New puppy checklist

Before bringing your new puppy home, there are some essential items you should get in preparation. Most of the items listed here come in varying sizes, materials and textures. Choose the items that best suit your dogs breed.

Water and Food bowls

There are various kinds of bowls to choose from:

Fresh water should be available to your puppy at all times.

Bedding

Your puppy will need somewhere comfortable to sleep. When buying a bed, buy one that will be big enough for you puppy when he is fully grown. It is worth investing in water proof dog bed, were the cover can be removed and washed.

Non-pull aids

Find a suitable dog harness for your puppy. It can be difficult to pick out the right harness for large breed dogs, as they grow quickly. Look for a harness capable of expanding in size so it doesn’t get too tight and uncomfortable for your puppy.

It may take your puppy some time to become accustomed to the harness, and he may scratch or bite at it if it’s not a good fit. Be patient and try to distract your puppy with a treat or toy anytime he begins trying to get the harness off.

Collar

Take care when choosing a collar for your new puppy. It must not be so tight as to hurt or be uncomfortable, but it also must not be loose enough that the dog is able to slip out of it.

Lead

Your puppy’s first lead shouldn’t be more than 2 meters in length. Having this short of a lead will teach your puppy to walk close to you when outside and you will have better control over the objects he interacts with.

Name Tag

In the UK, it is a legal requirement for dogs, while in a public area, to wear a name tag. The name tag should contain the owners name and address. Some dog owners choose to put their puppy’s name on the tag, though personally I don’t recommend you do this. Sadly, there are people who steal dogs, and including your dogs name on his tag may aid in the thief of your puppy.

Toys

Different dogs prefer different toys, so it’s a good idea to buy a few different kinds to begin with.

Crate

If you are going to crate train your dog, you will need to buy a suitable crate. Some people would suggest you buy a crate that is only big enough for your puppy to sleep in, but not big enough for him to move around. However, I disagree that this is the best solution. Depending on your dog breeds average adult size, I would recommend purchasing a dog crate that will allow your dog, when he is fully grown, to comfortably sleep inside. While he is a puppy, you can block off half of the crate until he is bigger.

Treats

Treating your puppy when he does something good is essential for promoting positive behaviours. Treats are also an important resource when training your puppy.

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