I've edited your post to remove the link you posted. Please do not post links to puppy brokers or breeders that advertise on the web.
Feel free to read through the puppy section and training forums for some great tips. A lot of people have just gotten puppies and can be a great help to some of your questions.
Again, welcome and can't wait to see pics of your new pup!
Hi aquagirl and welcome to you and your new fur baby. This Forum is full of interesting and helpful people, and I can suggest that you use the search feature at the top of the page to look for posts about all the things you are asking about. There is a post called Grade you Dog Food you can look at that will tell you how a number of dog foods are rated. There is a whole section on things such as Training, crates, all the things you need to know to successfully raise a new puppy. And of course you can always ask if you run into problems. Good luck browsing the Forum and can't wait to see pictures of your new little one.
Hi & welcome!!
Ditto to all the advice above. You may also consider reading a book on puppy training & dog behavior. Get all the supplies prior to getting puppy. Dishes, collars, crates, food, toys etc.
well i am sorry that you dont feel that you are getting much help. the main part of your question can be found in the puppy section. We recently had a new person come on and ask the same question and that has a detailed list of everything everyone thought would work best. I wish you would stay but if you are ready to jump ship after one post i wish you the best of luck on your next forum.
i am sorry i didnt get to see your baby girls- i am sure she was just precious
Sorry to hear that you feel we are not helpful, I beg to differ..We removed the link as we are very passionate about the breed and do not believe in making it easier for puppy mills and BYB's to advertise their wares...It does state in our rules exactly that...
Having said that, I hope you decide to stay, there is a lot of very good people on here and a lot of knowledge to be had..
Hi Aquagirl - I'm getting married in May and I'm already stressed so I can only imagine how you feel! Is your puppy a wedding present? She's gorgeous, have you thought of a name yet?
Looking at your list, you have pretty much everything you need to welcome her home. The only thing you might want to add is a towel or something from the breeder (you'll have to ask for one, obviously) that has her mother's scent on it, and you could put this in her bed (possibly wrapped around a hot water bottle) for the first few nights to ease any separation anxiety she may have.
I would take her to the vet within a week, just for a general check-over and to put your own mind at ease. I'm totally anti-cropping (it's illegal in Ireland anyway), so I agree with your choice there! The vet will then give you a schedule for all her further vaccinations. You might also think about getting her microchipped on your first visit.
As for introducing her to your cat, obviously you know the cat's personality best, but I would say to just set them down on the floor together and let them sniff and circle eachother at their own pace. Just be ready to jump in at any sign of trouble! I think most people here who have cats say the key to them living successfully with Boxers is just to make sure that the cat has somewhere that's inaccessible to the dog to get some peace from them if needs be.
Oh, and I just thought of one more thing you need to buy before she comes home - mountains and mountains of paper towel! You'll go through about a thousand rolls between the time you get her and the time she's housetrained! It's all so, so worth it though.
Congrats on the wedding, it is a very stressful time. Glad you decided to stay on. the people here a very warm, caring & insightful.
You list looks great.
One question, why the furminator? I use it on my lab but never the boxer.
I've never used premium edge or price range. Alot use Canidae. Petsmarts brand Authority is supposed to be good also. Check out the food links/forums.
your baby is precious.
I am glad you decided to stick around. Congrats on getting married, i could see how that would be stressful i agree with honeyec, it sounds like you have things covered. I agree with the towel and water bottle method, it does help the younger pups cope with the transition to the new home. She is BEAUTIFUL!! cant wait to see more pics of her.
Hello & Welcome! Glad you decided to stick around. There are really great people on here and always ready & willing to help with great advice! Congratulations on your new puppy, she's adorable! And congrats on getting married!!
Everything you have for her already is good. Def. get her a crate, I have a 36" at my moms house for when she stays there and a 48" at home. Both are fine, make sure you get one with a divider so you can minimize her space when she's little, she should have enough room to stand up turn around and sleep comfortably. That will keep her from going potty in her crate.
I would make a vet appointment as soon as you get her. I took Lola to the vet 6 days after I got her. You def want her to get checked out by your vet.
As for food, here are some of the 2007 Whole Dog Journal list of foods:
-- Blue Buffalo (bluebuff.com)
-- by Nature BrightLife (bynaturepetfoods.com)
-- by Nature Organics (bynaturepetfoods.com)
-- California Natural (naturapet.com)
-- Canidae (canidae.com)
-- Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul
-- Innova (naturapet.com)
-- Innova Evo (naturapet.com)
-- Merrick Pet Care (merrickpetcare.com)
-- Natural Balance Organic (naturalbalanceinc.com)
-- Natural Balance Ultra Premium (naturalbalanceinc.com)
-- Newman's Own Organics (newmansownorganics.com)
-- Premium Edge (premiumedgepetfood.com)
-- Royal Canin Natural Blend (royalcanin.us)
-- Royal Canin Veterinary Diet (royalcanin.us)
You can find the entire list on here. I guess you're on the right track with Premium Edge! I've never heard of it before here so let us know how she does on it!
Good luck with everything! Can't wait to see more pictures!