Puppy Loving and Learning
On August 2, 2018, Kino and I adopted a 2 month old white shepherd mix puppy from the San Antonio City Shelter. We named her Luna, and we have been on a whirlwind of nonstop research ever since (so much that I missed my second July blog post!). Thus, I wanted to share a few things we learned from our first month together!
- DIY life will save your wallet! We took Luna home the day that we met her, so we didn't have any of the new puppy essentials! On our way home, we picked up a crate, potty pads and floor cleaner, and a small bag of food. It was enough to get us through the next day when we had more time to research. We DIY'ed a doggy gate, cone, feeding bowl, bed, etc.
- Inquire about new puppy specials! Petco has a new puppy coupon book with lots of steep discounts and freebies to take advantage of. Our local pet shop also had coupons for free food and gave us tons of samples and a free toy for Luna to test out! Certain vet clinics and hospitals also have free first exams or discounted first visits. It never hurts to ask!
- Train for adulthood. Luna is going to be a big girl, so we are working hard on making sure she doesn't nip, jump up on people, etc. It may seem cute as a puppy, but just imagine your 90 lb dog doing that in a few years time - not as cute, and potentially dangerous in public.
- Regular exposure: Luna's puppy vaccinations are still in progress, so she's not yet cleared to go on walks outside or play with new pup friends. However, we try to bring her to as many places as possible with us, riding in the car, carrying her through Target, carrying her around on a walk, etc. so that she can familiarize with different people, see all the things in human world, and experience all the smells.
- Calming dog music: Okay I thought this was strange too at first, but I gave it a try and I was so impressed at this playlist. Luna has crate/enclosed play time for most of the day, and she often gets frustrated with being alone while we roam the house. The first time I played this, she knocked out! Probably will not work if she is in the middle of doing some zoomies, but if she is already relatively calm from some training exercises, this playlist will put her happily into a calm nap. This is been a lifesaver for going to bed at night and for during my conference calls with clients!
Got any more tips & tricks for us? Let me know! -> firstname.lastname@example.org