A puppy will make a big happy change in your family’s lives. Congratulations! Deciding what you need to buy can feel overwhelming so here are our essential items to make the job a little easier.
- A Crate – for night time sleep training and for being left on their own safely. The crate shouldn’t be too big so that they wee at one end but big enough that they can sit up stall, stand, turn around and be comfortable. A large breed puppy will probably go through 3 sizes of crate as he grows. Dogs like a snug space so start small and work up.
- Beds, blanket and bedding – one for the crate and one for the lounge for settle time in the evenings and enough so you can pop one in the wash and rotate them.
- Baby gate / Play pens – it’s best not to allow your puppy access to the stairs while their ligaments are so delicate. They can easily fall and hurt themselves. You may also want to limit the amount of space your puppy has initially to help with toilet training. You can also pop your puppy behind a baby gate while you are cooking/ cleaning/ letting them have some quiet time without shutting a door on them.
- Name tags with your Last name, Post code and mobile number on. See Tom and Toto Blog on ID tags – Microchipping is a legal requirement but so is having a valid ID tag. Being microchipped is not a reason to not have an ID tag
- Body harness- Much more comfortable for your puppy than a collar and it will take the pressure off the neck, spine and windpipe.
- Double ended Puppy Training Lead – Never too early to start lead training! These are the best leads in my opinion and I use them for all the dogs we walk.
- Nice soft and thick collar – you need to fit two fingers between the collar and their neck
- Good quality, safe, age appropriate toys like Kongs and chews like soft antlers (check which are suitable for puppy teeth) – Any balls, toys with squeakers, ropes or strings should be supervised at all times as they are a choke hazard if your puppy chews into them.
- Food and Water bowls – Appropriate for the size of the dog. For puppies a no tip bowl works great for water. Don’t forget your puppy having access to water while in the crate. There are bowls that can attach to the sides of crates to minimise spills. Cute little puppy bowls are irresistible but your puppy will grow out of them pretty quickly and you will be surprised how much a puppy drinks!
- Food and Treats – decide what you would like to transition your dog onto food wise. Most puppies come home with a supply of food they are already eating but you can safely transition onto another food if you will to go down a different route (except raw feeding, this must be a direct switch not transition due to the different digestive rates of raw vs. kibble)
- Puppy training pads and Odour and antibacterial cleaning sprays – Accidents will happen when they start training. Its just the puppy way of life and down to you to help them with their toilet training
- Grooming products – No need for anything fancy for your pup, but always start getting them use to grooming early in life especially a brush so it becomes a normal part of life when they are older
- Boredom busters – Activity toys are a great way to keep an active puppy busy while they are in their play pen or in the evening. Mental stimulation for a puppy is just as tiring as physical. Licki mats, snuffle mats, Trixie snake, slow feeders, treat balls are all good.
- Extras – waterproof coat if your puppy will start heading outside in the winter or wetter months
- And Poo bags – lots and lots of them! you will be shocked how much a puppy goes to the toilet!
Once your puppy is home, structure and routine are key for setting your puppy up for success. If you need any support or advice about your puppy, contact us for the “Bringing Puppy Home” 2 hour advice and training session at your own home. To find out more See our blog on ‘Bringing Puppy Home Training and Advice session’