Prepare for Dog ArrivalCounting down the days till your new puppy arrives is beyond exciting, but it can also be a stressful time. The first few stages of becoming a new puppy parent can be pretty overwhelming. A great way to relieve some of the stress is to prepare beforehand!  

It is also important to research and educate oneself about the breed of dog that you will be bringing home. Each breed of dog has its own unique personality traits, needs, and health concerns. Knowing what to expect can help you make informed decisions regarding your puppy’s care and well-being. Additionally, it is important to puppy-proof your home before your new furry friend arrives. This includes removing any hazardous items, securing loose wires, and ensuring that any toxic substances are out of reach. By taking these necessary precautions, you can help prevent accidents and create a safe environment for your new puppy.

Essential Supplies  

Here is a checklist complete with all the essential supplies you’ll need for your puppy. This guide will help you find the right products and tools for your dog to live a happy and healthy life in your safe and comforting home!  

1. Crate  

There is a low chance that your puppy will arrive already housetrained, so having a crate ready is essential. A crate can be misinterpreted as a cruel tool used to punish a puppy. Still, in reality, a crate is a beneficial and valuable aid for house training, chew-toy training, and teaching your puppy to enjoy being independent and alone. Your puppy’s crate should be a place of comfort and safety for them.

 There are many different kinds and styles of crates; some are made with plastic while others are made with metal. Plastic ones tend to be more comfortable, make less noise, are lightweight, and are easy to travel with. The crate should be sized appropriately for your dog; it should be large enough to stand up, turn around, and lie down. Keep in mind that if you buy a crate for your young puppy, you may need a larger one when they grow into an adult dog. A cost-efficient solution is to buy a large crate with a piece that blocks part of it until your puppy grows into it. A crate is a temporary tool that your puppy will not need later when they understand the rules in the house. However, keep in mind that some dogs prefer to rest in their crate to get peace, even as adults.  

2. Dog Gates 

Puppies are adventurous and want to explore their new environment by using their mouths. The list of household destruction that puppies can get into is endless. For example, a puppy can ingest something poisonous like an indoor plant that is toxic to dogs or chew on an electrical cord which can be dangerous. To keep them safe, you may need to block off certain areas of your home; dog gates are an excellent tool for sectioning off parts of the house.  

Prepare for Dog Arrival3. Bed 

Although your puppy may sleep in their crate at night, it is crucial to buy the right dog bed to accommodate your puppy’s breed and size as they grow up. In addition to the crate, the bed should be a comfortable place to rest and get peace during the day. 

When choosing a dog bed, it is important to consider the size and breed of your puppy. Some breeds may prefer a larger bed, while others may prefer something more cozy and enclosed. Additionally, consider the material of the bed and whether it is easy to clean and maintain. It is also a good idea to invest in a few different types of beds, such as a soft plush bed for lounging and a waterproof bed for outdoor use.

4. Bowls 

Your puppy will need to eat and drink from day one, so make sure you have food bowls and water bowls. Stainless steel, stoneware, and ceramic dog bowls are good choices because these bowls are easy to clean, dishwasher safe, and easily can be sanitized. 

Prepare for Dog Arrival5. Healthy Food and Treats 

Puppies need proper nutrition to grow into healthy adult dogs. Talk to your veterinarian about the best food options for your puppy and their specific needs. Look for healthy treats that are soft, chewable, and low in fat and calories.  

 6. Buckle Collar 

Your puppy will need a flat buckle collar. It is essential for safety that they wear identification at all times, and an ID tag can be most conveniently attached to a buckle collar. It is also a lot safer to put a flat buckle collar on your dog than other collars, which helps prevent them from slipping out and escaping.  

7. Leash 

Use a 3-to 6-foot nylon or leather leash to safely and with control walk your dog. The leash is a great training tool to help your puppy settle down and walk calmly. Walking your puppy on a leash is comparable to holding a child’s hand to provide gentle guidance when walking down a busy street.   

8. Dog Waste Bags 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that dog parents pick up their dog’s waste instead of leaving it on the ground for sanitary reasons. Immediate and proper disposal using dog waste bags helps prevent disease transmission. In addition, numerous dog waste bags are made at an affordable cost with a fresh scent and colorful colors and are earth-friendly and biodegradable!  

9. Potty Pads 

Potty training is a fundamental step in care for your puppy and the home you both share. Puppy potty pads have benefits and drawbacks you may want to consider. The primary advantage is the convenience, but all dogs are different in their potty preference. Some become consistent with using pads, while others prefer to potty outside. Suppose you decide to potty train your puppy to go on pads. In that case, it is recommended to buy pads with multiple absorbing layers, odor control, and the proper fit. There are also options to purchase artificial grass potty boxes for pups that prefer to potty on grass.  

 If you decide to use potty pads for your puppy, it is important to establish a designated area for them to use the bathroom. This can help promote consistency and avoid accidents in other areas of the home. Additionally, it is important to supervise your puppy when they are using the pads and provide positive reinforcement when they use them successfully. As your puppy becomes more accustomed to using the pads, you can gradually start to decrease their use and encourage them to use the bathroom outside. With patience and consistency, your puppy will soon be fully potty trained and ready to enjoy their new home.

 10. Toys and Chew Toys 

To keep your puppy mentally and physically stimulated, provide them with various toys that incorporate textures, sounds, and shapes. Every puppy should have a few hollow, food-stuffable chew toys to help them with teething and to prevent boredom. 

11. Grooming Tools 

Even if you plan to take your puppy to grooming appointments, you should have basic grooming products at home. Dog-friendly shampoo, comb or brush, toothbrush, dog-friendly toothpaste, ear cleaner solution, nail clippers, and grooming wipes are essential supplies.  

12. Parasite Preventative 

Make sure you buy products to help prevent parasites; fleas, ticks, intestinal worms, and heartworm.  

13. Cleaning Products

Look for an enzyme cleaner to help remove urine stains and odor and stick to pet-safe cleaners. 

 Welcome the New Puppy 

After you purchase these essential supplies and tools, it is also necessary to take care of your puppy vaccination and vet schedule and organize a puppy training schedule.  Being prepared for your adorable puppy’s arrival will allow you to focus on bonding and snuggles as soon as you bring your new dog home! So enjoy this time while it lasts!

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