Hi Loves! Zorro is doing well in his first 2 months at home. He is already 3 months old and at his last vet appointment weighed in at 32 pounds! He is going to be a big boy! He is getting comfortable in his new home, maybe too comfortable. I am lucky to be able to work from home 2-3 days out of the week, but when I am not working from home, I have to travel into NY for work. I am used to the commute but it does make for a long day especially a long day for a puppy to be home alone. My sweet husband did adjust his work hours to be home earlier for Zorro when I am traveling and also has been heading home at lunch to take him out. Before we got Zorro we created a beautiful pen in our house and his crate was opened into the pen. This was a great setup until Zorro figured out how to climb out of his pen and jumped on top of the crate and then out. We learned quickly that simple is best. Here are the top 10 items we learned are essential for a new puppy and the puppy owners.
We have had a lot of success with our crate. It seems to be really well made, sturdy and the divider has come to our rescue. It is amazing how different a dog will behave if the crate is bigger than needed. If you make it just the right size, so that the puppy can only turn around and lay down, they will not pee in the crate. Since we adjusted the size of our crate correctly, Zorro has had no accidents in the crate and his potty training has really come a long way!
These are such a help especially when a puppy is still leash training. The harness helps because it eliminates the pulling around the puppies neck that causes some puppies to be fearful of a leash. We went through this fear with Zorro. He has since learned to love taking walks, even if that means being on a harness. He still chews on the leash though. We are still working on that one!
These are essential especially during the early teething days. Zorro definitely tested him limits when he was a pup. I dont think he quite knew how hard he could play bite without hurting. This is definitely a great reason to give dogs an early chance to meet other dogs. The other dogs will help the puppy learn what hurts and what is too much when they stop playing with him. One of our favorites has definitely been the KONG or the other toys the KONG brand makes. Zorro loves his Kong bear. Zorro has also really enjoyed bully sticks. He cant be left unattended with them because there is a risk of chewing or chocking on too small of pieces, but they have definitely kept him occupied.
Zorro has a long thick coat. Luckily he isn’t too bad about being brushed. Our breeder recommended the brushes where the bristles all point in different directions because she said they do the best job with our type of dog. Your dog may prefer a different type of brush.
We have found that Zorro prefers the beds with the sides so that he can lay his head on it or use it when he is munching on a bone. We found a really great bed that matches our couches almost perfectly at HomeGoods, but there are a lot of really nice options all over.
We went through a lot of super absorbent towels and old towels especially when Zorro was first coming home. He was very good but definitely had quite a few accidents and the old towels we used in his crate, to clean him up and when he was just laying around as well as a protection from our floors and sanity 🙂
We have been using the Science Diet brand which we really like so far. Our breeder and vet both recommended the brand and Zorro seems to be responding well to it.
We tried a few different order neutralizing sprays and thought this one worked the best.
The bitter apple spray has been a lifesaver. It definitely redirects his behavior and he will immediately stop biting whatever he tastes this on. We have even used it on our hands when he was in a really biting mood. He has definitely calmed down with the biting but we are keeping this on hand for his puppy teething stage which I hear comes from 4-6 months.
This one is a no brainer but we almost forgot to pick one up until the day we were going to pick up Zorro. They have such cute options in the stores now. Find one that fits you or your dogs personality 🙂
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