Is it true you’re going to buy a puppy? Congratulations on your new role as a paw-rent! While it would be unethical to compare dog ownership to child-rearing, there are some parallels: It takes time, work, patience, money, and a lot of effort. And, similar to rearing a child, you’ll be showered with affection – but your canine companion is considerably more likely to kiss your face in gratitude than your human child (we hope, anyway).
Parenting a puppy, like any other sort of child, may be challenging. There is a lot for both of you to learn, and you should get started before bringing your new pet home. Thankfully, we’ve put together the Ultimate New Puppy Checklist to assist you. From the fundamentals to necessities like pet insurance and a dog DNA test, here is all you’ll need to be a great pet parent.
Make sure you’re prepared for the huge responsibility that owning a dog entails!
To not be too motherly on you, raising a puppy is a full-time job, especially in the first few months. Before you become a pet parent, make sure you can provide a puppy with the care and attention it needs.
Even simple tasks need a significant amount of work. New pups should be fed three to four times a day and promptly walked or brought outdoors – and even then, they’ll certainly have messes indoors that you’ll have to clean up. Puppies will most likely wake you up in the middle of the night to go potty (which is much better than some pups, who will just leave a mess for you to step in the next morning). Puppies also require a significant amount of socializing and exercise, which can be time-consuming for anybody, especially if you’re balancing your job, school, or children.
Make no mistake about it. It’s satisfying – yet, like most satisfying things, it’s a lofty order. It’s fine if it sounds like a little too much for you. There are many mature dogs looking for homes that will love you wholeheartedly and demand less work right away.
Puppy-proof your home
Make sure your new puppy’s “home” is secure and comfortable for him or her before bringing him or her home. Preparing for the pitter-patter of small paws is similar to child- and baby-proofing a home before bringing the pitter-patter of little feet into your life. To begin:
- It’s possible that you’ll have to rearrange parts of your furniture and décor to make enough place for indoor zooming! Your pup will need space to play, so put anything fragile somewhere where they won’t be able to knock it over.
- Using a gate to keep your puppy safe from harmful falls until they learn to run up and down stairs is a good idea.
- Make sure your yard is fenced if you have one. If you have an in-ground pool, keep it fenced or otherwise out of reach of your dog. Make sure they can’t get to the ladder or stairs if you have an above-ground pool. Also, ensure that your furry friend doesn’t have access to any potentially hazardous plants in your garden, such as daffodils.
- Stock up on anti-chew spray and sprinkle your wiring, furniture, shoes, and anything else they could munch on (which is a lot with a teething dog).
- Keep your puppy away from the laundry, especially dryer sheets, which are hazardous to canines.
- Hide shoes, socks, and any other tiny objects that may be mistaken for a chew toy by your puppy.
- Electrical cables and wires should be kept out of their reach and sight.
- Houseplants, many of which are poisonous to pets, should be kept out of reach.
- Purchase garbage cans with snap-on lids (or place them in a hidden cabinet).
- If your puppy sheds, make sure you have lint rollers, a vacuum, dust mops, and/or a rubber broom on hand to sweep up the stray hair.
- Food, medication, and chemical cupboards should all be locked.
Are you unsure whether or not your dog can reach something? To gain a dog’s-eye view go down on all fours for a minute.
Invest in puppy supplies
Before you take your new best buddy home, they’ll require some equipment. Start with the essentials for now, and then go shopping for extras later, based on your puppy’s temperament and preferences:
- Puppy food
- Puppy treats, including training treats
- Stainless steel, dishwasher-safe food bowls, and water bowls
- Adjustable collar (since pups grow quickly!)
- Basic leash
- ID tags with contact info like a phone number
- Long leash for training
- Poop bags
- Potty training pads
- Puppy dental treats, toothbrush, and toothpaste
- Enzyme cleaner for accidents
- Grooming supplies (high-quality comb/brush for your puppy’s fur type, plus nail clippers and puppy shampoo)
- Anti-chew spray (for the leash!)
- Training clicker
- Dog crate and dog bed with ample room to grow
- Puppy toys (one each of squeak, chew toys, plush, and puzzle, plus the old classic – a ball!)
- Blankets (if you live in a colder area)
- Baby gate or playpen
Invest in Health Care Services
It is also a great idea to begin making financial plans. It’s difficult to imagine an accident or disease afflicting your brand-new puppy, but knowing how you’d pay for any large veterinary bills might give you peace of mind as your dog grows older (and gets into mischief).
Pet insurance is one method to ensure that you’re protected in the event of a disaster, and the younger your canine is when you get a policy, the more probable it is that treatments for future health issues will be covered (and not denied as pre-existing conditions).
Find a veterinarian
One of the first items on your new puppy’s to-do list will be a check-up, and finding a vet you like and trust can take some time. It’s a good idea to shop around before bringing your new friend home, so you can choose a vet who is a good match for you and within your budget.
Knowing where you’d transport your dog in an emergency and who you’d call is equally vital; figuring it out on the fly can add stress to an already difficult situation.
House train your puppy
Now comes the truly difficult part! It’s not simple to house train a puppy, but it’s a wonderful experience! Dr Sievert’s house-training advice:
- If you are contemplating obtaining a new puppy, having an older, well-behaved dog around might assist a younger dog in learning the house rules. Because dogs are herd creatures, the elder dog will automatically assume the role of pack leader, while the younger dog will imitate their actions.
- Puppies consume four to five meals every day. They normally have to go bathroom 10 minutes after eating. When that happens, it’s time to place them on the potty pad. Use the same toilet pad numerous times to help them link the smell with the act of urinating or pooping.
- You may start taking them out when they’ve had their vaccines. Walking will help them move their intestines, and they will most likely defecate. Make it a point to walk at the same time every day.
A professional dog trainer may make the process of teaching your puppy much easier.
Visit Telehealth Providers Like Pawp
There’s a strong possibility you’ll have some queries if you’re a first-time pet parent. If your pup ingests something he shouldn’t and becomes sick, should you hurry him to the clinic or wait until morning to see how he feels?
Pawp, a telemedicine company, is an excellent choice. Their veterinarians are available to answer your questions 24 hours a day, seven days a week. While they cannot prescribe medicine or physically examine your dog as your vet can, they can assist you in making decisions and provide advice on a variety of issues, from anxiety and behavioural issues to rashes and strange poop (trust us, you’ll have poop questions). Give it a free trial the next time you run across one.
Get a Pet Sitter
Getting a pet sitter is another thing that you may consider when getting a new pup. There are many advantages of taking this step, and they are as follows:
- Knowing that your pet is in capable, loving hands is reassuring.
- Having faith in the pet sitter’s ability to handle other matters, such as grooming and doctor visits
- Eradicating the stress of having to transfer and abandon your pet
- You won’t have to bother your family, friends, or neighbours.
- Feeling safer in your own home (with someone going in and out several times a day)
Not every pet sitter works in the same manner, and they aren’t all professionals. When it comes to hiring a pet sitter, it’s critical to make sure you’ve hired the correct individual to look after your favourite pet.
There you have it! With this checklist, you are fully prepared to become a great pet parent and watch your furry companion grow in good health.