Paws-ing To Prepare: Dogs

Ready to bring home your new pet?

Make sure you have the following ready to go, for their big arrival:



Collar with ID Tag and Leash

A collar and leash are essential to take your new puppy for walks, and many (if not most) cities have laws requiring your dog to be leashed. Always keep a collar with tags on your pet. A collar with ID tag, listing your contact information, is helpful for your pet to wear, in the event they get away from you and lost.  It’s easier to return lost pets to their families, if current contact information is handy. Make sure the collar is snug enough not to slip over the puppy’s head.


Harness and Gentle Leaders

For some dogs, it’s a good idea to use either a harness or gentle leader, in conjunction with the leash. These tools will help when training your puppy to walk nicely with you, and minimize how much they can pull and strain against the leash.


Food and Water Bowls

Stainless steel food and water bowls are durable and do not rust, break or chip.  Puppies that are teething will chew anything in sight, which can be a problem when using plastic.  Stainless steel is also more sanitary than plastic. When selecting their diet, speak to your veterinarian, as they will have recommendations based on the age and health status of your pet.


Crates and Bedding

Crate training your puppy is an excellent idea – when trained properly, the crate becomes a safe place for your pet to enjoy. Dogs are instinctively den animals, so providing them with a “den” in the form of a crate fulfills that instinct. Crate training can also help with house training, eliminating destructive behaviour and providing your pet with a sense of routine and security.  Crates come in a variety of sizes and materials. Your veterinarian can help guide you in your selection. Providing your dog with bedding (in and out of the crate) is also ideal, as it provides your pet with a comfortable area to rest and play.


Brush and Comb

Grooming your puppy every day teaches him to like being handled by people.  The best time to do this is when the puppy is sleepy, as he will enjoy your gentle touch.


Puppy Toys

Rubber toys are almost indestructible and may last years.  Choose a smaller size for young puppies (helpful during teething), and a larger size for large puppies.  Your puppy should be supervised when playing with toys to ensure no injuries to your puppy, and that the toys are not swallowed.


Make sure it is a safe toy!  Squeaky toys and balls can be used when you are teaching the puppy new obedience commands.  They could be easily chewed into pieces, be sure to watch your pet when playing with these types of products.

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