Below are the most essential supplies to get before your puppy comes home.
Even the most well behaved puppy will make mistakes, or simply won’t have the bladder and bowel control to hold it in long enough for you to take them outside. When it happens, be prepared to clean it up. If you have carpet, get a good carpet cleaning spray. Pet stores also sell pet odor control and stain removers.
Collar and Leash
These are essential for dog walks, and for dog training in general. Your leash should be at least four to six feet. Retractable leashes are a versatile option.
ID Tag with your puppy’s name and your phone number
If your dog is ever lost, this may be the best chance you have of getting them back. Your local pet store should be able to make these. Some have embedded chips with more complex data encoded.
Treats are essential for positive reinforcement. These will be used to start training your puppy. Purchase a variety of treats.
Plastic Poop Baggies
These are important for dog walks so you can clean up after your puppy. Try to get biodegradable baggies.
Try to find a dog bed that is not only comfortable, but durable. Some dogs will chew through them. There are ‘Chew Proof’ beds on the market.
The classic plastic ‘Kennel’ is probably your best option. You will want this for transporting your puppy to the vet or for traveling long distances. You can use this as your dog crate (to be covered on Day 3), but you can also purchase a separate crate.
Water is very important, especially for your young puppy. They should always have a plentiful source of fresh, clean water. If your puppy goes outside frequently, have a water bowl outside the house, and another inside the house.
For your Puppy to be happy, they need entertainment. If they don’t have it, they will find any way they can to get it, and this could mean bad news for your prized possessions. It’s important to give your puppy toys to play with. Toys are also a great way to bond with your dog. Integrate them into your play time.
Here are the most common types of toys:
These are toys which are designed for you to use with your dog. They include rope toys, hard rubber toys like ‘Kongs’ which bounce when thrown, and tennis balls.
These are toys for your dog to carry around and gradually chew on. Hard rubber toys, real, rawhide, and artificial bones, and pig’s ears and other animal by products are all chew toys.
These toys are designed to stimulate your dog for long periods of time as they work to get the treats contained inside them. One type, the “Busy-Box”, is a large cube with places to hide treats inside. Your dog has to move the box around with their paws and nose to find the treats. Kongs can become puzzle toys if filled with peanut butter and treats.
Comfort toys are soft toys. They can be as simple as old clothes or old stuffed animals, though pet stores sell specifically designed soft toys. Be sure to choose one that is sturdy and too large to be swallowed.
You should buy multiple toys of each type, give your puppy a few at a time, and switch them out every week or so. Always have different types of toys available at the same time. That way, your puppy doesn’t get bored.