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Preparing for Puppies

The families that recieve my puppies are given the information below to properly prepare for their puppies coming home.

I feed all my dogs and puppies a very high quality food, I will give you a small bag when you receive your puppy. 
If you choose to give a different food you will need to mix this new food with the food I give you for a week. Their digestive system will need to adjust to a new food. I will provide a small vari- kennel for the car ride home.

I suggest you purchase a small crate for training at home. You can get a crate at petedge.com or at a pet store but here is the link to show you what it looks like,

http://www.petedge.com/product/ProSelect-Everlasting-Single-Door-Folding-Crates/44567.uts The size can be 24X17X20 small or the next size up medium if you want your puppy in it until he is a year old. Purchase the one where the floor grate comes with it or you can buy it separate. This keeps the puppy off the pan under the grate. A padded cushion will go in the back of the crate. Then there is a six inch or more area that if they have an accident and pee it goes through the grate onto a wee wee pad that you put on the pan. This helps them never to pee where they sleep on that pad. Also, you can see when they stop messing the wee wee pad under the grate that they can hold it and are trained. It keeps things cleaner too.

See this link for the grate. http://www.petedge.com/product/General-Cage-Floor-Grate-for-Med-Fold-Down-Cage/43178.uts

If you do not want to give the puppy free run of the kitchen with gates blocking off other rooms off the kitchen, you can use an exercise pen. I would put the crate in the back with the door open and then half circle the crate with the xpen. Also, this helps to keep the puppy safe from the other dogs in the house if you have them. The puppy can distinguish the crate is the sleep area and the rest is the play and potty area. You will feed the puppy in the crate in the beginning. The puppy never wants to pee or poop where they eat or sleep. I get the pads here, http://store.poochpad.com/wirecratepads.html. At first, I put it horizontal in the back of the crate so they have the area in the front if they need to go. When they are trained I place it vertical and it fills the entire crate. These crate pads are great because they are absorb the pee and are washable. If you want to get a regular crate bed that is fine too. My puppies are trained to drink out of rabbit water bottles that attach to crates but they can also drinks out of a bowl. The puppies are teething and the best chews are the nylabone edibles or Odor FREE bully sticks. They can choke on rawhides and they cannot digest them. Please get Odor FREE bully sticks, if you get the regular ones the smell is terrible, make sure it is Odor FREE not low Odor.  The web site for the odor free bully sticks is, http://www.bestbullysticks.com/home/bbs/page_6785_159/6_inch_standard_odor_free_
The link to the Best Coton de Tulear book out there, you have to order it from Canada, http://home.istar.ca/~shaglear/book.htm
Also, you may purchase a nylon harness and lead, it needs to be light so they can get used to it.  I will give you the kennel carrier to take your puppy home, shampoo to start, a comb and a brush, and toys too.

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