Before we brought home our adorable Golden Lab, Rex, I walked through a large pet store with a shopping cart and loaded up to the tune of $161. I thought I had it all, but I ended up back at the store a week later for a few more things. When Charlie Bear came to live with us we already had many supplies, but a small dog has needs that are different from a large breed dog, so back to the pet store for me.
Dr. Jon of PetPlace has this to say about supplies:
You’re getting a new puppy (or a new dog), and you’ve read all the information about taking care of your dog, the breed of your dog, and training. The next step is to purchase supplies. Do you know what to get?
The amount of information available on the net can be overwhelming. So I always suggest that future puppy owners gather a “puppy preparation kit” with the following items:
- Food and water bowls: These should be made of a heavy material like ceramic to prevent tipping. If you already have a pet, your puppy should not have to share bowls. That’s a sure way to spread possible health problems, and envy!
- Collar and leash: The collar should be adjustable so it can grow with your puppy. A flea collar is recommended, just in case.
- Dog shampoo: Puppies love to run around and explore, and it’s almost inevitable that your puppy will get himself dirty! Regular baths are necessary as well, so dog shampoo is a must. Only purchase shampoo specifically made for dogs, because some chemicals in human shampoo can be harmful for your puppy.
- A doggie toothbrush: Tooth brushing is a regular part of your life, and it should be a regular part of your dog’s life as well.
- A good vet: Many times people get a puppy without finding a good vet first, then if the puppy gets sick they end up making a quick decision. Knowing a good vet is a part of owning a puppy, and I suggest future dog owners choose their vet before you even choose your puppy. Puppies need regular vet visits, as well as a series of shots.
- Toys! There are plenty of toys to choose from, from specially made dog toys to a simple tennis ball. You never know which toy your dog will like, so sometimes it’s better to let our dog choose. Just make sure the toy is large enough that your dog won’t accidentally swallow it.
- Treats: Treats can make training your puppy much easier. Choose a treat that is not sugary. There are many healthy (but good-tasting) treats you can choose from.
- Good puppy food: I specified good because there are so many puppy foods on the market, and not all of them are good. Puppy food should provide your puppy with all the necessary nutrients and protein he needs to keep him healthy and energetic. Choose a brand you trust. An excellent choice is Eukanuba puppy food. Eukanuba is a trusted dog food that many vets recommend, and there’s a large selection of puppy food to choose from.
Do you have all the items on the puppy preparation list? Great, you’re ready for your new puppy!
Until next time,
Great thoughts on supplies, but can you add to this list? Besides lots and lots of love for our furry friends, what specifically did YOUR dog need?
Charlie Bear says hi again and hopes you like this second post in the series. The next one will be about what keeps dogs healthy and the last one will be a surprise.
Woofs & wiggles from the little guy, and hugs from me,
Charlie Bear and B.J.