Planning to buy your first puppy can be an extremely exciting and a new experience, but nerve-wracking at the same time! I mean, after all, you are responsible for the little creature, and it’s your job to support them 100% to make sure they have what they need for their entire life. Your new puppy will be dependent on you to live a good life, and this is why you need to be aware of the new puppy supplies, time, and necessities that you will need before you go out and purchase your pup!
Let’s Start Out With The Basics of New Puppy Supplies
There are fifteen (15) essential new puppy supplies that you will need to invest in before you go out to purchase your brand new puppy.
(1) You will need to invest in a collar and leash. Depending on the size of your new dog, you will need to find the correct size collar and leash to guide them home with you after you pick them up. Purchasing a standard (cheap) collar would be perfectly fine to start out with, but as your puppy grows older, your dogs’ supplies will too, and this is when you will need to start purchasing higher quality items. After your dog flourishes through the stage of chewing everything in sight, you can begin to buy more high-end products that you know will last longer.
For the second (2) essential item you will need to purchase dog food and water bowls. Make sure that the size of the container coordinates with the size of your pup–you don’t want your new puppy swimming in a pool to drink their water, and you don’t want your dog to sap up the entire bowl of water with their tongue in one lick. This is common knowledge.
The third (3) item on your new puppy supplies list that will contribute to the house-training part of owning a new puppy is investing in a new dog kennel or playpen. When you bring a new puppy home for the first time, it’s okay to let them explore a little bit. However, at night (or when you leave the puppy unattended) you want to make sure that your dog stays where they are allowed to be in the house, instead of letting them adventure with the risk of breaking a valuable object or relieving themselves on the carpet. This will benefit you later on when it’s time to start training your dog of their boundaries inside and out of the house.
If you’ve ever owned a puppy before, you know that they enjoy chewing on everything, and anything. Let’s be real, waking up to a ripped hole in your slippers or cereal spilled all over the floor isn’t the best way to start your day, which leads me to talk about number four (4) on the list: chew toys. Every puppy loves to occupy their mouths (especially when they start teething), and a great way to relieve yourself from all of the tiny bite marks is to provide your pooch with some toys that will keep them busy and that allows them to gnaw as much as they like!
Number (5) is the big one. That’s right, treats. Treats are always a need when it comes to puppies, and for many reasons. Treats make a new puppy feel welcome and comfortable around you, and that is extremely important in the beginning when your dog is only starting to warm up to you and your household. The more people living in the house, the more stressful it is for the puppy to adapt because they won’t know how to respond at first. Having a little bit of positive reinforcement always provides for a bit of an oasis to relieve the puppy of their nerves.When you begin training your new canine, treats will become your best friend. Using small treats (and by small I mean small) it helps provoke the memory of your puppy to remember to do that specific action that you were proud of. Nifty, huh?
Number (6) on the list is a common ID tag to attach to your dog’s collar. You wouldn’t want them to get lost and not be able to be returned to you, would you? ID tags are typically not very expensive and in most cases you are able customize them to what kinds of information you’d like to display on it, such as the name of your dog, your phone number, and possibly an address to return him/her to.
You also need to take into consideration the comfort of your pet, which leads me to talk about number (7) and that is dog beds! Dogs love a nice, cozy place to sleep just as much as you do, so that’s why it is very important to provide a comfy dog bed of their own. Dog beds usually range from about $20 and $50, however it usually depends on the size of the bed you’re purchasing, and the brand.
Grooming is worth everything when it comes to new puppies, and this brings me to items (8), (9), and (10), that’s right, I’m talking about dog brushes, flea shampoo and conditioner, and nail clippers. If you were a dog you’d like to be groomed on a daily basis to stay clean, so treat your new puppy the same way! Make time to thoroughly scrub your dog with a quality shampoo and conditioner, and then brush through their fur either before or after their bath, it doesn’t really matter when. Lastly, you wanna be sure to keep their nails at a healthy length and not too long because it’d be a pain to constantly get scratched with unhealthy long nails.
While we’re on the topic of keeping a healthy pet happy, here are the next four necessities you’ll want to purchase for your dog.
(11) Stress and anxiety relief vitamins,
(12) dental treats,
(13) vitamin supplements, and
(14) flea and tick treatment.
Each of these items play a big role in the health of your puppy, and you’ll love nothing more than a perfectly happy and healthy dog. When you first bring a puppy home they may be under a lot of stress and/or anxiety and that is what stress and anxiety relief vitamins are for, to help them in those types of situations. It helps your dog to calm down and relax a little bit. Also, you can’t brush your dogs teeth everyday, so you might be wondering how to keep their teeth and gums healthy. Dental chews work wonders for that! By purchasing flea and tick treatment you’ll be reducing the risk of your canine catching a numerous amount of possible infections or diseases. And lastly, vitamin supplements are simply a great way to keep your dog in tip-top shape.
The last necessity that you’ll need is (15) a pooper scooper. This is a fairly important tool you’ll want to invest in so that you’re prepared to have a way to clean up your dog’s waste in a proper manner, unless you wanna pick it up in a more unsanitary way…but, that’s really up to you. Pooper scoopers are pretty affordable in most cases, and you will not regret purchasing one because of how handy you’ll realize they are.
Of course that is not 100% all of the new puppy supplies that you will need to be successful, but it is a decent chunk of the important ones. You can find additional items on lists for new puppy supplies online, in books from the library, or in brochures from your vet’s office.
Be Sure To Vaccinate Your Puppies on Time, This is a BIG Deal
Here is the most significant tip you will probably ever receive when it comes to remembering the dates and when to get your dogs’ vaccinations taken care of. Before you bring your new pup home, call the vet to set up the appointments right away. By doing this, you won’t forget in the future, and you will have already made the commitment in advance which makes it more likely for you to follow through with it.
Before you call the vet, remember to have a list of your dog’s general information. General information includes breed, age, weight, any previous vaccinations, diseases, disorders, etc. to be sure that your vet gets the most accurate image of your pup from the get-go.
Within the first week of bringing your new dog home, you will want to bring them to your vet for a check-up. By making sure everything is okay right from the start sets you up for success in the long run of raising your very own furry pal.
Getting Help if You Can’t Raise The Pup Yourself
Believe it or not, everyone fails sometimes (some more than others) and we all have to accept that. This also means that there will be instances where you will make a mistake with your pup and be forced to deal with the consequences. Whether it be that your new puppy ate too much and got a tummy ache and you were stuck cleaning up the mess, or maybe your puppy ran through your neighbors’ flowers, and you are stuck replanting them the next weekend on your only day off.
If you need help, don’t be afraid to ask! You are more than likely to know someone who owns or has owned a dog in the past and will be more than happy to help you out with a few informative bits. If you don’t know anybody off the top of your head, there are many other sources you can turn to.
Check out the internet because you can find anything on there! (Seriously!) For small tips or general information, check out your vets’ webpage to seek out your answers. Don’t see it online? Give your vet a call (or your mother because mother’s know EVERYTHING) and see what they have to say about the situation. If your question is related to your puppy’s health in any way, it is recommended to contact your vet first before another outside source.
Go to the nearest public library and research different book options for new puppy training guides; they are bound to have at least one! If you own a Kindle (or other digital reading devices) go ahead and see if there are any eBooks available that could provide you with the information you need. There are numerous ways to get ahold of information nowadays, so don’t be afraid to venture out of your comfort zone and ask questions!