Raising a Puppy: Part 3

Getting the House Ready and Homemade Treats:

Once you’ve found your new puppy friend, there’s so much to organize before you can bring them home.


On the night before we went to see our “potential” little sazerac, I cleaned the kitchen like crazy. I took everything off the counters, and set a jar of homemade puppy treats (recipe below) on the windowsill because somehow I think I knew she would be the one.


I call this the nesting phase. As mothers do to prepare for their babies, there is a lot to be done to get the house ready for a new puppy.


Here’s a list of things that preparing in advance will make the transition for your little buddy so much easier:


  • Consider where they will sleep. We crate trained Sazerac but didn’t have the crate on the night we brought her home. I think introducing the crate on the first day would have made things easier for her.
  • Decide what brand of puppy food you will buy. There’s much research and decisions to make about diet, but if you can get a giant 20 pound bag at home beforehand, or you’ll have to go to Petco with a brand new tiny hungry puppy in your arms.
  • Dogs need things. A leash, at least a couple toys, a blanket, a brush,some peanut butter… A quick trip to the store will make the first days easier. Shopping at the grocery store is usually much cheaper than pet supply stores, so shopping ahead prevents you from having the puppy with you and needing to go to a pet-friendly store.
  • All new puppies love treats. Really, who doesn’t though? Here’s a recipe for my favorite ones to make. It’s a fun task to do before you bring home the puppy and have lots of free time (which quickly disappears as soon as you bring the puppy home)


Homemade Peanut Butter Oat Puppy Treats:


2 cups whole wheat flour

2 eggs

½ c pumpkin puree

3 tablespoons peanut butter


Mix all ingredients together to form a dough. Roll out dough on a floured surface and use a cookie cutter or knife to cut into small pieces.

Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

Keep out for 1 week, or in the freezer indefinitely.


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