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Bringing Home Your Puppy
by Sandy Oberreuter

Get A Pet as A Companion
Ready To Take Care of a Pet?
Puppies as Pets
Choosing Pets
Picking the Right Dog Breed
Buy the perfect puppy
Choosing A Good Dog Breeder
Truth About Pet Store Puppies
Bringing Home Your Puppy
Dog Names
Using a Dog Crate
Puppy-Proofing Your Home
Dog Crates
Mistakes by Puppy Owners
Dog Comfort Within Your Home
Your Dog and Your Furniture
House Training a Puppy
Socializing your Pet
Buying Dog Toys
Mistakes in Raising Dogs
Choosing a Leash for Your Dog
Dog Grooming
The ABC's of Pet Grooming
Communicate w/ Your Dog
Stop Excessive Barking
Adorable Tricks To Teach Your Dog
Annual Vet Visits?
Pet Vaccination Schedule
Top Ten Dog Diseases?
Dog for Food Allergies
Treating Arthritis In Dogs
Hip Dysplasia In Dogs
Is your dog sick
Canine Distemper
Kennel Cough
Heart Disease
Heartworm Disease
Hepatitis In Dogs
Dog Separation Anxiety
Dog's Dietary Requirements
Is your Dog Fat?
First Aid For Your Dog
Lyme Disease in Dogs
Bathing Tips For Dogs
Choosing Dog Obedience School
Dog Travel Tips
Your Dog Goes Missing
If Disaster Strikes
Interview a Pet Sitter
Dangers At The Dog Park
Dog Chewing
Stop Dog From Digging
Older Dogs Have Special Needs

It's time to bring your puppy home but before you do that their are some things you need to know and purchase to start on a happy life with your puppy.

First you need to get premium puppy food and it's best to buy from a pet store. Meat should be the first ingredient plus all the vitamins, minerals, protein and carbohydrates that your puppy will need to start his life out healthy. Ask your breeder or veterinarian what they recommend.

Stainless steel bowls for food and water that won't tip over easily are needed. The type of brush and comb depends on the breed of your dog. Of course, you need toys but safe ones. Choose toys according to the size of your puppy and for safety.

You will need a crate which are an effective housebreaking tool plus good for travel. They come in plastic or wire but buy the smallest size for your puppy breed. Place a towel or blanket with some toys inside to make it feel like his den-his safe place. A child's gate will help keep your puppy in certain areas especially on tile floor till housebroken. Also, stain remover may be needed for accidents.

You will need a leash and collar but be sure it fits you dogs size, his need and the function you are using it for. A toothbrush and toothpaste are needed especially for small dog breeds because they are prone to losing their teeth early.

How about treats which are a good way to reward the the little guy for training and obedience. Getting him to go in his crate and housebreaking these can help.

Have a veterinarian picked out if you don't have one already. It's a good idea to have an appointment with him to have your puppy checked out when you get him. Ask him about vaccinations your puppy needs.

Make your house safe for your puppy before you pick him up. Put household chemicals, poisonous plants and small objects out of sight. Get electrical cords and wiring out of reach or in a flexible plastic tubing. Have a place for him to exercise, either an exercise pen or yard. Puppy proof your yard by being sure the fence and gate are sturdy plus check for gaps in the hedges.

The first few weeks can be frustrating to your puppy learning about his new home and owners, just be patient. One of the most important things you need to do is start teaching them manners, appropriate games, housebreaking, and what they can chew on. Start training him immediately in five minute sessions.

Have your puppy eat on a schedule to avoid accidents making housebreaking more difficult. By feeding him on a schedule you can take him outside and he will learn what he's suppose to do. Just remember it all will take patience!

About the Author
Sandy's first web site and it's on small dog breeds plus other information now popular dogs and dogs good with children. If you want more information go to http://www.small-dog breeds.com