Congratulations: you’re welcoming a new puppy into your family! Your household is definitely about to get a lot cuter and a lot more wonderfully chaotic.
Taking care of a puppy is no easy endeavor, but being a caring and thoughtful pet parent is one of the most rewarding things you will ever do.
Whether you’re a first-time puppy parent or you’re getting another dog to join your brood, you’ll need to pick up some necessary items to get her settled in.
If you have a new puppy, these are the must-have items to buy to give her a leg up for the happy, healthy life they deserve:
Food & Water Bowls
Puppies not only have to eat (your veterinarian will tell you how much and what to feed your pup, based on their dietary needs), most love to eat.
In fact, your pup may get a little overexcited when it comes to the chowing-down portion of the day. That’s where the proper dog food bowl comes in. Slow-feeder bowls separate the food for the dog, so that your canine doesn’t inhale her breakfast or dinner, which can make her sick.
The Outward Hound Fun Feeder Slow Feed Interactive Bloat Stop Dog Bowl is not only a pet parent favorite, but your pup will stay fed and happy thanks to this colorful device.
Hydration is an essential part of your puppy’s young life, so her new water bowl should be right next to the food bowl. You can’t go wrong with a classic stainless steel, skid-free bowl like the Loving Pets Bella Bowl Dog Bowl. Pet parents are also opting for the electric pet water fountains to keep their furry friends from ever going thirsty.
The Premium Automatic Electric Pet Water Fountain has continually flowing water for your pet, LED lighting and it also happens to add some harmonious sounds to your household. Because they are puppies you will have to keep your eye on her as she consumes water (more water equals more potty breaks), but this device will allow her to understand how to use this kind of fountain as she grows.
Leashes & Collars
Pupper is going to have to go for plenty of walks, which means you’ll have to get the proper leash and collar for her.
The Downtown Pet Supply Dog/Puppy Obedience Recall Training Agility Lead has up to 50 feet of leash (depending on your dog and their needs) and a variety of colors (depending on their fabulous flair).
The Blueberry Pet 3M Reflective Multi-colored Stripe Dog Collar ranges from sizes small to large to fit your training pup.
If you want to have a harness for your puppy during walk training, the Heavy Duty Adjustable Pet Puppy Dog Safety Harness with Leash Lead Set gives you both the harness and a leash. The helpful sizing guide also allows you to see what’s the best fit, from a Chihuahua to a Chow Chow.
There’s no going for walks (or anywhere for that matter) without identification. Even if your pup has been microchipped, she still needs an ID tag in case she ever wanders off and gets lost.
ID tags should be safely secured to your pup’s collar, and they should have as many details as possible (including your phone number).
We’re fans of the HandstampedWotNots bone-shaped dog tag that not only says “I’m Chipped” but also gives the pet parent the chance to engrave the dog’s name and their phone number on the back.
Whether you’re not home with pup or whether you’re home and training her, crates are a downright necessity.
The OxGord 24-Inch Folding Metal Pet Crate with Double-Door and Divider is easy to assemble and store, and it allows the pet parent to make as much space as she needs for their pup inside the crate as she grows (we recommend lining the bottom with some comfy towels and blankets, too).
You can also give your puppy a playpen option when you are home and supervising her with the IRIS 24’’ Pet Playpen 2 Panel Add-On, which can be used both indoors and outdoors.
The first night at home with a puppy can be complicated but it doesn’t mean it can’t be cozy.
Encourage your pup to sleep in her own bed by choosing one that best fits their body (remember they grow quickly) and one that is, of course, super comfy.
For smaller dogs (up to 25 pounds) it’s hard to get cozier than the Best Friends by Sheri OrthoComfort Deep Dish Cuddler in Sherpa, which is basically a glorified bean bag chair that you’ll wish you could sleep in.
For a more traditional dog bed that will suit pups of all shapes and sizes, the Ombré Swirl Dog Bed ranges from 18 inches to 48 inches and has neutral tones like grey and mocha.
Puppies require lots of grooming, from their shiny new coats to their surprisingly sharp little nails.
In addition to buying the easy-to-use, comfortable Pro Pet Works Dog Nail Clippers and the tear-free and yummy-smelling Earthbath All Natural Pet Shampoo, you’ll definitely want to purchase the KONG ZoomGroom Dog Grooming Brush, which is especially made for keeping puppy skin and coats healthy.
There are also grooming kits, such as the My Pet Boutique Pet Grooming Tools, if you want to have all the items you need in one place.
Puppies poop. A lot. It’s a fact of life. In order to be a good pet parent and a good citizen, you’re going to have to pick up said poop, whether it’s in your own backyard or at the local dog park.
So that you never forget your bags on the go, we recommend a bag holder, such as this nifty one from VermontCottageWorks, which as doubles as a keychain and treat dispenser.
Don’t forget, when you’re using treats as a reward during puppy training, use a vet-approved snack in moderation for good behavior.
Good luck, and have fun!
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