So, you are super excited because you are finally going to adopt your first puppy! While we can understand your joy and excitement, it’s important to prepare for your puppy’s arrival ahead of time so that he can settle into his new home comfortably and easily.
For instance, while it’s important to choose the right food, it’s also important to provide other things – a place to eat, drink and sleep, as well as toys. Preparing a checklist of essentials is a helpful way to make sure you have everything you need before your new puppy arrives. Don’t know what to put in your list? Not to worry! We’ve got you covered; in this article, we list a few basic necessities for your little dog.
1.The Puppy Bed
Your puppy needs plenty of time to rest and sleep as soon as he arrives, as this helps him grow, so it’s important to prepare a comfortable bed or crate. The bed should be placed in a quiet area with space for your puppy to be alone.
This will help your puppy get used to his new home and give him a safe place to sleep. Choose bedding that is easy to clean, thick enough to be comfortable, and perhaps add a cloth with the smell of mother to help your puppy settle in.
2.Food and Water Bowls for Your Puppy
It’s important that food and water bowls are durable, because as your puppy’s teeth grow, he’ll chew everything in sight, which can be a problem with plastic bowls. We recommend stainless steel food and water bowls because they’re more hygienic and easier to clean, and they won’t break or crack like ceramic bowls.
Find a permanent place for your puppy’s bowls that’s quiet and safe, so he has a permanent place to eat. It’s best to have a small bowl for food and a larger one filled with water.
3.Brush or Comb for Puppy’s Coat Care
Your puppy will need a special grooming brush or comb to keep his coat healthy and neat. Regular grooming will help your puppy get used to being touched and groomed by people, which will make it easier for both of you as he grows and gets stronger.
There are a variety of brushes and gloves available for grooming dogs. Grooming tools are designed for specific hair lengths, so it’s important to choose the right one for your puppy’s coat.
4.Puppy Collar and Leash
Although your puppy won’t leave the yard at first, it’s essential that he gets used to the collar and leash at an early age. Make sure the collar is tight enough to prevent your puppy from pulling it over his head and that it has your name and phone number on it.
5.Toys for Your Puppy
Giving your puppy toys to play with is a good way to teach him socialization and avoid damaging furniture. It’s important to choose a toy that’s appropriate for your puppy’s size. To avoid choking or suffocation, toys should be twice as big as your puppy’s mouth.
Rubber toys are the most durable, but should only be purchased from reputable pet stores or veterinary clinics. Soft toys are not indestructible, but some are more durable than others. Soft toys should be machine washable
It is important to never leave a puppy unattended with rope or material toys, as these toys, if swallowed, can be a choking hazard or block the intestines. Bones should also be avoided as they can shatter and cause damage to internal organs. Puppy toys should be discarded when they show signs of wear and tear to avoid accidents.
If you prepare all the basics in advance, it will be easier for your new puppy to adjust when you bring him to his new home. Do you already have a pet at home? Which one and how do you care for it? Share your experience with us in the comments below.