Preparing for your Pembroke Puppy

Things to consider before bringing your puppy home.

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Today, even dog collars have gone high-tech. Some come equipped with beepers and tracking devices. The most advanced pet identification tool uses a Global Positioning System and fits inside a collar or tag. When your dog leaves his programmed home perimeter, the device sends a message directly to your phone or email address.

4. Leashes: For your puppy's safety and your own convenience, you should have two kinds of leads for him. A narrow six-foot leather or woven nylon leash is best for house-training, walks, puppy training classes and learning to walk properly on leash. The other is a retractable lead. This is an extendable lead that is housed in a large plastic handle; it extends or retracts with the push of a button.

5. Crating and gating: These will be your most important puppy purchases. A crate is the most valuable tool for housebreaking your puppy, and your puppy's favorite place to feel secure. Crates come in three varieties: wire, fabric mesh and the familiar plastic or fiberglass airline-type design. Wire or fabric-mesh crates offer the best ventilation and some conveniently fold up suitcase-style. A fabric-mesh crate might, however, be a little risky for the puppy who likes to dig and chew.

Whatever your choice, purchase an adult-sized crate, as your Pembroke will soon grow into it and will quickly outgrow a puppy-sized crate. Length is the most important measurement when choosing a crate for a full-grown Pembroke; usually a 32-inch long crate will be a good fit. Crates often come with removable divider panels so you can create a smaller area for the pup and expand it as he grows. A too-large crate will not be useful for house-training nor will it be a cozy den if the pup feels lost in it! Crates are available at most pet supply stores and through pet-supply catalogs.

Well-placed baby gates will protect your house from the inevitable puppy mischief and thus save your sanity as well. It's wise to confine the puppy to a tiled or uncarpeted room or space, ideally one that is accessible to the outside door that he will use for potty trips. Gated to a safe area where he has access to his potty exit and cannot wreak havoc or destruction, the puppy will soon master house-training, chew only appropriate chew toys rather than the legs of your antique chair and spare himself unnecessary corrections for the puppy mishaps that would happen if he were allowed to roam freely.

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