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YOUR PUPPY

 

I buy a lot of my dog supplies at Amazon and at Chewy so I have included on my site an article from Chewy about supplies you will need for your new puppy. There are links to some of the items they are selling. PLEASE NOTE: I do not make any kind of commission on any of the products I refer my clients to.

 

Bringing home a new dog can mean tons of sloppy kisses, snuggles and tail wags coming your way. And while you’re about to embark on an exciting new adventure as a family, it’s important to note that this transition can be a difficult time for your new addition.

“Sometimes it can be hard to remember that moving into a new household can be stressful for a new dog, and it can take time for them to adjust,” says Dr. Sandra Mitchell, owner of All Creatures Veterinary Services in Bangor, Maine. “So, being careful not to overwhelm them initially can help them to adjust.”

Dr. Mitchell recommends giving your new dog his own space, such as a small room or bathroom, providing him with downtime, and staggering introductions with family and friends so they happen over time, not all at once.

It also helps to have basic dog supplies on hand to ensure a smooth transition. Of course, you’ll need the essentials, like dog food and poop bags (trust us, you do NOT want to be caught outside on a walk without one of those nifty plastic baggies). You’ll also need training tools, like a dog collar and leash for leash training or a dog crate or kennel for crate training.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dog Supplies for the First 36 Hours

  1. Dog Food – This is preferably the brand your dog was eating prior to coming to your home to prevent tummy upsets. You can always work on transitioning him to a different dog food later.

  2. Food and Water Bowls – You’ve got to have something to serve your pupper his supper in, and a way to keep him hydrated.

  3. Collar and ID tag – Your dog is in a new neighborhood. If he gets lost, an ID tag can improve the chances of your pet being returned to you. Get tips for selecting the right collar for your dog here.

  4. Leash – This is a necessity for walks around the neighborhood and leash training. “It’s important to start setting the ‘house rules’ promptly, and this likely includes leash training,” Dr. Mitchell says.

  5. Poop Bags – Be the neighbor that always cleans up pet messes during walks.

  6. Dog Crate – It’s ideal for crate training and to give your dog a space to call his own. Dr. Mitchell recommends beginning crate training on the first night home. Read more about crate training your new dog here.

  7. Dog Treats – Keep plenty of dog treats on hand for rewarding good behavior and for bonding with your new dog.

  8. Dog Bed – A cozy dog bed should help your new dog feel comfortable in his new home.

  9. Toys – Provide your new dog with mental and physical exercise with different types of dog toys.

  10. Calming Aids – Help ease the transition for nervous or older dogs. Calming products for dogs include items like a dog calming collar or sprays infused with pheromones, apparel that provides constant pressure, and tasty calming supplements.

Those are the basics for a dog of any age. As time goes on and you get to know your new family member better, you can customize the type of dog toys or dog beds or leashes to meet his specific needs and preferences.

“Products beyond the first few days will depend a lot of the personality of the dog,” Dr. Mitchell emphasizes.

And there are seasonal changes to consider. Depending on the weather and the time of year, dog supplies, like dog boots, can help avoid common issues, like cracked paws in dogs.

You’ll also need to provide additional items and care specific to his life stage.

Dog Supplies for Specific Life Stages

Puppy

For this young stage, the focus is on exposing your puppy to new things, helping him grow mentally and physically, and encouraging good behaviors.

Outside of products, Dr. Mitchell recommends providing your new puppy with lots of attention and opportunities for socialization. She suggests starting puppy training classes even if you are savvy at dog training.

“This exposes puppies to different people and different dogs, and is very important to normal development,” she says.

For high-energy puppies, Dr. Mitchell recommends doggy day care a few hours per week. Pet parents may also want to consider agility training to help their pup expend all that energy.

You’ll also want to schedule an appointment with your vet right away.

“Puppies need vaccines every 3-4 weeks as well as dewormers,” Dr. Mitchell says, “so a vet visit should be made pretty much immediately.”

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