New Puppy Coming Home? Be Prepared

new puppyIt is exciting to have a new puppy baby. It’s even more exciting if he was adopted from a shelter, knowing you gave a good home to this sweet dog. Don’t let the excitement distract you from being ready for your new pet to come home though! The list of supplies needed for a new puppy is quite long, but there are many items you can prepare in advance.

Food and Treats

Make sure you have the proper food for your dog on its first day home. It’s a good idea to find out what food he is used to, and if you would like to replace it, do it gradually. That way, there’s a good chance he’ll accept it easily without suffering side effects like diarrhea.
Getting two dog bowls is also very important – one for food and one for water. If you want to really papmper your new pup, consider getting him some designer dog bowls, which can come in styles such as country, contemporary or raised. 

Mini Puppy Treats
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Don’t forget about dog treats, which can be great tools for training. In the beginning, give the new puppy a few treats in order to keep him in his crate. Make sure not to give too many treats, however, as they can be high in calories. Choose smaller treats for tiny puppies. Also, consider getting some treats that can fight plaque and promote overall dental health.

Crates and Carriers

When it comes to dog crates, you have two basic options: the steel crate or the soft, collapsible crate that can also be used as a carrier:

Crate Cover and Foldable-Carrier-Crate
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dog crate cover

Steel crates are great for sleeping and training, but they are often cold, so you can add a crate cover and a pad to make him comfortable. The soft crates can also be used for overnight traveling or for car travel. Always buy the size that fits your new puppy, meaning it should be big enough for the dog to both lay down and stand. It should also have space for a food or water bowl to be placed inside.

classic satchel pet carrier
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Both simple and designer pet carriers are available for showing the new puppy to its new extended family, or for going to the vet. Again, make sure you choose the correct size. If you are planing to travel on a plane, look for a carrier that most airlines approve. You’ll find specifications for on-board pets at each airline’s website.

To make air travel easier, we made a list of some airline links for in-cabin travel. Our selection of pet carriers is big and diverse so that any traveling pet parent can find the best choice for their new puppy.

Collars, Harnesses and Leashes

Always have a collar on your dog with its name and your phone number. I’ve never heard of a dog that did not decide more than once to go for a trip in the neighborhood by himself.  Even if he has a chip, keep the name tag on. Only a small percent of escaped dogs end up at a vet or rescue center where they have a chip reader. You can get your new puppy a designer dog collar, or just something simple. We have a huge selection.

choke free dog harness
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With tiny, small dogs and dogs that have wide necks, using a dog harness while out for a walk to ensure that they stay safe. Comfortable, choke-free harnesses are available, which protect the dog’s trachea by only pulling on the body and not on the neck. This is important for new puppies, as they will often strain and pull on leashes at first.

Grooming and Health

It’s important to keep your new puppy’s body and teeth clean, especially as it starts to teethe. There are toys and bones specifically made for teething. Also, start with puppy teeth brushing as early as possible. Get him used to it by “brushing” with your fingers and after a while move to a toothbrush with specially formulated dog toothpaste. Also, look into shampoos for puppies, which are gentler on the skin.

As your dog learns to go outside, you may want to make use of some puppy diapers. Many “green” diapers and pads are on the market. A new product is the designer washable diaper overall harness. This comes in sizes from 3x-small up to medium, for both him and her.

washable overall dog diaper
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disposable dog diapers dog panty strawberry

Remember, it’s all new for both you and the puppy, and he’ll need time to adjust to his new home and family. Some pets suffer from separation anxiety and destructive chewing. Be patient, calm him by giving him comforting puppy toys or a blanket to sleep through the night. It will also help him feel warm and safe, especially in winter time. Before you know it, you’ll have a wonderful, happy, loving furry best friend.

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