10 things to include in your new puppy shopping list
One of the most exciting parts of getting a new puppy home, apart from that sweet blissful feeling, is shopping for the new puppy’s essentials. Here’s what you need before getting the puppy home to get started comfortably: The ultimate new puppy shopping list
FluffKits are puppy-parenting kits that help pet parents to overcome common challenges like mouthing, separation anxiety, toilet training, crate training, and leash training (getting your puppy accustomed to a leash and collar, walking, tethering, managing leash excitement, etc.). With FluffKits in your shopping list, you’ll have the perfect launchpad for a comfortable and happy life with your dog.
Whether you’re getting a 3-month-old puppy or an older one, the kits have everything to get you started on the right foot. Each FluffKit is designed by an expert trainer and will contain a detailed guide on how to overcome a particular challenge with videos by expert trainers, and products that you can use with the guide.
Unless you plan on having your dogs sleep with you every night, it is essential that they have a bed of their own.There are different beds available for different needs. You can get plush beds, bolster beds, orthopedic beds, elevated beds, etc.
Choose one that is easy for your dog to get into – a puppy or toy breed dog might not be comfortable getting into an elevated bed. Ensure the bed you get has a removable and washable cover since you will need to clean it periodically.
Don’t get the bed until the puppy has grown out of his chewing phase — it will just be a chew toy for him. You can get a mattress initially then purchase a bed once your puppy has grown out of the chewing phase and you figure out how your dog likes to sleep. Dogs that like to stretch out and sleep or lounge should not be forced to curl up and sleep and will not sleep well in a round bed.
If you’re looking to crate train your dog, you can invest in a crate. (Crate training can easily go wrong and should be done under the guidance of a professional.)
Get separate bowls for food and water. These should suit the puppy’s size; you might need to buy larger bowls as your dog grows up. Choosing a bowl with a rubber rim around the base will ensure it stays in place while your dog is eating from it. Metal or porcelain bowls are better than plastic.
4. Leash and Collar or Harness
Martingale collars are the best kind for walking your dog. Take care to remove the collar when at home – the loose end could get caught in your dog’s teeth, making her panic. You can also invest in a name tag with your dog’s name and your contact details. It is helpful if your dog is ever lost or runs away.
Get a harness only after the dog has learnt to walk without pulling. Otherwise, she gets pulled from the middle of her spine and it also chaffs the lymph nodes under her arms, reducing her immunity. While purchasing a harness, ensure that it does not hinder your dog’s range of motion and that it fits comfortably.
5. Poop bags and Poop bag dispenser
Our toilet-training FluffKit includes compostible poo bags, poo bags dispensers and grass textured toilet mats which helps in a smoothless transition to toileting outdoors.
6. Food and Treats
If you intend to put your dog on a home-cooked diet from day one, look for age-appropriate recipes. Otherwise, you can purchase age and breed-appropriate food for your dog. The packet includes details like serving size and serving instructions. Rotate all the flavors of all the brands, so that the dog gets ‘new’ food every month.
If you’re buying treats, look for treats that are tempting to your puppy and can be chewed easily. Find treats that you can break down and use for training too.
7. Pee Pads
Indoor toilet training plays a crucial role until you can start taking your puppy outdoors post vaccinations. Pee pads help you toilet train your puppy indoors. Our indoor toilet-training FluffKit includes training sheets, which come with a different texture,are reusable and washable, and serve the same purpose as disposable pee pads.
8. Toys and a Toy Box
Puppies go through various stages of development in their first 18 months. Their needs for toys vary accordingly. While some toys can be used for training and mental enrichment, others have a sensory purpose and are useful when your pup is teething. Make sure your puppy does not have access to all the toys at once, a toy box to store the rest will go a long way.
9. Grooming Supplies
Get a flea comb, tick and flea repellent powders or sprays, and wipes. There are wipes for everything – ears, eyes, body and teeth. You can even find itch-soothing wipes!
You can buy first aid kits for dogs but instead of spending your money on elaborate kits, invest in a few basics that will see you through most first-aid needs – Betadine, cotton, Soframycin/Neosporin, and a soothing gel or spray should be enough.
10. Travel Basics
Prepare with the basic essentials for your puppy’s travels to the vet and the outdoors (once your puppy can be taken out). Invest in a car hammock, and a collapsible bowl or a dog-specific water bottle. You can also get a seatbelt for your dog.
So there you go! With this shopping list for your new puppy, you are all set to now bring home your puppy. Getting your puppy home is a big change for them, here are a few things you can follow to make the transition more comfortable.