About your new Boston Terrier puppy

Before bringing your Boston Terrier puppy home, you will need to make some purchases. Your newcomer will have special requirements, much like a newborn baby. Good puppy food, bowls and dishes, bedding and toys are all things to collect.

Supplies you will need

Find out in advance what your Boston Terrier puppy is eating, so you can have the same food available when you bring it home. You may receive a small amount of food when you take your puppy, but it is better to be prepared.

A crate can become a personal escape from your puppy's world instead of a dreaded punishment zone.

bowls

You will need bowls of food and water. Stainless steel is lightweight, easy to clean and resistant to Boston Terrier puppies who want to chew. A 1 quart bowl is big enough for food and a 2 quart bowl should contain enough water for a dog.

Checkout

Your puppy should have a crate to sleep in and get in the car. Most Boston Terrier puppies are comfortable in a relatively small crate (21 "by 17" over 16 "), and most adult Boston Terriers are comfortable in a medium crate (27 "out of 20" to 19 "). Crates are available in a wide range of types and prices. I prefer molded plastic crates, like those on airplanes, because they will keep your floor clean and give the dog a little more privacy. They tend to be cheaper and lighter than wire crates. Metal crates have the advantage of folding for easy storage when not in use.

We recommend placing small pieces of a blanket or washable towels in the crate for bedding, knowing that Boston Terrier puppies tend to chew on their bedding and destroy it. Once a Boston Terrier puppy has become too big (about a year and a half), you can invest money in a more chic bedding, if you wish.

Leash and necklace

Your Boston Terrier puppy will need a leash and a collar to walk safely with you. A lightweight 6-foot cotton or nylon leash with a small clasp will work better, combined with a flat-loop necklace that leaves room for growth. Quick-snap collars, easy to snap on and engage, are practical, but they must stay out of the puppy's reach, as the carabiner is tempting to chew and can easily be destroyed by sharp teeth. Do not forget to add a tag with your name, phone number and address so that if your puppy gets lost, the one who finds it can return it safely.

Your Boston Terrier puppy will not need a choke chain, a nylon holding collar or a claw necklace. These devices are used by some coaches but are not necessary for the Boston Terrier. Several veterinary chiropractors have said that using zipper or strangling collars on Boston Terriers or pulling on a leash or collar can cause serious damage to the spine and should always be avoided.