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Puppies

You have finally decided to take the plunge and get the puppy that your family has always wanted. You can find puppies in South Africa quite easily, whether it is a golden retriever or a Yorkshire terrier, you can expect that having a new puppy around will be quite an experience. With that experience comes responsibility, however; below you will find some tips on how to prepare for your newest addition.

Equipment

The main things that you will need before you welcome any puppies into your home are bowls, collars, harnesses, and poop bags. These are the basics, but you may need to know a little more. Such as, you want to avoid buying plastic bowls because they often contain toxic chemicals that can hurt your puppy; stainless steel is the best when it comes to bowls.

Don't forget the crate for when your puppy is potty training, and you want comfortable bedding as well, if you want your pet to stay off the sofa.

Walking the Dog

Before you adopt puppies in South Africa, you will want to talk to the rest of the family about walking duty. You may be adopting the puppy for the kids, but some rules need to be established. A house trained adult dog needs at least four toilet breaks a day, which means they should be let out for at least 15 to 20 minutes each time. A puppy will need twice that amount, even if it is in the middle of the night. Aside from letting the dog or puppy into the garden for toileting and play, you need to walk it, at least twice a day. Puppies need two to three short walks, starting at 15 to 20 minutes, increasing up to 30 minutes at six months, and at least an hour twice daily when they reach a year old. Therefore, you need to be sure who is going to be walking the dog, before you make that commitment.

Decide on House Rules

You will want to set down house rules for any puppies that you adopt right from the beginning. If you don't want the puppy in the kitchen when you are cooking, then your family needs to be on board with that decision. It is important to realise, however, that your puppy will have a mind of his own, and your house rules may change over time.

Puppies are cute, cuddly, and loveable, however, you have to remember that they come with a great responsibility as well. Following the tips above will help you, and your puppy make the transition easily, and without complications.

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