Must have items for your new puppy
Bringing a new puppy home is such an exciting time, and there a few things you may want to get before you new family member moves in.
Gone are the days of welcoming a puppy into your home with just a cardboard box, some old newspapers, and a few dishes that you pulled out of your cupboard. Modern-day dog owners are all about giving their dogs the best and most comfortable lives possible, and the dog supply industry has evolved to reflect this. Here are some great items your new canine companion would love:
Dogs may not be as comfort-driven (or sleep as much) as cats, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t seek out nice, soft surfaces when it’s time to get some shut-eye. And while we all love our dogs, many of us don’t love finding hair, dander, mud, or slobber on our furniture! If you provide your puppy with a comfortable, correctly-sized bed, you’ll probably curb their desire to sleep on the sofa or in your bed. Giving them a bed that’s their own will help them adjust to their new home.
Specially Constructed Apparel
No, we’re not talking about doggy t-shirts and dresses. A collar is absolutely essential for dogs of all ages; no puppy with a home should go without one. Even if you’re pup is microchipped, a visible collar is an obvious signal to anyone who sees her that she’s not a stray. If they ever escape from their garden or bolts while you’re both on a walk, the sight of her collar will encourage other people to approach her and try to reunite her with her family. Plus, reading a dog tag doesn’t require a scanner or other electronic device — a person can simply glance at it and immediately know their owner’s contact information.
High-Impact Chewing and Teething Toys
Puppies are cute, but they can be extremely destructive. Shoes, wooden furniture, houseplants, even floorboards—nothing in a house is truly safe from the eager jaws of a teething puppy. Chewing is normal and natural behavior for young dogs, so stopping puppy from doing it isn’t really an option. What you can do is provide them with plenty of high-quality chew toys that they can gnaw on until their heart’s content. When they’ve have a fun, safe outlet for their urges to chew, they’ll be less likely to wreck your belongings.
Hey, when a puppy’s gotta go, they’ve gotta go—an owner can either take them outside to relieve the themselves or let them do their business inside. Old-school potty pads are usually fairly effective for catching “doggy deposits,” but they’re not at all aesthetically pleasing. They can also cause confusion for a young pup, who’s never quite sure whether she’s supposed to go potty on grass or on a pad.
Dogs naturally seek out “dens;” being in an enclosed space often helps them feel safe and secure. While it may seem cruel to keep a puppy confined to a crate, you should think of it more like giving them a bedroom: the crate is a place that they can retreat to for some privacy and “me time” when they’re tired or agitated. As long as you don’t keep your dog locked in their crate for an unreasonable amount of time (three hours is usually the maximum for puppies) and the crate is not too small, it can be a valuable tool for training pup and tending to their mental health. Of course whether you’d like to crate your pup is personal preference.
High Quality Dog Food
Human children are given nutritious food so they grow up healthy and strong. Well, the same can be said for young dogs! Feeding your pet great food can put them on a path for long-term health and a high quality of life. Proper weight, a thick and shiny coat, bright eyes, skin that’s smooth and not at all itchy—all of these are characteristics associated with dogs on a very healthy diet. And because your dog can’t drive to the shops and pick out their own meals, it’s up to you to make good choices for them.
Let’s be honest: most puppies are, above all else, food-motivated. Rewards in the form of edible treats can often be the key to reinforcing good behavior, discouraging bad behavior, and even trying new tricks. Treats and snacks should never make up more than ten percent of your dog’s daily food intake, but some dogs seem to truly live for that ten percent!
Were you surprised by any of the items on the list? Not every dog truly appreciates the “finer” things in life, so a gem-studded collar, a private bedroom, and even gourmet foods prepared on-demand probably won’t be necessary to keep your pup happy. But if you can provide shelter, a collar, fun toys, and high-quality food and treats that are both delicious and nutritious, then you’re probably going to wind up with a friend—and loyal companion—for life!