New Puppy Checklist 2021 – I’m getting a new puppy, what do I need?
So you’ve made the big decision to welcome a new bundle of joy into your life – but before you bring him home, you need to get prepared!
You wander into your local pet store full of excitement and ask the assistant “I’m getting a new puppy, what do I need? Is there a new puppy checklist?” whilst piling toys and treats into your trolley.
But in all seriousness – when this was me, I was so overwhelmed by everything and needed some guidance on what essentials Penny needed over and above everything else. To add to my woes, I couldn’t ask Jon, my partner for advice as Penny was going to be a surprise for him and my daughter…so I was on my own…literally.
The New Puppy Checklist
So getting back to my question – “I’m getting a new puppy, what do I need? Do you have a new puppy checklist?” here are the essentials to get you through the first few months of puppy parenthood.
The New Puppy Essentials Checklist
Our new puppy checklist should be substantial enough for most breeds of pup, however, do keep in mind that all breeds are different and some may have more specialised needs that may not be reflected on this list.
We have tried to recommend product examples for each of the categories listed, but again, please do bear in mind your own needs and of course your own budget and use this list as a guide.
Somewhere for your pup to rest their weary eyes, because in the first few months, your pup will sleep a lot. One of he biggest things to look for in a dog bed is that it is easily washable – think removable covers as puppies will often have accidents on their dog beds.
There are many different types of dog bed available, you can even fashion your own from blankets, towels or even pillows. Penny loves a soft and squishy bed with sides to lean up against, replicating the safety of her brothers and sisters when she was with her mum.
Penny Lou has an amazing collection of toys for your pup
A big tip from us is to get lots of different textured toys to help with teething and chewing in your pup. These types of toys are often quite inexpensive, so it doesn’t matter so much when they get destroyed.
I would also recommend getting a plush toy and if you can, rub on your pup’s litter mates and mummy so that you can bring the scent of your pup’s family home with them. This is great to help them settle in to their new surroundings.
Check out our amazing collection of collars
We know a thing or two about collars here at Penny Lou, and who said that your pups first collar has to be boring. When I was searching for something for Penny, I was underwhelmed with the lack of colour and individuality.
You will need to get your pup used to wearing a collar as soon as you can so it is an essential part of your new puppy haul. If you are wanting your pup to wear bowties and bandanas as they grow, it’s also a good idea to get them used to these as soon as you can.
Our Penny Lou bowties all come in smaller sizes for pups as they are growing, and our design is super snug to the collar which makes them almost un-noticeable to easily annoyed pooches.
Check out our amazing collection of leads
Your new pup wont be able to go on big adventures until they have had all of their vaccinations, however – as with the collar, it’s important to familiarise them with the lead at an early age. We would recommend a shorter lead of around 1.2 – 1.5metres in length for starters.
With Penny, we used the lead when potty training, and would guide her in the garden by the lead to where she could do her business. In time you may want to invest in an extendable lead but in the first instance this isn’t essential.
In the UK, the Control of Dogs Order 1992 means that your puppy must have a collar with the name and address (including postcode) of the owner engraved or written on it or engraved onto a tag. Your telephone number is optional, but we would advise to include it.
You can get a variety of different name tags online in advance of your new arrival or you can head to your local Pets at Home who engrave these whilst you wait.
In addition to this, we would always advise that you get your puppy microchipped. This is often done by the breeder before your pup comes home with you, so do double check with them if you are unsure.
A simple one – your pup will need a food and water bowl, there are so many available to choose from, but a simple stainless steel bowl is more than enough as a starting point for your pup.
As mentioned in #2 above, it’s a great idea to bring something home with your pup’s mum and siblings’ scent on. A blanket is the perfect thing for this, and often, the breeder will give you this when you collect your pup. Penny still has the blanket they gave to us, although it unfortunately has been washed since, she still has it with her in her bed.
We have a few soft and snuggly blankets, so we have one available whilst others are inevitably being washed. They are great for your pup to snuggle into and feel comfortable in their new home for the first few nights.
I would advise speaking to your breeder and for the first few months sticking to the same food your pup has previously been given. After time you may want to change onto a different type of food, but whilst they settle in it’s a good idea to keep things as consistent as possible.
Again, speak to your breeder and they will give you great advice – Penny started off with dry kibble soaked in a bit of warm water to make it softer on their tiny teeth.
This is dependent on your puppy’s breed, but Penny being a cockapoo it was a must to keep a well groomed coat. If you don’t keep on top of it, your dog’s fur may become knotted in a short time develop matting which can be quite painful to your pup.
Here are a few brush/comb types that you may consider: -
Basic Two Sided Pin Brush – an all rounder which works on most coats.
Slicker Brush – for removing mats and knots in longer coats.
Flea Comb – use this every once in a while to check for fleas.
That being said, I have found that a good old tangle teaser has been great to use on Penny, and if she’s in the mood, she will lie and let you brush her with that, so again, don’t feel like you have to buy expensive brushes in the first instance – an older hair brush may be all you need to get your pup used to the sensation.
It’s not a great idea to use your best shampoo on your puppy, as the harsh formula may be too much for their delicate skin. Invest in a puppy shampoo for when your little fluff ball needs a bath. We use Animology
products on Penny and I have to say they smell divine. Their “Puppy Love” shampoo
is a perfect starting point and can be purchased in a wide range of outlets too.
A boring one, but boy do you need these when you bring your pup home. For the first few months you are going to be chasing them around mopping up their little accidents, and you don’t want to be using your best Egyptian cotton towels for poop, pee and vomit.
Grab whatever you have around the house and make sure to keep them to hand – don’t forget to keep some in the car too.
You should always consider the future and what new puppy owner doesn’t want the best care for their new family member. Pet Insurance is a must to ensure your Puppy is well looked after whatever the future holds, with some vets bills that can build up to thousands of pounds, it’s essential to ensure you are covered for every eventuality.
Ensure you do your due diligence and research many different pet insurance companies and make sure that the cover you get covers all of your new puppy’s needs.
We crate trained Penny and have to say it was a great tool in getting her to settle into her new home. There are lots to choose from but we settled on the “Kong two door ultra-strong dog crate” from Pets at Home.
Obviously you’d need to adjust the size of the crate depending on the breed of your pup, but the great thing is that it comes with a divider to enable you to adjust the space to the size your pup needs – as a guide, a dog crate should be large enough for your puppy to stand up and turn around.
When it comes to puppies, there are so many things that you can get for them, the list is endless. But I hope our New Puppy Essentials Checklist helps you figure out what you need for a new puppy that will set you up for the best adventure of your life.
The New Puppy Essentials Checklist is a great starting point for your puppy but you will have to think about buying additional items as your pup continues to grow and develop. (Stay tuned for that blog coming soon)
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