This post has been a long time coming, ever since I wrote about my Golden Retriever puppy which me and my wife got for Christmas. So today I thought I’d share with you a checklist of everything you need to buy when getting a puppy.
Ok so first off your puppy will need food if you want him to survive. At this early age it’s important for your pup to eat very healthy if you want it him to grow into a strong, happy adult dog.
When you buy the food also get a bowl, or maybe 2. One bowl for the food and one for water.
We didn’t know anything about dog food so we asked the person we got the puppy from what he’d recommend. I think it’s a good idea to ask someone who’s had experience with breeding dogs when it comes to what type of food, what brand you can give them.
We learned this the hard way, but don’t wait too long to get your puppy some toys he can chew on. All dogs like to chew stuff but it seems that when they’re pups and they’re teething they go into overdrive, chewing everything that stands in their way.
I would suggest that you get a couple of chew toys, not just one so your pup won’t get bored with it. We ordered ours online from Amazon I believe and it came the next day. There are so many models that you’ll probably feel overwhelmed but from what I can tell, the best chew toys for teething puppies are does rubber ones with wholes where you can stuff treats for him. We got Kong toys, but there are many good quality ones you can get, that are probably cheaper.
Your puppy needs lots of exercise so make sure you get a puppy leash to take him outside on walks. We take him out 2-3 times every day. Also it’s better if he gets used to the leash now than when he’s older and will probably resist you when you’ll try to put on the leash.
Yes I know how fun it is to let your new puppy sleep in your bed but trust me on this, in the long run it’s a way better idea to get him his own bed. There are so many quality ones made out of memory foam that are better for him than your bed.
Let’s see, we covered food, toys, beds, what else?
Cleaning products. You’ll need them. No matter how much time you spend house training your puppy, accidents will always happen so it’s better to have something to clean them with.
There are special cleaners that remove stains and smells. We went with the Nature’s Miracle brand which we were recommended by one of our friends who has 4 dogs and probably know what he’s talking about.
I’ll wrap this up here. It’s all I can say about this right now but as I learn more stuff I’ll probably do a follow up blog post on this.