You have chosen a breed, picked out a new best friend and now you’re ready to bring your puppy home! This can be a very exciting and crazy time for everyone involved. It is important you have everything your puppy needs for a smooth transition in to their new home and family. Please read the check list below.
- A bed – perhaps even two if your puppy will spend time both inside and outside the house.
- Crate – Crates are a great way to help toilet train your puppy and are an ideal “den” for the puppy to feel calm and safe. Read more or ask us about puppy toilet and crate training.
- Premium Puppy Food – If the puppy is not already on a super premium diet it is beneficial to do it gradually over 5-7 days. This is because puppies can sometimes have very sensitive stomachs. You may find your puppy gets diarrhea or vomit if changed to quickly.
- Two bowls – one for water and one for food.
- Play toys – Toys should be rotated regularly, this will help keep your puppy interested and will help to prevent boredom. Read more or ask us about enrichment options
- Collar, ID tag and lead – A soft puppy collar is ideal to prepare the pup for training and for hanging identification tags. If you puppy has never worn a collar it is important to buy a light weighted collar so your puppy can get use to the weight around his or her neck.
- Poop bags and holder – to make cleaning-up easier
- Treats – to reward good behaviour and make sure your puppy has positive feelings to new experiences. Like new foods, adding new treats an cause an upset tummy at times.
- Shampoo and ear cleaners – to keep their coat beautiful and keep ears healthy and looking clean. Ear cleaners are very beneficial for those dogs who swim or have hairy ears!
- Brush, comb and nail clippers – If you plan on grooming your pet yourself it is a good idea to start at a young age.
- Car harness/transport crate – to keep the puppy safe in the car.
- Worming and flea treatment – There are many different brands and options for preventives. Pop in or call us and we can find the best options for both you and puppy.
Please read our guide to ‘how to choose a puppy’ if you have not already done so.