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So, here we are! You’ve decided on a SUNSTAG (Reg.) Puppy. You’ve been interviewed till you think we know about your Aunt Jane’s “little” secret. Now, you should be getting ready to bring home puppy. You’ve given it much thought and consideration and you know you can handle the responsibility. Ok. Go get the following items for puppy’s comfort...and yours. WELCOME TO THE FAMILY!
o Food & water dish, feeding stand. We prefer the aluminum 5 quart ones for food and water inside and an automatic waterer or Lick-It for outside. Feed from a chair or special feeding stand.
o Puppy Dog Food. We have fed Science Diet Growth, Science Diet Lamb and Rice, Nutra Nuggets Performance and Nutra Nuggets Lamb and Rice, Purina Hi-Pro. Find the one you like. A packet of food will be provided on Go-Home day.
o Washable Blanket or Foam Pad with a Washable Covering. We’ve been quite successful with an old baby crib mattress covered with carpet remnant.
o Expandable Nylon Web, Choke Chain, or Leather Collar and 6-Foot Leather Leash. We like the 12"-22" Expandable Nylon Collars. The Choke Chain collar will be needed for training later on. The leash is for control on your walks.
o Baby Gate. Yes, just like for human Junior. You’ll be glad you made the investment.
o Wire Exercise Pen. One is usually enough. They come in all sizes but we prefer the 36"-8 panel one. We use them to confine the puppy close by yet out of things. If you plan to exhibit, please ask for the show equipment list.
o Toys, Chewies. Be sure they are hard rubber and that bells or squeaky things cannot be torn out and swallowed. Pigs ears, hooves & Kongs are good.
o Airport Pick Up. Puppy will arrive without a collar and a leash, so be sure to bring them, a bowl, water, towels, and “his/her” blanket. It is best to bring a friend to drive; you hold puppy going home.
REMEMBER. . .
Responsible dog owners become Happy dog owners and your neighbors will like you better.
Set up a schedule during the first few days for the dog to go out, to exercise and to eat. Dogs learn better when they have a routine. However, we find that free-feeding is most economical and puppy will then grow at his body’s rate.
Find a reputable veterinarian for puppy shots and future care. Start interviewing now! Be sure the vet knows about sighthounds, particularly Irish Wolfhounds.
Read the books you’ve been advised to read on puppy training and the breed. Try your local library rather than buying something for only short term use. BIG breed books can be an investment. Wait awhile to see what you need. Books, videos and other guids are also available through AKC.org.
Clear the house of things that could hurt your puppy or cause sickness; close all closet and bathroom doors; make ONE place for the puppy and keep the blanket there.
We strongly advise daily yard “duty” to minimize flies and other icky things.