Top 8 Essentials for Your New Puppy
“To never know the love of a dog, is to miss the best thing life has to give.” - Unknown
Indeed, a pet dog can bring so much positivity in your life. When you are troubled and most people just disappoint you, one of the known ways to make you feel instantly better is to have a dog sit by you. The silent (or boisterously cheerful) and devoted companionship of a dog can bring such great comfort.
It is for such reason that a lot of families simply do not consider themselves complete until they have a furry four-legged member. For them, it is just an absolute must to adopt a puppy at a certain point.
However, if you are thinking of adopting a pup and having a beloved loyal friend for life, you need to prepare thoughtfully for its arrival to your home. Learn as much as you can about puppy care. Likewise, involve the other members of the family, especially if you need to split responsibilities or you wish to teach a lesson on accountability to your kids.
And perhaps, the most important thing to take care of is to make sure that you have all that you need for the new puppy. These are not just the items that your puppy will use. These include care items that you need to properly take care of your little canine.
If you wish to know the essentials for your new baby doggie, listed below are eight of them:
1. Doggie bed
Where the little one will rest needs to be determined, especially if you wish to launch into “housebreaking” it right away. Purchase a doggie bed that your pup can grow into and find the perfect place for it inside your house.
Here’s an idea - if your kids have a play cubby house that they no longer use, it can serve as your pup’s special sleeping quarters.
2. Food and treats
You need to have these ready especially if the pup has already stopped drinking milk. Get a recommendation from the vet on what dog food and treats are suitable for the size and breed of your pup.
Also, when you’re training your dog to behave properly, you will get great use of the treats. Doggie treats are the preferred rewards for reinforcing good behavior and following commands correctly.
3. Water dispenser and food bowl
If you already have the food your puppy needs, then you definitely need to serve it in its proper container. It should be just right for your pup and something that it can become completely familiar with that the puppy would just head straight for it when it is hungry or thirsty.
4. Training pads
Keeping your home clean is going to be difficult when you have a new puppy. When you are ready to teach your pup the designated places for it to heed the call of nature, you need to have training pads all over your home for pee and poo to help you do that.
5. Identification tags and leash
New puppies are always at a risk of getting lost if you do not keep your eye on them when you head out. Purchase an identification tag for your pup especially if you enjoy bringing it to the park for much-needed fresh air and a bigger place to run around.
Also, buy a leash if you do not want to run the risk of the little one sprinting away from you when it gets too excited.
6. Grooming and hygiene products
Have these ready because even if your new pup stays at home most of the time, its closeness to the ground and all its shenanigans will eventually make it smell funky. Shampoo, brushes, powder, nail clippers and even a pet odor eliminator should be part of your pup’s grooming and hygiene kit.
7. Poop bags
These are musts for all dog owners. You’ll be using these when you head out of your home and your young canine needs to do its business. You will likely use poop bags at home, too, to make sure that nobody scores a “jackpot” by stepping on dog doo.
8. Rubber toys
For those days when you simply cannot take the furry little one out to play, rubber toys will keep it entertained, preoccupied and happy for hours.
There you have it, the top eight essentials for new pups. If you have all of these things ready, you can better manage the changes of having a new and young four-legged member will create for your family and home dynamics.
Farah Al-Khojai is the Managing Partner of Pet's Delight. A passionate entrepreneur, Farah holds a Bsc in Government from the London School of Economics. She is always on the lookout for new opportunities to develop and grow the pet and equestrian retail and wholesale market in the UAE and beyond, and is proud to be at the helm of the first and the largest pet care provider in the market representing world-class brands including Orijen, Applaws, Hunter, Savic, Flamingo, Ruffwear and Rogz.