Before bringing your new puppy home there are a few things you
should do to prepare:

1.) Call the veterinarian to set-up an appointment to have the puppy
examined.
Your pup should be examined within the first 48 hours if at all
possible. This appointment should be scheduled prior to your
puppy coming home as many vet's offices schedule appointments
far enough in advance that you may not be able to get one in a
timely manner.  Always assume your pup may have worms even if
worming medicine has been administered. Take a stool sample in
to this first appointment with you.

2.) Call to get registered in a puppy obedience or kindergarten
class.
We cannot stress enough the benefits of enrolling your new puppy
in a puppy kindergarten or obedience class. First of all,
socialization is vital to the development of your new pet. Getting
them out around other children, men, women, other dogs and a
variety of environments and situations all help to form a well
adjusted loving adult dog. If you are going to have this puppy in
your home for the next 10-12 years, it is important to invest a few
weeks of training in the beginning to ensure success. Most classes
only require 1 hour a week for about 6 weeks.

Another benefit is that your puppy will learn to obey and listen to
your commands with many exciting distractions going on around
them. This is very beneficial in situations later on in life when you
may be outdoors - there is a car coming - and your puppy is being
tempted to chase the neighbors loose dog!

You can call area pet shops and adult continuing education classes
at area high schools to find classes. Try to find one specifically for
puppies as this instructor will include basic obedience as well as
puppy socialization skills.

Some instructors will tell you that you cannot begin classes until
the puppy has had the entire set of vaccinations. If you wait until
the puppy is 4-6 months of age, you may have already developed
bad behaviors that will be hard to break.If you run into this, call
someone else. Many, many places have special puppy classes.
Your puppy should receive his second vaccination before
beginning the class. This vaccine is usually given around his 10th
week.

By going to weekly obedience classes you will have the benefit of
teaching your puppy to behave well from the start. It is much
easier to train a puppy to behave when they are young, rather than
to attempting to break him of bad habits after they have developed.

3.) Purchase necessary items such as:

- FOOD
- ODOR AND STAIN REMOVER
- FOOD AND WATER BOWLS
- CRATE
- COLLAR, LEASH, AND NAME TAG
- BRUSH OR COMB
- NAIL TRIMMERS
- *TOYS
- PUPPY SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER
- PUPPY TRAINING BOOK


* We recommend purchasing about 3 or 4 toys. If you overdo it and
buy a large selection - your puppy will have a more difficult time in
determining which items in your home belong to him and which
are yours!

We recommend a floss toss toy which is made of small strands of
rope all twisted together. This is a soft toy that young pups can
really sink their teeth into. If they do ingest small pieces it should
cause no problem.

A fleece style toy. These are also known as unreal lambskin toys.
They are similar to stuffed animals. Some have squeekers and
some do not.

Their is alot of controversy over whether or not you should give
your dogs rawhide chews. If you choose to, only let them have
them while being supervised. Some dogs never chew off large
pieces that would cause harm, others will.

You can also choose a Nylabone or a Sterilized bone. These are
both choices for a chew toy that are hard. Nylabones are made
from a nylon type material and sterilized bones are actually bones
from cows, neither will splinter while being chewed and are safe
alternatives to rawhide chews.
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