Think about pet insurance. Embrace, Healthy Paws and Trupanion seem to be in the most used companies. I personally have Embrace.
Thank you, I definitely plan to go everywhere I can with her.You’ll need to take your puppy (and mature dog as time goes on) in the car with you. We take our golden boy just about everywhere with us! So give some thought as to to how to bring her safely with you in the car. We have a “hammock” type of seat protector in our car (iBuddy brand from Amazon) that protects the back seat. It attaches to the front and back seat headrests forming a “[email protected] that prevents the dog from falling into the gap between back and front seats. If you get one of these, make sure the fabric is slick, so that the dog hair doesn’t stick to it. The one we have is a smooth quilted (slightly shiny) fabric and you can just brush the hair off. He wears a harness that is tethered to one of the seat belt buckles for safety. He can still move around to get comfortable but cannot jump into the front seats or jump out when the doors open until we unbuckle the tether. Some prefer to have their dogs in crates for car travel. You can Google for ideas on transportation options. Enjoy your little one! Puppyhood goes by so fast!
Hi! I have a quick question about your puppy set up if you don't mind? Did you keep the crate open over night and let your puppy go in and out? Wondering if it's better to do this type of set up the first few days when we bring our puppy home instead of starting with the crate right away.My pup is almost 5 months old now, so I’ve got a pretty good idea of what is/was most helpful. I second the recommendation for a Toppl (or several) - they’re easier to stuff than a Kong and there’s less risk of getting a tongue or jaw stuck. If you do use the Kong (and freeze it) it’s recommended that you freeze it with a plastic straw through the middle (remove it before you give it to your pup) to provide an air pocket that reduces the chance that suction might cause his tongue to get stuck (fwiw, never happened with my prior dogs, but I’ve heard stories, and better safe than sorry). I’d start with at least a few puppy sized Toppls and/or Kongs.
For this puppy I opted to put the crate in my kitchen surrounded by an Ex-pen. That gave him a safe area to be contained any time he wasn’t actually in the crate. I bought some whelping pads to put down as a base over the floor, and then some individual incontinance pads on top of that (easy for us, as I had a supply from a dog that had spay incontinance). It worked out well as cleaning up from accidents was as easy as pulling out the soiled pad and replacing it with a clean one.
I know there is a difference of opinion in terms of collars vs harnesses. I like harnesses for my puppies to avoid damaging their tracheas. I also never want my puppy to think they can pull on a collar, so I only put a collar on them when I’m actively training them to give to leash pressure. For day-to-day management, the harness worked better for us, and if they DID pull (which they almost certainly do as puppies) at least there’s less chance of injury. We really liked this one because of the grab handle and the easy on, easy off. The size small worked for us until just the last week.
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