Getting a new puppy can be one of the most exciting, fun, and fulfilling times in your life. A puppy will make your life full of joy and happiness, but there is a small chance that they may also bring you frustration as you try to train them. With that being said, here at The Pet Embassy, we believe that the benefits definitely outweigh the negatives in getting a puppy as they will make a fantastic addition to any household.
However, looking after a puppy is not an easy task and we are here to help you every step of the way, we have provided the essential new puppy checklist to help you and your new companion. We’ve covered everything from your basic puppy needs to playtime and safety information.
New Puppy Checklist
What the puppy would say is the most important on this list – Toys. Toys are a puppy’s best friend and they will have a preference for certain toys over others. There are a number of safe puppy toys that you can purchase such as rubber chew toys and balls. They are large enough that your puppy won’t swallow them or chew them apart.
At first, you should be wary of dental chews and chew bones at first as your puppy could potentially choke on these toys. Please check on the label of the product you are planning on giving to your puppy as they may be more suited to dogs over 6 months and the treat may be too hard for the puppies sensitive teeth. If you find a product that is suitable for your puppy please make sure they are the appropriate size. If pieces are too small, they may choke on them so please watch over your puppy with these things.
Food & Water Bowls
Puppies love to play and will chew on everything and anything and their food and water bowls are no exception to this. Therefore, we would recommend a metallic bowl over a plastic one as they are more durable and if plastic is digested it could potentially be harmful to your puppy.
It is also very important to know what you will be putting in your puppies bowl as this will be their main source of nutrition. You can always ask a veterinarian about what they believe is best for your puppy, however, you must also take into consideration your puppy’s likes and dislikes. You can speak to the shelter or breeder to learn more about your puppy’s preferences.
In terms of actually feeding your puppy, we believe it is best to feed your puppy two to three times a day depending on their age and their size. Take note of what type of goof your puppy has been eating, how often, and whether they have a good appetite.
If you are planning on switching out your puppy food for another, it’s important you do this over a span of five to seven days to limit the impact on your puppy’s stomach. Slowly add in the new food to what your puppy has been eating everyday. Add a little more of the new food everyday whilst removing a little bit of the old food. If your puppy stops eating or has an adverse reaction to the new food such as vomiting or diarrhoea, please discontinue the new diet in favor of the old one and speak to a veternarian.
A dog crate is an extremely useful tool for your new puppy. Not only can the create be used for potty training but it can also keep your pet safe and our of trouble when nobody is home. Indeed, puppies are similar to toddlers in the fact they are very curious and will find a way to get into everything they are not supposed to. Due to their curious nature a puppy requires constant supervision to ensure that they are not getting into trouble. A crate will help you alleviate the need for constant supervision and allow you to continue your day to day life without having to worry too much about your puppy at home. In addition, a crate also provides the puppy with a safe place to rest and relax.
Choosing a dog crate can be difficult, we would recommend that you should look for a dog crate that is the right size for your puppy. It should be big enough for your puppy to stand up in and move around but it should also small enough to keep your puppy safe. In addition, it has to be the right size for your puppy to designate a toilet area and a sleeping area as dogs tend to not go to the toilet where they sleep.
Also, you need to think about putting proper bedding inside the dog crate to ensure that your new puppy is comfortable. It’s important that you understand what your puppy wants and needs. A dog’s crate can be their sanctuary and their place where they go to rest. However, you have to ensure that your new puppy is not eating at the bedding as this can potentially cause your puppy to become sick or digest something they should not be.
Speaking of bedding, you should definitely consider purchasing one or two dog beds for your new puppy. You can place these anywhere in the house where you think your new puppy will use them. Your puppy will always want to be in the middle of the action , therefore, a good suggestion would be to put the beds where your family congregates. When picking a dog size, you should consider your puppy’s size and how big they will be when they are fully grown. You want them to feel comfortable in the dog bed.
Leash & Harness
Even if your puppy is still too young to go out in public, you should be prepared and purchase a leash for walks. It’s important that you do not walk in public areas until your puppy is fully vaccinated in order to protect them from harmful bacteria. Walk them in the yard if you have one to ensure they get used to walking on a leash. Whenever you carry your puppy outside, ensure you have them on leash in your arms in case they wriggle out and end up on the ground. You should also consider looking into a harness to stop the leash from pulling on your puppy’s neck.
Collar, ID Tags & Microchip
A collar is one of the most important accessories for your new puppy and you need to make sure that it is the right size for your new puppy otherwise it may fall off or cause damage to their throat. To ensure you select the right size, we would suggest putting the collar around your new puppy’s neck and making sure that you can get 2 fingers under the collar without any pressure. Once you have the collar sorted, you should think about getting your puppy some ID tags to help people identify and return your new puppy if they ever go missing or run out of the house.
Furthermore, if you live in the U.K. it is illegal for you to not get dog microchipped. For other parts of the world, we would recommend getting your new puppy microchipped. A microchip is usually injected between the shoulder blades and sits just underneath the skin of your new puppy. Importantly, it contains an identification number that is logged into a global database, therefore, if your dog is ever scanned by a shelter, police, or veterinarian, your new puppy will be identified and you will be alerted if they are lost.
Dog Waste Bags
Another important item for your dogs is dog waste bags. Please be aware that responsible pet parents pick up after their dogs. Dog faeces may contain parasites, which can be passed to other dogs and in some cases people. Please remove the faeces right away, in order to decrease the likelihood of environmental contamination. You should always keep dog waste bags to hand, whether that is in your pocket or wrapped around your leash.
Grooming is another important part of puppy care. Please keep general dog shampoo around to help when your new puppy gets into something fun like a mud puddle or bodys of water that leave them smelling. Please do not use human shampoo as dog’s have sensitive skin and this may dry out their skin. In addition, a brush is very useful in getting the dirt out of the dogs hair when they cannot be washed and shampooed. Lastly, you should also consider getting dog nail clippers as puppys nails grow quickly and they can become uncomfortable.
First Aid Kit
Before your new puppy comes home, you should consider looking into a first aid kit for dogs, especially if you plan to be active with your new pupp. There are many kits available on the internet and accommodate all dog breeds.
Please ask your veterinarian whether you’ll need to stock up on any monthly medications to keep your puppy healthy. These may include some broad-spectrum parasite control. Fleas, ticks, heartworm, and intestinal parasites can all pose a risk to your puppy’s health.
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