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So, You Want A Puppy?

What to think about before you adopt a puppy.

Interested in adopting a puppy? That is great news! Keep in mind that there are many things you will need to prepare for before you bring your new canine companion home. These include purchasing necessary tools to train and play with your puppy, finding a good obedience school, and preparing your family and home. Being prepared for everything will help your puppy adjust properly and rapidly.

 When you head to the pet store, it may be overwhelming, especially if this will be your first puppy. I recommend going to Pet Food Express, all staff members are extremely knowledgeable and will help guide you towards the right purchase. If you already know what breed of dog you are interested in, choose a leash, collar, and harness that will fit best for the breed. Most pet stores have the option for you to match all three of these items, which is purely optional. Wait to purchase identification tags until you have picked out a name for your new dog. Next, find some good puppy food. Valley Humane Society recommends “Diamond”, which is high in protein and has no by-product. Toys are your next stop. Make sure to pick out toys that are choke proof and that will make your puppy think. For example, toys that you can stuff treats or peanut butter in for them to “figure out”. 

After you have purchased all of your supplies, go home and child-proof your house. Yes, I do mean child proof. Puppies are as active and as inquisitive as children are. They will figure out a way to get into anything! Your local hardware supply store can help you pick out some child proof locks for your cabinets. Also make sure that your cords are safe and not chewable.

 Lastly, before you bring home your puppy, choose schools that you can enroll your new puppy in once all of his or her shots are up to date. Two local obedience schools in Dublin are the East Bay SPCA and Laura for Dogs. The Animal Rescue Foundation in Walnut Creek also provides training classes for dogs of all ages.

 Remember to take your time and choose the puppy that is best for you! Do not choose a dog by the way he or she looks; make sure to take the time to make sure his or her personality will fit in with your home. Best of luck with your new family member and have fun! 

Valley Humane Society 

Valley Humane Society is a no-kill, non-profit animal shelter in Pleasanton. We have over two hundred volunteers and six staff members. We pride ourselves in being a resource center for the community, providing knowledge of responsible pet ownership and humane education.

 Adopting and owning a pet is a life time commitment. Here at Valley Humane Society, we assure that before we adopt out any animal, they are vaccinated, micro chipped, spayed or neutered, and tested for a feline aids, feline leukemia, and heartworm.

 All of our adoptable animals can be found on the Valley Humane Society website at www.valleyhumane.org, or you can come meet them at 3670 Nevada Street, Pleasanton, CA 94566. Our phone number is 925-426-8656. 

Peggy McLain March 05, 2011 at 04:12 PM
The best training facility in the area is Happiness Country Kennels in Sunol. Their puppy socialization class includes some small tunnels and teeters which build confidence in pups. They also have progressively more advanced classes in obedience, agility, rally, and some specialties like herding and conformation. The folks teaching there are long-time professional breeders, handlers, and competitors and are a wealth of knowledge. My Goldens have been in obedience, agility and conformation for over two years now, and I can't say enough good things about their operation.
Rhonda Geissinger June 11, 2011 at 11:59 PM
A Humane Scoiety advocating the purchase of a puppy from a pet store WTF?????
Melissa Bonnel June 12, 2011 at 12:21 AM
Rhonda, I believe you may have misunderstood my post. I certainly do not believe any animal should be purchased. In this post I am suggesting only that the food and supplies be purchased at a pet store. If you can see from the first paragraph, I am merely suggesting items and tools that should be purchased and contemplated before adopting.

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