So, this year you've decided that it's the right time, an exciting time to bring home a Holiday Puppy! It's the best Christmas ever!
You've done your home work, you've searched high and low...you've consulted, dreamed and planned. And now it's going to happen...
A new holiday puppy or young doggie is coming into your life.
Whether you chose a special breed or you decided to adopt a rescue dog from a shelter, life is about to get more fun and much busier with your new little BFF. There's lots to do to prepare...
Have you finalized the preparations? If not, we've got your back...and if you thought you were all ready... Do a double check.
It's worth taking a second look, right?
Here is a helpful list of the things you will want to have ready...
Holiday Puppy Check List
- food (find out what your pup’s been eating and if you plan to change her diet, do so gradually)
- bowls (one for food and another for a big water bowl or bucket because pups need lots of water and can be messy as they slurp water)
- bed (bolstered or flat?)
- crate (consider a plastic crate because it makes traveling safer and it can be used at home too)
- treats (do you know if she likes, fish. liver, chicken, or beef? Rawhides are hard to digest and can have chemicals, and cooked bones can splinter, so go for raw beef bones or safe chews like bully sticks or a Kong Stuff-A-Ball® with added organic peanut butter. Freeze it and have it ready for the homecoming day.)
- collar or harness (I love harnesses)
- leash (choose the size appropriate for your pup, and preferably not a retractable one. Those don’t work so well for training and it gives a pup way too much lead ahead of you. Maybe try one later, if you still want one.)
- toys (soft toys, squeaky toys, and a variety of toys that you think would be best for your new pup’s breed (“breed” refers to general genetics like a “retriever”) and temperament. Save tug-toys for later. And look for doggie tennis balls rather than ones sold in sporting goods stores for people.)
- odor eliminating cleaners, in the event of an accident in the house
- essential oils like Canine Calm© from EarthHeart that you can mist on your dog or diffuse or use products like Rescue Remedy® (for pets) for calming
- doggie gate (you will want to be able to let your pup have a safe, quiet area.)
- Meet with dog walkers in your area, check out dog-walking-apps, and plan for who you can rely on when you cannot be home for walks. Let dog walkers or neighbors meet your new pup gradually. Introduce these people to your pup in a way that she sees them as part of her wonderful new, trustworthy family. And make sure the visits are not too overwhelming for your new puppy.
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From my sweet doggie, Katie, and from me, we wish you and your Holiday Puppy an amazing life together. Congratulations!!!
xo, xo, xo
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