Welcoming the sound of tiny pads into your home? Wanting to know what essentials you need for a new bundle of fur? We have you covered, with some top tips on how to best prepare for the arrival of your new puppy.
There is something magical about welcoming a new puppy into your home. The excitement of endless love, cuddles and cuteness is a joyous event in any pet lover’s life. However, before your new furry friend arrives there are some basic essentials to ensure you are prepared.
Having a good array of toys is important. These not only allow your puppy some comfort, they can also detract from unwanted behaviours such as chewing your prized leather shoes. Different toys have different attributes for your puppy’s needs;
- Chew Toys – your puppy has an impressive set of baby-teeth, that they will eventually lose and replace with their adult gnashes. During this time your puppy will love to chew! Always choose your chew toys wisely. They should be the correct size for your puppy and replaced as they grow.
- Cuddle Toys – these are large snuggly toys that will mimic your pup’s littermates and mum. These toys are only for when your puppy is sleeping and best kept in your pets sleeping area or pen.
- Boredom Busters – these can be array of different toys, from puzzle toys, chew toys and soft toys. These are your puppy’s ‘home alone’ toys. Rotate these daily and remove them when you are at home. These are great if you are putting your puppy into his/her pen area when you cannot 100% supervise them. Just remember to remove the boredom busting toys once your return.
- Interactive Toys – balls, Frisbees, fetch toys, tug-of-war. These are the toys that you will interact and play with your puppy.
TOP TIP – To increase the life of your toys – and your puppy’s interest. Rotate and remove all boredom busting toys, and interactive toys until they are needed.
OH, HOW THEY GROW!
One of the most important things to consider when you are preparing for your new puppy, is how quickly they will grow, particularly if you have a large breed like a Great Dane.
For this reason; it’s recommended not to spend oodles much money on fancy bedding and collars, and food bowls, until they have reached their adult size. These items will need to be replaced as your pet grows. Collars should fit correctly and not be too tight or too lose. It’s also recommended to go with an ultra-light lead when first adding this into your pet’s regime.
TOP TIPS – always remove and dispose of any small or broken toys, that can become a choking hazard as your pup grows.
Now is also a great time to book into a puppy-preschool class. These tend to fill up very quickly so booking in early is essential. Puppy-preschool is a wonderful way to socialise your puppy in a safe environment, while also learning some basics of training.
Also seek out your local vet and book in your pups first health check-up.
Training – Speak Your Pups Language
Training should begin as soon as your puppy arrives home. This will allow you and your precious pup the ability to ‘speak’ the same language. Training is all about working alongside your dog, while also teaching them manners, and keeping them safe.
Toilet and house training are normally at the forefront of most new pet owners, but basic training is also as essential at this very young age.
Things such as; ‘sit’, ‘stay’, ‘drop’, ‘wait’ and ‘come’ are good places to start. Asking your puppy to ‘sit’ before meals, and ‘wait’ until you have walked through the door are simple, yet very effective beginner training tasks.
Training keeps your puppy and fully-grown dog safe. A dog running at full speed into oncoming traffic will need a strong recall command. Dogs also thrive on good leadership. Training has been proven to help improve the dog/human bond, while also asserting you as your dog’s leader and protector. This can help prevent anxiety as your pup grows. Giving them a sense of security during ‘scary’ situations, like at the vet (AKA – you got this human).
Another great idea is to have a clear plan of house-rules. Sitting down as a family and coming up with a good list of dos and don’ts. Remembering what is cute in a tiny puppy, may not be so appealing in a fully-grown dog – cue your 40kg German Shepard jumping and licking your face! Having these rules in an easy to see place, like on the fridge, will keep all family members on-board.
Some rules to consider:
2. Sleeping on beds/couches
3. No pushing through doorways
4. Sitting before meals
5. No teeth on skin
Puppy Essentials Checklist
- Collar & Lead
- Food & water bowls
- Travel crate
- Puppy-preschool booking
- Pet Insurance
- Health Check-up appointment
- Grooming equipment