A new puppy brings renewed life to a household. The little dog is active, curious, and full of energy, keeping family members on their toes. If you plan to bring a new puppy into your home, stock up on pet products in advance of its arrival. This proactive approach allows you to be prepared for whatever situation comes your way.
Tip 1: Nutrition is important for a growing puppy so select a puppy food that meets American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) guidelines. Control portion sizes, being aware that high-quality foods containing highly digestible nutrients usually have smaller portion recommendations.
Tip 2: Schedule an initial veterinary examination for the new puppy. The vet will assess the health condition of the dog and recommend flea and tick medications. Over-the-counter medications are not always subjected to the same testing as prescription medications so they may be less effective or could have harmful side effects. Get advice from the vet before purchasing flea and tick medications over-the-counter.
Tip 3: Puppies grow a lot during their first year, so scrap the designer dog collar for a cotton or nylon buckle collar. Fit the collar around the dog so two of your fingers fit between the puppy’s neck and the collar at the collar hole. This gives the pup room to grow. Select a light, thin leash made of cotton or nylon with a length of four to six feet.
Tip 4: Purchase an identification tag for the puppy and attach this to the dog collar. A microchip or tattoo is a supplementary form of permanent identification. There are even GPS devices that can be fastened to dog collars.
Tip 5: Puppies love to play and dog toys provide this fun time and much more. They serve as sources of comfort, aid in teething, offer mental stimulation, and contribute to good dental hygiene. Look for safe, durable dog toys designed for puppies. Interactive toys dispense treats, automatically release toys, or make sounds when moved, involving your puppy in the playtime. Avoid toys made from latex and those with stuffing. Supervise a puppy chewing on a bone. Puppies can swallow balls that are larger than their jaws so be aware of this when selecting toy sizes.
Tip 6: Purchase a dog crate that is small enough to prevent the dog from going to the bathroom in one corner and sitting in another area. Consider a crate that features a removable partition so it can be made smaller for a puppy.
Tip 7: Select a comfortable, low-priced dog bed or give the pup a soft, clean blanket to use as its bed.
Tip 8: Install dog or baby gates around the home to keep the puppy confined.
Tip 9: Get dogs accustomed to grooming at an early age. Purchase a toenail clipper, fingertip tooth brush, dog toothpaste, and soft pin or bristle combing brush and begin using these with your new puppy.