28 feb New Puppy
Many things in life take our breath away and fill our hearts with pure joy and happiness. But not many things do it with such instant results as getting a new puppy does. They call it ”Puppy Love” for a good reason.
So, you got a new puppy. Your life will be full of love and excitement for years to come. But what are the things your puppy needs for a fulfilled, happy, and healthy life? Read on for a full checklist of things you need to take care of your new family member.
- Chew Toys
It is going to happen: your new puppy will chew on something she or he shouldn’t. You can help your pet’s teething process by offering plenty of chew toys for them. It’s a good idea to get a handful of toys of different shapes, sizes, and materials. Make sure the chosen toy is safe and appropriate for young dogs. And remember, a puppy can’t tell the difference between an old shoe and a new one so that old pair of tennis shoes is not a suitable swap if you find your new pup eating your expensive new shoes.
- Playpens and Baby Gates
As your new puppy roams around the house and learns his surroundings, it may be a good idea to block their access to certain parts of your home, such as stairs, the children’s bedrooms, and any spaces that have particularly valuable items (that you don’t want chewed or peed on). Playpens and baby gates are an excellent (and fairly inexpensive) way to keep your adventurous new friend where they need to be.
- Leash / Collar / Harness
You can usually keep a puppy off leash and they won’t need a collar as badly as an adult dog would. However, it’s still a good idea to get them used to these valuable tools for later on in life. Keep a collar on your puppy when you go outdoors and attach the leash every now and then, just so they can get a feel for the equipment.
- Food for Puppies
The choices are endless. Pet and grocery stores are filled with different choices for natural and healthy nutrition. Most brands are veterinarian approved and safe for your puppy to eat. However, make sure you purchase food that is specifically meant for puppies, as adult dog and puppy food often have different ingredients and compositions. For instance, puppy food is loaded with energy and vitamins.
- Pee-pads and Enzyme Cleaner
Unfortunately, chewing on chair legs is probably not the only mischief your new puppy will get in to. Housebreaking is a full-time job and most puppies get it fairly quickly. Make sure to have pee-pads and enzyme cleaner available as you teach your new family member where the toilet is and how to get there on time. Try not to scold them for their little “accidents” so they don’t think going to the bathroom is being bad, and don’t forget to throw them a little party every time they go outside!
- First Aid Kit
Electrolytes (Aptus Nutrisal), stomach health products (Aptus Aptobalance, Aptus Attapectin), wound spray, vet wrap… it’s a good idea to have a first aid kit put together well before your puppy gets his first scratch or upset stomach. Just like with dog food, medical supply and supplement options are endless and you’ll be able to find a remedy for nearly any possible incident your puppy may encounter. Regardless of which products you choose in the end, make sure they are veterinarian approved and suitable to be used for a puppy.
Remember to start puppy training immediately. Puppies have a natural, strong need to follow a pack leader. Be that pack leader for your pup and show them confidence and consistency. And love. Always reward your puppy for good behaviour! This way you’ll help your pup to grow into a balanced adult and your best buddy.