So you’ve decided to get a puppy …
We know just how exciting this is for you as we did the exact same thing last year when we got our puppy Nala. You are most certainly aware that your life is about to get a whole lot more exciting over the next few months. Any puppy comes with challenges from house breaking to separation anxiety but if your like us then you know that it is totally worth it!
Before you pick up your new furry friend, it is important that you get yourself prepared before bringing him home. There are a few things you will need to get from the pet store which we have listed for you below.
- ID Tags: Granted, you won’t need these straight away as you won’t be able to take your pup out. However make sure you have these once your pup is out and about, especially if you’ve not had a chance to work on recall.
- Collar & Lead: The lead is essential straight away as you need to be able to keep control of pup in the house. The lead allows you to do this, especially if you don’t have a puppy pen.
- Crate: A place for your puppy to sleep and go to when he wants a break. This needs to be the correct size, not too big however your pup should be able to stand up and turn around inside. Crates are a very good tool when it comes to housebreaking, they are a MUST. You want a crate made of Steel with a plastic floor like this one Here.
- Puppy Food: Be sure to speak to the breeder before hand and ask what food the puppy is currently on. A good breeder will usually have some food you can take with you when you pick the puppies up. Puppies have sensitive stomachs so if you want to change their food it’s probably best that you do so gradually.
- Food & Water Bowls: There are many different types of Dog Bowls on the market. We recommend stainless steel bowls as they are easy to clean and dishwasher friendly.
- Harness: Completely optional and there are many different types out their.
- Bed: As we found with Nala, there was no point in getting her a cosy bed as a puppy as she would either eat it or “make a mess”. We recommend a plastic dog bed like This one here for the time being along with some old towels and blankets.
- Bones: Puppies love to chew, if you don’t give them something to chew on they will find something that you don’t want to be chewed. Enough on that one.
- Clicker: Training starts young, we are big believers in positive reinforcement which is where a clicker can help. There are plenty of clickers out there, the one we own is this one Here and it gets the job done great.
- Toys: Try to get a mixture of different toys with different textures to help your pup when he’s teething. Kongs are fantastic for keeping your pup busy when you need abit of time to yourself.
- Puppy Pads: There are numerous articles out there by people who dislike puppy pads. However we think they are a Must at least to begin with. Crate training is great however accidents happen and you would rather an accident happened on a puppy pad!
- Stain/Odor Remover: As we mentioned, accidents happen, that is a fact you need to be prepared for. If you don’t want them to keep happening then you need to clean up the spot extremely well. Natures Miracle does an absolutely fantastic job at breaking down the enzymes (this is how you eliminate the odor) we Highly recommend this product! If you do find yourself without Natures Miracle use Bio washing powder to eliminate the smell, NEVER EVER BLEACH!
- Brush & Nail Clippers: Depending on what breed you get will depend on the type of brush they will need, do a bit of research and you’ll be fine. All dogs however, need there nails clipped check out our post Here on cutting your puppies nails.
- Shampoo & Ear Cleaner: Your puppy will no doubt make a mess of himself every once in a while. Ensure you are prepared by having the correct shampoo and this won’t be a problem! As for the ear cleaner, we’ll look at posting instructions how to do that at some point in the future. For the time being, you’ll need something like This.
Note: Make sure to save your checklist and bring it with you when you go shopping!
Hopefully we’ve touched on enough and provided you the information that you need to go out and get prepared!
Getting a puppy is a fantastic experience, Congratulations on the new addition to your family (go make everybody jealous!)
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