Before you bring your new pet home you’ll need to buy a few puppy essentials. Here’s everything you need to get your home ready for a puppy.
Here is that wonderful bundle of joy, You’ve adopted a fur baby and you’re ready to bring your new best friend home with you. But you’ll need to be ready with some puppy essentials to make sure their transition is smooth and they are happy and comfortable. Here’s everything you need to get you prepped.
Here are some puppy essentials to make sure their home coming is smooth and they are happy and comfortable.
You will need a harness to secure your new best friend, sudden braking of an unrestrained puppy in an automobile can be disastrous if on your way home you need to brake suddenly or worst still become involved in an accident. Choose a harness or transport crate that can be secured and one that suits your puppies size and breed
Puppies need a comfortable spot to sleep as they’ll be doing lots of it to help them grow. Yes you will be tempted to let them sleep with you, especially after you experience your first night of your puppy being wide awake and yelping all night for your attention, but you need to train your puppy early on what you expect, puppies need boundaries, and learn from being shown what is right and what is wrong. I recommend that your dog has their own place to sleep especially if your breed drops lots of hair.
Puppy Kennels and Crates
Crates and Kennels are an ideal ‘den’ for your puppy and make house-training a lot easier. Dogs are den animals, they feel comfortable and safe being within the confines of a crate or kennel.
A playpen and door barriers
Can also be used to block doorways to rooms you’d like to keep off-limits. Very important during toilet training, you want to teach your puppy where to go when it’s potty time and train them to use this spot. An open house can sometimes reveal smelly surprises in some unusual places throughout the house.
Your puppy needs plenty of fresh water at all times as well as a bowl for their meals. Choose two that will suit their size for at least the first year of their life.
I suggest you keep feeding your new puppy the same food that they have been eating prior to their arrival into your new home, and gradually mix the food you wish them to eventually eat into their new food over a period of a week or so. A sudden change of puppy diet can lead to an upset belly and an upset owner who has to deal with the mess.
Your puppy’s first weeks with you will involve a lot of lessons, so you’ll need a supply of healthy treats on hand to reward good behavior.
A collar, ID tag , microchip and leash
Your puppy can’t explore the big wide world until they’ve had all their vaccinations, but it’s good to get them used to a soft puppy collar and leash – plus, you can have fun choosing a collar that suits their style! Identification tags are a must. Read more about puppy collars and leads.
You need to have these when you head out to the park but it’s good to have a stash at home for cleaning your backyard and for any accidents (there will be many) on your toilet-training journey.
Toys to play with
Your playful puppy will have a ball with all sorts of toys, so keep them focused on the right things to play with. We recommend having about five toys you can rotate to avoid boredom.
When your puppy is teething they’ll want to chew everything! Make sure you offer them chewy alternatives to your favorite shoes, furniture, and electrical cords.
Chew-stop spray or a similar product
Sometimes, they just can’t help themselves and will fixate on the tasty edge of your skirting board. If you want to protect your home from the wrath of those tiny puppy teeth, arm yourself with this a chew stop product. I’ve found that these products are not always 100 percent effective, it really depends on the dog and their determination to chew on whatever is around.
A microchip is a rice-sized device that contains a code that is stored in a database with your contact information. Your veterinarian injects the chip between your dog’s shoulder blades, and when your dog is found, a staff member at the shelter uses a handheld scanner to read the code in the microchip. The code is then entered into the database, which tells the shelter your name and phone number, so you and your dog can be reunited. Remember to take the time to register your contact information and keep it up to date.
Shampoo, eye and ear cleaners
They’re super-cute at this age and their curious nature will often lead them to muddy puddles and the like. Keep them looking great (and smelling fresh) with a gentle shampoo and have a supply of eye- and ear-cleaning products ready, too. I would recommend that you only purchase eye and ear cleaning products from your Vet.
The best shampoo I’ve ever used on my dog was the amazing pet soaps puppy formula, it’s amazing, but I’ve been having difficulty finding it of late, I having a sneaking suspicion that it is now only available in Australia, but I’m still looking.
Even though your furbaby is quite young, your puppy will need to be groomed and learn how to behave during the process. Their coat will need regular washing, combing, and brushing. They will also need their toenails trimmed, ears cleaned, and teeth brushed.
It’s really important to prepare your puppy for the grooming routine as soon as they come home, have these grooming supplies ready and understand how to properly use them:
- Blow dryer
- Bristle brush
- Conditioning spray
- Cotton balls
- Ear cleaning solution
- Grooming table or grooming area
- Nail clippers
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Slicker brush
- Styptic powder
- Toothbrush and dog toothpaste
I would also suggest that you play with your puppies feet, to get them used to being handled. I’m currently testing out a range of clippers, believe me, not all clippers are created equal. I have been using the Oster 2 Speed Professional Clipper in its various forms over the last 9 years on my Labradoodle and I can’t fault them, they do a wonderful job, but I know that a review of cheaper but just as effective alternatives are always asked for, so I’ll publish a post on the subject once my research is complete.
Worming and flea treatment
Worms and fleas can bring serious health risks with them. I recommend you ask your Vet the best course for Flea and Worming Treatments, I now use Bravecto on my Labradoodle, it’s a lot less smelly and messy than liquid treatments and lasts up to 3 months.