Welcoming a new puppy to your family is an exciting prospect, but knowing what essentials you need before they arrive and for after they’ve arrived can be overwhelming. Whether it’s getting to grips with everyday accessories like bedding and collars, or nutrition and how to prepare for toilet training, we’ve broken it down with our puppy checklist.
What to buy before they arrive
Getting your puppy’s absolute essentials a few weeks before they move in will ensure you have plenty of time to bond with your new furry favourite when they do arrive, but will also help avoid any situations where you’re left without something vital when they’re already home and need your undivided attention.
Bowls for food and water
Collar or harness, lead and ID tag
Chew toys for puppies
Bed and bedding
A crate if you’re planning to crate train
A car harness for travel
Grooming products, including a brush and clippers
Preparing your home
Before they arrive, make sure your home environment is safe and ready for a new and very inquisitive family member.
Make sure all electrical cords are out of the way
Fit your kitchen cabinets with safety latches
Make sure doors and drawers are shut, including wardrobe doors
Keep floors free of small items your puppy might ingest
Consider a safety gate for areas you want to keep puppy-free
Choose who’s responsible for what
Shopping for everyday staples is important but there are other responsibilities and duties you’ll need to address before your puppy arrives that are equally as important.
Allocate on a specific spot for your puppy’s toilet training
Your new puppy will require a wellness exam with a qualified vet in its first week, choosing a reliable vet now will ensure you don’t forget and can arrange an appointment
Decide who’s going to walk and feed the puppy so you can establish a routine immediately
Important things to consider once they’ve arrived
Once settled and you and your puppy have gotten used to each other, make sure you’ve taken care of all of the necessary vaccinations, treatments and identification your new pet needs. Some will require that your dog is a certain age, but booking the appointments in advance will ensure you don’t forget or struggle when the time comes.
What to consider during their first week
Whilst it may sound strange, introducing new noises and sounds is a good idea. Your puppy will have very sensitive hearing and so getting them used to noises like the doorbell and a hairdryer will pay off in the long run. Use praise and rewards to keep the experience a positive one. We also recommend starting with a low volume and increasing it gradually.
Explore when your puppy is young, as this will get them used to new environments and situations, from taking stairs, walking up and down steps and experiencing different surfaces.
Travelling in the car will likely be essential during your dog’s life, whether you’re taking them on holiday or to their vet appointment. By introducing car journeys now, it will make them more comfortable with travelling in the future.