So you’ve got yourself a new dog! Congratulations. Puppies can be expensive; with taking in a new pet, comes more responsibility.
This is my nephew Dax! Can’t wait to scratch his tummy!
You need to be ready to train and have all the patience.
Bed and Blankets
We spoiled our dogs. They both have their own blankets and beds since we’ve got them. Not the beds though… they have been destroyed and replaced with new ones.
If you are planning on crate training your new puppy, invest in a good sized crate.
Puppies love to chew! To reduce the chances of having your shoes or furniture destroyed… buy toys! You can even DIY your own.
While puppies don’t tend to shed as much in the beginning, I would go ahead and still invest in a brush and comb. We also have nail trimmers even though I can never get them to sit still for it, and end up having our vet cut them.
When we gave Sierra and Nyla baths as puppies, we used Johnson and Johnson Baby Shampoo. It works great and it is gentle in the skin.
Collar and Identification
We went to PetCo for our dog tags. We have our name, phone number, and our pets name listed.
A bonus if you have your puppy microchipped!
Food and Water Bowls
The selection of food and water bowls have increased over the years. We just recently went looking for one of those self-pouring water fountain dog bowls. They are super cool. But… they cost about $70 so yeah not yet! Maybe if I have a coupon; or two lol.
Whether your are going to raw feed, dry feed, or use canned food you need to have it all in place for when you bring your dog home! We feed our dogs Purina ProPlan. They seem to like it and have no issues. We do not do grain free anymore, I have been following along with the research on recent studies showing he grain free diets can actually cause health problems. It’s really interesting stuff I would be happy to right about!
Last but not least, your need a veterinarian. Vaccines and medication is and important step in caring for your new puppy and being a responsible dog owner. Being updated on shots and preventative care is something you have to stay on top of.