You have been waiting for weeks to bring your new puppy home and you are finally there you are picking your puppy up this week. How exciting to think of all the fun you and your new puppy are going to have together.
It’s all you can think about, playing fetch, frisbee, tug of war, and all the things you are going to teach your new puppy. Finally, your own sidekick to hang out with a pal that is going to love you unconditionally no matter your faults.
Hold on though!!!! Are you sure you have everything your new fur baby will need??? Do you have all the things that will help both you and your puppy make a smooth transition????
Did you check everything off on your bringing home puppy checklist? Do you even have one to check? Is everything you need even on your checklist?
Having a bringing home puppy checklist and knowing you have everything on your bringing home puppy checklist means you will be ready for anything that comes your way to care for your new puppy.
Even if you already have a bringing home puppy checklist it never hurts to be checking twice that you have thought of everything.
If you are not sure you have thought of all the things you need for bringing home puppy no worries the best bringing home puppy checklist is right here if you check everything off on this checklist you will be prepared for any surprises that may pop up.
BRINGING HOME PUPPY CHECKLIST:
1) PUPPY FOOD:
When you are thinking about what you want to feed your puppy you may be thinking that dog food or puppy food it’s all the same, I assure you though it is NOT the same.
A puppy has different nutritional needs than an adult dog which is why they have puppy formulated food to meet a puppy’s nutritional needs.
Start your puppy out on the right paw and find puppy food that fits your puppy’s needs.
2) FOOD & WATER DISH:
Why not just use bowls out of the cupboard? Trust me you will want to get your puppy actual dog dishes because the ones from your set of dishes will spill far to easy and you will be cleaning up food and water every time puppy eats or drinks.
The dog food dishes have a wider flat spot making them more spill proof than our bowls. I personally prefer the food and water dispensers for my dogs.
3) COLLAR & I.D. TAG:
Your dog’s collar is very important mainly because its what you will attach your puppy’s I.D. tags to. The I.D. tag should have all the information anyone would ever need to find you and return your puppy to you.
- FATTYBOY ADAME
- MY PHONE #
- HUSBANDS PHONE #
Even if you aren’t sure of what you are naming your puppy, you can put your name and address and phone number as long as there is a way for others to find where your puppy belongs if he gets lost.
4) LEASH & HARNESS:
The leash will be a big part of your puppy’s life if you plan on taking them anywhere as most states, cities, counties have a no leash law meaning it’s against the law to have a dog anywhere without a leash to control them with other than designated areas like public dog parks.
When you train your puppy to walk on a leash it is so much easier if you do so with a harness rather then hooking the leash to the collar. Think about it, how would you feel being tugged around by your neck? Wouldn’t it freak you out too?
They also have no pull harnesses to make it even easier to leash train your fur baby. Even if you have a big yard to run around in going for walks around the neighborhood helps you and your fur baby bond together.
You will want to start leash training your puppy right away.
5) POOP BAGS:
Any time you take your puppy anywhere you should have poop bags in case your puppy has to go because besides it being against the law most everywhere to leave your dog’s poop it’s also not very neighborly and rude not to pick up after your fur baby.
Be the considerate neighbor, don’t give your neighbors any reason not to like your fur baby and always have your poop bags handy and always clean up after your fur baby.
Crate training your puppy the right way will benefit you and your fur baby both. Of course, you should only make your puppy go in the crate when you absolutely have to lock him in it.
Using the crate at night and when you have to leave the puppy alone will help prevent a lot of unwanted problems. You won’t have to wake up or come home to a destroyed home or have to clean up after them if not totally house trained.
If your fur baby is under six months of age though you won’t want to leave them in the cage any longer then 3 or 4 hours since their blatter isn’t strong enough to go more then 4 hours without needing to go outside even if house trained it is out of their control.
If you leave them in a crate longer then they can wait to be let out you will come home to a messy crate and puppy creating more work for yourself as you will have to give your puppy a bath and clean out his cage and contents when you get home.
7) GATES & POTTY PADS:
I am normally not for using potty pads as part of your house training unless like most folks you have to work for more then 3 or 4 hours and your puppy is under six months old.
If your fur baby is to you to leave in a crate the best option would be to block him/her off in a designated area by using pet gates or baby gates. Find a safe spot for puppy and use the gates to block it off and lay down a potty pad for your puppy.
If you use the gates to block puppy in an area of your choosing and use potty pads the only mess you should have to clean is simply disposing of the potty pad when you return home.
If you decide not to use number 6 of our bringing home puppy checklist then number 7 of our checklist is a must if you don’t want your home destroyed.
8) PUPPY TOYS:
For the first two years, your puppy is going to be very very playful and if you don’t have toys for them to play with they will use whatever they run across to throw around or chew on.
We have quite a few different toys with a different texture, soft, hard, furry, rubbery, etc.
The reason we had such a variety of toys when they were puppies was so that when not if but when we caught them chewing on something they weren’t supposed to be we could stop them and replace it with something that would feel close to the same when chewing on it.
We have a Husky and a Siberian Retriever that we used this method with and it works great, they don’t chew on chords furniture clothes or anything they aren’t supposed to.
9) DOG BED:
A nice comfy dog bed for your fur baby is a must. A lot of people say to put the bed in a quiet place where they can get away in their own space.
None of my dogs have ever used their dog beds unless they are where we are.
We place our dog’s beds close to us like the dog beds in the living room we place between our couches like it’s their couch and in the bedroom, we place the dog bed by our bed.
Even though our dogs are allowed on the couches and sleep in bed with us they still use the dog beds when they feel like it. It’s a good idea to have that option for your fur baby and believe it or not some dogs don’t like sleeping in your bed with you.
You will want to have treats to aid in training your new fur baby. Treats can help in rewarding your puppy when he is learning commands I suggest rewarding them with praise and love as much as you can rather than using treats in excess.
Check out our article for information about positive reinforcement for dogs.
11) DENTAL PRODUCTS:
Like us, your dog’s dental health can affect the health of your dog’s kidneys, liver, and more.
To avoid any dental issues you should brush your dog’s teeth at least two or three times a week and to do so you should have a special dog toothbrush and dog toothpaste/
Just like a baby if they have teeth you should brush them. They also have special treats for your fur baby that helps loosen plaque as they chew on them.
12) SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER & BRUSH:
They have a variety of different shampoo and conditioner to pick from so you can pick the one that is best for your puppy. You can also use baby shampoo if you choose.
There are conflicting opinions on how often you should bathe a dog, some say once a month, some weekly, some once a year, and every three months.
We bathe ours twice a year unless of course, they get into something stinky then they get an instant bath. If you do bathe your fur baby more then once every three months you should use a moisturizing or soap-free shampoo so they don’t get dry skin.
When it comes to brushing your fur baby it varies some should be brushed as often as daily or every other day and some only need to be brushed when they shed that will all depend on your puppy’s fur type.
Last but not least on our bringing home puppy checklist you absolutely must make sure your puppy has his shots up to date.
When you pick your puppy up make sure you ask any and all questions you may have “does he have his first set of shots?” being the most important.
Puppies should be with there mom until at least 10 weeks and the first set of shots is recommended to be given at 6 weeks old almost every breeder I know gives their puppies their first set of shots.
There you have it 2020’s best-bringing home puppy checklist, the basics. If you are able to check off all things on our bringing home puppy checklist you are ready to bring your new puppy home.
To make it easier on puppy parents Amazon has a great puppy starter kit with many of the things you will want and need for your new puppy.
Of course, there are many other useful products that would also make things easier if you were to purchase them, all you really need are the things in our bringing home puppy checklist for a smooth transition for you both.
Once you and your fur baby get to know each other you will know what other things if any will help in raising a happy healthy well-rounded pooch.
I speak strictly from my own experience from 40 plus years with dogs, I am in no way certified or a vet, what I am is a Proud Dog Mom sharing what I know hoping it makes things a little easier for you and your fur baby.
Please remember to be consistent and always patient with your new puppy, He has only been alive 2 or so months everything he sees and experiences is brand new to him and he/she can’t know what he/she hasn’t been taught.