If you are considering getting a new puppy, there are certain preparations you will need to make in order to take care of this new addition. It is also helpful to to create a list of all the items you need before actually obtaining your pup.
What Goes on the List:
Bowls for food and water – These should not be so large that the puppy steps into them when trying to access the content inside.
Collar – This should be in a size appropriate for the puppy’s neck. The collar should not be tight enough to pinch or cause difficulty with breathing, and it should not be so loose as to easily pull off when the pup moves backward on the leash.
Lead – The type of lead often used for a new puppy is one which keeps the pup close to your legs when walking. The retractable leads work well for training young dogs to stay by their owner’s side. We stock a wide variety of leads, if you are unsure of what size is right, just give us a ring!
Brush and Comb – these are used on all breeds of dogs except those which are classified as hairless. Brushing the coat on a weekly basis will help it maintain a healthy sheen and also reduce matting.
Dog Carrier – This is an essential item if you plan on taking your pet with you when you are travelling. The carrier is available in small sizes for puppies and can be used to hold the dog when making visits to the vet.
Optional Items Pet Owners can Purchase
In addition to the essential items to get before your puppy comes home, there are other items you might want to have on hand as well. Puppies go through a teething stage the same way small children do, so it’s a good idea to have chew toys on hand for the pup to chew on to keep it from chewing on household items, such as shoes or electrical cords. Toys can also help strengthen the pup’s muscles. There are a number of pull toys designed to strengthen the jaw and leg muscles of the dog. Outdoor toys like balls and Frisbees, encourage the pup to run and stretch the muscles in both the front and hind legs.
Some pet owners like to supply their pup with its own bed, this can provide a personal space for the dog where it will feel comfortable and safe. Another helpful item to have for training purposes is the puppy pee pad. These pads are designed to reduce the amount of accidents that occur within the house during the training process.
When creating your list of puppy supplies, you should include contacting a vet to schedule an initial visit. Depending on where you purchase your pup from, it could already have received its initial vaccinations. Even so, it is highly recommended to make a visit to the vet as soon as possible to have the pup examined by a professional. The Vet will also advise you about any supplements or vaccinations your new pet might need.