So you’ve made the decision to get a puppy and now you’re thinking “What do I need for a new puppy? What are essential puppy supplies?” It can be one of the most exciting and enjoyable things to bring a new puppy into your family. It’s wise to consider what essential equipment you’ll need for their first few days. Read on to find out what gear you will need for a new puppy.
Your puppy will need a collar
It is a legal requirement that the majority of dogs need to wear a collar so this is something you need to have immediately so your puppy can get used to wearing one. They will probably have worn a simple “colour identity” collar whilst with their litter and mother. You will want to choose a comfy collar that will allow your puppy some growing space as s/he is going to grow rapidly initially. And your puppy will need an ID tag. Check out our blog here on what information should be on the tag. Here at Oscar and Hooch we have a great selection of collars for all sizes of dogs, puppies included.
And a lead
It’s important to choose a lead that is suitable for the size and breed of your puppy. – not too long, not too short or too heavy. S/he may grow out of the first collar quite quickly but you will be able to use the lead for much longer. We have many customers who move up through our collar sizes as their dog grows but remain using the same lead for years! Our leads are soft on your hands unlike some nylon leads or chain leads. A firm favourite with many of our customers is our multipurpose training lead. This style solves any issues of too long or too short. It is also a great tool for training your puppy to walk without pulling when used with a harness. Check out our blog on using this type of lead.
Food and water bowls
You will need a bowl for food and a bowl for water. There are many different styles available. Some people opt for a simple stainless steel bowl that is easy to clean. Heavier ceramic dog bowls will stop your puppy pushing it around the floor as he eats unless it has grip on your floor. As your puppy grows these may need to be raised off the floor if he is a taller breed to allow comfortable eating and to protect against straining the neck.
Bed and blanket
Your puppy will need a comfortable bed so it makes sense to buy him a big bed he can grow into. He will love snuggling into his bed as he would have snuggled into his mother and pack when he was first born. When you collect your puppy initially, it is a great idea to rub a blanket on the mother and pack to take their smell home. This will comfort your puppy in his early days of separation.
Your puppy is going to get busy chewing so it is important to give him appropriate things to chew on, instead of him finding items himself! Toys that differ in texture, sound and size will offer variety and breadth of stimulation for him/her. This is one of the ways he will explore and learn about the world. Chew toys mentally stimulate him, as well as keep his teeth clean.
In addition to the above there are other items you will also need to consider.
Here is our New Puppy Checklist:
- Crate/kennel, playpen/child gates
- Complete puppy food, chews and training treats
- Car restraint
- Poo bags
- Brush or comb for grooming
- Toothpaste and toothbrush
- Dog shampoo
- Flea and tick treatment
- Dog Towels! (for mucky pups!)
- Food Container
- Treat bag
As you can see there’s quite a shopping list there but not everything needs to be bought straightaway. Ultimately there are a few basics you definitely need to have, as well as time to be home with him/her to help them settle into their new surroundings. It’s going to be an adjustment for all of you, but what a rewarding and fun time you’re all going to have!
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