“What Do I Need For A Puppy” will you be asking yourself, hopefully, before adopting a dog 🙂
You’ll know by know that a dog is not a toy. So you need to take care of him 24/7 and extra care if it’s a puppy
Before you bring your new puppy home, you need to be prepared with supplies essential for a healthy and happy new family member.
Here is a basic shopping list:
- Food and water bowls
- Collar and Identification
- A proper leash
- Hygiene products
- A dog first aid kit
- Dog toys
- A bed or crate
- Stain and odor removers
Let’s break it down for you, shall we?
Food and Water Bowls
You need two separate bowls:
- one for your puppy’s food
- one for your puppy’s water
You should look for bowls that are easy to clean (it is even better if bowls are dishwasher safe), sturdy and that won’t tip over easily.
Metal or ceramic bowls are generally smarter choices than plastic bowls because plastic bowls can cause a condition in some dogs known as plastic dish dermatitis.
Depending on how much bigger your puppy is going to grow, you might want to buy smaller bowls at first and then switch to larger bowls as your puppy gets bigger.
Collar and Identification
Your puppy needs a soft, lightweight and adjustable collar.
The best everyday collars for your puppy are generally those that are flat and have either a buckle or snap closure.
How do I determine my dog’s collar size?
To determine your puppy’s collar size, measure your puppy’s neck and add about two inches.
To adjust the collar to the appropriate size for your puppy, put the collar around his neck and see if you can slide two fingers smoothly between his neck and the collar.
If you cannot slide your two fingers smoothly between the collar and your puppy’s neck then his collar is too tight. If you can wiggle your two fingers up and down, then the collar is too loose.
The dog’s ID
Every collar needs to have some form of identification on it with your puppy’s name and your contact information. This information can be engraved on tags or even embroidered on collars.
Although some pet stores offer tags that are made while you wait, the letters on these tags tend to rub off somewhat quickly so they are best used as a temporary measure while you are waiting for the permanent tags that you have ordered.
There is an endless variety of leash styles and materials available. Actually, if you’re looking for the best dog training leash, check the link.
While the choice is up to you, it is often best to choose a sturdy, fray-proof nylon leash as nylon leashes are soft, durable and won’t spoil in the rain.
A 6 foot long leash is usually recommended for training purposes, and either a 4 foot leash or a 6 foot leash – whichever you are more comfortable with for your individual puppy – is great for going on walks with your new canine companion.
You need the proper brush and a gentle, puppy shampoo for when your little one gets dirty. Check our post about what’s the best dog shampoo for further info.
Which brush shall I choose for my dog?
Wll, it depends on your puppy’s coat type. The following are some common types of brushes:
- Pin brushes (brushes with small, metal, covered pins) are usually best for puppies with long, curly, wavy or wiry coats
- Bristle brushes can be used with short-haired puppies
- Slicker brushes are used for long-haired puppies
- Rubber brushes and grooming gloves are best for short-haired puppies
Remember, however, to choose a gentle brush for your puppy to make his grooming process as pleasant as possible.
First Aid Kit
Many pet supply stores have their own pre-packaged first aid kits for you to buy or you can make your own.
Toys are not simply a frivolous buy, in fact, I think they’re one of the most important things you have to invest time in when looking for a way to interact and entertain your dog.
All dogs need to have safe objects to help satisfy their innate need to chew and as a fun outlet.
Chew toys are even more important for puppies, especially during the period when they lose their baby teeth.
You should only choose toys designed especially for dogs that won’t break, splinter, or be swallowed
In addition, pay attention to the size of the toy. If your puppy can fit the entire toy easily in his mouth, then the toy is too small for him.
Remember to check toys periodically to make sure that they are not falling into pieces that can be swallowed.
Also, never let your dog play with your slippers or other personal items, nor should you buy him toys designed to look like shoes or any of your other belongings unless you want to train your dog that it all right to chew on your things.
Finally, you need to be aware of the risks associated with rawhide toys — from diarrhea and vomiting to throat irritation — available at so many pet supply stores.
You should consult with your vet ahead of time as to what type of food will provide the best nutrition for your puppy
I’d start asking my vet, because you never know what could be better for your dog specially considering you’re going to have a puppy. Keep in mind also that food will be changing with dog’s age.
First week’s food
However, for your puppy’s first days at home, you should continue to feed him the diet that he has been used to. Changing food can be a bit stressful for your dog’s system and cause him to have an upset stomach.
When you add a change of homes to the change in diet, it is almost a surefire recipe for minor stomach upset.
Puppy’s second week’s food
After about a week in your home, you can start to switch over your dog’s food. You should do this slowly. On day one of the food switch, feed your puppy a meal composed of 15% of her new food and 85% of old food.
The third week
Over the next week, slowly increase the amount of the new food in your puppy’s meal and decrease the amount of the old food until you are feeding your puppy only the new food.
If your puppy is changing from wet or moist food to dry food, you can mix a bit of warm water in her food as you gradually change over to dry food.
Most trainers recommend that you have a crate ready for your new puppy.
The crate should not be used as a punishment place for your puppy, nor should you keep him in the crate for extended periods of time.
Rather, the crate should be treated like a den for your puppy: a safe, quiet place where he will be comfortable resting and staying for short periods of time when you cannot watch him.
Your puppy’s crate must be big enough for your puppy to stand up, lie down and turn around in. You should make his crate soft and comfortable by putting in old towels or blankets.
Your puppy’s crate should also have adequate ventilation on all sides, but no areas in which he can get his paws, head or other body parts stuck in., It is often recommended to remove your dog’s collar before he goes in his crate so that his collar does not snag on anything and choke him.
The dog’s bed
In addition to a crate, you might want to purchase a dog bed. Well, actually, you really should.
This bed will be an additional cozy place for your puppy to find comfort and security. It is best to buy a bed with a removable cover for ease of washing.
Stain Removers and Odor Removers
All puppies have accidents so it is best to be prepared.
Many pet supply stores sell both cleaning products and odor-removing products. These odor-removing products are especially important because, even if you cannot smell anything, your puppy’s finely tuned nose usually can and the smell can encourage him to re-visit the area for another bathroom break.
Remember to read the labels on all stain removers and odor removers. Look for all-natural and pet-safe ingredients so you don’t expose your puppy – and his curious mouth – to any poisonous substances.