Do You Have Everything You Need for Your New Puppy?

By PetcoBlogger on Mar. 22, 2017

Do you have everything you need for your new puppy? If you’re thinking of adding a puppy or dog to your family, here are some basic tips and some recommended items you'll want to have on hand before you bring him home:


1. Puppy proof your home.

Before your new puppy arrives, it’s important to puppy-proof your home. Look around your home at your puppy's eye level. Pick up anything you wouldn't want him to grab. Remember, puppies like to explore. Also remove houseplants that are toxic to dogs and use child safety locks wherever you store cleaning supplies or food. 

2. Create a safe space.

Designate an area of your house where your puppy will stay for the first few weeks while he adjusts to his new home. This area should be set up and ready to go before you bring him home. It should be gated to keep your puppy safe when you’re not with him.

A crate actually helps a new puppy adjust to his surroundings and it’s perfect for potty training too, since dogs won’t soil where they sleep. When you’re not home, and at bedtime, it’s also his safe place. To help him get used to the crate, place an indestructible toy inside. This will help keep his mind occupied and satisfy his instinct to chew.

3. Be prepared with food and food dishes.

Ceramic or stainless steel water and foods bowls are an excellent choice for your puppy as they are easy to clean and sanitize. And, while you may want to switch your puppy's food, initially keep him on the same food he's been eating. Sudden changes of food can cause stomach upset and diarrhea. If you decide to switch foods later, transition slowly over a period of seven to 10 days. Pick up the food bowl once he’s eaten so he learns that he eats only when his bowl is out. But his water bowl should always be available.

4. Teach him the basics.

Get a short leash so when your puppy’s not in his gated area, you can teach him polite manners. Designate an area outside as your puppy’s potty spot, and establish a daily routine right away. You’ll also want to start getting your puppy used to grooming routines right away — like brushing, bathing, tooth brushing and nail trims.

5. Schedule an appointment with the veterinarian.

Schedule an appointment with your veterinarian within the first week for a routine checkup and to discuss your puppy’s vaccination schedule, spaying or neutering and proper nutrition. You can also ask for suggestions on when to socialize your puppy and begin interactive training classes with a certified professional dog trainer.

Preparing for your puppy’s first few weeks in his new home will make his transition a happy one.

6. Follow this handy check list of the food and supplies that you'll want to have on hand when you bring home your new puppy:

7. Here are some handy additional supplies:

  • Vitamins and supplements: Always consult a veterinarian first.
  • Grooming
    • Wire slicker brush and wide-tooth comb for longhair dogs
    • Bristle brush and fine-tooth metal comb for shorthair dogs
    • Dog nail clippers
    • Cotton balls and swabs
    • Dog toothbrush and toothpaste
    • Puppy shampoo
    • Flea & tick control
  • Dog gate or partition for blocking doorways
  • Housetraining aids

If you’ve added a new pet to your family, go to your local Petco and ask a store partner for a free New Pet Companion Care Pack! Go to petco.com to find the store nearest you.

Get started on the right paw with Petco Positive Dog Training. Our certified trainers can help you and your puppy bond while you learn the basics.

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