“How can I prepare for my new puppy? “
Our puppy checklist can help you prepare for a new puppy. We’ve put together the Essentials of what you’ll need to think about when deciding to get a puppy, before your puppy comes home.
☐ Somerford Raw baby puppy food – It is important to start your puppy on a premium diet straight away for a lifetime of good health. Somerford Baby Puppy Food Formula contains additional protein & calcium to support the fast growth of very young puppies, it’s a naturally complete and balanced raw diet.
☐ Worming – Other than your puppy’s heart worm injection there are still several other worms you need to protect your new puppy from.
☐ Training treats- Most puppies will love being rewarded with puppy treats during training sessions.
☐ Food & Water bowls- Choosing the right bowl for your pet is more than picking out your favourite colour, factors like material, design and functionality are important too.
☐ Collar & Lead - Puppies are explorers and can move quickly when they want to, this is one of the reasons a well-fitted collar is essential.
☐ Crate & Bedding –It is essential that you spend the extra dollar to buy a good quality crate to prevent your puppy chewing and breaking off pieces causing a choking hazard.
☐ Training pads – Puppy pads are a useful aid for toilet training, especially at the stage in your puppy's life when they need to go frequently.
☐ Teething Treats - The natural chewing motion can help reduce plaque, therefore a natural teething treat such as a lamb’s ear or shark cartilage is essential for your puppy. Teething treats are also great to help sooth your new pups anxiety for when they first arrive home.
☐ Toys - Toys help fight boredom when you must leave your dog at home and provide comfort when they are feeling nervous. They also provide your puppy with mental stimulation.
☐ Grooming Essentials – Brush to remove excess hair from puppy’s coat. Shampoo and conditioner to keep your puppy clean and promote healthy coat and skin. Natural Ear Cleaner to prevent your puppy for getting ear infection (this is important in floppy ear breads). Nail Clippers to keep your puppy’s nails short and healthy. Regularly grooming your puppy from a young age desensitises them making it easier and less stressful to groom them when they are older.
Bringing your new puppy home can be an exciting time but can also be a nervous time, you want to make sure your puppy has the best start in life so they can grow into a happy and healthy adult. We have put together this Puppy Care Guide with a couple of extra things what are not on the Puppy Checklist to make this transition into being a puppy owner easier.
☐ Flea & Tick prevention- Spring and summer aren't the only seasons when fleas and ticks are active. The warmth of a heated home can also serve as a breeding ground for them. So, it's vital to use products year-round, even if your pet never leaves the house.
☐ Oesteocare - Osteocare Joint Health Chews contains glucosamine, chondroitin which provide cartilage health. They have a balance combination of vitamins and minerals that worked together to maintain the health of your puppies growing joints and bones.
☐ Car Seat Restraints - In a crash or under heavy braking a properly restrained puppy is less likely to become airborne, decreasing the risk of serious injury to the puppy, the driver and other passengers, or other vehicles. Unknown to most people, in NSW it is now a legal requirement to have your pet retrained whilst operating a motor vehicle.
☐ Kennel - Having a kennel for your puppy provides them with a warm and dry place in the winter, but cool and shady in the summer for when you need to leave your puppy outside.
☐ Harness - Using a harness makes it easier to control and manage your puppy even those with leash manners that aren’t quite perfected. Harnesses also prevent them from getting tangled up in the leash and possibly hurt in the process. Harnesses offer better control, which is especially important on busy streets or in crowd.
☐ Training clicker - A clicker is a tool that can make positive reinforcement training more efficient. After being repeatedly associated with a treat or reward, a clicker becomes a conditioned reinforcer. Clicker training can help you better and more effectively communicate with your dog during training sessions