The Ultimate Puppy Checklist
A new puppy can bring a lot of excitement and joy to our lives, and while rearing them is no small feat, it can be a really rewarding experience to see them grow and develop into loving adult dogs. To make sure your new pup has everything they need for their first few weeks in their forever home, we’ve compiled the ultimate puppy checklist.
1. A Food and Water Bowl
Stainless steel or ceramic bowls are a good choice for puppies. Plastic bowls can be easily chewed, and chew marks can become a haven for bacteria to thrive.
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2. Bed and Blankets
Your puppy is going to need somewhere to sleep, so invest in a comfy puppy bed and blanket to help them settle in. Some owners find that a dog crate can also help to create a nice secure environment.
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3. ID Tag
Although microchipping is compulsory in England and Wales, it is still the law that all dogs wear an ID tag in public. This tag should have your name and contact details so that you can easily be reunited if your little one wanders off.
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Although you won’t be walking your new arrival straight away, you will still need to have an adjustable puppy harness and lead ready for them. This will be a new concept for your puppy, so practicing wearing the harness and lead around the house will be essential before taking your first walk.
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5. Natural Calming Spray
Contact your local vet and ask about the natural calming sprays they have available. This is going to be a very stressful time for your new arrival and these sprays can have a nice calming effect. Spray a little on their bedding and surrounding area as well as yourself.
6. Puppy Training Pads
Toilet training is key, and puppy training pads will be perfect to assist you with this. Place the pad in the toilet area and your puppy will be attracted to the pad by its in-built scent. This is a very hygienic solution to house training.
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7. Puppy Toys
Dogs love toys! A good selection of toys, such as balls, ropes and squeaky toys, should be available for your puppy to provide plenty of stimulation and help keep boredom at bay.
8. Teething Toys
There are lots of puppy toys on the market for puppies to sink their teeth into, so be sure to purchase ones suited to your puppy’s breed. Dog toys need to be non-toxic, durable and not too tough for your little one’s teeth.
9. Nutritious Puppy Food
Choose a healthy puppy food that’s going to give them everything they need to grow and develop into happy adult dogs. Burns Puppy Food is based on our award-winning adult food that is made with a handful of simple, natural ingredients to help them thrive.
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If you have a nice cosy blanket ready, it may be best to drop this off with your new puppy a couple of days before you are due to collect them. This will allow the blanket time to pick up their Mum’s scent and provide comfort for them on their first night in their new home.
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