What to Buy Before Bringing a Puppy Home - Zach's Pet Shop

Ever stood in a pet store, overwhelmed by the amount of puppy products, wondering "What to buy before bringing a puppy home?"

The answer's simpler than it seems. Sure, they'll love to gnaw on a squeaky toy or two but there are other things that matter more.

We're talking about essential puppy supplies for their comfort and safety, tools for training, products to keep them clean and healthy, travel products, even items just to give them some peace at night.

By the time we wrap up this chat, you'll have a clear picture of what to buy before bringing a puppy home. So strap in, we're about to take off on a tail-wagging adventure!

Table Of Contents:

Essential New Puppy Checklist

Before you introduce your pup to their new home, make sure you have all the necessary supplies ready. You'll need items that will help your furry friend adjust and feel comfortable in their new environment.

Puppy Food

To ensure a happy and healthy puppy, your pup needs nutritious food tailored for its age, size, and breed. A good puppy food brand is crucial because puppies grow fast.

A Comfortable Bed

A soft bed gives your pup a safe spot to snooze. It also helps them understand where they should sleep - not on your favourite couch!

Collar and Leash

You can't forget about walks. A harness or collar with an ID tag and owner contact details as well as a leash are must-haves before your puppy arrives.

Puppy Pads

Puppy pads are an essential investment before bringing a new puppy home. Puppy pads provide a convenient and hygienic solution for early potty training.

Food and Water Dog Bowls

Providing puppies with continuous access to fresh water is essential. Investing in high-quality dog bowls and an automatic feeder not only improves mealtime satisfaction but also plays a significant role in promoting your puppy's overall health and well-being.

Dog Crate

Acquiring a puppy crate for your new pup is a crucial step in successful crate training, offering a secure and comforting space that aids in housetraining.

Cleaning Products

Puppies, in their early stages of learning, may have occasional accidents and make messes.

To navigate this crucial phase successfully, it's essential to be well-prepared with a range of essential cleaning products, such as paper towels, disinfectant spray and stain neutraliser products. DoggieBalms Odour neutraliser spray is a great way to keep things smelling fresh.

Toys for Chewing

All pups love to chew. Durable chew toys save furniture from those tiny but destructive teeth while keeping your little one entertained.

Puppy proofing supplies

Before bringing home your new furry friend, it's highly recommended to invest in puppy-proofing supplies that align with your house rules.

From gates and playpens to restrict access in certain areas to cord covers, these precautions not only ensure your puppy's safety but also set clear boundaries.

Flea, Tick and Worm Treatment

Acquiring both worming treatment and parasite prevention before welcoming a new puppy is crucial for proactively safeguarding their well-being.

Training toy suggestions for puppies

Training Tools for Puppies

Your pup's training is vital.  And trust me, as a new puppy owner myself I know the value of good training tools.

Clicker tools are a great place to start with puppy training. They're like magic wands that let your puppy know when they've done something right.

You'll also need training treats to reward good behaviour. Make sure you get small ones so they don't fill up too quickly and lose interest in the training session.

Last but not least are chew toys – because if puppies can't gnaw on these, then say goodbye to your furniture legs. So make sure you stock up on those from Zach's Pet Shop before bringing home your fur baby.

Some training tools are good for young puppies

Health and Grooming Products

Maintaining your puppy's health and hygiene is vital. Here, we'll go over the necessary health and grooming products you should purchase.

Primarily, you'll need to get a superior quality gentle shampoo to keep your pup's coat clean and lustrous. This will also help maintain their overall hygiene and prevent any skin issues.

In addition to shampoo, it's important to take care of your puppy's dental health. Invest in dental chews or toothpaste specifically designed for dogs. Regular dental treats will help keep your puppy's teeth clean and prevent dental problems.

Lastly, don't forget about nail care. Long nails can be uncomfortable for your puppy and may cause issues with walking.

Purchase a pair of nail clippers designed for dogs and learn how to trim your puppy's nails safely.

You'll need some health and grooming products

Toys for Mental Stimulation and Playtime

When it comes to amusing your pup, not all playthings are equal. Some toys are designed especially to promote mental stimulation, a vital aspect of puppy development.

Puzzle toys, for instance, can be filled with treats that your furry friend needs to figure out how to get. This gives them a fun challenge while also rewarding their problem-solving skills.

If you're looking at physical exercise, tug-of-war ropes or fetch balls are perfect. These allow puppies to expend energy in a playful manner while enhancing their coordination skills.

A well-stimulated pup is often happier and healthier so don't skimp on the playthings.

Mental stimulation is great for active puppies

Safety Measures for Puppies

Ensuring your puppy's safety is crucial. A secure environment lets them explore and grow without any hiccups. The first step to achieving this is puppy proofing your home.

Puppy-proofing involves securing potentially dangerous areas like electrical cords, which can be tasty but perilous chew toys. But don't stop there. Make sure to stash away small objects that could become choking hazards too.

Another safety measure for your puppy is a puppy playpen. They serve as an essential safety measure for puppies by providing a secure and confined space, ensuring their well-being and preventing potential hazards and unwanted chewing in the surrounding environment.

An important part of their safe haven is a good quality crate. This isn't just a cage—it's more like their personal bedroom where they feel safe and cosy. Plus, it'll help with toilet training.

Saftey considerations around the home

Travel Essentials for Puppies

Taking a trip with your pup? You'll need more than just their cute little faces. Let's get into the essentials.

Puppy Travel Crate

A sturdy and comfortable travel crate is crucial. It keeps them safe during the journey and gives them a familiar space to relax in.

Car Harness

A car harness is an essential travel item for puppies, ensuring their safety during car rides by securely restraining them and preventing any potential accidents or injuries.

Portable Water Bowl and Food Container

No one likes being hungry or thirsty on a road trip, especially not puppies. Portable water bowls and food bowls let you feed them whenever they're peckish, no matter where you are.

Toys & Treats

To keep boredom at bay, bring along some of their favourite play toys or treats from home. This will help make travel fun rather than stressful for your puppy.

Making your pup feel comfortable

Comfort Items for Puppies

The first few nights in a new home can be tough on your pup. A cosy bed like the Somerzby Calming Dog Bed lets them snuggle up and feel secure.

Comfort toys such as the All For Paws Little Buddy Heartbeat Sheep, included in the All For Paws Puppy Starter Kit gives them something soft and comforting to snuggle up with.

Encased in a soft plush exterior, the Heart Beat Sheep houses a subtle plastic heart designed to beat gently, creating a comforting sensation for puppies. This unique feature allows them to both hear and feel the soothing heartbeat, fostering a sense of security by mimicking the reassuring presence of their mother.

Noises at night might scare them but playing soothing sounds can help ease their worries and ensure they feel cherished and secure in their new home.

New Starter Kits are great idea

Puppy's First Aid Kit

Being prepared for emergencies is crucial when you have a new puppy. A well-equipped first aid kit can be a real blessing in unexpected circumstances.

Essential Items for Your Puppy's First Aid Kit

The essentials include bandages, antiseptic wipes, and tweezers to handle minor injuries. Also consider adding hydrogen peroxide, which can induce vomiting if your pup ingests something harmful but always check with your vet before use.

Making Use of the First Aid Kit

Having the right items is not enough; being aware of how to use them properly is key when it comes to pet first aid. Brush up on basic pet first aid so you're ready to act when needed.

Note: Always consult with a vet in case of an emergency or any health concerns regarding your pet.

Pet insurance guards against the unknown

Pet Insurance

Much like health insurance for humans, pet insurance provides a financial safety net for unexpected veterinary expenses. Puppies, full of boundless energy and curiosity, can occasionally find themselves in unforeseen situations that may lead to accidents or health issues.

By securing pet insurance early on, you not only ensure prompt and comprehensive medical care for your new companion but also alleviate the potential financial burden that might accompany unexpected veterinary bills.

It's a proactive measure that underscores your commitment to the well-being of your furry friend, offering peace of mind and allowing you to focus on building a happy and healthy life together.

FAQs in Relation to What to Buy Before Bringing a Puppy Home

What should I get before I bring my puppy home?

You'll need essentials like a comfy bed, food and water bowls, nutritious food, a crate or playpen, toys for playtime, grooming supplies, and training tools.

Where should the puppy sleep the first night?

The best spot is in a secure crate near your bedroom. This lets you keep an eye on them and provides comfort during their first night.

What do I need to bring home an 8 week old puppy?

An 8-week-old pup needs similar items: a cosy bed or crate for sleeping, quality food for feeding times plus some chewy toys to ease teething troubles.

How long can you leave an 8 week old puppy in a crate?

A good rule of thumb is no more than one hour per month of age. So ideally don't leave your eight-week-old pup alone in the crate longer than two hours max.

Ian's Wrap

As we wrap up this guide on "What to Buy Before Bringing a Puppy Home", we trust you're now all set to kick off this exciting chapter.

From comfy beds to practical training gear, make these purchases work for you and your pup.

Remember, every dog is unique, so tailor your shopping to their style. Here's to less mess, more fun, and a seamless start to the adventures with your new furry sidekick!

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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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