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How to Puppy-Proof Your House

Before bringing your new puppy home, there are some environmental precautions you should take to help protect him from possible injury. Puppies tend to be very curious, and they can get themselves into trouble in no time at all. Follow these 9 steps to puppy-proof your home and keep your puppy safe:

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STEP 1

Place all of your food in tightly lidded containers and store them in the cupboard or pantry.

STEP 2

Make sure your trashcan has a tight-fitting lid and store your garbage out of your puppy’s reach.

STEP 3

Pick up small objects from the floor and put them away – this includes things like toys, rubber bands, pieces of string, etc.

STEP 4

Store all of your medications (prescription and over-the-counter) safely in a medicine cabinet.

STEP 5

Keep all of your cleaning supplies stored away where your puppy can’t get into them – this includes supplies kept in the garage.

STEP 6

Remove any toxic houseplants from your home or move your plants so they are well out of your puppy’s reach.

STEP 7

Cover any open bodies of water that could pose a drowning hazard for your puppy – this includes toilets, sinks, ponds, pools, and more.

STEP 8

Make sure all of the outlets in your home are protected by plastic covers.

STEP 9

Tie up the cords for your blinds as well as electric cords so your puppy can’t chew on them.

Caring for your Dog – Supplies & Equipment

Proper pet care is the basis of responsible pet ownership. It is important when you adopt a pet to understand it is a lifetime commitment to a furry family member that depends on you for his or her health and well-being. 

Crate or Carrier

Having a crate or carrier for your dog serves two important functions. First, it will give your dog a place to sleep as well as a place to retire to if he needs some time to himself. Second, it will play an important role in housebreaking your dog. Choose a carrier that is just large enough for your Dog to comfortably stand up, turn around, sit, and lie down in. You may need to purchase one crate for your dog as a puppy and upgrade it once he reaches full size.

Blanket or Dog Bed

To make your Dog’s crate more comfortable you will need to line it with a soft blanket or pet bed. Choose something that is comfortable but also easy to wash. While your Dog is being housebroken, you might even want to get something waterproof.

Food/Water Dishes

Food and water dishes for dogs come in all shapes and sizes but you should choose a set that suits your dog’s needs. Dogs are a small-breed dog, so don’t choose anything too large. You should also think about sanitation – stainless steel and ceramic bowls do not harbor bacteria like plastic can and they are easy to clean.

Toys

To keep your Dog occupied you will need to provide him with an assortment of toys. Making sure your Dog has plenty of toys will keep him from chewing on your shoes and it will give you something to use in playing with him.

Collar, Leash and Harness

Having a collar for your Dog is incredibly important because you will need to attach your dog’s license and ID tag to it. Choose a collar appropriate for your Dog’s size – it should fit well without being too tight or too loose. Choose a leash that won’t weigh your Dog down during walks and consider investing in a harness as well. Harnesses offer improved control over your dog’s movements and they take the pressure off your dog’s neck and throat.

Grooming Your Dog

Good grooming will help your dog look and feel his best. Routine grooming sessions also allow you to examine your dog’s coat, teeth, eyes, ears, and nails for signs of problems. How often you need to groom your dog depends on his size, breed, and type of coat. Recommended grooming supplies you should get:

Nutritional Needs For Your Dog:
How to Select a Healthy Dog Food Brand.

Shopping for dog food can be difficult because there are so many different options to choose from. In order to separate the high-quality foods from the low-quality foods, you need to learn how to read a dog food label.

Remember, protein is the most important nutritional consideration for dogs so you should look for a high-quality source of protein (or two) at the top of the ingredients list. Ingredients lists for dog foods are assembled in descending order by volume – this means that the ingredients at the top of the list are present in the highest quantities. So, if a product lists something like deboned chicken or fresh turkey as the first ingredient, you can assume that the product is a good source of protein.

When perusing dog food labels, you are likely to come across meat meals like chicken meal or salmon meal. The word “meal” might turn you off, but it is actually a very good ingredient to have in a dog food. Fresh meats contain up to 80% water so, by the time the product is cooked, the actual volume of the meat is much lower than it was originally. Meat meals have already been cooked down to a moisture level around 10% so they are actually a much more concentrated source of protein than fresh meat.

In addition to high-quality proteins, you should also look for digestible carbohydrates like whole grains and fresh vegetables. Things like brown rice and oatmeal are valuable additions to a commercial dog food while products like corn gluten meal or wheat flour are not. Gluten-free and grain-free carbohydrates like sweet potato and tapioca starch are also good ingredients if you are looking for a product that is free from gluten and grains. Just try to avoid byproduct meals as well as corn and soy ingredients. When it comes to fats, you should look for animal-based fats like chicken fat and salmon oil – these are much more biologically valuable to your dog than plant-based fats like canola oil or flaxseed. You should look for a blend of both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids as well.

Not only do you need to be mindful of the ingredients included in your dog’s food, but you should also be mindful of things that are NOT included. Avoid products made with artificial preservatives like BHT and BHA. You also want to look for products free from artificial flavors, colors and dyes. If your Dog suffers from food allergies, consider a Limited Ingredient Diet (LID) which is made with a novel source of protein that won’t trigger his allergies. Novel sources of protein might include things like bison, venison, or even kangaroo meat.

Important Minerals: calcium, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, iron, copper and manganese

Important Vitamins: Vitamin A, Vitamin A, Vitamin B-12, Vitamin D, Vitamin C

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