There is always a dose of excitement and happiness when a new puppy is introduced into a home. And since this is usually compared as the arrival of a newborn, puppies also need some essential stuff that can make their days comfier, happier and easier. And while the starter baby kit can be quite overwhelming, new puppy owners don’t have to try as hard as their task is simpler. Depending on the type and size of your pup, you can choose between extra small, small, medium, large or even extra large puppy packs from a pets shop. These puppy packs are specifically made so your dog can use the items for a long period of time.
Collar & Leash
No matter how small or big your puppy, wearing a collar is a must, especially in Australia. By wearing one, your dog can be safely returned to you in case it gets lost, as the collar holds your dog’s license and identification tag on which your name and your phone number are engraved. When in the pets shop for choosing a collar for your dog, the key pointers is to choose one that fits perfectly on its neck, meaning not too tight or too loose. You should be able to fit two fingers between your dog’s neck and the collar. Keep in mind that as your dog gets older, you should change the collar.
The leash, on the other hand, should be attached to the collar as its purpose is to give you control during obedience training or walks. Both collars and leashes are available in a range of materials like leather, nylon, polyester, etc.
Whether you buy a ready-made pack or not, having a dog pod/bed is a must. Beds and pods are paramount especially the first night your puppy gets home as this is a way to show that you care for it. The main purpose of beds is to keep your little one warm and cosy especially when the weather is cooler. Once your little one is bigger and house trained, you can invest in something different. Pillows, dog-sized couches, cushions and memory-foam mattresses are just some of the many types of dog beds from which you can choose. Regardless of the type of bed you choose, make sure you get the right size and check if it has a removable and washable cover.
Tip: If your dog tends to chew everything, avoid memory foam in order to prevent possible intestinal blockage.
Food & Water Bowls
Except for having a warm bed and a collar with an identification tag, your dog will need food and water bowls. Depending on the type of pack you choose or on your personal preferences, you can choose ceramic, stainless steel, plastic or even glass bowls, and all of them have their pros and cons. Out of all, plastic bowls are the least desirable option as not all types of them are dishwasher friendly. Plus, plastic is known as the material that can harbour bacteria and residue, but if you still opt for one, make sure you choose hard and a dishwasher-safe plastic bowl.
No matter how appealing ceramic and glass bowls are, they are breakable and pretty expensive, especially when compared to plastic, hence not the ideal choice for dogs. Last but not least, stainless steel bowls are the best option you have on the market. Although pricier, they are durable, dishwasher-safe, impossible to break and easy to clean which makes them dog-friendly.
Just like kids, puppies adore playing with toys. Generally speaking, they can be categorized into chew/hard rubber toys, plush toys (stuffed animals) to give them comfort, fetching toys (flying discs, balls) great for teeth flossing and playing, etc. Although there are lots of them available in pet shops, the key is to choose quality and durable toys and ones that are appropriate for its size.