Only 12 days to go until we pick up our cocker spaniel puppy Charlie and we’ve been doing lots to try and be prepared. Neither of us have had a dog before in our families so there is a lot to learn!
Last week we went for a look around our local Pets at Home to pick up a few bits and to be honest I started to get a bit overwhelmed by it all. I’m so excited to be getting a dog but seeing all the hundreds of different options for beds, bowls, leads, food, toys etc I started to worry that we wouldn’t get the right stuff for him and I didn’t know what to get for the best! I never realised how many different options there are for literally everything!
We ended up buying a bed, lead, bowls and a couple of other things, but then taking half of it back a few days later after further research it wasn’t right.
We went back again and asked for a bit of help from a lovely girl working there and now I feel much more confident about it all. This probably sounds really stupid but I had a panic moment I wouldn’t be able to look after him properly. Seriously if I’m like this about a dog I have no idea what I’m going to be like when we start a family!
Anyway we’ve done lots of reading about crate training after it was recommended to us by a few people and the breeder who we are getting Charlie from. We initially decided we didn’t want to do that as we didn’t like the idea of a “cage”. But we’ve come to realise that it sounds like it’s actually better for him, and that is what is most important here. We’ve read that dogs like dens and this will be like his little space where he can get some peace and rest. Plus when we go and stay with family and friends we can take his safe place with us so he will always feel comfortable. So for the moment we’ve taken back the dog bed we bought and got a crate with cushions and covered it with a blanket!
Any advice on this would be appreciated! If you have (or haven’t) crate trained your dog I’d love to know what you think are the pros and cons?!