Getting a new puppy is always exciting, but the excitement can quickly wane if all aspects of dog ownership haven’t been properly considered. Puppies need a lot of time and attention in order for them to grow in to well trained dogs, with routine and an understanding of house rules. Consequently, if you and everyone you live with work full time, and can’t go home during lunch time to spend time with your puppy, it may be wise to wait until your life becomes less hectic until you bring a puppy in to your home.
If you’ve firmly decided that now will be the best time to buy a new puppy, you must ensure that you liaise with a reputable breeder that takes care of the pups they produce, ensuring that your dog doesn’t become poorly or be susceptible to future health issues.
There are several things you will need to remember when picking up your new puppy and these include:
- A comfortable dog carrier
Ensuring your new puppy feels comfortable whilst traveling will ensure they remain calm through the journey. A dog will also be a lot easier to handle whilst in a carrier, and considering they can be quite floppy, a carrier will significantly reduce the risks accidents.
- Cosy Blanket
New puppies tend to shake quite a lot when they are taken from the warmth of their mother. By taking a blanket, you will provide your new pup with a sense of warmth and safety. In addition to this, a blanket will have your scent on, getting your new pup used to the scent of your home, before they arrive home.
- Water and Food
People collect new puppies from far and wide, but if you will be travelling with your new pup for some time, it is of paramount importance that water and food is provided. Puppies are used to having on hand nourishment whenever they need it, and food and water will keep your new pup in good spirts for the entire journey. However, it should be noted that some dogs will experience travel sickness, and having a bag or plastic sheet ready for such an event will come in very handy.
Of course, getting your new puppy back home is only half of the journey, and you must ensure that you have all necessary equipment, including dog clippers to take care of your dog for years to come.