What does my puppy need?
If you’ll be welcoming a puppy into your home in the near future, it’s never too early to start gathering everything you’ll need. In addition to the basics, like food and water, there are several other items to add to your checklist of puppy needs/supplies.
You’ll need plenty of food to meet your pup’s nutritional needs as he grows. Make sure you stock up on puppy food, rather than food that’s made for adult dogs. Puppies have different nutritional needs to help them grow, especially during rapid growth phases. Ask your vet which foods are best for your pup based on his breed or size.
Your puppy will also need the following:
- Food and water bowls
- Dog treats to use as training rewards
Your puppy will need a warm, comfortable place to sleep that can also serve as a place to retreat to when he’s feeling overwhelmed. Crates provide a cozy environment that makes puppies feel secure. If you decide to get a crate, make sure it’s large enough for your puppy to move around in comfortably, and place a soft pad or blankets inside it. If you don’t want to use a crate, cushioned dog beds are a good option.
Dog toys help keep your puppy entertained, and they also give him something to chew on while he’s teething. Look for chew toys made for puppies, and make sure that they’re sturdy enough to handle a lot of chewing. Avoid getting toys that can break open easily, since your pup could swallow pieces of them.
Keeping your puppy clean and shiny is an important part of taking care of him. Bathing as often as needed and brushing him regularly helps get him used to being handled. Make sure you have the following puppy needs/supplies for grooming on hand:
- Dog shampoo: Human shampoo can irritate a dog’s skin.
- Brush: The type you’ll need depends on what kind of coat your pup has.
Choose a collar that will fit securely enough on your pup, so that he can’t get out of it. Just remember that it should fit loosely enough to let you slip two fingers underneath it. The leash you get should be short enough to allow you to keep your pup under control. You can get a longer leash when he’s older and used to walking on one.