Couple questions answered
in case you haven't figured this out yet, I majored in math subjects. And my degree was in that field. Not English. I actually took remedial English 101 my first semester in college. I stink at English. Writing is not a strong subject for me. But any way. I like doing these blogs and keeping you guys informed. And I'm sure entertained with my grammar as well.
I had a couple people ask the same questions. So I wanted to answer those for all. What you need when you get puppy home. A crate. I like the 26x30 size range. Or a larger one with a divider to make smaller. Before we start, every puppy is different. So go with your gut or ask me. I'm here to help. I would not put down the crate mat in crate the first week. I would only include blanket I give you. Just in case we have an accident. After that put the crate mat in if the puppy is doing fine with potty training. I like the cover I bought off amazon. If you don't have a cover use an old towel or blanket to cover the crate. That way it feels like a cave. They like to feel protected. I also recommend picking up a pack of pee pads. Put one at the door you use to go out. That way if they need to go hopefully that's where they will have the accident. I also like potty bells. They learn to tap them with nose or paw to tell you they need to go out. Bella has used them since she was 10 weeks old. Again every pup is different. Some you know when they have to go. They dance, they run in circles, the start smelling the ground, ect. Some do nothing. They squat and pee. I start to teach them the bells. All ready they will ring them. They don't understand yet that means they have to pee, but they want me to open door. Potty training with this group is going slow. I don't know why. I'm still having quite a few accidents out on mat not on pad or in litter. But I'm working really hard with them all. Next I would recommend picking up a bottle or jug of natures miracle. It's an odor remover. If they have an accident clean it up with this. This eliminates them smelling the same spot and going again. Next I recommend a bed of some sort. Either a flat one or one with sides. Each pup has a preference. You will know by how they lay. Do they curl up mostly or do they stretch out. Next I will send you home with a collar. You will need a harness and leash. What I give you they will out grow with in a week or two. Size small should be what you want. Leash should be 5' or 6' long. 1/2 is plenty thick. 3/8 works as well. You will need a water bowl and food bowl. I do like the elevated type. But remember if it's not adjustable you want to wait till they are bigger to buy. My girls prefer running water. We use a water fountain instead of a bowl. Other than the stuff I have listed that's all you really need. I send you home with toys, treats, and food. Pups are like toddlers. Just remember that. I rotate toys each day. That way it's something new. They also love simple things like empty water bottles. Or wrap it in an old sock. And remember they have the attention span of a toddler too. They get bored easily. And tire out easily. So take a couple mins to play with them or play them out.
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