Getting a new puppy is no joke.
No matter how cute they are, bringing a canine pup into an unprepared home can have some messy consequences.
That’s why we recommend you make a checklist—and check it twice.
If you’re asking yourself:
What do I need for my new puppy?
You’d do well to write this down or print it out.
The 9 Items On Your New Puppy Checklist
While your tiny new friend might not seem like he or she will be a bother you in your big comfy bed, allowing your puppy to sleep with you is just asking for trouble.
It’s essential that you establish a place for your dog to sleep immediately. It’s important they have a space they feel is their own.
We highly recommend using a crate to give them that space.
When done properly, crate training has many advantages. Everyone’s favorite is crate training helps with potty training as most dogs won’t “go” in their own crate.
One of the first things you’ll probably want to do with your dog when you bring it home is to feed them. Well, don’t start by using your own dishes. Get dog bowls ahead of time.
You want to establish consistency in feeding the same as with sleeping.
Puppies have special dietary needs.
Up to 8 weeks, they should be able to nurse from their mother whenever they want. Weaning should take place over the course of several weeks.
From there, talk to your vet. But you’ll likely be advised to choose foods made specifically for puppies. They will be higher in fat and contain many supplements.
It’s important you keep mealtime and treats separate.
Treats are one of the most effective training tools there is if you know how to use them properly. Many dog trainers recommend that you use specific treats for training—generally, small and especially tasty.
There are all types of dog toys.
You should probably get some for mutual play and others your pup can occupy itself with. It’s likely you’ll need to try out different kinds of toys overtime to see what your dog is into.
If you don’t provide them with something to exercise those jaws on, they will likely end up chewing your shoes or a power cable.
You can’t forget this.
At first, it won’t seem like a big deal. But it’s best to get them acclimated to it early, especially if you want them to be very obedient on the leash.
Collar & Tag
Not the most exciting, but don’t leave these off your list! Some dog collars can be personalized with your pet's name and your phone number.
The most important grooming equipment for your new puppy is probably nail clippers. Puppy nails are super sharp and can become painful when left unattended.
Aside from that, go crazy with all the brushes, shears, and all-natural shampoos you want!
In this case, the last is most definitely not the least.
Patience is probably the #1 thing you need when you bring home a new puppy. You’ll probably need lots of it.
However, as long as you make sure to check off the first 8 from this list, you’ll set yourself up to need at least a little bit less.
Bringing home a puppy is a big decision. Make sure you are prepared in every way possible.