Getting a new puppy or dog can be quite an exciting time. However, you should be prepared for bringing home a new pet. Below are some of the new puppy supplies you will need to make her transition to a new home go a little easier.
At the top of the supply list is your puppy’s food. Puppies can have a delicate digestive system, and suddenly switching their food can cause them to have an upset stomach. Talk to someone who is familiar with the type and brand of food that your new puppy has been eating. As much as possible, stick to this diet for the first few days, especially as your puppy adjust to so many other changes in her life at this point.
You can always go through a slow switch to change her food later on. If your little one has been doing well on her current diet and food, there is really no reason to change her food, unless you have a personal preference for some other brand of food. However, if your puppy is experiencing problems like diarrhea, a dull coat, or other issues that could be caused by a poor diet, then you may want to slowly change her food.
A visit to the vet is one of the first things you should do anyway, so your vet will be able to help you decide on a quality dog food for your dog.
If you already know what’s best for your puppy, then head straight to the puppy food department on Amazon.
Supplies for Feeding Time
Your new four-legged friend will need bowls, dishes, or pans for food and water.
Stainless steel pans are a good choice. They are easy to clean, but they do have a disadvantage – they tend to make a lot of noise as they are knocked around. You can get the stainless steel dish with a weighted bottom, or a rubber bottom to prevent the dish from being moved around too easily.
Ceramic dishes are also a good choice. Make sure that they are dishwasher safe if you plan on washing your dog dishes in the dishwasher.
Try to stay away from plastic bowls. Many dogs can have an allergic reaction to the plastic. They develop bumps and pimples on their muzzles. The plastic bowls can also lead to a condition called “snow nose” – your dog’s nose turns pink instead of dark.
When selecting a bowl for you dog, it is best to choose an appropriate size for your puppy or dog. If you choose a bowl that is too large for your dog, she may have trouble reaching food at the bottom. If your dog has long ears, get a deep bowl with a smaller opening at the top. This will help to prevent your dog’s ears from getting into her food.
Collar and Leash
Even a young puppy needs a collar and a leash.
There are many different types of collars to choose from, not to mention an almost endless variety of colors and styles. Some collars are intended for training your dog and are not recommended for young puppies.
A regular flat buckle collar is an appropriate collar for a young puppy. These collars are also good for taking your dog on a walk, or a trip to the vet.
Nylon collars or leather collars are also good choices. However, these tend to be more expensive, and your puppy will grow. You will have to replace her collar several times before she becomes and adult dog. For this reason, you may not want to invest in an expensive collar right away.
When fitting your puppy’s collar, make sure it fits around her neck, allowing you to slip two fingers between your puppy’s neck and the collar. Less than two fingers and the collar is too tight, which can choke the puppy. A loose collar can be dangerous too. If the collar is too loose the puppy can slip out – not a good think if you are walking her on a busy street.
You can get a leash to match the dog collar if you like. A six-foot leash is considered a good length for walking your dog. Of course you will want to keep your puppy much closer to you than six-feet.
Toys and Chews
All puppies need toys and safe things for chewing. If you don’t provide her with sufficient and appropriate toys and chews she will find other things to chew on – think your stuff 🙂 . Your little friend is less likely to chew on your shoes, furniture, remotes, the carpet, if you provide her with a good selection to toys and chews. So toys and chews should be consider an important part of your new puppy supplies list.
There are many great toys for dogs and puppies. You can choose from simple stuff toys to fairly complex interactive toys.
Chews come in all types, shapes, and flavors. There are:
- Rope toys
- Kong toys
Just be sure to pick a size and age appropriate toy or chew.
Place to Sleep
Your new puppy will also need somewhere to sleep. No matter where you decide your puppy will sleep, she needs a place of her own where she can find some quiet time. When your house becomes busy and noisy, she needs a place to retreat for a nap.
Consider getting a crate for your puppy. Crate training is a great idea, but we will cover that in depth later on.
You may also want to consider a dog bed. This is not an essential item, but Misha has three different beds around the house. That way we don’t have to be moving her bed from room to room. And believe me, she uses all three 🙂 . So you may want to think about getting at least one to start with.
These are the basic supplies that you need when bringing home your new puppy. I recommend you at least get her food, dishes, a crate, and a bed before she gets home. That way you can focus your attention on her the first day. A little later you can get her collar, the leash, and some toys.