Finding the best products your new puppy is a challenge all puppy parents must face. Dog beds, collars, water and food bowls, treats, toys…how do you know which products to choose? You may find yourself overwhelmed, and asking yourself “does my puppy really need doggy couture?” or “what products are a must-have for puppies?” Being […]
Finding the best products your new puppy is a challenge all puppy parents must face. Dog beds, collars, water and food bowls, treats, toys…how do you know which products to choose? You may find yourself overwhelmed, and asking yourself “does my puppy really need doggy couture?” or “what products are a must-have for puppies?”
Being confused is absolutely normal! There’s actually no reason to splurge on puppy products. We know that it’s tempting but if you don’t want to break the bank, we recommend choosing the essential puppy products first. That way, when you have everything set up and ready at home, your puppy will have a wonderful homecoming!
Here are a few puppy products every new puppy parent should have!
When it comes to your puppy, a collar and leash goes all the way! Every puppy needs a collar and a leash to go on adventures with you, whether it’s around the neighborhood or at a doggy park. Your puppy’s collar can be plain or fancy; it all depends on what you personally want for your puppy. The collar is also an essential item because it holds your puppy’s ID and rabies tag.
Be sure that your puppy’s collar is able to attach to a leash. It must also fit into their neck without it being too tight. Place two fingers between the collar and your puppy’s neck to check if the collar is loose or tight. It’s better that your puppy’s collar is a little loose than too tight. You will also need to purchase new collars every time your puppy outgrows them. For your puppy’s leash, make sure it’s strong and 4 feet in length. A shorter length means you’ll have better control of your puppy when you’re out on walks or training.
A crate is a huge must-have for puppy parents! Crates are great tools to use for training purposes. It also allows you to keep your puppy in a confined space while you have guests over or clean your home. You may think that a crate may make your puppy feel isolated or lonely but don’t worry! Crates actually reinforce your pup’s natural instincts as a den animal. Puppies prefer sleeping in a space that’s safe, cozy, and den-like, which crates provide.
Many crates are made from different materials. These include stainless steel, plastic, and fiberglass. Of the choices you have, stainless steel is the type that can last a long time. They are easy to set up and your puppy will feel safe sleeping or relaxing inside. Plastic crates are lightweight and easy to maintain. They also provide a sense of security for puppies at home or traveling with their owners. Like plastic crates, fiberglass crates are lightweight and replicate the same warm dens that canines in the wild enjoy.
When choosing a crate, you must check that your fur-baby can sit, stand, turn around, and lie down while inside. The crate should also not be too large since your furry friend may use a corner as a toilet.
As we’ve mentioned, puppies love having a nice, cozy spot for naps and sleep, especially when they’re first home. A dog bed will give your pet the much needed comfort they desire. There are a variety of dog beds to choose from, including small beds, fleece beds, and dome dog beds. What matters, of course, is your puppy’s comfort. Your puppy’s first bed should be small or medium-sized so that they can have sufficient space for relaxation.
Later on, you can definitely purchase some pillows, cushions, and other snuggly items to make their bed very cozy. Be sure to prevent your puppy from chewing on their bedding as it can contain foam or other materials that can make them sick. If your puppy is in the chewing phase, switch over to a soft blanket for the time being.
Puppies also need food and water bowls to eat and drink while at home. A variety of bowls are available for purchase at Petland. Most types of water and food bowls are made of ceramic, stainless steel, glass, or plastic. Which one is the best for your puppy? Well, it all depends on your personal taste. Each bowl has their individual benefits and setbacks. Ceramic bowls, for example, can be heavy and expensive but they often have a stylish flair that interests puppy parents. Glass bowls are easy to clean so bacteria and debris are rarely a problem. Plastic bowls are also easy to clean but puppies may chew on it, especially if they’re in their chewing phase. Stainless steel bowls are the best choice for puppies. Why? Puppies can’t chew or carry the bowl around. It also doesn’t collect bacteria and debris if the bowls are cleaned.
Puppies have pretty big appetites, regardless of size and breed. That’s because puppies need a nutritional, high-calorie meal that helps their bodies grow. The food you give your puppy is incredibly important so it needs to meet their demanding energy. There are various food brands that have the right combination of protein, carbohydrates, fats, minerals, and vitamins that can help your pup grow into a healthy adult dog.
When shopping for a food brand, review the ingredients in each food label to see the amount of nutrients it contains. And if you aren’t sure what your puppy needs to be healthy, discuss your pet’s nutrition with your vet or with one of our Pet counselors for well-educated advice.
Buy essential puppy products as soon as possible to give your puppy the best experience on their first day at home. When you have everything ready, you’ll have time to help your puppy become adjusted to their new home, and cuddle and play with them. Having these items in your house ensures that your puppy will have a happy homecoming!
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