Plan for Treats, Food, and Water
It is crucial to have in place all the puppy's immediate needs upon arrival. You need to be prepared for the basics, like food, water, and treats.
Having a crate ready for the puppy can help them settle in easier and makes it a comfortable haven to sleep in. (Don't forget to crate train to avoid housetraining problems and to make new puppy feel safe and loved.)
As a pet owner, you should also trust that you have the correct supplies needed to care for your puppy. You might want to ask the breeder what other items you might need.
Get a Comfortable Dog Bed
It may seem like a trivial thing, but a bed is one of those must have items for your new puppy. The new environment may be strange for the puppy, as well as being a stressful and chaotic time.
Providing a secure place for the puppy might seem like a good idea, but it will make housetraining difficult. A crate is actually a better option to make sure.
Get a crate for your puppy and it will come in very handy.
You need your dog to feel safe in the room. Not only does the crate give your new dog peace of mind, it can also keep him out of trouble. In the crate, an otherwise unsupervised puppy has no access to any unsupervised off-limits items in the room.
Crating your puppy at night is also a great way to break the habit of peeing on the floor.
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Decide on Crate Training and House Training
The best way to keep your puppy at home is to crate train her. If you decide not to crate train your dog, try to train her to use a potty area in your home. If you decide to use a crate, choose a crate that is large enough for your dog to stand up, turn around and lie down comfortably while in the crate.
No matter what method you choose, you should set your puppy up for success by providing her with lots of incentive to obey your commands, rewarding her with positive reinforcement and setting the rules with consistency. Purchase enough supplies to last for a couple of days while you work on your house-training routine. These supplies include:
- Litter trays and litter/litter box liners if you’re house training your puppy to use the bathroom in the house,
- Cleaning supplies if your puppy has accidents in the house,
- Treats for training,
- Supplies for training including a collar, harness, leash, toy for playing tug-of-war and other interactive games with your puppy
- Offerings of fresh water for your puppy,
- An assortment of toys, chews and a kong if you’re crate training your puppy
Buy Any Needed Travel Accessories
When you’re a new dog owner, getting to know each other can be an exciting but time-consuming process. As a new puppy owner, you’ll spend a lot of time traveling with your little buddy and you want to make sure that your dog has a safe, healthy, and happy ride. You may also be interested in dressing your puppy in a stylish new pup outfit before heading out of the door.
In some cases, the convenience of buying all the new puppy gear before your new dog comes home might be a good idea. If you are buying a dog carrier, leash, bed, bowls, or other essentials, it may help to get everything you need before the dog comes home so that you’re not caught scrambling to buy supplies last minute.
If your dog comes to you with all the required essentials, such as dog harness, food, water bowl, and toys, having a fixed number of toys can also be a good idea. Then you can gradually add new toys and rotate older ones.
Puppy-Proof Your Home
Home acclimation and puppy proofing are essential for any new puppy owner. Puppies are like small children. They have a lot of energy, curiosity and they love to explore and play. And, just like children, they need to be taught what is safe and what does not belong in their mouth. Acclimation into the home and puppy proofing are two essential parts of this introduction to the new environment.
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Homework is required to ensure you understand what it means to care for a dog. Be prepared, first of all, for a lot of fun!
Dogs are social animals, which means puppies need to interact with other puppies and adult dogs. Puppies will need to relieve themselves frequently during the day — so all these factors should be considered when puppy proofing your home.
Stock Up on Toys
You are not an instant expert on your new puppy. You can’t guess all your puppy’s needs and you don’t have a crystal ball to tell you where your puppy is going to pee and poop.
That’s why it’s important to stock up on puppy supplies before you bring them home. This way you have all the supplies you’ll need to get things started, and you don’t have to run out and buy new items daily. You may even want to set up a little station for your new puppy and put puppy treats, nursing dog bowls, and other supplies in one spot.
Here’s what you should buy for your new puppy:
The brand and style of food your puppy was eating.
Treats specific to your puppy’s diet. Just ask your vet!
A bottle and a dog bowl.
Something soft and comfortable for your puppy to lie on.
A collar and a leash.
A bowl for your puppy’s water.
A brush and a comb to handle your puppy’s coat and whiskers.
Keep Grooming and Medical Supplies on Hand
Dogs are clean creatures. They have a fastidious grooming habit that helps them remove loose hair as well as clean their canine body parts. Most breeds have a single double coat that's made up primarily of an undercoat of soft hair and an outer coat of stiff hairs that are longer and waterproof.
Although you may not view this as a "basic need", grooming supplies are important for dog owners. Even if you choose not to bathe your dog at home, a grooming tool can be used for brushing or touch ups to keep hair from getting all over the place. In addition, brushes are good for removing any loose tangles. They are also useful when grooming the dog's ears.
If you haven't been around a dog before, you may not be aware of the fact that dogs are constantly losing hair. Even if you brush and brush and brush, hair still comes out. This is one of the reasons why dogs shed so much.
If your dog is shedding a lot, use grooming supplies to keep the hair from piling up in your house.
You can also use grooming supplies to pet your dog during bathtime. It helps keep them calm and it's a good smelling reminder to them of better times.
Finally, keep some supplies on hand for when your pet gets injured. You'll find them useful for helping stop bleeding and for cleaning out wounds.