Getting a new puppy is a big decision and you need to be prepared. They can take a lot more time and work than you realise, so it’s important to have all the supplies you need from the get-go. Speak to your breeder or the dog’s home you’re adopting from and get as much information as possible. Not all breeds need the same amount of food and some have different requirements. There are still certain items all puppies need, however. Here is a basic checklist of ten essentials for your new best friend.
Dogs need somewhere comfy to sleep, so unless you want them in bed with you you need to get them their own bedding. Essentially puppies need a warm bed or large cushion, have a look at the doggie solutions range of dog beds.
It’s a good idea to buy a big bed so your new puppy can grow into it. A good choice of material is simulated sheepskin which hygienic, washable, and non-allergenic. Some puppies have sensitive skin, so it’s best to make sure you buy them suitable bedding specially made for dogs.
Plenty of treats
Puppies need special food compared to grown-up dogs. You can find plenty of dog food advice online, but it’s also advisable to speak to your breeder or vet. They will let you know any more specific dietary requirements.
When you’re training your new puppy, it’s essential to give them treats as a reward. Make sure you have them on you at all times especially when walking your new puppy. This is a good incentive to get them to come back if they run off. Don’t overdo it on the treats though!
Just as with a toddler or small child, puppies need safety gates too. You can even find folding mesh gates that are easily attached and removed when necessary. It’s important to prevent your new puppy from falling down the stairs. Many families prefer to keep them downstairs and out of certain rooms until they’re a bit bigger.
With a portable gate, you can block your dog in or out of any room. This helps with training while they’re getting used to the house. For their safety, it’s a good idea to block them in one room or section of the house if you’re not able to supervise them, or during the night for example.
Lots of toys
Dogs can get through a lot of toys in their lifetime. Bigger breeds might chew them up more quickly, and there’s not much you can do about that. A more eco-friendly choice is to opt for brands that offer sustainable dog toys. At least that way, you’ll know they’ve already been recycled.
Puppies need toys for play and physical development. It’s important to choose chew toys that help improve dental care and plenty of options to keep them entertained.
Dinner and water bowls
Puppies need a couple of bowls for both food and water. Ideally, their water bowl needs to be refilled and accessible at all times. Go for non-slip bowls and make sure they’re the right size for your dog’s breed. Bowls are inexpensive so you can always upgrade to a bigger size when they grow.
It’s inevitable that a new puppy might be guilty of causing mess and mischief. You’ll need to toilet train them at the beginning. If you have carpets it might be an idea to research effective carpet cleaning methods. Poo bags are also essential for collecting their business when you’re out for a walk.
As well as cleaning up after your puppy, you’ll also need to keep him properly groomed. Puppies need brushing, occasionally bathing, and you’ve even got to clean their teeth. Here is a basic dog grooming checklist with all the recommended equipment needed.
It’s advisable to start grooming your puppy as soon as possible to get them used to it. This will make the experience much more pleasant for both of you. Puppies may not always enjoy grooming, but it’s necessary for their health. Take the time to have a look at their teeth and nails and for any other issues while grooming. It’s a good opportunity for a mini checkup.
Collar and lead
You will need a collar and lead for both walking and training your new puppy. It’s a safety issue and it’s not advisable to walk your dog without these. If you want to make a statement out of it there are many fashionable yet functioning collars you can buy. Why not get a fun stylish accessory for your new furry friend?
Larger puppies might also need anti-pulling devices if they are overpowering you on walks. After a time, you should be able to train your new puppy not to pull as much. Make sure you speak to someone in the pet shop and let them know the breed of your dog before you buy anything.
An identity chip is required by law so it’s worth a mention. You can have this done at the vet. It’s more common that the breeder or dog’s home will have already had them chipped. Make sure you confirm this before you take your new puppy home. It’s a safety requirement for all dogs and puppies to be microchipped.
A little bit of patience…
The last item on the list is a little patience. New puppies are a wonderful addition to any family but they will need plenty of care and attention. You can also expect noise during the nights and certain mischief around the house. Ensure your home is safe for a new puppy and remove any dangerous or breakable items.
The sooner you get your home ready for your new puppy the more prepared you’ll be for the new member of the family. Do as much research as possible on how to puppy-proof your house and garden. This way, when your furry friend arrives you can focus on bonding and having fun together.