What do I need to buy before bringing my puppy home?
Buying or adopting a new puppy is ultra-exciting but can also be very daunting. There is a lot to think about! When the day comes to bring your bundle of fur home you need to make sure you are fully prepared. It’s easy to forget something. Take a look at our new puppy checklist below to ensure you have everything covered.
- Think about how you are getting your puppy home. Do you need a travel crate/box or a blanket to wrap your puppy up in?
- The essentials to have at home – a cosy bed, bowls for both food and water
- A couple of toys to keep your dog entertained as they will have plenty of energy. Ask your breeder if it’s possible to take a toy that they are used to or has their mothers scent. Some of Tink’s favourite toys now are still the ones that came with her. Chew toys are a must for when your puppy starts teething!
- A crate is really useful to have. Many people decide to properly crate train their puppies however with Tink I removed the door from the crate so could come and go as she pleased. When she was very young and everything was new to her she used it as her safe space. A crate mate is ideal for comfort on the bottom of the crate. It can also can be used around the house instead of a bed or while travelling in the car.
- Playpen – I found this so valuable and still use it now to section off parts of the house or to separate if we have visitors over.
- Stairgate to prevent them from areas of the house they are not allowed or from going upstairs, it’s not good for their joints when very young. It is also great to slowly introduce puppies to any other animals in the house that you have.
- Collar or harness with name tag & a lead. The harness is difficult to buy beforehand as you will need your pup with you to measure for size, plus they grow quickly in the first month so may be worth waiting until they have their final puppy injection and are allowed outside before investing. Make sure you don’t forget a name tag as it is actually illegal to go out without one. The fine for your dog not having an ID tag on them it up to £5000!
- A Puppy Carrier is perfect for carrying your pup out and about. You must wait until your puppies’ second injection before they are officially allowed out so not to catch infections. A puppy carrier is an ideal way to introduce them to the outside world and to transport them around safely. The K9 Pup Pocket is a front carrier for puppies and small dogs under 9kg (20lbs).
- Puppy pads or equivalent for toilet training. I would suggest getting a large pack, you will go through them quickly at the start.
- Poo bags – scented, bio-degradable, bags with pretty designs, there are quite a few options out there. I would suggest the stronger bio-degradable types. Steer clear of some of the cheaper options that are so thin they break when you are picking up the poop. Not ideal!!
- Puppy food & treats – speak to your breeder or where you are adopting from. They will be able to advise what type and brand of food your puppy has been eating since birth. They will also be able to let you know how often and what times throughout the day you should be feeding your pup.
- Grooming products – make sure you are using a sensitive shampoo for new pups and brushes that aren’t too harsh for them. WildWash has a 100% natural sensitive shampoo designed especially with puppies in mind.
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