Bringing home a new puppy is a wonderful and exciting time. After doing all your research and finding the perfect bundle of fur for your lifestyle, it’s hard not to be consumed with excitement. But amidst all the anticipation there can sometimes be a few nerves: are you sure you have everything you need for your newest family member?
From collars and leads to food, bedding and parasite protection, there’s a long list of items you should get before bringing your puppy home. Read on to find out if you’ve got everything you need to create a happy home for your playful puppy.
The shopping list
Your dog needs to be safe and controlled when you take him for a walk, so a good-quality lead is essential. The right lead will allow you and your pup to enjoy long walks in comfort, while you may want to consider a retractable leash to give your puppy a little more freedom to explore. You can then attach your pup’s lead to his…
A collar is an essential item when taking your pooch for a walk, although if your dog is a strong puller you may find you are able to control him better with a harness. You can go for a basic, no-frills collar if you’d like, or maybe look for something a bit more ‘blingy’ to suit your pup’s personality. Your puppy’s collar is also the perfect place to attach an ID tag so you can be easily contacted if your four-legged friend goes missing.
Food and Water Bowls
Next on the list are food and water bowls — one bowl for food and two or three for water will usually do the trick. Stainless-steel, ceramic and plastic bowls are all available, so make sure you choose the right type of bowl to suit your puppy’s needs.
Just as sleep is important for any baby, it’s just as critical for growing puppies. Your puppy needs somewhere they can fall asleep feeling completely safe and comfortable, not to mention warm in winter and cool in summer. From raised beds to plush mattresses and all manner of cuddly bedtime accessories, there’s plenty to choose from when decking out your puppy’s bedroom.
From Chihuahuas to Great Danes, puppies of all shapes and sizes love playing. There’s a huge range of toys to choose from, and you might find it’s a little bit ‘hit and miss’ when it comes to finding toys your playful pup absolutely loves. Chew toys are a sure-fire hit with just about any puppy, while interactive toys that dispense food offer a fantastic way to keep your pooch amused and help boost their brain power.
Food and treats
You might be surprised to discover just how confusing it can be to find the right food for your puppy — there’s just so much choice — so look for a high-quality food designed for puppies. For expert advice on choosing the right food for your puppy, ask your vet.
Treats are an extremely useful tool when training your puppy and teaching her some desired behaviours, but just make sure not to spoil your furry friend too much!
Some puppies have an uncanny knack for getting unbelievably dirty and smelly mere minutes after you’ve washed them, so stocking up on bathing supplies is a must. You’ll need a special doggy shampoo to keep your puppy’s coat looking shiny and beautiful, while a brush and nail clippers can also be very handy. Dogs with longer coats might require de-shedders or other grooming tools to help stop their coats turning into a tangled mess.
You need to be prepared to deal with a few accidents until your puppy is toilet trained, so having some odour and stain remover on standby is a good idea. Special toilet training pads might also come in handy while your new family member learns the basics of toileting in your house or apartment.
There are plenty of other items your puppy will need, including:
- Parasite prevention. Flea, worm and heartworm prevention are musts, while tick control is also essential in certain parts of Australia. Speak to your vet to find out how you can protect your pooch against these nasty critters.
- A car harness so you can safely transport your pooch to the park, the beach — wherever.
Then there are other products which, depending on your circumstances, you might want to investigate further, such as:
- A dog toothbrush and doggy toothpaste to take care of canine teeth and gums.
- A crate you can use for training purposes and to give your dog a safe place to retreat to when he or she feels uncomfortable.
The list goes on and on — many dog lovers never run out of things to buy for their pooches — but we’ve run through all the basics you need to welcome your puppy into your family. Now that you know what you need it’s time to start shopping!