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ITEMS YOU MAY WANT TO GET BEFORE YOUR NEW FAMILY MEMBER ARRIVES:
         * FOOD (most breeders will give you some food to get started.  If you change brands, do it slowly for the                         stomach to adjust.
         * Bowls- one for water and one for food (preferable not plastic)
         * Crate (one big enough for growth)
         * Bedding
         * Treats for rewards 
         * Dog gate and/or exercise pen
         * Collar and leash
         * Toys 
         * Grooming tools- brush, dog nail clipper, puppy shampoo



POTTY TRAINING YOUR PUPPY
      This includes crate training:
           * Get on a regular schedule- feeding, watering and taking puppy to a pee pad or outside.
           * Allow time for the puppy to properly eliminate.  This may take longer than you anticipate in the
                   beginning
           * Watch your puppies behavior (he/she may dance or act uncomfortable signaling the need to 
                   eliminate- take him/her to their usual place for this) or for a walk.
           * You may want to reward your  puppy for positive behavior- this will help motivate him to repeat this                            activity . 
           *  If there is an accident- if you catch your puppy in the act immediately tell them "no" take him/her to                            their eliminating place.  Do not punish, but only reward for positive behavior.  Accidents do
                   happen.
          * Potty training can also include crate training.  
                - Place clean blanket(s) in the crate.
                - Start with short periods of time.  When the puppy is taken out of the crate bring for a walk
                           or to his eliminating place immediately.  Praise heavily and give him a treat for his
                           positive response.
                - Do not leave a young puppy in a crate all day.  It will end up soiled as he will need several
                           potty, food, and play breaks during the day.
                -  Please remember to never use the crate as a punishment.  You want this to be his safe 
                           area, not jail.

SOCIALIZING YOUR PUPPY
     ** Socialization should be done between 7 weeks to 4 months.  This will affect how he acts and 
               reacts to people, places, things.  Gently, slowly introduce your puppy to other people (old and 
               young)  Socializing your puppy properly will encourage a well mannered, happy, social
               companion.