|Barked: Tue Jan 1, '13 4:08pm PST |
|First off, Congrats on the new puppy!
Second off, as someone who just got a puppy last Thursday, let me tell you, it's ALOT more work then you think.
I've wanted a puppy since I was a little girl, and my boyfriend finally bought me one for christmas. As much as I love the little guy, the first few days made me wish I hadn't gotten him. It's like taking care of a new baby, but in ways a little harder. For instance, you have to go outside with the new pup about every half hour to hour during the day, every two to three hours a night, and you constantly have to keep watch on it to make sure it doesnt go in the house. The watching and consistently going outside in the freezing cold and snow is extremely exaughsting and will cause you to feel completely out of wack for a few days to even a few weeks. It may make you even want to get rid of the new puppy or wish you never got it. But after 5 days now, I can say I'm gaining more patience and more sleep. If I could redo it again, I would deffinately wait untill the warmer months. Getting up in the freezing cold is a huge pain. Seriously consider all the hard work and dedication and training involved, and seriously consider the timing. Just a helpful long paragraph from one new puppy owner to a soon to be puppy owner.(:
As for your list... I would get everything on it, but the bed and the clicker aren't really needed. I have everything on your list except those two things, and training without the clicker is going really well with bits of puppy chow and treats. The bed isn't really needed due to the fact that it will probably chew into it, and it would be kind of a waste of money. Instead I reccommend a old blanket of somesort that you already have, so that way if it chews into it, you wont loose your moneys worth.
I would deffinately add dawn dish soap, the blue kind, in case your puppy comes with fleas. Unfortunately mine did, and I wasnt prepared for it. But after some research, I learned that dawn is a great unharmful way to kill off those pesky blood suckers. Also get a flea comb, and maybe some sort of flea medicen just in case.
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