So, you’ve decided to buy a puppy. After picking a breed, readying your family, and meeting the perfect pooch, you might think you’re ready to bring your new friend home.
Before that happens, however, there are some important items to check off your new puppy checklist. By obtaining these items before you bring your new pup home, you can ensure your pet’s first days at home go off without a hitch.
- Crate and bedding
Dogs are den animals. This means they feel comfort in cozy nooks and providing them a space of their own is essential. Crates also help new puppies remain well-behaved during potty training and transportation. Make sure that the crate is big enough for your pooch to feel comfortable, but not large enough for them to move around and make a mess in.
Whether you opt for a plastic or wire crate, be sure to provide your puppy with some bedding. Soft blankets and dog beds help comfort your pet and keep them warm.
- Stainless steel food & water bowls
It may seem like a no-brainer, but purchasing quality food and water bowls is a new puppy must. Opt for stainless steel to avoid any allergic reactions your pooch may have with plastic. Stainless steel is also made to last and easy to clean, making it a great choice for food and water bowls.
- Food & treats
Once you’ve secured food and water bowls, it’s time to fill them! To give your puppy the nutrients he needs, take care to pick out a dog food that’s made for younger dogs. Since puppies grow at a rapid rate, they need more nutrients than the average adult dog. Puppy dog food is richer in nutrients to help your puppy stay healthy and strong.
In addition, high-quality dog treats and chews are a must. Long-lasting chews like bully sticks can promote dental health and soothe sore teething gums.
- Chew toys
New puppies are notorious chewers. To avoid unwanted holes in shoes or chunks eaten out of furniture, it’s wise to pick up a few squeaky chew toys for your pup.
- Leash, collar & tags
Select a leash and collar of the appropriate size and length for your dog. Smaller dogs should wear harnesses instead of collars to reduce the risk of harming their necks. No matter your dog’s size, leashes and collars provide you with the opportunity to show your (or your pup’s) personality.
Once you’ve got a leash and collar, it’s a good idea to pick up personalized dog tags. These can include vaccination records or your contact information in case your pup gets lost.
- Shampoo and brush
Sooner or later, your new pup will get dirty. Be sure to pick up a wire brush and shampoo for at-home grooming, or make your own dog shampoo if you’re looking to save money.
- Enzyme stain remover
To clean up indoor dog messes, invest in an enzyme stain remover. This type of cleaner removes smells that only your dog can pick up. As dogs love to “go” in the same place more than once, it’s important you get rid of that smell right away.
- Schedule a vet appointment
Last but not least, be sure to schedule a vet appointment when you bring your new furry friend home. Puppy appointments often include vital vaccinations and health checks, and should never be skipped.