If you are going to be bringing a puppy home in the near future, then you need to get your home ready so that your new arrival is comfortable and has everything they need. Whether this is your first puppy or you are an experienced dog owner who just needs a reminder, here is a checklist of all the essentials you need for your puppy.
A bed, blankets, and a crate
The first thing you need for your puppy is somewhere for them to sleep! While you may be tempted to just let them cuddle up to you in bed or let them take over the sofa, they need a dedicated, comfy bed that they know is a safe space just for them.
This is why a crate is a good idea in addition to the bed, as it will give your puppy a feeling of security. Blankets are good for keeping your puppy warm but also allow them to ‘make’ their own bed, which they will find more comfortable.
Not all dog food is appropriate for all dogs. For your new puppy, you will need a complete puppy food appropriate for their breed. Some puppy foods may be specifically for small or large breeds, and others will recommend the portion size that you give your dog based on their weight.
Food and water bowls
As well as somewhere to sleep, your puppy will also need somewhere to eat! That’s why the next items on our new puppy checklist are food and water bowls. As long as you portion their food correctly, basic bowls will do, but you may find you need a specialist bowl later on, such as if your puppy is eating too fast and giving themselves a stomach ache.
A collar and tag with your details
It is a legal requirement in the UK that your dog wears a collar whenever they are in a public place that has the name and address of their owner written on it or engraved on a tag. You should also include your telephone number so that if someone finds your puppy, they can easily contact you.
A lead and harness
You’ll need to wait until your puppy is fully covered by their vaccinations before you can take them out for a walk, but once they are, you will need a harness and a lead to do so! While eventually you may be able to walk your dog with a lead attached to their collar, puppies tend to pull when they are exploring, and a harness will put less strain on their neck.
Your new puppy will need plenty of toys to keep them entertained and to keep their teeth healthy and their mouths active. It’s best to get a variety of different types of toys so your puppy can discover what kind of toys they like best.
When your puppy’s teeth come through, just like humans, they will have a hard time with it. That’s why our next puppy essential is a teether; these are available in many different forms but will help to soothe your dog, reduce discomfort, and prevent them from chewing anything they shouldn’t.
Treats for training
If you want to train your puppy to do anything, no matter how simple, then you will need treats to reward them with. It’s best to look for treats that are suitable for puppies, aren’t too unhealthy and won’t upset their stomachs.
Plenty of poo bags
You will need plenty of poo bags throughout your dog’s life, and it's best to stock up generously when you have a new puppy, as they are still refining their toilet habits and may ‘go’ many times a day. The Beco plant-based poo bags are a great choice as they can be composted, which is much more environmentally friendly than simply throwing them away.
Unfortunately, your puppy doesn’t arrive toilet trained. Puppy pads aren’t essential but can help to train your dog to do its business only in designated areas, so it's worth putting them on your checklist.
It’s no secret that puppies are messy, especially when they first start going on walks. When you wash your puppy, you need to use a dog-specific shampoo as human shampoo or shower gel can potentially cause problems for your puppy’s skin. You may also need other bathing and grooming accessories.
Not all breeds of dogs will need regular brushing, as many of them shed their hair, but if you have a breed that needs grooming, you may want a brush to prevent their fur from getting matted.
A car restraint
The final item on our puppy essentials checklist is another legal requirement in the UK. When a dog is travelling in a car, they need a car restraint so that they cannot interfere with you driving safely. There are different types of restraints available that attach from the car seat to your puppy’s harness or collar.
Hopefully, you’ve got a good idea of everything you need for your puppy before you bring them home. Once you’re stocked up, it’s time to provide them with attention and play time!
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