Are You Getting A New Puppy?
Check out this little guy! He is a really young Pit Bull. They make the cutest little puppies but keep in mind that when they grow up, they are more like a bull in a china closet. If you have a big open and airy home, this would be a great place for a Pitty. With lots of open space inside, you have no need to fear that all of your fragile keepsakes will be knocked over with the threat of a wagging tail.
Pit Bulls are a great breed for any family, children, and even elderly people. Anyone with a lot of love to share. These dogs are truly a very loyal and loving breed, provided they have the right upbringing. They do not need to be abused to make them behave. In fact, they are one of the most well behaved dogs that I have ever met, contrary to the popular belief! Watch this video and you will pick up immediately, on just how smart they really are.
Why are you getting a new puppy?
Why does anyone want a new puppy? Could it be that it is because they are so full of mischief and you need some new energy in your life? Maybe because they are just so darn cute; and while your kids are all grown and moved away from home and you feel so alone? You now have a quiet house and no one to talk to in the evening when it’s dinner time; you want some company but you just don’t want another human being right now in your life?
But a puppy? They are a heck of a lot of responsibility; really think about this because you can’t just take him back where you got him from. Do you know what kind of a dog that you want your puppy to grow up and be or look like?
Getting A New Puppy is Like Adopting A Child
Do your homework, study hard for this endeavor, because this is almost as big as adopting a child. Remember now, if you don’t have any kids at home to help you with this new addition, it’s all on you this time! This is a huge undertaking and calls for your one hundred percent commitment.
If you’re planning on getting a new puppy, purchasing a pure-breed, or just adopting a dog in need, make sure that you read my post here: PURE BREEDS & COMMON AILMENTS .
In case your dream dog grows up with one of the more common ailments that their breed is known for, you will basically know what it is and how expensive it is going to be to treat it. And as your puppy grows up, you cannot return it because you are disappointed in an ailment that happens with them. You must physically and unselfishly take care of it in the best possible manner.
So whether you are thinking of getting a new puppy or are purchasing or adopting, you may want to order a few things to have on hand before your new best friend arrives. Contact KURGO or even AMAZON; they both have a great abundance of dog stuff and Amazon can have it to you in one day with their PRIME agreement.
Don’t forget to make a list of necessities that you will need to have on hand when getting a new puppy or dog for that matter. You’ll need things like doggy dishes, a toothbrush and toothpaste for dogs, of course, some chew bones, a few training treats, a harness, collar, and a retractable leash.
If you have a leash that is long enough and retractable, then your puppy can walk around and investigate while in your general area as you stand around and gab with friends, instead of making him sit at your feet. Then your little pup will have a great behavior skill down and will know at all times how to find his way back to you.
But don’t ever go pulling him around or pulling him back to you by the choke chain on his neck, it is a form of abuse and you’ll have people getting upset and turning you in to animal rights groups.
A really important addition for the back seat of your car, if you don’t have a hatch where you can put your dog that will keep him restricted to the area behind the back seat, is a booster seat for dogs.
Normally, if there is a hatch you can attach a wire blockage running from side to side of the back seat so he can’t jump up into the back seat or you can place a wire kennel in the back to keep the dog in place. This is for the safety of everyone in the car.
If you do not have an area in the far reaches of your auto to keep your dog confined in, it is best to place a booster seat in the back seat for your dog or puppy (yes they make these and the dog must be contained in some manner in your car). Keeping a car seat covers and blankets, little foot covers, just about anything that you can imagine for puppy in your car for just in case times, don’t think that you can overdo it.
Include a first aid kid in your car also. You just never know.
Getting A New Puppy or Adopting A Dog
- Why not a big puppy or a young dog in need of a good home? There are thousands of good dogs to choose from. Many are waiting for a loving home such as yours. Many of these dogs have been mistreated or possibly abused and only have a cage to live in at a shelter.
- There is only one other option left for many of these dogs and in the end, if not adopted, they must be euthanized. They didn’t ask for this life but some human probably abandoned them or brought a litter of puppies about because they didn’t spay or neuter their dogs. It would be like saying about children, “no we want a little one and who cares what happens to the little ones that have grown up and aren’t all cute and fuzzy anymore”.
- Will you have the time, space, and money to care for and play with your puppy? Puppies require a whole lot of attention. Grown dogs do require these things too, but keep in mind older dogs have gotten through those puppy phases, such as chewing up shoes!
- Things have gotten real expensive these days and when starting out with a new puppy, you are starting from the beginning of a brand new life. It is much like starting with a baby that requires formula, diapers, daycare, etc.
- Do you know what breed you want? Do you want a full breed dog, or perhaps you would do better with a mixed breed. Do your homework first. Are you going to have small children visiting your home once in a while? Make sure that if this is going to happen that your dog/puppy is well socialized!
- Keep in mind that pure breed puppies or dogs tend to have more health issues. Depending upon the breed, anything from skin disorders to hip dysplasia, arthritis, wobbly knee, or little white shaker syndrome.
- Know the answers to all of your questions before you start looking because once you look, you will most likely come home with a cute little puppy.
Before getting a puppy, ask yourself a few questions! Make a list to take with you because once you start looking, you will have forgotten everything you needed to know about the puppies you are looking at.
Don’t be disappointed with your decision, but in the end; make it an informed decision. If you are having problems deciding, then take the rest of the day and that evening to make up your mind and go back to pick up the puppy the following day.
Getting ready to bring your puppy home?
MY VOTE IS FOR PITBULLS
PitBulls love playing in the water, showing us how they are fearless in many situations. They are so adorable when they are young and very little too, but remember, some of them get really monstrous.
Pits make wonderful pets as I said before. They are great walking companions, they love to play and have a good time in water, wading pools, the sprinkler and even the hose. This is actually the best way to bathe them as they grow, but they love a bathtub too if you live in a part of the world where the winters get downright chilly.
As they begin to grow, they are a little more clumsy, kind of like a baby elephant. All legs and feet with lack of GOOD muscle control as they grow.
But I have to say that they are one of the most wonderful pets that I have ever had the pleasure of working with. All love and kisses and as long as you get them in to a behavior or obedience class, you cannot go wrong with this breed for a best friend, great companion, and even a huge watch dog because just their mere presence can scare the biggest of unwanted people!
They are sweet and loving dogs but got a really ugly, bad, name from people who didn’t know how to raise them properly or tried to make something out of them that they are not. Some of the best pets have come from this breed; even though they were mistreated or used for fighting and dog fighting bait.
As you can tell, I am rather fond of Pit Bulls. They are beautiful dogs and don’t have some of the problems that many breeds seem to have. I owned a Staffordshire Terrier and she had so many skin allergies that it was impossible to keep her comfortable. The only thing that took away the itch was steroids, which were bad for her and in the end, steroids coupled with a medication from the vet, ended up killing her.
Things you will need before you bring home a new puppy or even a dog:
- Puppy food / dog food both dry and wet; high in protein with no grain or cereal
- Leash and collar with name and address tags
- Retractable leash
- Tennis Ball for training
- Water and food bowls
- Dog bed
- Grooming brush
- Folding gate or crate to keep your puppy in one area
- Chew toys
- And if it is a puppy you will need some potty pads for potty training
Puppy-proof your house
(Like babies, puppies explore with their mouths). To keep yours safe you’ll need to do a few things before bringing your puppy home:
- Move breakables and electrical cords from doggy level.
- Close low windows.
- Lock away cleaning supplies, motor oil and antifreeze, and medications.
- Get a tall garbage can for trash.
- Move house plants up and out of reach.
- Put shoes and clothes away in closets where puppy cannot get at to chew!
- Magazines and newspapers away and out of reach also.
Choose well formulated puppy food (high protein)
Puppies need food specifically designed for their smaller bodies. That’s because a growing puppy needs more protein and calories than an adult dog. Puppy food is also easier on a puppy’s smaller mouth and weaker jaw. Don’t forget that puppies also need plenty of fresh, clean water.
How much food will your puppy need? Don’t feed any puppy or dog with a constant supply of food) Dogs will eat a lot if the food is available. Do not feed your puppy with a buffet style arrangement. Either four small meals or three larger meals per day. Discuss with your veterinarian about the best foods for puppies versus a grown dog OR better yet!
Visit Dr. Andrew Jones attached website. He is our friendly veterinarian out of Canada who has developed a supplement with the exact vitamins and minerals that a growing dog should take every day. Sprinkled on their food Dr. Jones spent a great portion of his veterinary life to develop this potent supplement.
Dr. Jones has several ebooks, a ton of videos, and he even does a free webinar once in awhile where we get to ask as many questions as we can handle.
- Relieve Limping or Lameness
- Improve Slow, Stiff, or Awkward Movements
- Decrease Chronic Itching and Scratching
- Relieve Constant Paw Chewing and Excessive Hair Loss
- Help Prevent Recurrent Ear Infections
- Alleviate Recurrent Episodes of Diarrhea and/or Vomiting
- Lower Excessive Intestinal Gas and Relieve Upset Stomach
- Help Stop Repeated Bladder Infections
- Increase Energy – help your Dog if Withdrawn and Sleeping Longer
- Help if your Dog has difficulty Climbing Stairs or Jumping into the car
- Improve an Ineffective or Weakened Immune System
- May Improve Cataracts or Watery Eyes
- Stop a strong Odor coming from Skin or Ears
- Improve your Dog’s Coat and Skin
- Relieve Whimpering or Moaning when Joints are touched
- Improve Digestion
- Lower Arthritic Pain and Inflammation
- Reduce the Risk of Allergies
Use a Dog Bed or a Carrier Crate. Most puppies sleep from 14 to 20 hours a day, so keep your puppy comfortable while he sleeps. Puppy can sleep in your bedroom but in his own bed; this is for love and bonding purposes. Pet crates or carriers are only used for sleeping, potty training, or travelling. Dogs aren’t meant to live in crates or cages, so don’t overuse it
Inside or Outside
Dogs are happiest when they’re with their pack; which most likely will be you and your room. If you keep your dog outdoors often, make time for daily walks and time for playing. Keeping your dog safe in a fenced yard or area is part of your responsibility.
Make sure there is a covered, dry, and draft-free spot with a dog house, to keep him warm in the cold, and a shady spot to keep him cool in the heat. Make sure there is always plenty of fresh water.
We have seen plenty of dogs tied up with an over sized chain around the neck and around the base of a tree with no shelter whatsoever. This is not acceptable under any circumstances and it is never needed.
We have seen dogs get wrapped up and around a tree so they cannot move and cannot get to their water. This is also intolerable treatment, and it is considered neglect and abuse which is punishable by law. Do not treat your loving pets in this manner for any reason.
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