You are excited because a new puppy is joining your family. You want to do everything possible to keep your new pet healthy and happy. Pick a veterinarian right away, and take your pup for a wellness visit and puppy shots. You don't need to spend a lot of money on toys and accessories, but you do need some essential items. Have fun choosing them for your pet.
Pet Bowls and Dog Food
You will need two bowls, one for food and one for water. Ceramic or stainless steel bowls are easy to keep clean; ceramic bowls won't tip over easily. Wash and dry your pet's food bowl after each feeding, and wash his water bowl daily. Buy a good quality puppy food and healthy treats. Follow your veterinarian or pet food manufacturer's feeding instructions. Keep fresh water available for your puppy at all times.
Collar, Leash and Identification Tags
A comfortable collar or harness and a leash are important for training your new puppy. Choose the size of both the collar and leash based on the size of your puppy. You may prefer a harness if your pup pulls on his leash when you're walking. An identification tag with your pet's name and phone number on it can help get your pet back to you if he is lost. Consider getting him a microchip to ensure if he's lost, your contact information is always with him.
You want a gentle pet shampoo that is tearless and designed for puppies. Cream rinse or conditioner for dogs helps keep long-haired breeds from tangling. You can easily look for fleas on your pup with a flea comb. Pet combs and brushes are available in many styles, designed for long and short coats. A soft slicker brush is a good choice to keep your pup free of mats and loose fur.
Beds, Crates and Puppy Pads
Your puppy may sleep in your bed, or you may want a dog bed for him to sleep on. You can choose from many styles and sizes of pet beds. Some pets are happy sleeping on a blanket or pillow. Crate training your puppy gives him a place he feels safe and keeps him from chewing harmful household items. Putting your puppy in his crate with puppy pads when you are not home prevents accidents in the house.
Your new puppy may be a chewer while he is teething. Give him toys that are safe to chew on. Puppies love soft toys, with or without squeakers. If your puppy tears the stuffing out of soft toys, they are not a safe choice for him. There are many chew toys, balls and tug toys made for puppies. Don't give him any toys that he can tear apart or choke on.
Karen Mihaylo has been a writer since 2009. She has been a professional dog groomer since 1982 and is certified in canine massage therapy. Mihaylo holds an associate degree in human services from Delaware Technical and Community College.