Top 10 Things You Need For a New Puppy
Written by: Lindsay Shugerman
Contributed by Lindsay Shugerman, Catalogs.com Top 10 Guru
Congratulations! You’re bringing home a new puppy! But before you take your new one home, make sure you have the essentials!
So grab your shopping list, and head on out to get everything you need. Here are the top 10 things every house need to welcome a new furry baby in style and comfort.
10. A food and water bowl
It’s been said that puppies do three things really well: eat, run and sleep. So one of the first things your new pup needs are food and water bowls. Make sure the bowls you pick are low enough for your little one to eat and drink from. And because puppies sometimes have a hard time putting on the brakes, selecting a set that’s heavy and stable will help you avoid spills and splashes.
9. Puppy toys
Puppies love to chew, so make sure you provide lots of wonderful, durable toys for them to grab, gnaw and chase. Keep your new addition safe by avoid toys with pieces that could come off and get swallowed. And until certain issues with foreign-made dog items are resolved, sticking with toys made in the U.S., Canada or Europe might be a wise choice.
8. A dog bed
Everyone needs a place to sleep, and your puppy is no exception. Choose a bed that easy to get in and out of, and place it where it’s safe from being stepped on. Some dogs prefer to sleep in small spaces, so you may want to place their bed in a dog crate to create a cozy, safe den.
7. A collar and leash
A good collar is a necessity for all dogs from the moment you bring them home. Make sure the collar you choose fits snugly without pinching, and check it frequently for size as your puppy grows. Under no circumstances should you use a chain or prong collar on any dog. (If you doubt this wisdom,put it on your own throat and tug a bit! Ouch!!)
A good leash that’s strong enough to hold a wiggly puppy is also very important. Skip the retractable leashes for now…you need to have complete control while you’re training your new pet to walk nicely.
6. Name tags
Of course, your puppy is micro-chipped, right? But even so, an easy-to-read tag with his or her name, your name and a phone number or two is something you must have for your pup. Not everyone has a microchip reader, but a quick look at a tag could reunite you with a wandering dog in minutes.
5. A dog brush
Whether your dog is long-haired or short, a good dog brush is another thing on your must-buy list. Pick the type of brush best for their coat, and use it daily. By starting now, your dog will learn to love being groomed later! And you’ll have a shiny pup from day one.
4. Puppy shampoo
All dogs need a bath now and then. But not all dog shampoos are created equal, so make sure you get one designed just for dogs under 1 year of age. Puppies systems are delicate, so licking or even absorbing harsher adult dog shampoos could make them sick. And that’s not a good way to start out your life together!
3. Pet stain cleaner
Yes, accidents will happen, so make sure you’re prepared. Investing in a couple of bottles of good pet urine remover now could save that special rug or favorite chair later. Treating accidents quickly will reduce the chance of staining and re-soiling, so keep some in every room and in your car for emergency clean-ups.
2. Puppy food
Puppy tummies can’t handle adult dog food, so make sure you select a puppy food made for growing bodies and baby teeth. If you have a small or toy breed, make sure the kibble is small enough for your little one to chew easily. Skip the soft foods for now. Kibble will give them something safe to chew, and keep growing teeth clean and healthy.
1. A great digital camera
I know, this is NOT your typical item for this kind of list. But with all the adorable poses and oh-so-cute antics, you’re going to want to make sure you have a camera charged and on hand throughout that precious first year. And if you get some especially great shots, why not share them with us? Your pup might become a Facebook star!