Getting a puppy is a big event for a family or for someone looking for a companion. Before bringing your new friend home you want to make sure you’re prepared. Knowing what to buy for a puppy before you bring it home will make it easier both for you and your new pet.
Where your puppy sleeps is an important decision. They are going through a period of adjustment in their new home. A crate is a way to develop their own little room while also keeping them and your belongings safe when no one is home. Depending on the breed, you might want to find something they can easily grow in so you’re not replacing it in a few months. If it’s too big in the beginning, do something to partition part of it off.
Some prefer to use a dog carrier for their pet to sleep in, especially if they travel a lot. Make sure what you get is airline approved if you plane to take your pet on board airplanes. At Sassy Pup we identify which airline carriers we sell are airline approved.
If you’re looking to really pamper your puppy then consider getting them their own bed. There are literally dozens of styles to choose from, from a bolster bed to novelty beds that look like race cars. Maybe you already know your new pet’s personality and a designer or novelty bed could reflect their character.
Initially you might just want to put an old blanket or towel in the bed or crate with them as they are liable to chew on it or have accidents. You can always get them something nicer as they become housebroken.
A cage is a place they have a little more room in and can play in. It can also be a place where they can play with other puppies. Get something sturdy so that you don’t have to worry about them knocking it over and possibly being injured.
For the water bowls and food bowl get them something that won’t be easily tipped over, such as ones made from stainless steel. Otherwise you’re constantly cleaning up their mess and they’re liable to be without water.
Having something to walk your pet with is a must, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be a leash and collar. While these can be safe some prefer a harness as it puts less pressure on a puppy’s neck. Whatever you get, make sure it’s the right size so that you can secure them safely. The last thing you want to have happen is for your little puppy get loose on their walk and potentially be harmed.
Most pet owners know that they need to have an easy to read pet ID tag, but why not get them something with a little bling. Get your little prince or princess something that will stand out and contain the needed information.
If you want to carry your pet around with you then consider a dog sling that slips over your shoulder and easily carries your pet. At Sassy Pup we are all about designer products and what has proven popular with many of our shoppers are dog carriers that double as purses. These designer carriers look like stylish purses and even have room for your belongings.
As with any youngster toys are a great way to occupy their time and maybe even burn off a little energy. Get something durable so that it’s not torn to pieces after one day of playing. One dog toy that is especially popular with Sassy Pup’s clientele is a Puppy Toy With Heartbeat Golden Dog. Many puppies feel separation anxiety being away from their mother and siblings. This toy has a heartbeat that comforts them and has heat packs that will keep your puppy warm at night. It’s a great way to get them to adjust to sleeping in their new environment and not have them whimpering all night.
As with any newborn there are always a lot of things they’ll need to have from food appropriate for their age to even diapers and belly bands. If it’s the winter months, then go clothes shopping starting with a winter coat. Shampoo and toothpaste also need to be purchased. And don’t forget to have plenty of dog treats on hand, as they’ll come in handy while training your puppy.
It seems like a lot to take care of, but you want your puppy to come into a welcoming and safe environment. They are going to be an integral part of your life for a number of years and they’ll pay you back tenfold for what you’ve given them. Help them get adjusted to your place right away and feel it is their home.