While Twilight is not my first puppy ever, it’s been a minute since we have had a tiny puppy in our home. It’s taken awhile, but thanks to free one-day shipping, we’ve managed to get everything we need to take care of our star puppy.
Not everyone believes in crate-training, and neither Tinkerbell nor Lucy were raised this way, but I now swear by crate training. This keeps our belongings and Twilight safe (so she can’t get into anything dangerous while we’re gone or sleeping). We use a life stages crate with a divider so we can adjust the size to Twilight’s size, which is increasing very quickly. Twilight has actually learned to love her crate. Most nights she goes into it willingly, and it’s one of her favorite spots for a quick nap. And I don’t wake up to pee on the carpet. Speaking of which…
Playas gonna play and puppies gonna pee. Luckily, we didn’t need a lot of them, but pee pads are absolutely necessary to keep in a crate, or whatever room or area you keep your youngin’ while you’re gone. That is, unless you like cleaning up pee that has spread all over the floor.
Puppies don’t know how to go on walks obediently, so in addition to a leash and collar, I recommend a harness. This way, you won’t need to worry about your precious new family member slipping out of their collar while you’re attempting to cross the street. I recommend the Puppia harness, as it has extra padding and distributes the weight evenly across their chest. It’s also very easy to slip on and off.
If you’re traveling anywhere, even just to the veterinarian, you should get a seatbelt for your puppy. It’s inexpensive, and a good way to keep your nervous or energetic pup from trying to crawl into your lap while you’re driving. And as much as I hate to bring up this scenario, it’s important: this thing could save your pup’s life in the case of a car wreck. Just make sure you are using it with a harness, or it will become more dangerous than life-saving!
I’m stating the obvious, here, but a variety of toys is necessary for a puppy. It’s a great distraction from your chewable furniture, hands, and shoes. When Twilight tries to chew on things, we tell her “No,” and give her one of her toys instead. I recommend some tennis balls, soft plush squeaky toys, a rope toy, and some harder chew toys. Twilight’s never bored.
Portable Water Bowl
If you plan on taking your puppy, or even full grown dog, for a walk this summer, I suggest you get a portable water bowl. Take a break and let your panting puppy rehydrate. It’s hot outside!
Quality Puppy Chow
This is a brand new dog. Don’t ruin it! Feed your puppy quality food, and you’ll have an easier time cleaning up after them, and they’ll be less smelly. You’ll love them more. Get some good treats while you’re at it!
I bet you didn’t think of this one! You’ll realize you forgot to get it the second your pup decides to roll around in the mud. Oops. Make sure you get a shampoo for puppies, as they can be a little more sensitive than full-grown dogs.
Dog owners, what else would you add to the list? What are some of your pup’s favorite products?