Not even the excitement of Christmas Day or New Year’s Eve can come close to the joy you feel when the day comes for you to bring home your new puppy. You’ve selected the puppy you want, picked out a collar with its name engraved on the tag, chose a selection of toys to play with, and booked the first vet appointment – everything should be ready to go!
However, while this experience is new and exciting, it can be easy to forget even the most minor details when feeling overwhelming emotions. But never fear; we’ve created this quick checklist outlining the essential items for your new fur baby to make the transition period as smooth as possible and help your puppy adjust to their new life.
A puppy crate is one of the first things you should purchase for your new family member since it will be an area for them to feel safe and sleep in at night. Ensure that you don’t buy a Great-Dane-sized crate as no puppy needs that amount of space, yet you don’t want something the size of a Mini Chihuahua as this could cause discomfort.
Once you’ve purchased the crate, you can then kit it with blankets, pet fleece and waterproofs so that your puppy is comfortable and the damage caused by accidents is kept to a minimum. Although it can be tempting to purchase a big, fluffy blanket to kit your puppy’s crate, you should opt for pet fleece, often found on a vet bed.
Vet fleece is one of the best options for lining your puppy’s crate, as urine can pass through without dampening the upper surface. Pet fleece is available to purchase through suppliers like Petnap, which specialises in whelping products and other pet accessories. Visit their website to browse their complete product offering and consider reaching out to them for all your new puppy’s needs.
Next on your checklist should be puppy toys and, more importantly, toys that are safe for puppies. Puppies learn through playing with toys that are stimulating; they can also be a great way to establish a bond between the two of you and fuel their urge to learn.
We recommend choosing a few toys that you think will be suitable (and fun to play with!) and purchasing them before your new family member arrives home. This way, they’ll have the choice of fun things to play with when they come home for the first time.
Talking to the shelter or breeder you purchased your puppy is an excellent way to determine what kind of food you should be feeding your new puppy; it also enables you to buy a bag ready for when you bring them home.
Buying a pouch of food your puppy is already used to is worthwhile, as puppies can be subjected to various digestive issues if you switch their food too quickly. So we recommend either sticking to the one they are used to or opting for a vet-approved brand specially designed for puppies.
I hope this checklist is helpful!