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Offline Cinnia

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Brining my puppy home soon!
« on: December 23, 2014, 12:00:48 PM »
Hi everyone!

I'm bringing my puppy in about 2 1/2 weeks. :fluffbaby:

I already kind of have a list on what I need to buy for the little one but was wondering if anyone had a must have item that I need? She'll be about 12 weeks old.

Thanks! I'm so excited. :swing:

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Re: Brining my puppy home soon!
« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2014, 04:53:47 PM »
Welcome on board!

It's going to be an exciting New Year for you having a new puppy home. There are lots of must-haves for the furbaby and I suggest you show us what you have in your list, then the fellows can let you know if anything's missing.

One thing I consider a must-do is to show us pictures when she arrives home!

Cheers!




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Re: Brining my puppy home soon!
« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2014, 11:45:37 PM »
Thank you for the welcome! I will definitely take lots of pictures when I get her.

As for what I have on my list:

Crate: http://www.petco.com/product/13907/Midwest-Lifestages-Double-Door-Fold-And-Carry-Crates.aspx
Although, I'm not quite sure which size is more appropriate for an adult Bichon.

Treats: http://www.petco.com/product/114230/Fruitables-Natural-Dog-Biscuits.aspx
http://www.petco.com/product/106452/Wellness-Just-for-Puppy-Treats.aspx

For food, my breeder uses this one: http://www.petco.com/product/119062/Blue-Buffalo-Small-Breed-Wilderness-Chicken-Adult-Dry-Dog-Food.aspx
But I have no idea what to get for puppy food. I suppose I'll ask the breeder for the right food.

Toys: http://www.petco.com/product/10375/Puppy-KONG-Dog-Toys.aspx?CoreCat=certona-_-ProductListTopRated_Dog_1-_-Puppy%20KONG%20Dog%20Toys-10375
I'm not sure what other toys would be good. I know a plushy would be good, but which ones?

I still need shampoo, brushes, bowls, ID tag, and maybe leash/collar. Am I missing anything?

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Re: Brining my puppy home soon!
« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2014, 11:33:54 AM »
Number one on the list for bringing home a new puppy:  Camera and fully charged battery!!!!   :laughing:  And it isn't just for sharing with us.  They grow quickly, you will love having these pics down the road, in a year or 2.

You definitely need a harness and leash to start walkies.  You will sometimes have this on her even in the house.  When you allow her to roam freely - when you are able to watch her constantly! - this will help you to catch her if she is going someplace you don't want.

A pet bed or pillow for her to be on.  I do not use crates, but if you do, you want the bed /pillow to be able to fit inside that crate.

Food and water bowls!!!  Stainless steel is best for this breed as they have so many allergies and can react to so many things.  Best to just start off with the right ones.

Some will say you need a pen.  Something like this:  http://www.petco.com/N_22_4294956564_4294965160_10164_4294965618/Dog-Crates-Kennels-and-Carriers.aspx  You will have her in this (not the crate) much of the time, until she is house trained.  This gives her space to move around and play, but not be all over the house.

You will want newspapers (or puppy pads) to help with potty training.  When she is in her exercise pen, you will have one area with the paper or pad.  Over time you will be training her to use this area ONLY, so she can play and roam in the rest of the area.

Do you have stairs in your home?  Or a special dining room or parlor where you do not want her to go?  Then you need to have gates on these areas.

Sorry I can't remember, but if you have a cat, you must keep the dog away from both the cat food and the cat litter box.  Another gate, for one room for these items for kitty, where dog can not go.

Towels!  You are going to have some 'clean up duty' with a puppy, until she learns about potty training.  Plus you have a WHITE dog - they just naturally get muddy, ha ha haaa.


You will want a slicker brush: https://www.petedge.com/zpetedgemain/catalog/productDetail.jsf?sort=TA&wec-appid=PEDM_WEBSHOP_TR&page=72A214C22827430A9795247F1BF064D6&itemKey=005056A633791ED2B591403F75DA0FB3&show=12&view=grid&simpleSearchString=slicker&wec-locale=en_US

These come in soft, medium and hard bristles.  You will use the SOFT on the puppy coat, for about a year.  You will NEVER use the hard bristles on a bichon coat.  You can get the small size now, for a puppy.  Long term, you will continue to use that for the face and legs on the adult dog, and you can buy a larger size for the adult dog body, tail etc.  So getting the small, soft now, is a good investment as you will use it for life.

This site will be your best friend ( after this forum, of course!)  The Bichon Station: http://www.bichonfriseusa.com/  Scroll down, watch the far left column for GROOMING.   The first few essays are on selecting a groomer.  You can go visit some NOW, while you are "dog - free," have a look around, ask some questions.  Much easier to do this research without the dog!

Continue to scroll down, watch the middle column for PUPPY INFO  Read those essays over a few times!  Let the anticipation build!

Most of all, have FUN!








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Cats: Crystal, Ebony, Bobby, Tommy, Tuppence, Mandy, Emma

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Re: Brining my puppy home soon!
« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2014, 05:23:46 PM »
Thats so exciting,I can't wait to meet her.Alison

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Re: Brining my puppy home soon!
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2014, 12:03:36 PM »
Thank you so much for all that information, Sandie!

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Re: Brining my puppy home soon!
« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2014, 03:13:31 PM »
Congratulations!  I've included a few things here that you may want:
Emergency Kit: http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/pet_first_aid_kit.html
I recommend this because having it saved my Sassy's life last year when she ate a Tylenol.    Here is a pretty complete one (if you don't want to make up one of your own):  http://www.amazon.com/Alcott-Explorer-40-Piece-People-Travel/dp/B00GTPRLKW/ref=pd_sbs_petsupplies_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=1S3Z85JNVBVMTP4E23NT
A quick first aid reference:  http://www.amazon.com/Pet-Emergency-Pocket-Guide-Informed/dp/1890495468/ref=sr_1_cc_3?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1419961989&sr=1-3-catcorr&keywords=pet+first+aid+book
You need to be sure to research the most up to date information on vaccination.  Find a vet who doesn't insist on yearly revaccination and will give single dose vaccines (instead of the combo shot, like DHPP).  Read up and learn about over-vaccination.  Here is a chart that shows the really necessary vaccines (Core).  Your puppy must have vaccines and one revaccination at age 1 year.  After that you can have titer testing done to see if more shots are needed.  You need a vet who willingly does this.
Chart: http://www.lantanaatlantis.com/images/Checkup/VaccinationRecommendationsDogs.pdf

Good luck with your new puppy! 

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Re: Brining my puppy home soon!
« Reply #7 on: December 31, 2014, 12:11:04 PM »
Thank you! I never thought of First Aid. Also, good timing. I've been researching vaccines. When I get her (12 weeks old), she'll need her second dose of shots.