Are you getting close to the date when you finally get to bring home your new puppy? The waiting can seem to take forever, but soon your best friend will be snuggled at your feet getting to know your family.
Make sure you’re prepared for what’s to come. While puppy training can be tough at first, with the right supplies you’ll have every eventuality covered.
Here’s our new puppy checklist with the top four must-haves to welcome your puppy.
Supplies to Prepare before Picking Up a Puppy
- House or Crate
- Food & Nutrition
- Dry Food
- Wet Food
- Canned Food
1. Training Pads
Unless your puppy comes to you potty trained, you’ll need to add some training pads to your puppy supply list. There are many ways to train a dog to go outside, but however you choose to do it, your dog will probably have some accidents.
Teach your pup to ring a bell to go out or sit at the door quietly. However you want them to ask, be patient as they learn. A new puppy will likely make a few mistakes before they’re fully potty trained.
Stock up on some cleaning supplies while you’re getting the puppy pads. An enzyme spray will help the puppy remember not to go in the same spot, and it will help get out the icky smells they leave behind.
2. Collar and Leash
Get a collar or harness that’s the right size for your new puppy. You’ll want to make sure you have the equipment for taking the dog outside. Dog collars come in different sizes and styles, so find out what’s best for your breed (and size up when they grow out of it).
New puppies have lots of energy and they need time to run and play. When you have the right tools on your puppy checklist, you’ll enjoy spending time outside playing with your new best friend.
3. Dog Bed
Your dog needs to have a place where it can feel comfortable and safe. A new puppy will be growing and learning, as well as getting used to your home. If you won’t allow your puppy on the couch or the bed, choose a dog bed for your pet so they can lounge while you’re lounging.
Ask other pet owners with the same breed what kind of dog bed they have. Some are just rectangular pillows and some have a cushion around the edge for the dog to rest its head on. There are other options, too, besides these two popular styles.
You may find your puppy doesn’t like its bed at first. Consider switching to another style to see whether it’s more comfortable for your new friend.
4. New Puppy Checklist: Food
Your list of what to buy for a new puppy should have food on it. You can be so focused on equipment and forget the basics! The best type of food for your new puppy could be different depending on the breed.
There are so many different brands that the best way to find out is to check with the vet after a full checkup. They’ll recommend something to help your furry friend grow healthy and strong. Add some cute food bowls and a mat to your list, too.
Fuzzy, Wiggly, Warm New Friend
If you have these basics on your new puppy checklist, you’ll be all set when you finally get to bring your new friend home. From your dog’s potty needs to basic food and water, you’ll be ready to welcome them and get to know each other.
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