What to buy our new Rottweiler puppy
we are purchasing a rottie next week and i want to know EXACTLY what to get for a 10 week old baby,
i dont want to get anything too rough or too soft that will be destroyed or hurt him easily!
also what toys they'd really enjoy and what treats are ok and not ok to give. i heard rawhide is very bad ! but my old puppy would LOVE them!!!
please help! thanks!
It's so exciting when you get to bring a new puppy home and it's very tempting to rush out and buy a whole lot of stuff! But, puppies really don't NEED a ton of things, just some basics to start with and then you can add to them as you go along.
The most important things are a crate (see my Puppy Crate Training page to learn how to pick the right size; a stain and odor-remover to clean up potty-training 'accidents'; bitter apple spray; gentle puppy shampoo; a premium large-breed puppy food (see my Best Puppy Food page for a selection of the best ones on the market); some sturdy chew toys (see my Tough Dog Toys page; a light collar - with ID tag- and leash, and food/water bowls.
Anything else is pretty much optional and can include treats, clothes, dog bed, playpen and all the other wonderful 'extras' that will keep you wandering up and down the aisles of the pet store for hours!!
Do remember that Rottweiler puppies grow into big dogs, and they grow amazingly quickly. When you're choosing items like crates, collars, bowls etc., keep in mind that your little pup will outgrow them fast so now isn't the time to spend big bucks on fancy, expensive versions. Don't skimp on quality - you need sturdy, well-made and safe products - but deluxe models may want to wait until your little one is more mature. That way you'll get more value for money.
As for rawhide, it definitely has inherent dangers, but if you choose the right kind of rawhide and supervise very closely and carefully (removing the toy/flip/bone as soon as it's soft enough for the pup, or dog, to chew chunks off, or small enough to be swallowed) it is possible to let a pup enjoy it.
It's actually safer for puppies as you can get a BIG pressed rawhide bone and it will usually take them hours and hours to make a dent in it. Not so with adult dogs, and I don't recommend letting big or giant dog breeds have rawhide at all once they are adolescent or mature. Smaller breeds are more likely to be able to continue playing with this type of toy, but again CLOSE and constant supervision is needed. You can learn more about rawhide toys and how to be safe on this page Rawhide Dog Chews.
Hope this helps, best of luck with your new puppy.