So you’ve decided to take that incredible step and get yourself a new dog. Congratulations! Now comes the fun bit. If you’re still scratching your head and wondering what you need for a new dog, we’ve got you covered. Trust us, you’re going to need a little more than a collar and a couple of dog bowls. Here’s the ultimate checklist to ensure your new puppy is well looked after and can enjoy their new home with a caring family.
The Usual Suspects
Collars & Leads
You’ll be able to bring your puppy home once they’ve had all their necessary vaccinations, but you’ll want to make sure that you’ve got the essentials. Purchasing a suitable and soft lead and collar for your new puppy will be an important first step. You’ll need to think about the breed of dog, their size and their potential growth when buying your supplies. A comfortable adjustable collar will help to match the size of your pup as they start to grow and develop into beautiful dogs.
Once you’ve decided on the perfect name for your pup, you’ll need to get a tag with their name on it! You can have one specially engraved with their name, a phone number or your address to ensure that if they get picked up they can be safely returned home. You might want to add a few little creative touches to your tags so that they are instantly recognisable.
Brushes & Combs
Depending on the length of fur on your pup, buying a quality brush is a great way to keep them neat and get rid of those nasty tangles. Brushing can help to improve your puppy’s blood circulation and keeps them looking nice and fresh. If you’ve adopted a long-haired puppy you’ll need to be giving them a regular go over with the brush or comb, to remove loose or dirty hair. Starting early on this can help get your pup used to regular grooming sessions, keeping you and your furry friend happy!
Although it’s not something we like to think about, nasty parasites can affect your new puppy and lead to them getting seriously ill. Make sure that you’ve got some suitable worming treatment in the house or some preventative products to keep your dog safe and sound. These will be different depending on the breed and age of your puppy, so make sure to look around for what suits your dog.
Eating, playing and sleeping. I’m sure we all wish we could have a dog’s life! As your puppy is developing, they’ll be snoozing quite a lot, so you’ll need to be looking for luxury dog beds to give your dog a safe and comfortable part of the house to sleep in. Having this safe space can also help provide support for your puppy’s joints, making sure they don’t develop issues from sleeping on a cold hard floor.
As much as your new pup will be sleeping, it’ll be making the most of their time when they’re awake! Having a bunch of different safe and fun toys for them to play with will keep them happy and preoccupied, making sure they don’t chew up your furniture or rugs instead! Think about both comfort toys and chew toys so that there’s never a dull moment at home for your dog. An interactive treat-dispensing toy is a great way to reward playing, as your dog can increase their mental stimulation as they try and get some treats out.
Another favourite part of a dog’s day is mealtime. Make sure that you have two different dog bowls for water and food ready for when you bring your puppy home. Think about the size of your pup and try and buy bowls that will match their growth for at least the first year. You might want to think about getting a non-slip mat to place these bowls on, in case any food or water goes flying as they’re tucking into their dinner! It’ll also make sure the bowls don’t slide around as they’re enjoying their meals.
You’ll need to make sure you’re stocked up on premium puppy food to give your new dogs all the vitamins and subsistence they need to grow into healthy and strong dogs. This food will need to be chosen based on their lifestyle, breed and age of the dog. You’ll need to make sure you change this as they grow and develop as you don’t want to be feeding a big 2-year-old dog puppy food!
You also might want to buy a few bags of treats, which will help with those first few weeks of puppy training!
Creatures of Comfort
Getting your home set up with the necessary supplies for your new pup should be a fun experience! We know that you want the best for your new family member, and we provide luxury dog beds to keep your furry friend comfortable and safe. Our Geroge Barclay beds are durable and high-quality beds designed for all types of different pups. You can visit our dog bed selector tool to find the perfect dog bed to suit your dog.
We hope your new dog is spoiled as you welcome them into your home and create wonderful and lasting memories with them. Good luck!