We are picking up a new puppy in 3 weeks. I'm so excited! I've made a mental list of the things I need to get before hand and I could use some help on what I might have forgotten.
We just euthanized our old lab (we miss him tons!), so we do have alot of the essentials already.
So far I have:
A few stuffed animal toys
The breeder said she gives a bag of puppy food when you take your puppy home, so I wont need that right away.
Here is my "to-get" list:
Pooper Scooper for the yard
pad or small bed for the crate
maybe a new collar
Urine Off or Natures Miracle
The pup will be 8 weeks when we pick it up and will have 1 set of shots. I have a vet appointment for the pup 2 days after we get it. And I have 10 days off from work.
Can you think of anything else we might need? thanks!!!
sorry for your loss.
i would nix the retractible leash, they can be dangerous.
look for puppy classes to help socialise the pup.
If your pup is getting a shot before going home do not let the puppy give more shots at your first visit (i assume the puppy wont be due for the second round by them).
dont spend too much on a doggy bed foe the crate as many puppy chew them and cant have a bed.
even if you are off 10 days make sure to make a point to leave (everyone) so pup practiced being alone.
are you able to come home at lunch to let puppy potty when you go back to work?
Welcome! What an exciting time! Just went thru it myself (my pup is now 3-1/2 months old). Lucky you with 10 days off. I just was able to take off 4 days, but it was worth it.
Looks like you got a good list going.
Dryfo gave some excellent info. I wouldn't use the retractable until pup was much older. Don't let vet give multiple shots. Does your breeder have a letter for the Vet? My breeder had a "Dear Vet" letter explaining what shots the pup had already, about her line, etc.
Dryfo makes a great point of leaving pup alone for a bit. Will help when you actually have to go back to work.
Also puppy socialization classes can help pup, but just watch which one you go to. Pup is not fully covered yet (with shots) but there are ones that really watch out what dogs come to their classes. Some don't. I on the other hand, have kept my pup home until all his shots are complete and then enroll. I'd rather be safe than sorry.
So far, knock on wood, pup loves his bed and hasn't chewed on it. Doesn't mean others wouldn't if bored.
Don't go overboard with toys and treats. Keep it simple. Get to know your pup and then go from there.
My heartfelt condolences to the loss. It's tough losing them. Miss my Jake terribly.
Good Luck with the Pup!
You've gotten lots of good advice so far.
I would add: don't spring for an expensive bed or crate mat just yet. Puppy will probably eat them. Just use old towels and see how it goes. At 1.5 years my guy still can't have bedding in the crate!
Also, paper towel, well-planned easy to make meals for those first couple of weeks, and a whole lot of patience (and maybe some wine?
I do plan on doing puppy classes.
I'll make sure to leave the pup alone in the crate for short times that week, to run to the store, shower, etc...
I will be able to come home at lunch every day to let the pup out. I only work 6 hours a day too, so that helps. My hubby is here 2-3 days a week working from home so he should be able to bring the dog out for potty breaks as well. Thinking of maybe getting a of walker to let the dog out a few times as well.
I'll have to stock up on wine!
Thanks for the tips!
lol, wine? Nah, no wine here. With the exercising of the pup, sleeping very well. And stress, nah, loving every minute of this experience. See the big picture and puppy time is such a short time, so enjoying it all, good and not so good, lol.