A new puppy means a new batch of supplies. Searching for the right puppy products, however, isn’t exactly easy work. At Petland, you can find numerous must-have supplies for your four-legged friend, such as dog beds and collars.
While it may be tempting to splurge on items for your puppy, you should definitely consider spending your money and time on things they will need.
So, before you start buying cute little doggy outfits, check out our list of 5 supplies your puppy will need for those first months home.
1. Collar, harness and leash
Once your puppy arrives home, it’s important to put a collar on their neck that has their ID tag and license. The collar should fit your furbaby’s neck comfortably without being too tight or too loose. Every couple of months, you may need to switch collars to accommodate your puppy’s growing body. You can use a harness during walks to avoid straining or hurting your puppy’s neck.
With a leash, you have full control over your puppy during obedience trainings and walks. The earlier you get your puppy used to wearing a collar, harness and leash, the easier it will be to take them on walks and other adventures as adult doggies!
2. Dog bed
A puppy needs a soft, comfy bed to help them sleep at night, especially during those first weeks in their new home. We recommend purchasing a bed that has soft fleece so that your little furry buddy is extra warm and comfy while they doze off.
You may want to begin crate training as early as possible. You can do this by putting their soft bedding inside the crate or kennel, which can help with house and obedience training. Make sure to buy bigger beds as your puppy gets older.
3. Dog food
The most important puppy supply is dog food, and your puppy will need lots of it. From an early age, your fur-baby will need quality dog food brands that contain the essential nutrients that they need to grow. The type and amount of nutrients they need largely depends on their size and breed so some research must be done before grabbing the first bag on the shelf.
4. Crates, kennel, and playpens
Crates, kennels, playpens—you’ve probably heard about the pros and cons of each before. Our team recommends using a form of containment for training purposes.
If your puppy is house training, for instance, a puppy playpen or gate allows you to watch your puppy. It also lets you control what rooms they’re allowed in. This method can even train your little munchkin to adopt some good behaviors.
With crates and kennels, you can teach your puppy to use it as their sleeping spot. Just make sure it’s big enough for your furry friend to lie, roll over, and perform other actions. If you can find a den-like crate or kennel with ample space, that would be ideal for your puppy.
5. Dog toys
Puppies are always happy to play with their toys. If they’ve started teething, a chewy toy helps alleviate their discomfort. You should definitely consider buying a couple of toys to keep them entertained as possible, otherwise, you’ll likely need to hide your shoes until their teething stage is over.
The best toys for a young pup are squeaky ones. You can also buy stuffed animals, ropes, and tug toys, which can turn on their predatory instincts. Puzzle and kong toys are mentally stimulating and can keep your puppy entertained for hours.
Before buying a puppy, being prepared helps prevent any unwanted last minute trips to the pet store. With the right puppy products, your furry friend will surely have a comfortable first month in their new home!