Are you considering welcoming an adorable new puppy into your life? If so, first of all, congratulations! Adding a pup to your family is a great step towards completing your household and can prove highly beneficial for your general health and well being, too!
However, it’s important to remember that puppies are playmates, not playthings. Therefore, you must integrate your furry new family member into your home and ensure they feel safe, comfortable and relaxed at all times. Puppies cannot tell us when something is wrong, so as responsible pet owners, we must be prepared to look after them and cater to their needs. Remember – puppies will grow and develop over time, but when they are still young, they will have additional needs just like a newborn.
Your new pup will want to be the most fashionable dog on the block, so you will need to ensure you are prepared with the right accessories. Essentials include a collar, dog tags, and a lead, yet these can come in many different designs and styles. Leather dog collars are always a firm favourite, but you can also go for varied colours or patterns to add a sense of individuality. Make sure that your chosen collar is neither too tight or too loose, as this could be problematic for your new pup. It is also possible to get adjustable collars designed specifically for puppies, so if your new dog is still quite young, this could be a sensible purchase.
Insurance and Healthcare
Yes, these might not exactly be the most interesting things to consider, but they are still vital to your dog’s health and well being. Although some owners prefer not to pay for pet insurance, it can be a sensible investment as you never know when your pup may need veterinary treatment in the future – and vets can be quite expensive! As with any type of insurance, it is worth shopping around prior to purchasing to ensure you get the best possible deal and package. Similarly, you will also need to get your new dog registered at your preferred veterinary practice and, depending on their age, you may also need to book in a slot for their puppy vaccinations or boosters.
Bedding and Blankets
As much as they love playtime, pups are also equally fond of a long, peaceful snooze. After all, wouldn’t you be tired after a fun game of tug-of-war, too? Some younger dogs come with bedding or blankets with the mother’s smell on, for familiarity, but the chances are that you will need to invest in a cosy bed for your new pup. Of course, the type of bedding you go for will vary depending on your puppy’s size and preferences, but it’s important to remember that they will still have a lot of growing to do so be prepared to size up!
The vast majority of puppies are playful animals, and regular playtime can help their growth, development and social skills. Of course, that’s not to mention the fact that it can help run off some of that extra boisterous energy! As your pup is still young, always make sure to go for toys that are sensitive on puppy’s teeth – avoid anything too hard or chewy that could cause damage to your dog’s mouth or teeth. Softer chews and toys you can play tug-of-war with are always a good bet – what playful pup doesn’t love a good game together? Lastly, you need to ensure that all the toys you give to your puppy won’t cause a choking hazard; this means no loose bits or small parts and nothing that can be easily destroyed!
Food and Water
Food and water dishes are a must – ceramic bowls can be sturdier and more durable than their cheaper plastic counterparts. When it comes to the food itself, it is always best to consult with the breeder or staff at the shelter to find out what food will suit your pup best. Remember to enquire after any dietary requirements as well as particular preferences, and if in doubt, it’s always best to ask your vet for advice as the last thing you want is for your dog to become unwell.
If you can safely say that you have managed to check everything off this list, then it may be time to pick out your new pup and welcome them into your home! Good luck for the future and enjoy making many happy memories together!