Congratulations on the new addition! Puppies are cute and funny, but they are a lot of work, and like babies require a lot of “gear” to get them started. Making some decisions, prior to purchasing the puppy, such as if one is going to crate or kennel the puppy can be helpful. Plus it allows one to make the necessary preparations before bringing home that adorable puppy.
The following items are needed for a puppy. One should determine the size of the dog when purchasing a few of these items. Puppies grow fast, so make sure to get appropriate sized items.
- Dog crate or cage – if crating.
- Water and food container.
- Dog food – find out what brand of food the puppy is already eating.
- Leash/collar/harness- make sure it is an appropriate size.
- Bed – if crating, make sure it fits the crate.
- Toys – something to chew on and play with.
Items Needed to be Prepared
The following items should be bought for basic care and grooming. However, be prepared for accidents in the home too!
- Dog brush – buy appropriate brush for the dog’s fur type.
- Dog shampoo – choice depends on allergies and fur type.
- Puppy Pads – used while potty training a puppy.
- Urine removal products – helps to remove urine smell from furniture.
- Food storage – large bin or container to keep food fresh.
The following is a list of splurge items one may consider when purchasing a puppy.
- Electric shears/nail clippers – for home grooming.
- Exercise pen – needed if there is not a fenced in yard, or a run for the puppy.
- Run – great for apartments, or backyards not fenced in.
- Doggy-door – if ones yard is fenced in.
- Puppy gates – helps to keep the puppy in a specified location.
- Dog treats – be careful though they may upset his tummy!
The first few nights may be difficult with a new puppy, as it may whimper and get lonely at night. This will wear off with time. Puppies, like children, need constant care and love. “Puppy proof” ones house to prevent accidents, and make sure all potted plants are removed, as some of these can be toxic. Don’t forget, some breeds are more temperamental than others, so obedience school is an option. Also, when purchasing a particular breed, make sure to read up on its exercise needs and grooming needs. Good luck and cherish that adorable puppy!