Get ready to welcome your new puppy with our list of tips and supplies.
You have all the love your new puppy could want. But what else do you need before you bring them home? Below is a list of what you should have to make the transition as easy as possible for the new puppy and your whole family.
If you buy no other puppy supplies beforehand, be sure you at least have puppy food in the house! Ask whoever you are getting the puppy from if you can bring some of the puppy’s food home with you. It’s best to start with the food the puppy is already used to. Puppies’ stomachs can get upset by a food switch. If you do switch, it’s best to gradually change it by mixing the new and old puppy food. Use our dog food buying guide to give your pup the best diet.
Stainless steel dog bowls hold up best over time. You can find food and water bowls with self-storage containers on the top. It’s up to you to pick which style you want for your new puppy.
Try to buy a flat cloth collar that will fit with about 2″ of room to spare. You don’t want enough room that the puppy can wiggle out of it. Measure your puppy’s neck with a tape measure and then add the 2″. You can also outfit your puppy with a harness for more control.
Be sure you have an ID tag to go on the collar. Even if your puppy doesn’t know their name yet, it’s a good safety measure to get that ID on. You will also want a 6′ leash to keep your new puppy from running off to explore.
Reminders of Mom
A hot water bottle filled with warm water and wrapped in old towels can keep the puppy happier at bedtime. It mimics laying next to its mother. A ticking clock can also be beneficial to keeping your new puppy calm. Along with a new bed and toys, these are time – honored methods for soothing a new puppy.
You may also want to take a cloth or blanket from the breeder, shelter worker, or other person you are getting the puppy from that has been rubbed on the puppy’s mother or siblings. The cloth’s smell can be very comforting to the puppy as it goes to a new home!
Whether you choose a wire crate, soft crate, pet carrier or pet gate, you will want to create a small area for the puppy to feel comfortable in when you are not able to watch them. Crate training your puppy will help them feel safe in a space of their own.
Try to find something that will fit into the dog crate or pet carrier you have selected. Bedding will make your puppy feel more comfortable. Try to find something easily washable. You can even just start out with old towels. Include the cloth you were given that has the mother’s scent. This will also help your puppy feel more at ease in his or her new surroundings.
Every puppy loves to play, so be sure you have plenty of puppy toys on hand. Buy safe toys to help keep your puppy entertained while you aren’t around. Be sure the toys don’t have buttons, squeakers or other things that could be a hazard if the puppy chews the toy to shreds. Treats are also a great way to help train your new puppy to recognize good behavior.
House Training Tools
These products are great for helping your puppy learn house-breaking rules. Use puppy training pads that contain baking soda and a deodorizer to help mask the smell. You will also want to keep a pooper scooper and pet waste bags on hand. Your new puppy will leave you presents. Make sure you have the tools you need to clean up after it.
Healthcare & Grooming Supplies
You will want to use some kind of flea and tick prevention to protect your puppy. Use flea and tick products that are approved for puppies. This is especially important during flea season, which usually starts in May and goes through fall. The worst time of the year for fleas and ticks is in the fall months: September, October and November. Ask your breeder and veterinarian for advice on when to take your puppy in for its vaccinations. Make sure if you use flea and tick medication or preventative means, such as a collar, that you use one designed for puppies, and have it approved by your local vet.
Your puppy’s dental health is also important. Brushing your puppy’s teeth will make it easier for you to brush them when they get older. Only use toothpaste made for dogs. Rawhide bones and dental chews can also be used to clean teeth. Use our dog teeth cleaning guide for more helpful tips.
Puppies love to run and play, and sometimes they get into dirt and mud, which means bath time. Use a specially formulated puppy shampoo that is gentle on their skin. Using a dog brush or comb helps to keep their coat from matting and removes excess fur from shedding. Nail clippers help keep their claws trimmed down.
Your new puppy will surely fall in love with its new home just as fast as you fall in love with your new puppy. As always, we recommend working with your local veterinarian to provide your puppy with the best care.