So you’ve chosen to have a dog. You’ve considered it carefully, have studied breed charts and read about how to identify different doggie temperaments, ensured that your home is dog proof and have bought your new bezzie a comfortable bed to sleep in and lots of fun looking toys to play with. You go and collect your prized pooch form the breeder, trainer or kennel and feel totally prepared….
Oh dear, little did you realise that having a puppy is just like having a baby. No it’s worse than that; it’s like having a chewing monster of a baby who is always hungry, always playful and always hyper and always after your attention! And so inevitably on your return home, immediately your house seems less than dog proof; the comfortable and rather expensive bed you bought is soon in smithereens on the floor chewed into oblivion and your fun toys are all starting to look a bit bedraggled.
Unfortunately a lot of these things are unavoidable and all part of life’s rich tapestry as a new doggie owner. (You’ll get used to tripping over half eaten dog bones on the stairs and looking at the chewed legs of your coffee table. Promise.) Something you have a little bit more control over is the diet and health and wellbeing of your puppy pooch. Like babies puppies have rather delicate insides and it is important to make sure that especially in those first few days you have the right food to hand to ensure your dog’s happiness.
A good place to start is to question the original dog owner about what your dog has been eating with them well in advance of your pick up date. Make sure that you source a decent amount of this food and have it ready at home for when you return with your dog. Check out sites where you can buy specific branded products; for example Viovet where you can buy Royal Canin dog food online.
Consider taking a container and filling up with water when you collect your dog, particularly if this is some distance from your house. New water can cause a really bad upset stomach with all of the well-known physical manifestations of humans, not good for you or your puppy.
Lastly, just ask lots of questions and do what you are told! Each dog is different, one may need lots of fresh meat whereas another might not be able to digest fresh foods in such quantities. But you won’t know unless you do your research. So get on the internet and talk to the original dog owner, maybe even chew their ear off.