Are you ready for your new puppy? Don’t even think of getting a puppy until you check this must-have essentials, to welcome your puppy home.
1. Dog Toys
Toys are a great way to help direct your puppy’s energy when they starts teething. Remember to get lots of different textured toys ideally before you bring them home. To rub a plush toy on their littermates and mama. So that you can bring the scent of your pup’s family back home with you. To provide as source of comforting familiarity, while introducing your puppy to their new home. Check out the Snuggle Puppy which also includes heat pads and a ticking heart to help your puppy sleep at night.
2. Dog Crate
Have a crate gives you to have a strong foundation for your puppy’s house training. More importantly helps you prevent any puppy accidents, before they happen. Especially when their young, we as their parents have to set them up for success. We know that they have some issue finding their potty routine. Crate training your new puppy, is not just a good way of containing your puppy. It’s also a great way to give them a home base to start from, when exploring their new home.
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Unwanted chewing is the biggest challenge for your puppy to overcome. It can often strain the new forming relationship with our puppies. Luckly, you can avoid all that unwanted biting, by simple redirecting that energy. Providing them a treat that they can really sink their teeth into. Our favorite dog chew for both our puppies and older dogs are Bully Sticks
4. No Chew Spray
If your puppy has already started biting on furniture. You can quickly nip that in the butt. By using safe No Chew Spray to deter that behavior. It’s very important to not let the problem go unchecked. Even if they don’t do it often you can spray a little on at risk spots on furniture.
Two leashes excellent for new puppies:
- A short drag line which is a light weight 4 or 6 foot nylon leash (we usually get the “small” 6 foot leash or the “medium” 4 foot leash) A leather training leash – we like these convertible leather leashes we’ve been using since raising our first guide dog puppy
We don’t get too fancy with our puppy collars. A simple nylon buckle collar does the trick. After all they’ll out grow their collar in no time.
The two essentials we include are the puppy’s name and phone number. Also, make sure you get your puppy microchipped just in case he loses his collar. Our shelter microchipped Linus before they sent him home with us.
8. Puppy Blanket
We also bring a blanket to rub on our puppy’s litter mates then we put the blanky in the crate so our puppy feels a little more comfortable his first few nights in his new home. We use the same snuggle pet blanket from our Snuggle Puppy Starter Kit.
9. Puppy Food
Get in contact with the reputable breeder, before you go to get them. Find out what food they feeding the mother and puppies. So that you can, plan to ease them onto your favorite choice.
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For puppy be sure to soak the kibble thoroughly. Because, kibble expanses in water and your dog’s stomach. Which helps them feel full, but they have to drink a lot of water. Puppy often don’t drink enough water. Then, the kibble ends up adsorbing their bile in thier stomach. Which cause them to puke yellow fluid and can damage their health. Boiling water for about 30 minutes. Cold water for 3 hours, then just heat it in the microwave for a couple seconds to take the chill of it.
10. Dog Bowls
A simple stainless steel food and water bowl will do the trick. There super easy to clean. Look for a design that isn’t easy to flip over. As they be knocking around to get at food.
11. Stain & Odor Remover
Guess what? Your puppy is going to have accidents in the house. Even if you stick to a strict potty training schedule there will always be a miscue. Never fear Rocco & Roxie makes a great stain & odor remover that we use with our puppies.
When do you start training your puppy? The day you get him! Whether or not you decide to train your puppy with treats it’s still important to have treats for your puppy. We discovered Happy Howie’s at last year’s SuperZoo Trade Show.
13. Dog Brush/Comb
Find out what type of coat your breed has. Most dog breed have a double coat. Meaning that they have two hairs thoroughout their coat. Firstly, thicker human like hair called guard hairs. Secondly, undercoat fine hairs that shed rapidly. That’s why contrary to popular belief, it’s not good idea to have your dog’s hair cut routinely. Even during summer because, their undercoat thins during the summer. Cutting their hair, cuts the slowing growing guard hairs.
14. Puppy Shampoo
You don’t want to use harsh human products or even a dog shampoo might be too much for your puppy’s delicate skin. Linus came from the shelter and desperately needed a bath when he got home. Stetson came from the Guide Dog school and had a bath right before I picked him up. However, he had an accident on the car ride home and needed a bath again once we were home.
We don’t always have bedding for our crate and find that blankets, towels, bedsheets can all be a good alternative. We even had one friend build us bedding for our crate using those egg crate foam. A word of warning: not all, but many of our puppies have decided the pet bedding would make a good chew and shred toy.
16. Dog Bed
Blankets, towels, bedsheets, and even pillows can be used as a dog bed. Several of my puppies have loved the sofa-style dog beds. Getting a washable dog bed is also denfinete must. Because your pup might end up having an accident. Sometimes your pup might want to puke on a familiar place for comfort. Even if that is their own bed.
17. Puppy Pee Pads
We train all of our puppies to potty outside. However, I know that potty training outside is not always an option. So, when do we use pee pads? We use them when Raven has a litter of puppies.
18. Poop Bags
We don’t use them as much now that we have a large backyard and pooper scooper. However, whenever we’re out and about with Stetson or Raven we grab our favorite Earth Rated Dog Poop Bags. Remember to always have something to scoop the poop when out in public.
Gates are a great way to keep your puppies confined to only certain rooms in your house. We actually purchased this Regalo Gate many years ago to keep Stetson and Linus out of the kitchen. Guess what? Many years later we can now use it as a baby gate!
Not essential, but if you can’t keep a close eye on your puppy and you don’t want to crate him then take a look at the Carlson Portable Pet Pen. An ex-pen would also work well in the house.
21. Nail Trimmer
Before using clippers on your dog. Make sure their nails to moist. Especially if you live in dryer climates. Making the nails moist before clipping prevents their nails from breaking and chipping. That’s why it’s best to clip their nails after you bathe them. If they have already had a bath recently. Be sure to dip their paw in water.
22. Dog Toothbrush & Paste
We like getting our pups used to the toothbrush and toothpaste, but usually don’t introduce them on day one. When we get a new puppy we always buy the toothpaste/toothbrush/finger brush combo pack for our pup.
Dog snapping on their leash with collar can causes micro fractures in their neck. Dog can get distracted on walk are to bolt while on their leash. A harness allows you to walk your dog without worrying about a sudden change in your dog’s behavior. It is still important to be aware of your surround when being on walk with your dog.
Clickers is not a one size fits all. You can experiment with clickers as train your pup. Get clicker to have a wristband so we can let it hang freely when working with our pups.
25. Gentle Leader
Gentle leader is definitely a must when it comes to training your puppy. This allows you regain the focus from the the ground in gentle manner. When the gentle leader goes over their nose of your puppy it brings their focus up in a subtle way.
26. Food Container
We like having a food container to keep our dog food fresh. Our container is a little dated and I’m not so sure it’s still airtight. I think after 10+ years that happens. I’m on the search for a new improved dog food container stay tuned
27. Pooper Scooper
Pooper scooper is a definte must. If you have a house with with backyard. Cleaning up their poopy becomes no problem at all. Pro Tip: If the poop is moist don’t use the comb part. Use the side of the flat side of pooper scooper to drag the poop away.