The following is an excerpt from "The Complete Guide to Chiweenies" by Adriana Rodrigues. For more information visit the books Amazon Page.
Author Credit: Adriana RodriguesIf you’ve gotten this far in your Chiweenie-choosing journey, you’re going to be getting to the home stretch of preparing your home and your family to welcome their newest furry member,
In this chapter, we’re going to go over a few more important things for you to know before you finally have that car ride home for your new pup.
The Importance of Having a Plan
Accepting a dog into your home and your family is not a simple and short-term commitment. It is literally accepting and adopting a brand-new family member. With an average lifespan of around 10 years, it is most likely that your new Chiweenie will hang around for a good chunk of you and your family’s life.
Just like when introducing a new human child into your family, having a plan can make a huge difference between making this transition an easy one and having a difficult time. Although I’m not saying you might not go through a few hiccups or a few difficult stages, having a plan can definitely help you when you come across these challenges.
Having a backup plan in place if something happens can be the defining moment that can change your life forever. Whether it is getting the supplies you need beforehand or already setting up the home before your new arrival, this plan can really make a difference.
To help you make a plan—every puppy plan in a family will look different—we have a few tips and guiding lists to take with you to the vet and pet store before you welcome home your furry arrival.
A Complete Guide of Pet Supplies
Instead of picking up everything you may think you need on your visit to the pet store—trust me, everything looks cute but maybe completely unnecessary—you can simply take this list and first stock up on a few basic necessary items you’ll need for your new dog.
To help you out, I have included a complete list of pet supplies that you’ll need. Especially if you are starting from scratch with a new pup, this guide can help you make sure that you’re covering the basics.
You’ll need a dog bed. It is extremely important that your dog have his own space in your home. As I mentioned before, it doesn’t mean that your Chiweenie needs to have his own room—you can easily supply a bed that can be his safe space.
The transition of a new home can be a scary time. Having a dog bed available can be his safe place to retreat to when he’s feeling scared, uncomfortable, or simply wants some alone time.
A lightweight bed is also preferable because you’ll want to make sure that you can also travel with it when necessary. Especially when going to an unfamiliar place, it helps to have something for your pup that feels and smells like home.
Choosing the perfect dog bed for your Chiweenie will mean evaluating his size and making sure the bed can accommodate him. Since the Chiweenie is rather small, this shouldn’t be too hard.
You can choose between a variety of bed types, including plastic beds, fleece beds, waterproof beds, tweed beds, and even quilted mattress beds.
You’ll need proper dog food—and a lot of it. With so many different options out there, choosing the proper dog food can be an overwhelming task. However, talking to your vet and doing your research beforehand can help you choose the right pet food.
You’ll need to take age into account when choosing food. You can choose between wet or dry food and a whole variety of different tastes and health benefits.
It may take a while before your pup gets used to a particular food choice, so be patient and try to never go over budget—trust me, there are so many different food options out there that you’ll be able to invest in food that meets your price parameters.
Your pup will probably take his time getting used to a different food than he’s already used to. To help with the transition, make sure you are introducing the food in small amounts so he can get used to the taste and texture.
Also, be aware that some dogs eat differently. Most Chiweenies won’t gobble down meals at set times and may just nibble on food throughout the day. Each dog is different, so be aware that your pup might have a different food regimen than others.
Spoil your pup with dog toys. You don’t have to have a whole closet full of toys, but especially if you have a young pup, you’ll want toys to help keep him entertained. There are so many different types of toys, from soft to squeaky, from Kongs to frisbees, from bones to balls, whatever toy you choose can be a vital part in your pup’s development.
Again, these products don’t necessarily have to be the most expensive on the market, but it does help to have a few in stock so your dog can have his choice when he is looking to be thoroughly entertained.
You’ll also want to stock up on treats and chews. These sorts of things not only help with dog training (which is important when first introducing a dog to his new home), but it also can help with keeping him happy and excited.
There are a few options when it comes to treats, and it may take a while to find the specific ones that your dog loves. Chiweenies don’t necessarily love hard biscuits, but you’ll be surprised what they can throw down when it’s a yummy treat.
If you’re looking to spoil your pup, you can choose from biscuits to chews, gravy bones to pig ears, bones to meaty treats, and even rawhide.
You can even get bones that help keep your pup’s dental health up, so look into buying a few of those for your pup’s health and happiness.
Especially since you’re most likely planning on taking your dog for walks—for exercise and for potty—having a dog leash you’re happy with (and which your dog doesn’t mind) is important.
When it comes to leashes, quality is just as important as longevity. You can choose between various materials as well as those that are retractable or those which stay the same length the entire time.
You can invest in a dog leash (or a few) by choosing from materials like nylon, chain, rope, and leather. For Chiweenies, strength and thickness might not be as important (since they’re so lightweight) as retractability when they really get going chasing the neighborhood squirrel—they’re fast.
Definitely get a collar (or three) and an identification tag. It is actually required by law to ID your dog—no matter if he is microchipped or not.
As of 1992, the law says that if a dog goes out in public, it has to have a form of identification. Make sure that on this ID there is a way to contact you, whether a phone number or an email, so if your dog ever gets lost, the people who find him can contact you.
You can pick from quite a few different collars—varying in color and material. With the holidays, some owners like to have a few different colors or designs on hand to play dress-up with their pup.
Dog-grooming products are helpful to keep up with your dog grooming. You should definitely invest in a few basic grooming products for the upkeep of your dog.
For Chiweenies, it’s a bit easier to groom because most of them have a short-haired coat. Brushing their coats will help keep the dead hair off the body. You can also learn how to keep their ears clean while bathing and trim their nails.
A few grooming products that you will want to invest in are a brush, a comb, some dog shampoo, ear cleaner, towels, and nail trimmer.
Dog bowls and food products are also great to have when looking to keep your pup healthy. Having two dog bowls in your pet supplies is essential for feeding and giving water. Not only does it make it easier to keep your pup healthy, but it also reduces and eliminates the mess he makes while eating and drinking.
A few other last-minute supplies you can get include dog-health products, a car crate, doggie bags, and dental hygiene products.
The Ride Home
Now that you’re all caught up on supplies, you’re ready for your pup’s ride home. To help make that scary car ride a lot less scary, a very essential item that is good to have is a crate.
There are a few options you can choose from when picking out a crate for your Chiweenie. The two different styles are either made of plastic or wire material. When dealing with small dogs, a plastic crate can get the job done.
To compare the two, here are a few pros and cons between wire and plastic crates:
A wire crate can fold flat, is generally cheaper, and can be set up quickly.
A plastic crate is normally more expensive and harder to transport but can be much easier for smaller dogs.
Picking Up Your Dog
After getting your pup, you’ll have to make sure the car is prepared. In your vehicle, you should bring along some treats, bones, a chew toy, a blanket, a collar, and a leash. Especially since you’ll probably be walking your dog for the potty, cleaning supplies and baggies are also helpful.
While picking up your pup, you should also make sure that the paperwork is taken care of. Before you leave, all your questions about a feeding schedule and type of food should also be answered.
The Car Ride Home
Finally, while you’re in the car with your pup, there are also a few things you should know. That first car ride home can be a make-or-break first impression.
If you have a passenger in the car with you, have him or her sit with the pup—preferably in the back seat. A blanket and a crate can also be helpful in this situation, too.
If you can avoid it, try not to stop at a highway rest stop or park in case the puppy isn’t vaccinated and is then exposed to other dogs.
The First Night Home
You finally got your little guy home.
The first night can be a confusing time for your Chiweenie. Having that crate close to your bedroom when putting your pup to sleep can make that first night more bearable.
Normally, the pup’s first night is going to be uncomfortable. He’ll probably feel more anxious and uncomfortable if he is far away from you. Although he might cry at the beginning, you need to make sure that you answer his cries in the middle of the night because it probably means he needs to go to the bathroom.
The Vet: Choosing One and Your Chiweenie’s First Visit
To choose your pup’s vet, after you’ve done your research, you should call in advance to make your appointment and prepare questions.
You should also make sure you are aware of its after-hours setup in case of emergencies. This should help to plan for future unexpected circumstances.
During your first vet visit, the vet will most likely take the puppy’s weight, use a stethoscope to listen for the heart and lungs, take the pup’s temperature, and do a general examination of the eyes, ears, nose, feet, genitalia, skin, coat, teeth, mouth, abdomen, and lymph nodes.
These examinations are relatively normal for a first visit. The vet can also examine feces, discuss the puppy’s history and medical issues, worm medications, microchipping, spaying, and neutering.
The vet may give you medicine and treatments to take home with you, so make sure you understand how or when they are supposed to be given to the pup.
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