Getting a new puppy is a fun and exciting adventure for your family, but keep in mind puppies are like toddlers. They need a lot of attention and they get into everything. To help keep your puppy busy and out of trouble, and easily welcome them into the family, you will need some gear to make life easier on you and them. Here is our list of the top 10 things you need for your new puppy, to make the transition from empty-nester to puppy household easy peasy!
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10 Things You Need for Your New Puppy
Topping our list of 10 things you need for your new puppy is a harness. There's no arguing that puppies will need to be trained to walk on a leash, and this can be difficult if you start with a collar as puppies love to chew and tug on the leash as they walk. Instead of using a collar consider purchasing a dog or puppy harness, which moves the leash away from the neck and to the center of the back. Also, by starting with a harness you can teach your puppy to walk on a leash without worrying about choking your puppy as they pull.
A leash is another essential product your puppy will need, even if you are using a harness for training. When shopping for a dog leash, be sure to purchase a good quality leash that your puppy can not chew through, and one that is rated for the size of your dog or puppy. Keep in mind, you may need to begin with a small puppy leash, then graduate to a larger leash once your puppy reaches full size.
An automatic dog feeder and water bowl can make life with a new puppy much easier, especially if your children are helping to care for the new puppy. With an automatic dog feeder, there is no worrying if you or your children forgot to feed the puppy. Plus, if you work out of the home, an automatic dog feeder is a lifesaver if your new pup gets hungry while you are out.
Chew toys are vital to add to your new puppy shopping list. Just like babies, puppies and dogs have a tendency to chew on everything when teething, only your new puppy will be much more mobile and, depending on the size of your puppy, much more destructive than a baby. Having ample chew toys will not only keep your puppy's focus off your furniture but it will also help them tire during the day and sleep better through the night.
If you decided to crate training your puppy you will need a dog crate or kennel large enough to hold your dog at the expected full grown size. There are many styles and sizes to choose from, including soft crates, metal crates, and plastic crates. Keep in mind though, if you prefer a soft crate your new puppy may chew a hole and escape when you're not home. For smaller dogs, we love small plastic crates that are easy to transport, and large metal crate for larger breeds.
Once you find a crate you love, grab your pet a comfy dog bed so your puppy can have a comfy place to relax beside your favorite chair. Just make sure this bed will also fit your crate, or you may find yourself having to purchase a second bed.
Puppy training pads make potty training easier and help keep your home clean and sanitary. Puppy training pads are relatively cheap and can be found just about anywhere. Best of all, they will save you time and money instead of cleaning your carpets.
Just like potty training a baby, puppies will have accidents. While in the puppy potty isle, don't forget to grab a good pet odor and stain remover to rescue your floors from puppy accidents. If you prefer a more natural solution, a big jug of vinegar is a great addition as well.
Delicious dog and puppy treats are perfect for chewing and training your puppy. Dog treats make one of the best positive reinforcement training tools for everything from basic skills to fun, entertaining tricks like rolling over and shaking. One of our favorite treats for small dogs is Wellness Puppy Bites Natural Grain Free Puppy Training Treats.
Finally, you'll want your new puppy to not only look adorable but also smell fresh when it's finally time to take her out to share with family and friends. With simple dog grooming products like shampoos, brushes, clippers and more, your new pup will be ready for her time in the spotlight.
Having a new puppy is a wonderful experience and with this list of a few things you need for your new puppy, your first day with the puppy is sure to be the best day ever!