Before you bring your puppy home, you’ll need to prepare for his arrival. It’s best to make sure you have everything you need a few days before you get your puppy, to save you rushing to the store last minute. Here we’ve compiled a list of all the things you should need, both labelled essential and optional to make your puppies transition to your home as smooth as possible for the both of you.
1) A suitable puppy bed and blankets. – A soft and warm puppy bed that is made of easily washable material.
2) A crate. – The crate should be large enough for your puppy to move around, and big enough to house it’s bed, food bowls with a little room to spare.
3)Food. – When bringing your puppy home, the breeder should supply you with enough food to last the next few days. It is imperative that you find out what food the puppy has been weaned onto. Puppies have very sensitive stomachs and a sudden change in diet can upset your dogs digestive system. Eventually, you will be able to wean your puppy onto whatever food you like, but for the moment make sure you follow the breeder’s diet.
4)Toys – If you can provide your puppy with a soft cuddly toy to curl up with and something it can chew on. Most pet stores sell teething rings and toys which will help with your puppies natural urge to chew whilst teething.
5)A collar and lead. – Make sure you get the best size fitting you can. You might have to purchase these after you bring your puppy home to make sure the size is snug enough. The fitting should be snug enough that you can slip two fingers between the dogs neck and the collar.
6) Bowls – A water bowl and a food bowl heavy enough so they won’t slide across the floor.
7) A name tag – In the UK, identification in the form of a name tag is a legal requirement for keeping a dog. A simple name tag with your contact details on it can be engraved cheaply and will help get your dog returned to you should it go missing.
8) A harness – Whilst not needed immediately, once you start walking your puppy a harness will give you and the dog a more pleasant walking experience. Harnesses provide you with greater control of the dog and removes tension created at the neck from a collar and places it over the shoulders.
9) Insurance – It might seem like too soon to be thinking about the worst, but veterinary treatment can run into the thousands. It’s worth checking over the various packages insurance companies offer to make sure you are paying for something that gives you decent cover.
10) Puppy Pads – Puppy pads are absorbent scented pads used for house training your puppy. Some brands can be expensive, and you’ll be changing them several times a day. For those with a budget, newspaper will be more than good enough.
11) Treats – Treats should be used as encouragement when training.