comb to use during winter when your puppy's coat thickens. Be sure to start a regular brushing routine right away to prevent problems with brushing in the future.
Your nail clippers also might need to change if you choose to purchase smaller ones to use on your puppy, particularly if it will grow into a large dog. It is, however, okay to use larger nail clippers on a puppy, so you will not need to buy a new pair down the road.
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Giving Your Puppy a Bed
In addition to making sure you have the necessary supplies, you should also provide your puppy with a bed and a place of its own. You need to have this place set up before the puppy comes home to help it adjust. Remember, the puppy is probably used to sleeping with its brothers, sisters, and mom, so being alone for the first time might be frightening. Make sure the bed is warm and cozy, and easy to access. You should also never allow your puppy to get used to sleeping with you because this habit is difficult to break. You will regret letting it spend the night with you when it grows into a large bed-hogging dog! Instead, choose an excellent kennel, dog bed, or basket for your puppy.
Feeding Your Puppy
Puppies need proper nutrition to grow. You should feed your puppy the same food it received from its previous owner since puppies can have difficulty adjusting to new foods. When switching to a new food, make sure you do so gradually. If the food is not of high quality, your puppy can have difficulty with its bones and overall growth.
A puppy that is less than eight weeks old should eat four times per day. Once the puppy reaches 16 weeks of age, you can reduce feeding to twice per day until it reaches six months. From that point forward, you should only need to feed your dog once per day.
As far as nutritional value is concerned, dry foods are better for your pet than wet foods. Some puppies, however, can have difficulty eating dry food at first. If this is the case, you can soften dry food by soaking it in water. You should never soak it in milk because it can cause diarrhea, and it does not add to the nutritional value of the food.
Raw bones, such as chicken necks and chicken wings, can also be fed to your puppy. These will help your puppy's teeth stay healthy and provide a safe release for your puppy's natural inclination to chew. Chewing bones will help loosen your puppy's teeth, which will be beneficial when the new teeth start growing in. Chew toys can also be helpful in this process.