Puppy Essentials – What To Buy!
THESE ARE THE ESSENTIALS YOU’LL NEED FOR YOUR NEW PUPPY. THE PET MARKET IS HUGE IN THE UK BUT I WOULD ADVISE JUST PURCHASING THE ESSENTIALS TO START WITH, OTHERWISE YOU CAN END UP SPENDING AN ABSOLUTE FORTUNE!
Somewhere to sleep!
A crate suitable to your puppy’s size! Too small and it won’t be a comfortable space and too large and they’ll use it as their private bathroom too! Puppies should be able to stand up, turn around and lie down in their crate.
- For small breeds a 24-inch crate is the correct size
- For medium breeds a 30-inch crate is the correct size
- For large breeds a 32-inch/40-inch crate is best.
Bear in mind that you will be choosing
the crate size for how big your puppy
is now and not how big they will be when they are older. Therefore, you
will need to buy a larger crate as the puppy grows. Crates are used as a valuable tool to aid
toilet training and to keep puppies safe when they are unsupervised. If you
cover it with a blanket and pack it with a comfy bed and some toys, your puppy
will learn to love their den!
Safe, washable bowls for food and water. Always have fresh water available at all times (this is a requirement by law to allow your puppy access to water at all times) and consider a non-slip travel bowl if you plan to do any long car journeys and a portable water bowl for when you are out with your puppy.
A good variety of toys both soft and hard are really good to help a puppy settle into their new home and explore their new surrounding. Playing with toys is also a lovely way to bond with your puppy!
- KONGS – use to stuff wet food into
- Rope Toy – great for tug of war games ensuring puppy has one end and human hands are safely at the other end!
- Nylabones – GREAT for teething puppies!
Puppies have around 4-hours worth of chewing to do EACH DAY! So we want to offer them items which are safe to chew and which they enjoy chewing rather than letting them explore and start to nibble at our furniture instead!
Natural chews are always better in terms of nutrition than the typical ‘chain shop bought’ chews which pet shops would like us to buy. Here’s a few of my favourites:
- Cows Hooves – SUPER smelly but FANTASTIC for teething puppies
- Antler Chews – no smell and a good natural chew
- Pizzle Sticks – a great, natural and edible chew – very smelly
This is a huge minefield for new puppy owners! I personally feed a Raw Diet but many owners still feed a commercial dry dog food diet out of convenience or simply because that’s what the breeder was feeding. Remember that you can change your puppy’s food and if you feed a highly nutritious diet, your puppy will live a healthier and longer life… and wouldn’t we all want our dogs to live longer! Please refer to the blog on Raw Feeding for more information on this subject.
You can use scented nappy sacks or biodegradable poo bags as you’ll be going through A LOT over the next few months:
I would recommend a good enzymatic cleaning product to not only clean up any accidents but to remove the smell so that your puppy doesn’t keep going back to the same spot to toilet again
Collar and Comfortable Harness
I would advise getting your puppy used to wearing a collar as soon as possible. Something thin and light in weight. Most puppies will scratch at their necks for a few days upon wearing a collar for the first time and then soon get used to the feeling of wearing one. Pets shops sell an array of collars but one of my favourite brands for puppy collars is Red Dingo which you can purchase online.
Please remove any collars and harnesses when your puppy is inside its crate – accidents can happen and collars can get caught on things!
By law, all dogs need to wear an ID tag with the name, address and postcode of their owner engraved or written on it. Remember not to get a really large tag as your little puppy will need to carry this around on their neck – so something lightweight and small.
I would always advise walking puppies on a comfortable harness to protect their necks whilst on walks. When they are older you can transition to walking them on a collar – and as you have already got them used to wearing a collar, it will make the transition seamless! My favourite brand of harness is PUPPIA.