Getting the Basic Puppy Supplies
Just like with a human baby, there are always supplies that every home needs when bringing home a new puppy. You should have all of the necessary supplies, and then there are always extras (like additional toys) that you can add if desired.
Here are the some items you should consider purchasing before your puppy comes home in order to be prepared:
Tags. Humane societies, shelters, and veterinarians around the country encourage dog owners to get their pet an identification tag (ID tag). If your dog has an ID tag, a neighbor can call you right away when they find your dog, before it goes to a shelter. An ID tag is very easy to get. Some stores like PetsMart, Petco, and even some Wal- Mart have ‘Quick Tag Kiosks’ where you can make your own tags for only a few dollars.
City License. A license and a valid rabies vaccination are required for all dogs 4 months or older living in some cities. After completing the application procedure, you will receive a license tag that must be attached to the dog’s collar along with the ID tag at ALL TIMES.
Water and Food Bowls. For durability, we recommend buying stainless steel bowls, with the bottom rimmed with rubber to prevent sliding. Ceramic bowls are pretty, but chips or cracks can breed bacteria. Buy one separate small water bowl and one small food bowl.
Beds. A bean bag can make a light, soft bed that retains body heat and is easy to wash, or consider a chewproof plastic basket with a well-fitting washable mattress: it is harder- wearing and easier to clean than a wicker version.
Crates. Before you run to the store, please discuss the need to purchase a crate with your trainer or veterinarian.
Toys. Make sure the toys are large and sturdy enough so they can’t be swallowed. If they are small enough to fit inside the dog’s mouth fully, they are small enough to choke your dog!
Squeakers are great, but the puppy can swallow them. To avoid complications, choose squeaky toys that are large so your puppy won’t be able to break them apart and swallow the squeaker.
Rawhide chewing toys are a popular choice, but they can be dangerous. Old rawhide chews tend to get rotten and smell bad. Also, they may cause diarrhea. The right chew toys can be great for puppies, letting them sink their teeth into something while helping to keep their teeth clean at the same time.
**Avoid pig’s ears, and other non- or semi-digestible treats that are brown color.
Kong-type toys, especially when filled with broken-up treats or, even better, a mixture of broken-up treats and creamy peanut butter, can keep a puppy busy for hours. Only by chewing diligently can your dog get to the treats, and then only in small bits. Be sure to choose a Kong-type toy of appropriate size for your puppy. There are also ‘busy-box’ toys, which are large rubber cubes with hiding places for treats. Only by moving the cube around with her nose, mouth, and paws can your dog get to the goodies.
Training Supplies. Your trainer will recommend any training supplies. Avoid rushing into buying unnecessary tools.
First Aid Kit. Having a basic First Aid Kit for Pets is a smart idea. It will assist in reducing a dog’s pain and distress as well as help to prevent the situation from worsening while you contact the veterinarian.
Food Container. Avoid self-help containers.
Puppy Food. Proper diet is not only important for humans, it is also the most basic
aspect of a pet’s lifestyle that is why we recommend the following brands:
-Flint River Ranch Dog Food*
After your puppy arrives home it is recommendable to introduce her to the new food by mixing it with the food that the breeder was already using and increasing the amount of the new food over several days. A sudden change in any food source may be a shock to your dog’s digestive system. You may notice loose stool. If so, reduce the amount being mixed with the old product until your puppy adjusts.
*Flint River Ranch is not available at pet stores but you can find a distributor online. It offers different formulas, you will need to buy Original Dog Kibble which is specifically formulated for puppies and adults. Puppies need three or more meals a day, reduced to two when they reach six months old.