Bringing home a new puppy is exciting! You are full of anticipation to welcome your new addition into the family. Before your puppy comes home it is important to prepare for your puppy’s arrival.
Prepare in advance with these 10 must-haves for your new puppy.
Purchase two bowls for your new puppy. One for food and one for water. The best bowls for dogs are stainless steel, ceramic, or silicone bowls. Avoid plastic bowls. Puppies like to chew on them and BPA leaking from the bowls making them unsafe.
Start your puppy with the same food they have been eating at the breeder or rescue. Your puppy has special nutritional requirements so it is important to get your dog on a suitable puppy diet with quality food. If you are unsure of what food is best for your puppy, ask your veterinarian for recommendations or check out the Dog Food Advisor for reviews.
A collar and id tag is important to have in the event your puppy gets lost. Having a 6ft leash and 15ft leash will be needed to start training your puppy. Most cities require that you purchase a dog license for your pet. Contact the local courthouse or humane society for more information.
Crating a puppy helps keep the puppy safe when you aren’t at home. Puppies usually don’t like to soil where they sleep so keeping the space small at first will help with potty training. A crate that grows with your puppy is a good investment. Your puppy will feel a sense of security and comfort in a place of it’s own.
Your puppy will also need a travel crate for those trips to the veterinarian, groomer, or outings. This keeps your pet safe while in a car.
Treats are an excellent way to start training your new puppy. Choose only healthy treats such as dried beef liver and only give in small amounts. Chews are important to have on hand. Your puppy will be exploring the world with his mouth and must have appropriate outlets for chewing. Avoid rawhides as these are extremely dangerous for your puppy.
Choose toys that will be safe for your puppy. Avoid toys with stuffing or pieces that can easily be chewed off or very soft plastic. Kong makes some very good quality sturdy products.
Pooper Scooper/ Poop Bags
Keeping your yard cleaned up daily will help prevent infectious diseases. It also reduces the chances of you or your puppy accidently stepping in an unseen poo, yuck! You will also need to have poop bags with you on all outings with your puppy for clean up.
New puppies will have accidents. A great enzymatic cleaner will helps neutralize odors as well as break up the urine. This will discourage future accidents in the same area.
Choose a veterinarian for your new puppy. Soon after bringing your new puppy home you should take him for a check up at your veterinarian. Your puppy will need regular care and vaccinations.
Hire a professional pet sitter. There will be times when you want to go away for a few hours or you must work. Your puppy should not be left unattended for long periods of time. A pet sitter will come in and take your puppy outside to relieve themselves and spend time playing and socializing. This will also help with house-training.
Puppies are so much fun but also a lot of work but well worth it. Make things easier by being prepared with these 10 must-haves for your new puppy!
Congratulations on your new puppy!
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