Your Preparation Checklist for Getting a New Puppy

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So, you’ve decided to get a new puppy! Whether it’s a first-time pet or an addition to the family, there are several things you need to prepare ahead of time and there is some planning involved. There are entire books written on this subject, so this will by no means be an exhaustive list but will include the most important points to consider.

Establish a veterinary relationship early: Before bringing your puppy home, choose a veterinary clinic or hospital to take care of his health. Even if you currently have a veterinarian for your other pets, ask when you should have your new puppy checked out. Most veterinarians recommend a checkup within 3-5 days of your new puppy’s arrival to assess any health issues. During the first appointment, the veterinarian will work with you to establish a vaccination and parasite control plan to keep your pup healthy and disease free.

Dog food: Puppies have specific nutritional needs to support their growth and development. Loyall Life® Puppy and Loyall Life® Puppy Large Breed contain a balance of essential nutrients to support the essential start to healthy life.

Food and water bowls: Puppies should eat three times a day, so food bowls should be cleaned frequently. Stainless steel bowls work better and harbor less bacteria than plastic or glass. Also, puppies are not fussy eaters, so a food and water bowl with a wider base will provide extra stability.

Collar or Harness: Buy an appropriately sized adjustable collar or harness, making sure they wear it regularly. The collar or harness should be tight enough to fit two fingers between him and your pup. Remember to check it weekly as your pup grows and buy a new, bigger one if needed.

Leave alone: Puppies are not born knowing how to walk on a leash. This is an important socialization skill that they need to learn. The leash should be between 4 and 6 feet long and allow you to comfortably walk with your pup while maintaining control.

Crate or carrier: Dogs are lair animals. They find comfort and security in an enclosed and intimate space that they can make their own. Choose a crate or carrier that your dog can grow in and move around in, but not so big that he can poop in one corner and sleep in another.

Grooming: Depending on your dog’s coat, you will need a bristle comb, brush or blade. Regular brushing will keep your pup’s coat clean and shiny and will also help you bond with your new pup.

Bath supplies: At some point, your pup will need a bath. You will need pet shampoo, cotton balls for the ears, sterile eye ointment, and towels.

Cleaners: Even the best-behaved puppy will have an accident around the house. Having natural cleaning products on hand will help to safely clean up accidents. Consider using an enzyme-based cleaner, as these will break down pet odors rather than just mask them.

Notebooks and journals for puppies: Waterproof puppy pads can be useful under the litter box in the crate to aid cleanup and help protect the floor, but should not be used as a potty training tool around the house. Using puppy towels and newspapers as potty training tools only gives your pup permission to eliminate around the house—a behavior you probably want to avoid.

Chew toys: Puppies chew everything in their path. It’s a natural exploratory behavior, but it can be dangerous for your shoes, your clothes, and your home. Choose a variety of toys appropriate for age and size.

Workout Treats: They can make training much easier and strengthen the human-animal bond using positive reinforcement. They should be tasty, savory little bites to reward good behavior and should not be overused as meal replacements.

Day of arrival : Finally, plan your puppy’s arrival on a day when you’ll be home all day. Let your pup explore the house on his own. Reduce exposure to loud noises and frantic activities during this time so he can adjust normally to his new environment. While it’s exciting to have a new puppy in the house, reduce the urge to continually search for and hold it. Take it easy and allow him to come to you when he’s comfortable.

By preparing ahead of time and following the suggestions, your transition to puppyhood and your puppy’s transition to a new home will go as smoothly and stress-free as possible.

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