Top 10 New Puppy Necessities
Bringing home a new puppy is always an exciting and overwhelming occasion. We wanted to help you prepare for this event by compiling a list of "must have" items to acquire before you bring your pup into your home.
1. A crate – Metal or plastic sided, the crate is going to be your number one training tool! This is the safest place for your puppy when you can't be watching him (and will keep your furniture, shoes, remote controls out of harms way as well!).
2. Baby gates - These gates are great tools for sectioning off your home and keeping your pup in rooms with easy to clean floors! They also enable you to keep track of her when you are cooking, cleaning or just hanging out.
3. Paper towels - Lots of them! Accidents do happen!
4. Pet Stain and odor remover - See number 3! Nature’s Miracle is a very popular choice, but there are many different brands on the market today. You’ll find that pet-specific cleaning products come in handy long after your new puppy is housebroken.
5. A small supply of her current food - Even if you are planning on switching his diet (which many people do), please do this slowly! There are so many changes going on in your new puppy's life right now. Drastically changing his diet can cause stomach upset that is easily preventable. Slowly wean him off his old diet by mixing new food in with his old, in gradually increasing proportions.
6. Food and Water Bowls - Pretty self-explanatory, but a weighted water dish often comes in handy with puppies who like to frolic in their water!
7. Plastic bags - Start collecting these in advance when you make trips to the grocery store! You're going to have lots of puppy poop to pick up (so don’t feel guilty about choosing plastic over paper).
8. Puppy safe toys - Kongs, Orbees, Wubbas, oh my! Remember, no small parts that can be chewed off, and no squeakers that might be removed and swallowed.
9. Collar & tags - Make sure you have these as SOON as your new puppy comes home, as we don't want to risk even a moment of her being without some form of identification! Please remember to remove the collar when your pup is in her crate- it is a choking risk to leave it on.
10. Contacts of a reputable trainer & dog walker - Your little one is going to need plenty of attention and potty breaks to keep him happy and well socialized! Good trainers are in demand; contacting them early is the best way to secure a spot for your little prodigal pooch!
To get started with training, see our beginner's guide to dog training.