New Puppy Checklist
Getting a new puppy is an exciting time. Your instinct is to purchase fun items, such as puppy toys and other items to play with your new pet, but don’t forget the basics for your new furry friend. I’ve put together the ultimate new puppy checklist below to help you get everything you need easily. And, don’t forget to find a veterinarian who will be willing to work with you for the next 15 years. Make an appointment for your puppy’s first exam prior to actually purchasing the dog.
The Ultimate New Puppy Checklist:
- Food: Duh? I’m sure you already thought of this, but in case you get wrapped up in the excitement of your new pet – Don’t forget to get food! Ideally, start with a bag of whatever he is already being fed. Puppies’ stomachs can get upset when switched, so when you do switch, it is best to do it over several days to a week, gradually using less of the old and more of the new.
- Food and water bowls
- Collar: A flat cloth collar that will fit with about two inches of room to spare. Don’t forget an ID tag to go on the collar.
- Leash: A short leash, usually 6 feet is plenty.
- Carpet Cleaner: Use Nature’s Miracle or other enzyme cleaners that neutralize any urine that gets onto floors or carpets. Enzymes greatly reduce or eliminate the odor that draws the pup back to the same place for the same purpose.
- A crate, some gates, or another way to create a small area the pup can be in when you are not able to watch. Also, don’t forget bedding for the crate, something that can be easily washed. You can start out with old towels.
- There are puppy pads, sometimes called wee wee pads, that can be used for potty training. That is up to the individual training the pup.
- A hot water bottle filled with warm water, wrapped in old towels, can keep the puppy happy at bedtime, as well as a ticking clock.
- Toys! A puppy Kong, a Nylabone, and maybe a few other toys. Be sure that the toys don’t have buttons or other things that could be hazardous if the puppy chews the toy to shreds.
- Flea Control: Use some kind of flea control product approved for puppies if you live in a flea ridden area and it is flea season. Ask you breeder or vet for advice on what type to use.
Adding a puppy to your family should be an exciting experience without to much strain for you or the puppy. By following the checklist above, you can make it an easy transition for the whole family.
We would love to hear how you prepared for your puppy!