What do you need for a puppy
Before you get a puppy, do some research on your puppies breed. You need to know certain information on your puppy, for example is there a certain food your puppy can’t eat? For example, my dog is a husky/mastiff mix, and it’s hard to find a food that settles in her belly and doesn’t make her throw up. Lilly went though five foods until we found the right one. So getting down to it, research is your best bet. So the question is What do you need before you get a puppy.
- Food- Do some research on foods, and read reviews from owners on what is the best food for your new puppy. Some breeds have food brands that don’t sit well. So it might take a couple food changes before your pup finds something perfect to make them grow into a healthy and happy adult.
- Food and water bowls- You will definitely need something to put that dog food in. Don’t you ? There are many to choose from including plastic, ceramic, metal, and raised dog feeder. Metal Bowls- are very easy to clean and can’t be broken, but can be a bit noisy. Ceramic Bowls- come in different styles and colors, help if you want to add some style to your dog area , and they are very durable. Just be careful because low quality ceramic bowls can be tied to lead poisoning, so make sure you check to make sure it is a lead free bowl before you purchase. Plastic Dog Bowls- are not a good choice if you have a big dog, they can slide everywhere and spill, your pup thinks its a chew toy, and they get destroyed easily. Should be avoided for long time use. Raised Dog Feeder- if you have a larger pup, this could help your dog swallow there food easier, and help your dog with a better body posture. A raised feeder is known to help the digestive system of your dog along with preventing health defects.
- Collar- There are so many different types of collars, so don’t get overwhelmed. Lilly has gone though about six different collars and harnesses, before we found the right one. The flat standard collar- is made with nylon or leather, but dogs can slip right out of them. Back clip harness- Fits around your pups chest and clips on the back ( mostly more beneficial for pups that have short noses. Can encourage dogs that haven’t been walking that long.) Front Clip Harness- Clips over pups chest area allowing you to have control steering the dog and prevent pulling. A Head Halter- A piece loops around the dogs mussel, not meant for a dog that bites, but helps in keeping the dogs head up and not close to the ground.
- Leash- If you plan on taking your pup on a walk, you will definitely need to get a leash.
- Retractable Leash – Has a thin nylon cord that comes out when pulled, and retracts when pressure is released. Can work with teaching loose lease walking. I don’t recommend this for bigger dogs.
- Slip Collar – Helps fix issues by correcting misbehavior and allows you to get your dog back on track. Very good for bigger dogs, and works by giving a quick tug to the side.
- ID Tag – I’m In the process of creating a place to sell my ID tags that I make for pooch’s, like the one below. If you need one ass soon as possible, you can get a standard tag for your pup at petco or some Walmart stores. They are made by a machine that work just fine to make sure you have a name, address, and phone number. Just your pup can be returned to you.
- Crate – Most important thing to do for you and your new pup is crate training. Crate training can help while you are gone at work or at the store, so your pup doesn’t have full access to your house, because that new carpet you just put in might not be so new when you get home.
- Poop Baggies – Definitely worth the investment. Most brands are bio-degradable, which is good for our environment, and are perfect for you to dispose of your puppy’s waste. Remember when you were walking along and stepped right in the pile of dog poo, well think of that feeling, and remember always clean up after your pup.
- Treats – Training your pup can either be hard, or easy, but with treats it will be an easier task. Your pup will want to do the commands for the reward. I recommend getting your pup an indestructible toy, that way they don’t rip it up within 10 minutes.
- Toys and Chews – One thing I learned the hard way is, your pup will need toys. Unless you want your pup to get into mischief and use those brand new slippers for a chew toy.
- Blankets and Old Towels – When you start out with your pup, don’t go out of your way and buy your pup the nicest bed on the market. Reality is, your pup won’t care how much it cost, they will rip it to shreds if given the chance. So try it out with old blankets first, just to see if your pup is destructive. It will give you an idea of how your dog reacts.
Dogs are a lot of hard work and commitment, but they are loyal companions, and will give you unconditional love. My pooch Lilly is not only my best friend, but my four legged child. So keep the memories with your dog, they will be your best friend, no matter what you look like, and they never judge.