New Puppy Checklist

New Puppy Checklist

Having a new puppy at home (especially for the very first time) can be as exciting as it gets! But know that bringing home a new puppy takes a lot more than hugs and kisses in welcoming your furry forever best friend.

Here's a new puppy checklist of the essential things you will be needing for your new pup to avoid scrambling through your house and the pet store.

Leash & collar

"It is nice to introduce your dog to his leash and collar at a young age. This way, he will get accustomed in wearing them and won't freak out when going outside for walks in the park."

It is nice to introduce your dog to his leash and collar at a young age.

This way, he will get accustomed in wearing them and won't freak out when going outside for walks in the park.

As you are introducing him to the collar and leash, allow him to explore and adjust.

Avoid pulling him or dragging him as this will scare him, just let him walk at his own pace.

Updated IDs or dog tags

Dog tags or a microchip as your dog's identification are very important in the case that your puppy gets lost (or stolen). Dog tags should include your puppy's name, your name (as the owner), your address and phone number. Microchips are also helpful in case your puppy loses her collar. Keep these updated because it's good to be prepared.

Water and Food Bowl

Your puppy's constant growth requires him to eat a few times a day because his little body greatly consumes calories. Also provide fresh water for him to avoid any risk of dehydration.

For an easy solution to those fur-babies who turn into messy little creatures when eating their food or simply getting a drink of water, you can place a pee pad under their food and/or water bowl and the mess is prevented!

Puppy food

Puppies need premium dog food that will provide them the sufficient nutrition they need as they grow. The puppy food you choose should have varying nutritional requirements like amino acids (protein), fats, minerals (calcium, phosphorous) . These are needed for your pup's wellness and healthy development.

Dog chew toys

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It is normal for your puppy to chew anything she sees (as her teeth are still growing). This makes your furniture, rugs, carpet, shoes and even electric wires susceptible to her chewing. See to it that you have chew toys on your new puppy checklist so he can chew on it instead. You can also opt to offer your pup antler chews that are specifically made for dogs and scrutinized from their original raw form laying on the forest ground, can serve as dog treats and strengthens your pup's teeth without any hazardous concerns like splintering and choking.

Dog toiletries

Dog shampoo, dog soap, dog brush and comb are essential to keep your dog's hygiene on top. Plus it makes your new pup a million times more hug-able and kissable!

Dog diapers

To be even more on top of your dog's hygiene, dog diapers are your go-to. Since your pup can not yet fully control his bladder and his bowel (and while still learning to housebreak or potty train), he will have the tendency to pee and poop almost everywhere and every minute. Dog diapers will keep your house clean and accident-free.

Vet visits

Your new puppy requires his vaccines to be updated to protect him against various canine diseases and you'll need to bring your little one in for every 3 to 4 weeks for the vaccines until he's 16 weeks old. Your vet will also guide you in raising your pup - like give advice on what's the best food for your growing pup, common problems about your dog's breed and how to manage them.

The day your new puppy arrives home, it will be life-changing. Caring for your pup will be a life-long commitment and there's nothing better than having a new puppy checklist so you know he'll have what he needs to grow up well, healthy and happy!

"Caring for your pup will be a life-long commitment and there's nothing better than having a new puppy checklist so you know he'll have what he needs to grow up well, healthy and happy!"

The Author:

Micka V.

Micka Virtudazo is a full-time content creator at Pet Parents who lives with thirteen adorable American Bullies and a Shih Tzu-Maltese mix named Gretel. She especially enjoys writing how-to articles as she feels through this she can connect to other pet parents on a more personal level.

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