They also require a lot of supplies including, food, leashes, toys, treats, etc. It is never a good idea to bring your doberman pet home and then attempt to go shopping and puppy-proof your house after.
It is a good idea, when possible, to find out from the breeder what type of food your puppy is eating so that when you go shopping you can buy the same kind. You can do a gradual switch later if you decide that you prefer a different brand. If you have not found this information out, you should ask the breeder for a small amount of food to take home until you can do the switch or purchase the same brand.
When you go shopping for your new Doberman, it is helpful to make a list of things that you need. Aside from food, you will need either a crate or a bed, adjustable collar and leash, treats, toys and food and water dishes. It is always a good idea to get the bowls with a non-slip bottom for regular use and a non-tip kind with sloped sides to be used in your dog’s crate. This will eliminate a lot of spills.
You will need to thoroughly inspect your backyard and garage. Check for any small breaks in the fence that your puppy could squeeze through as well as any holes in the lawn that he could get his foot stuck in while running. When you inspect the garage, keep in mind that if something is small enough to fit in your puppy’s mouth, he will eat it and anything low enough to get into such as tools, he could get hurt on.
Some dogs have a habit of eating stones too, so if possible, make sure there are none of these laying around your landscaping. If you have a garden or a flower bed that you would like to keep, you will want to put some type of fencing around it.
Puppy proofing your house before you bring your dog home is a huge job. There are an endless number of household items that your puppy can eat or get hurt on. Pay special attention to any razors or soap around your bathtub as well as cleaning products under the sink. All plants should be moved out of reach and stairs need to be blocked off. If you have any decorative rugs with fringe, you should remove them for now or apply fabric tape to the fringe area so they don’t look so inviting to play with. Anything that moves and looks playful or interesting is sure to become either a toy or food for your new Doberman pet.
Taking the time to properly prepare for your puppy will certainly make your life easier and the dog’s transition more comfortable as well.