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So you’ve just gotten a new puppy? Congratulations! Perhaps you’ve been thinking of getting a furry friend for a while or maybe this has all come as a bit of a surprise. Whatever the circumstances, there are a few essential items that all new dog owners should have on hand.
Here is a list of the top five things new puppy parents will need to have as they embark on this exciting journey:
This is stating the obvious, but if you want your new fur baby to grow big, strong and healthy they’ll need food. The decision on what to feed you pup, however, is not as straightforward as you may think. There are many factors to consider when choosing dog food. Wet vs. dry dog food? How about a raw food diet? Or is grain-free puppy food the best option for your baby? Do your research and talk to the breeder or the dog’s previous owner to find out about the puppy’s diet as a sudden change can cause havoc on their digestion.
A Doggy Bed
As lively as your pup may be, and when they do eventually tire they’ll need to have a nice comfy dog bed to catch their nightly sleep. Try to find something durable because puppies love to chew and you won’t want to have to find a replacement too soon. It’s also important to make sure the dog bed is warm to account for the change of seasons so keep extra blankets on hand too.
A Collar with Tag
You never know when your puppy will try to wander off so to give yourself peace of mind, make sure they have a collar and tag on so that others can easily identify the pooch. Make sure the dog’s name and a contact number is visible so your pup can be returned to you without too much hassle.
A Harness and Leash
Of course, you’ll need to take your furry friend out for their daily dose of exercise. Investing in a good-quality harness and leash is essential when it comes to training your pooch and keeping them close. It’s smart to get an adjustable harness that can accommodate your pooch as they grow.
Toys and Treats
Now for the fun stuff. Puppies love to play and because you won’t always be able to give your fur baby your undivided attention, they’ll need to keep themselves entertained. This is where the toys and treats come in. Tennis balls, rope toys, doggy biscuits and rawhide are often popular. But don’t stress, you don’t necessarily have to spend a small fortune to keep your pup happy, there are plenty of homemade options that’ll do the trick too.
And once you’ve got these basics down, you’ll have some solid foundations set for your puppy parenting journey. So let’s get shopping and you’ll be ready to welcome a brand new fur ball into your home in no time at all.