So you’ve finally given in and agreed to get a puppy. A huge responsibility and commitment, it’s important that you and your family are 100% sure that it’s the right decision for you before taking the leap. But not only is the decision a big one, but the cost is too – which is why you should also ensure that you have sufficient finances beforehand too.
If you have all of that in order, here comes the exciting part – choosing the right puppy for you. There are certain things you should keep in mind when going through this process; including their energy levels, the breed’s characteristics and the amount of space you have in your home.
If you’re pushed for space in your apartment or home, for example, you might want a smaller breed, such as a dachshund or a Boston terrier.
Once you’ve made this decision and chosen the right puppy for your home, it’s time to buy all of the essentials. With a new puppy, you can easily go over the top. But if you don’t have the initial budget to spoil them rotten, there is a handful of ‘must-have’ items. Over the next few months/years you can then treat them to various items or even update what you previously brought.
To help with the purchasing process, here are the top 8 things that you need for welcoming a new puppy into your home:
You want to create a comfortable and warm place for your new pup to relax in and sleep in every night. Even if at first they want to be with you at all times, they will eventually settle in their bed or crate when it’s time to sleep.
Spend some time scouring the internet and looking through various retail stores to find the perfect bed for them. It doesn’t have to cost hundreds of pounds – it just has to be comfortable and hardwearing.
It’s inevitable that your puppy will need toilet training. So it’s a good idea to invest in a box of puppy pads that you can place around the house for when they have an accident.
To start training them, you can then start putting the puppy pads closer to the door and eventually outside so that they get used to using the ‘garden toilet’. Puppy pads are also very affordable, costing less than £10 from more retailers.
This might seem obvious, but it’s worth a mention. Consider buying dog food earlier – or having your dog food delivered. This will ensure that you never run out and you always have it on hand. Just make sure that you buy food that’s specially designed for puppies, as it will be more sensitive on their tummy.
Alongside food, you should also purchase some food and drink bowls for the house. These can be as simple or as extraordinary as you like – as long as they do the job.
Buying toys for your new puppy is so exciting. From squeezy toys to pull ropes and treat matts, it’s a fun time that you and your family will love. Preparing all of the toys ahead of your little pup coming home is one of the most incredible moments – and they are bound to love each and every toy you get them – even if they do end up getting destroyed!
Lead/Long Lead/Car Lead/Collar
These are very essential. You don’t want your pup running off when on a walk, so a good quality lead and collar is a must. A long lead is also a worthy investment when they have grown and you want them to have a little more freedom.
In terms of a car lead, you want one that’s not too restrictive, but that’s secure so that you can take them on car journeys without the fuss. When they are still small, however, one of your family members might have to hold them instead.
An essential for any soon-to-be dog owner – poo bags (and lots of them)! When you start to take your pup out on walks, you’ll want to make sure that you don’t run out of these. You can now also get biodegradable bags which are better for the environment.
When pet-proofing your home, you might want to invest in child gates. A way of teaching your puppy where they can and can’t go, they are a must for many homeowners.
Grooming equipment is something that many new dog owners forget amount – but it’s still a good thing to get. From a brush to shampoo, it will ensure that your new pup is nice and clean throughout the year.
Have you got a puppy? What did you do to prepare for it?
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