Zach's Pet Shop Guide: Bringing Home a New Puppy
If you're eagerly preparing to welcome a furry bundle of joy into your home for the first time, congratulations! There's nothing quite like the excitement that comes with bringing home a new puppy. 


But, amidst all the excitement, it's important to be well-prepared to ensure a smooth transition for your adorable companion. 

In this blog, we'll guide you through the essential things you need to buy when bringing home a new puppy, helping you create a safe, comfortable, and happy space that your new furry friend will love to call home. Let's get started on this pawsome journey together! 

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Pamper Your Puppy with Quality Products

The moment your new puppy arrives home, it signifies the start of an exciting adventure for both you and your furry mate.

Here at Zach's Pet Shop, we're committed to ensuring this journey is brimming with happiness and comfort by providing top-notch pet supplies designed specifically for puppies.

We recognise how crucial these early stages are in a puppy's life as they adapt to their new surroundings. Hence, our products cater to all aspects of your pup's growth - be it physical or mental development.

Puppy Essentials

A vital aspect of bringing home a new puppy is creating a safe and comfortable environment - aka. a puppy-proof area. This space within your house allows them free reign without any lurking risks or hazards around them.

You can set up a playpen to block them off from unsafe areas, with puppy pads inside to help with potty training.

Toys And Accessories To Keep Them Engaged

Dogs are energetic furballs; thus keeping them entertained forms an integral part of dog care. Zach's Pet Shop's puppy range includes fun toys that not only keep puppies occupied but also stimulate their minds while encouraging healthy chewing habits - something every teething pup needs.

In addition to playthings, we stock various other accessories like heartbeat toys, animal health healing balms, and tasty treats that can reward good behaviour during training sessions.

Specially Curated Products For Different Breeds

Certain breeds may require special products due to specific breed-related health problems. At Zach's Pet Shop, we take great pride in curating a product line that offers suitable options no matter what size or breed your dog is.

We specialise in offering balms to help wrinkly dogs. This includes Pugs, French Bulldogs and Shar Peis who are prone to painful skin fold issues, such as dermatitis.

Whilst it's important to supply your pup with the best possible products, nothing beats spending quality time together and creating treasured memories. After all, isn't that the best part of owning a pet?

Ian's Tip: 

Stock up on puppy essentials before bringing your puppy home. You need to be prepared! This includes puppy food, bowls, a collar, leash, puppy pads and a playpen to fence off a puppy-proof area. 

Stock up on puppy essentials before bringing your puppy home

Keep Your Puppy Entertained with Fun Toys

Your new puppy's world is a whirlwind of smells, sights and sounds. As they navigate this exciting stage in their life, it's important to keep them entertained with the right toys.

So how do you choose what will capture your pup's attention? Let us guide you through some considerations for keeping your four-legged friend engaged and happy.

The Role of Playtime in Early Development

Puppies are naturally curious creatures. They take advantage of play to investigate their surroundings and gain an understanding of the environment around them.

More than just fun, play serves as an essential part of early development during which puppies acquire vital skills that serve them well into adulthood.

This makes selecting appropriate toys all the more crucial from when your puppy arrives home until they grow older. The aim should be to provide mentally stimulating items that promote healthy behaviours.

Safe Toys

Remember to never leave dangerous items within reach, especially if unsupervised - some materials pose choking hazards, while others can become lodged in dogs' teeth, causing injury and pain. 

It's essential to make sure they have a safe environment to rest in without the risk of harm occurring due to unsafe products or accessories left lying around. 

All Zach's Pet Shop puppy toys meet safety standards, are free of toxic substances, and do not have harmful components that can break off easily and be swallowed or ingested.

Comfort Your Puppy with Heartbeat Toys


Comfort Your Puppy with Heartbeat Toys

The journey from the warmth of their litter to a new home can be quite daunting for puppies, but thankfully there are ways we can help ease this transition.

A fantastic tool in your puppy-proofing arsenal is the Little Buddy Heart Beat Sheep

Mimic Mum's Presence

Puppies often experience separation anxiety during early life stages when they're brought into unfamiliar surroundings away from their mum and siblings.

The Heart Beat Sheep is a clever product that offers comfort and reduces anxiety by mimicking a mother dog's heartbeat, making your pup feel right at home.

This ingenious design aims to alleviate these feelings of unease so you can give your young pup an easier start as it arrives at its new puppy home.

Foster Healthy Sleep Habits

In addition to comforting anxious pups, the Heart Beat Sheep also encourages better sleep patterns among young dogs which is crucial as our little friend grows up.

With adequate rest playing such an important role in development - ensuring quality slumber should not be overlooked when bringing them into their new environment.

By recreating natural sounds like heartbeats, these toys assist in establishing healthy sleeping habits right off the bat.

Crate Training Aid

If you are crate training your puppy early, a soothing heartbeat toy can create a sense of security and reduce stress levels significantly, thereby helping your puppy to feel comfortable being alone quicker. 

Ian's Tip: 

If you're suffering from sleepless nights because your puppy is barking constantly, invest in a Heart Beat Sheep. It worked for our puppies!

Teething phase is a crucial stage in your puppy's life


Relieve Teething Pain with Toys

The teething phase is a crucial stage in your puppy's life, and it can be quite an ordeal for both you and your little furball. Teething puppies have sore little mouths, leading to crying, sleepless nights and chewing on everything with their sharp puppy teeth.

The solution to this problem is a puppy teething toy, available at Zach's Pet Shop.

Understanding Puppy Teething

Pups typically commence teething around the 3-4 month mark, and this can keep going till they hit 6 months old. During this period, puppies will chew on anything they find - not out of mischief but because chewing provides relief from gum discomfort caused by emerging teeth.

Besides soothing sore gums, chewing also helps strengthen their jaws and keep those tiny teeth clean. However, unchecked gnawing tendencies can lead to destructive behaviours if not properly managed early on.

Cactus Chill Teething Toy

The All For Paws Cactus Chill Teething Toy is a durable toy designed to soothe teething pain as your puppy chews. It is made from safe, non-toxic hydrogel so you can feel confident leaving your young puppies unsupervised with this toy. 

Our favourite feature of this teether is that it can be chilled in the freezer, with the cool sensation providing extra comfort during those particularly difficult teething phases.

Maintaining Your Puppy's Dental Health

Get into good dental habits with your puppy early by offering dental toys. These toys are textured, scraping plaque off your puppy's teeth as it chews. This prevents tartar buildup and can save you a lot of money in vet bills in the long run.

Once your dog is old enough, you can also offer dog-safe bones and practise daily brushing with a dog-safe toothbrush.

Stimulate Your Puppy's Mind


Stimulate Your Puppy's Mind

The early years of a puppy's life are pivotal for its cognitive development. Puzzle toys and treat dispensing toys are helpful at teaching your puppy problem-solving skills.

Mental Stimulation

Adequate mental stimulation during puppyhood plays a crucial part in shaping how your puppy grows into adulthood. It builds confidence while reducing anxiety-related behaviours often linked with boredom or lack of engagement.

Puppies who regularly engage in brain-stimulating activities tend to be more adaptable and better equipped at handling changes around them compared to those who don't receive sufficient mental exercise. This adaptability is beneficial throughout all of your puppy's life stages.

Plus puppies sleep better if they are mentally tired!

KONG Puppy

KONG Puppy is an interactive toy that stimulates your pup mentally by encouraging problem-solving skills when they try to retrieve treats hidden inside.

To make full use of the KONG Puppy, consider stuffing its hollow centre with delicious treats like canned wet food or peanut butter - these will keep your pup engaged longer. However, remember moderation is key, so avoid overstuffing with high calories treats, especially if you're mindful about maintaining a healthy weight. 

The soft rubber texture also helps to soothe teething discomfort. It'll quickly become your dog's favourite part of the day!

Another huge benefit of KONG toys is that they teach your puppy healthy chewing habits, preventing them from chewing on your expensive furniture instead.

Where should your puppy sleep the first night


FAQs in Relation to Bringing Home a New Puppy?

Young puppies should sleep in a comfy crate near you. This provides security and helps with dog training. As your puppy grows, you may need to buy a larger-sized crate.

How long does it take for my puppy to get used to a new home?

Puppies typically adjust within two weeks to a month, but each pup's timeline may vary based on their personality and experiences.

What to do when first bringing a puppy home?

Create a calm atmosphere, show them around gently, set up feeding routines early on, and give them lots of love. Ensure they have access to food, water, toys, and a comfortable sleeping area.


Ian's Wrap

Bringing home a new puppy is an exciting experience. At Zach's Pet Shop, we are dedicated to making this transition as smooth and delightful as possible for both you and your new furry companion. 

From puppy proofing tips to a wide range of top-quality dog care products designed to cater to all your puppy's needs, we are here to support you every step of the way. 

Remember, patience, love, and ample playtime are the key ingredients to nurturing a happy and well-adjusted puppy. 



Pet Expert - Ian Hamblin

About Ian

Ian Hamblin is a renowned pet enthusiast and the driving force behind Zach's Pet Shop, a trusted name in the Australian pet industry.

With an impressive track record of nearly 15 years, Ian has been supplying high-quality pet products to Australians, earning their trust and loyalty.

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