About to become a new puppy owner? In that case, you should make sure you get the right supplies to make sure your dog goes through the adaptation phase smoothly.
Giving your pup it’s own cosy spot to curl up, relax, and feel warm and comfortable is very important at this stage (when it can feel lonely, sad, and miss its mother). This is where dog beds come into play. Soft and lightweight materials that provide a wool or cotton like feeling, acrylic for instance, would make a good dog beds material by mimicking the warmth previously provided by your pup’s mum. In terms of design, ones with raised edges can act as a comfy pillow on which your dog can rest its head or cuddle against. Since it won’t take long before the puppy’s first visit to the vet, models that are versatile and can fit inside carriers are also something to consider. Your dog’s scent that will already be present on the bed once put in the transporter will provide comfort and a sense of security during veterinarian visits (that may be stressful). You also want to make sure that the bedding is easy to maintain. This means that you need to look for one that washes and dries quickly as some accidents may happen while the dog is still in the potty training phase.
Food and Treats
Quality pet food can get your new puppy off to a good start. In the beginning, you’ll need to feed the pup with the same food that the shelter or the rescue fed provided so it doesn’t have a hard time with the food changes. If still you want to feed it something different, introduce it slowly – mix half cup of the new pet food into old pet food. Every few days cut back on the old pet food replacing it with your new one. Next, treats can also be a helpful supplement to your puppy’s diet and a great way to help it put on weight as it grows. They are also a must for the reward based training.
The best way to acquaint the new puppy with your home is by giving it a guided tour while on a leash. It will give him an understanding of which areas are accessible as in the beginning puppies should stay within a limited area where they can be supervised until they’re properly house trained. For a comfortable fit, consider a collar that allows two fingers of space between the collar and your dog’s neck. The length of the leash will affect how much room your pup has to roam, so a shorter leash might be more appropriate since you’re early in the training process.