bringing puppy home in a few weeks

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Hello all, 

I will be bring my new puppy home in a few weeks. I've been trying to get ready for him. Crate, toys, etc... its been alot of years since I've had a puppy. Any advice would be great.

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Hmm, maybe get a case of that '5 hour energy' stuff;)

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I would agree lots and lots of energy stuff !   We had not had a puppy for many years either when we got Cleo 16 months ago and it has been a whirlwind but oh so enjoyable.  

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Boxes of band-aids for the puppy bites, a camera that is ALWAYS ready to capture those perfectly sweet moments that make your remember why you love your little shark--er,--doberman puppy so much, Lots and lots of toys and chewable things...they have like a 3-second attention span and then switch to another toy before you know it.  LOL

Seriously, though, just the basics--crate, or bed, food, collar, leash, toys, metal or porcelain food and water bowls (not plastic) and just lots and lots of energy to keep up with the puppy.

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If I can add to the list...

  1. Doberman puppies put EVERYTHING in their mouths.  Be tidy and keep small objects and socks away.  Puppy-proof your house.
  2. Make an appointment with your local vet within a few days of bringing home your puppy.  They will do a nice physical and continue their series of shots.  They also know the most common diseases in your area so listen up!
  3. Buy some Bitter Apple.  If they decide there is a spot on the carpet to chew on or furniture, give it a spritz.
  4. I don't know if it is really cold where you live, but a cheap (really cheap) sweater.  The one we bought Harley was two dollars.  Harley was always cold as a puppy when we took him out to potty.  Their puppy fur is more like peach fuzz, it won't keep them warm.
  5. Last but not least, I have directions and a phone number to the local emergency vet that is open after hours.  You never know.  I also have the phone number to animal poison control on my fridge.  I've had to call that number twice.  Once when Ellie ate a tube of Neosporin and once when Harley swallowed a bully stick whole.  Please see item #1 again.  If your dog is microchipped with HomeAgain they will waive the $60 fee to call them.
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Thanks all for the advice. Most of the things I have already(crate,collars,bed, etc..), everytime I walk into a store I have been buying puppy toys. I already have a appt set with our local vet for a puppy check up for after the day I bring him home. I have alrady started puppy proofing the house, telling everybody to get everything off the floor. What brands of dog foods does everyone use? I'm looking at science diet, Iams and Eukanuba.

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Thank you.

zdano65's picture
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Thank you, next trip to the store will include band aids.

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LOL... band-aids are useful!

You want to buy the most quality food you can afford that you puppy does well on.  Some of the most expensive foods won't work with your dog.  But work within your budget and your puppy's tummy.

What is your breeder feeding them?  You are going to want to stick them that at least at first.  Your breeder will also have some good advice on food.

Personally, I would try something like Taste of the Wild, Orijen, Canidae, and Nature's Variety before Science Diet and the other ones you mentioned.  Get to really understand what your dog's nutritional needs are.  Protein, fats, etc.  And try to find a food that uses human-grade meats.  Use this website to research your foods: 

http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/

zdano65's picture
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Thank you, I will definently check out that site. From my understanding they are using purina puppy chow, and I'm not crazy about that kind.

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Search this website there have been many many good discussions about food

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In addition to toys, we save plastic water and soda bottles for Gideon - he loves to crinkle them and we just recycle them after he's done.

welcome and enjoy your puppy!! as for food sometimes the more expensive foods are not always best and are harsh on puppies tummys. Rose our 5 year old female can only eat Purina Dog Chow the rest causes tummy problems. As for preparing for puppy it is almost like preparing for a baby from puppy proofing your house to middle of the night potty breaks etc., lol! But it is soo worth it. Also have you looked into obedience classes? I think all puppies could benefit from obedience classes. Best of Luck! Look forward to seeing pics of your little bundle of joy ;)

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Yes I have looked into puppy classes. I have to wait until the Vet gives me the ok to start them. I'm even tossing around the idea of agility, but will have to take a wait and see if he has any interest in it.