When you bring home a new puppy, there are several must-have puppy supplies that you should have on-hand to make the transition easier.
These puppy supplies will not only help you navigate the puppy stage, but they will also help your puppy develop into a healthy, happy member of your family.
Though it may take a little training, puppies love the comfort and security of having their own dog crate.
The crate should be sized so that your puppy can stand up, turn around and lie down. It should not be too big in order to help prevent accidents.
Add a dog crate mat that offers support but isn’t fluffy enough to become an accidental chewing target.
Dog gates can be used to establish off-limit areas for your puppy. They can also be used to create a safe space where your puppy is allowed to hang out and play.
It's important, however, that the bars on the gate not be spaced far enough apart for the puppy to stick her head through. This could potentially lead to an injury or an accidental strangulation.
Dog pens (or exercise pens) are adequate alternatives if you do not have a proper doorway in your home.
After puppy-proofing your home, there may still be a few items you can't just place out of puppy's reach, like the corners of your furniture.
Pet-friendly bitter spray can be applied to most household items. It's scentless for humans but tastes nasty to dogs, so it will help to keep their curious mouths away.
A dog leash is a great way to keep your puppy close to you while out exploring together.
Consider your dog’s size when making your selection and opt for a lightweight leash that won’t be too heavy for your puppy.
Your puppy should start off with a flat leather or nylon dog collar that is equipped with a buckle or snap closure. Make sure to check the fit frequently as your puppy grows.
You should be able to fit two fingers underneath the collar, but it shouldn’t be loose enough that it can slip over your dog’s head.
Remember to take your puppy’s collar off during crate time so it won’t get snagged.
A new puppy will chew anything in her path: furniture, plants and even your shoes! Prevent any potential for destruction by offering your puppy plenty of appropriate toys to chew instead.
Always supervise your puppy with new dog toys to make sure he can’t chew pieces off that could become choking hazards.
This is a must since puppies need to eat about three times a day and require a dog bowl with fresh water nearby. So make sure you already have these before bringing home your new family member.
Puppies need certain nutrients to grow strong bones and muscles, feed their developing brains and build their immune systems.
The right puppy food can help to ward off additional veterinary services, prescription pet medications and special diets later in life.
Dog treats should be made in the US and contain top-quality, minimally processed ingredients.
Accidents are going to happen. Don't get angry. Don't yell. Just wipe up the mess with an enzymatic cleaner, step up your potty-training efforts and move on.
Welcome to the joys of puppy parenting!