It is an incredible time for shelters and new dog owners as shelters. There has been a nationwide surge in dog adoptions since people are stuck at home quarantining because of the pandemic. This article will list some gear that you will need for your new fur baby.
If you have or are planning on getting a new puppy during the quarantine make sure that you have the time, patience, and most of all the love and desire to keep your puppy once the quarantine is over.
One way to test the waters is to foster a dog for awhile to see if you are cut out for the full-time commitment.
Finding A Vet And Trainer
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First if you don’t already have a veterinarian you should try to find one before you get your new puppy. Call and set up an appointment before you bring your new fur baby home. Some questions you may want to ask are: Do they have Telehealth services? Which pet insurance do they accept?
Puppies can benefit a lot from a training plan. We live in a time where you can now find professional dog trainers that provide virtual consultations and in-home training services. You can also find on-site classes at your local PetCo.
TheOnlineDog.net highly recommends the online training program Brain Training For Dogs. This program is an excellent way to turn your dog into a genius. Brain Training for dogs has all the tools necessary to potty train your dog, help your dog to socialize, stop biting, aggression, barking and so much more.
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Socialization, Separation And Your Dog
It is important to socialize your new dog with other people and animals. You can discuss this with your veterinarian and trainer.
You should also give your pet some time alone. This will help your pet to understand that you will not always be around. Again you can discuss this with your pet or trainer.
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Gear For Your Dog
Like any new baby you’ll want to buy some necessary gear to make your brand new fur baby feel right at home. You can start by going to your local pet store like Petsmart or some other local pet store. There is also Amazon.com, and if you’re a prime member you’ll be able to get lots of supplies within a couple of days.
Poop Disposal Gear
Depending on where you live you may need to buy dog diapers. They have dog diapers and wraps that are both disposable and washable. They also have them based on your dogs gender.
Other things you may need are potty pads, and odor eliminators.
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Food And Water Bowls
Your brand new puppy will need a food and water bowl. Get small bowls at first and increase the size as your puppy grows. It is a good idea to avoid plastic bowls because they can be breeding places for bacteria. Glass or stainless steel bowls are best, and bowls with rubber pads will help your puppy from spilling food and water.
You’ll want to talk to your vet and get recommendations for food and a feeding schedule. For dogs it is important to try and keep them on the same food for awhile so that their stomach isn’t upset. Gradually adding new food over a period of a week should be fine.
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Your puppy needs stimulation and fun. You should have a nice variety of toys that you can rotate so that your dog doesn’t get bored. Be sure not to buy anything that is so small that your dog can accidentally swallow it. You’ll want to supervise your puppy when they are playing with their toys, and put the toys away once they are done playing. The purpose of putting the toys away is to prevent your puppy from tearing the toys apart and attempting to eat them.
Bones and ropes are great chew toys for puppies. It will allow them to chew on something besides your shoes, pillows, and the corners of your couch. Also the tennis ball is a toy that never fails.
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Whether you like to sleep with your dog or not you may want to get a bed for your dog. Especially if you have a smaller dog and it’s difficult for them to get up on your bed. You may also want to have several dog beds around the house so that your dog has a nice resting place wherever she is.
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Crates are useful for keeping your puppy safe when you need to leave them alone for awhile. Crates can also double as a dog house. Be careful not to use the crate as a punishment.
Make sure that you get a crate that is large enough for your dog. You’ll want to ensure that the crate is large enough for your dog to stand and turn around. Also you’ll want it big enough for a bed and possibly a bowl of water.
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Collars, Leashes, And Trackers
Your dog will need a good dog collar. To fit a dog collar comfortably you’ll need to ensure that you can fit two fingers between the collar and your dog’s neck comfortably. You’ll need a leash of at least 6 feet in length, and you may possibly need to pair that leash with a harness.
A name tag is a great idea for your dog as well. You can have your dog’s name and your mobile number engraved on the tag.
Your vet will likely suggest that you get a microchip for your dog. The microchip will be in place in case your puppy gets lost. If the dog is taken to a veterinarian they will get scanned and traced back to you. Now that’s just one scenario if your pet gets lost and he isn’t taken to the vet then it might be a good idea to have a tracker. Trackers can track both your dog’s location and health.
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Brushing Teeth And Clipping Nails Of Your Dog
You will want to start brushing your dog’s teeth as early as possible. You don’t want your dog to develop issues with their teeth, because tooth problems are difficult to manage, painful for your dog, and expensive for you. It is recommended that you brush your dog’s teeth everyday, but at a minimum three times a week. You can consult your vet about the type of toothbrush and toothpaste that works best for your dog.
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It is best to get your dog comfortable with getting their nails clipped as soon as you can. Dogs don’t necessarily like getting their nails clipped, and it will take time and patience to get them use to the activity. Some people have come up with some ingenious solutions to get their dogs comfortable with getting their nails clipped.
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