Things that your new puppy needs, and may need later
So, you’ve brought home a new member of the family — an adorable puppy! A darling it is, but it’s not that easy to have a pet at home. Just like everyone else in the household, a puppy — whether you have just bought it or adopted it — needs and deserves your total care.
When bringing home a new puppy for the first time, you must realize that there are essential things that you should have from day one. Here are those:
The Puppy Essentials
Where to Buy
To help you out in buying doggie supplies, here is the list of things that you must buy when bringing a new puppy for the first time:
1. Water and Food Bowl
When talking about “what to buy first for your puppy”, a water/food bowl is a no-brainer. You should always consider stainless steel dog bowls because they are not just high-quality but also dishwasher safe. We recommend URPOWER Stainless Steel Dog Bowl (set of 2) and AmazonBasics Stainless Steel Dog Bowl (also a set of 2).
2. Dog bed
A new puppy is just like a new-born baby, you have to be sure that you choose items that are comfortable. There is more to a collar than just its aesthetics – always go for the one that is adjustable and soft so your little pup doesn’t get hurt wearing it. If you want a technologically advanced collar that can help keep your little puppy calm and quiet then we recommend TBI Pro Rechargeable Bark Collar. A simple and cheap Collar by PetSafe would also work great if you don’t want to spend too much money.
Puppies are susceptible to injuries like tracheal collapse, so make sure you go for a comfortable harness. For most, a regular dog leash like BAAPET 5FT Leash would be more than fine as well but if you are looking for a tangle-free, 360° leash then we recommend TUG 16ft Heavy-Duty Retractable Leash – It features one-handed break, pause, and lock buttons for more control over your puppy.
5. Dog food
Make sure the dog food you are giving has no artificial preservatives (BHA, BHT) and coloring. Also, avoid dog food with lots of extenders or “fillers” (such as corn hull), and wheat or corn gluten. When you have a puppy that is naturally a large breed, feed it with the same regular puppy food like what the other puppies are fed. It is also important never to give large-breed puppies the dog food that is too high in protein. Additionally, it won’t hurt consulting your vet in regards to your puppy’s diet.
Our favorite puppy foods:
- Hill’s Science Diet Dry Dog Food
This dry dog food contains all the nutrition for puppies up to 1year-old that weigh 25 pounds when fully grown. Easy-to-digest ingredients make it one of the best dog foods available in the market.
- Hill’s Science Diet Small Bites Puppy Food
Just like the above-mentioned dog food, this one also contains high-quality fish oil and optimal minerals that are necessary to keep your little pup healthy and fit.
- Taste of The Wild Grain Free High Protein Dry Dog Food
It contains a lot of protein for lean muscle development in your puppy. It has puppy-friendly kibbles that can be eaten without any problem. If your puppy is growing and you want to feed him the best and nutritious food, this one is a great choice to go for.
If your puppy tends to go outside or will spend much of its time outdoors, you should buy a separate Dog Shelter that you can place outside so the little pup can rest whenever it wants.
6. A Chosen Local Vet
Your new puppy needs to get checked as soon as possible. Your vet will give you advice in regards to flea and tick control, or the recommended vaccine shots.
7. Puppy Gate
It is more likely to be called a “baby gate” instead of “puppy gate” – just like your little babies, you should also restrict your puppies to go in certain areas like the kitchen or the basement. The expandable gate from Regalo seems to be a perfect choice here.
Optional Supplies for Your Puppy
Where to Buy
This is another list of items, but optional, that you may want to buy for your puppy later:
If you want to do crate training with your puppy, make sure that the crate has enough room so your puppy can easily move around in it. Also, it is wise to have it large enough so that it can accommodate your puppy as it grows up.
2. Interactive and Chew Toys
Chew toys can help develop your pup’s teeth and jaws, as well as keep it from chewing your furniture. Be careful when choosing toys, though. Buy only those toys that are not overly hard; otherwise, your puppy’s teeth might get cracked. Also, don’t choose a toy that would become a choking hazard for it. Here are some other toys that you can get for your new puppy:
- Flying Discs: You can play with your new puppy by throwing a flying disc away in the air and command it to catch.
- Squeak Toys: This set of 3 squeaky plush toys will keep your little pup busy for hours. They do not contain any type of stuffing to ensure mess and hazard-free fun.
- Balls: Every dog loves playing with round-shaped things especially balls. This extra-thick natural rubber core ball is made to encourage your dog to leap and jump.
3. Dog Treats
When buying doggie treats, don’t buy the ones that have unnecessary added sugar, salt, or other preservatives and additives. You can reward them with delicious treats when they obey your command. We recommend Green Valley Treats Chicken Jerky.
4. Dog shampoo
A shampoo should be antiseptic and antifungal because your little puppy would also play outside in the dirt/ground, hence catch a lot of germs and bacterial dermatitis. We recommend Truseb Ketoconazole & Chlorhexidine Shampoo that works great for both pet dogs and cats.
5. Pee-pee Pads
New pups aren’t trained and don’t know where to dispose of their body waste – ValuePad Plus Puppy Pads are great for training your puppy where to pee. They are super absorbent and filled with 5.5g of polymer that can soak moisture and trap it inside. It is also great for human babies.
6. Dog Kennel
Kennels help a lot when you are traveling with your puppies. AmazonBasics Two-Door Top-Load Pet Kennel is a recommended option – it has a door on the front and top for easy access.
7. Dog Clippers or Strippers
A Well-Cared Puppy is a Happy Puppy — And a Happy Puppy Makes a Happy Master!
You may have to spend a little fortune on your new puppy’s supplies. But what you get in return is the priceless joy and the unconditional affection that your puppy gives, as long as you treat it right and provide it with the right care.