Before you bring your new dog home, there are things that you are going to need to buy. A new puppy is a big responsibility, and it’s not just about the food that you feed it – although that’s very important. You need to ensure that you have the right equipment, the right environment, and the right space to ensure that your puppy can grow into the best dog it could be.
From dog poop scoopers to knowing which is the best water bowl for your dog, there is a lot of research that you have to do. Preparing a new puppy checklist will help you to remove your stress as a new pet owner, understand what the needs of your puppy are, and also help you to realize that this is an actual responsibility – a commitment – and you have to get this right. Here is the new puppy checklist you didn’t know you needed with all of the options for what you need to prepare before your puppy comes home.
Find a great vet.
The very first thing that you need for your puppy is a doctor that is a specialist in your puppies breed. Visiting a vet shortly after you get your puppy is going to help you to ensure that your puppy is healthy and happy. Ask your friends and your family members for their recommendations of a great vet that can look after your breed of dog, and make sure that you find not just a veterinarian, but a great one. Look for those who actually qualified and who you are comfortable talking to. And look for those that your puppy feels comfortable around.
Get to know their breed.
Whether you are adopting a dog or you are waiting for a brand-new puppy to come from his mother, you need to get to know the breed of dog you are buying. You want to ensure that you know what any health issues to expect, what food is best, and how big the puppies are to grow. Doing this will help you to prepare your environment effectively. It will also help you to determine whether you are choosing the right breed and prepare appropriately.
Get buying the basics.
You’ll need a dog leash, an appropriate size dog collar, a good bag of quality puppy food, stainless steel food and water balls that have non-slip bases, and if you want to be able to train your dog into a crate you’re going to need one. The basics are going to help you to be comfortable and for your puppy to be comfortable in his new home. If your puppy is not to be crated, consider a pet gate to block any stairways and secure your puppy. Lastly, you probably won’t need a dog bed, but get one just in case they don’t use yours.
When you bring your new puppy home, make sure that you have appropriate time off so that you can ensure that you can all settle together. Speak to your boss and get some annual leave booked – you’re going to need it!