Puppy Products For New Puppy Parents

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Finding the perfect products for your new fur-baby can be tricky. From dog beds to collars, there are so many products to choose from! Many new puppy parents find themselves overwhelmed with the countless amounts of items available at pet stores. They often ask themselves questions like “what kind of products are a must-have for […]

Finding the perfect products for your new fur-baby can be tricky. From dog beds to collars, there are so many products to choose from! Many new puppy parents find themselves overwhelmed with the countless amounts of items available at pet stores. They often ask themselves questions like “what kind of products are a must-have for my puppy?” or “does my puppy really need doggy couture?” 

In truth, there’s no need to splurge on puppy products, even if you’re tempted to spend any money on your cuddly friend. We recommend picking the most essential items your puppy needs the moment they arrive home. When you prepare ahead and have all products ready for use at home, you make your puppy’s homecoming a special one.

Here are a few puppy products every new puppy parent should have!

1. Collar and leash

When it comes to your puppy, you can never go wrong with a collar and leash! Every puppy needs both to go on adventures with you. Your puppy’s collar can be either plain or fancy—you choose the style and look based on your preferences and your puppy’s personality. This collar is highly essential because it will hold your fur-baby’s information through their ID and rabies tag. Make sure your collar has a tag that can attach to a leash, which you will need to go outside on walks or the dog park with your pup.

Your puppy’s collar should fit onto their neck without it being too tight or too loose. If you aren’t sure, place two fingers between your pup’s collar and their neck. It should be loose enough so that they’re able to breathe. Of course, as your puppy grows, you will need to upgrade their collars. As for your puppy’s leash, it should be strong and at least 4 feet in length. A shorter leash helps you keep control of your puppy during walks and training. You can choose a leash that contains a loop so that it’s easy to grip. 

2. Crates

A crate is a must-have for any puppy parent! Crates are great for training and keeping your puppy in a safe area within your house. This makes it easier to monitor and train your puppy. You may feel that a crate can be isolating or scary for your puppy. Crates, however, build on your pup’s natural instincts as a den animal. When puppies go to sleep, they prefer a home that’s safe, secure, and cozy—all of which crates provide! 

Many crates are made from several different materials such as stainless steel, plastic, and fiberglass. Stainless steel crates last a long time. They can be easy to fold and unfold, and provide your puppy with the sense of comfort they are looking for. Plastic and fiberglass crates are lightweight and easy to maintain. Plastic crates provide a measure of security not just in a home but while driving or flying. Fiberglass crates are similar to warm dens in the wild, especially if you place a soft blanket or bed inside. 

Of course, when choosing a crate, you need to check that your pup is able to stand, lay down, stretch, and turn around while inside. They need to feel as comfortable as possible. The crate should also not be too large as your puppy can end up thinking there’s room for a potty break in one corner. 

3. Dog beds

Puppies love a nice, cozy space that they can rest in, especially on their first night at home. A dog bed will help keep your puppy warm during sleep. With dog beds, you have a variety of options to choose, such as small beds, fleece beds, and dome dog beds. Your puppy’s bed should be small to medium-sized so that they have enough space to lay or curl before their nap time. After your puppy gets used to their new bed, you may purchase pillows, cushions, and blankets to help your furry friend sleep even cozier. Some beds are also made with recycled materials to help the environment or with special scents that ward off bugs. 

Make sure to check that your puppy doesn’t chew on her bedding. Many beddings contain foam or stuffing that can make your furry friend very sick. Switch to a soft blanket until after your puppy’s chewing phase is over. 

4. Food and water bowls

Puppies need food and water bowls to eat and drink properly when they arrive home. There are varieties of bowls available at Petland. Many food and water bowls are made of ceramic, stainless steel, glass, or the standard plastic. However, each bowl has their advantages and setbacks so you will need to consider the following:

  • Ceramic bowls are heavy and expensive but they’re often stylish. You will need to make sure that your puppy’s ceramic bowl is safe for the dishwasher and lead-free.
  • Glass bowls are also heavy and can be expensive. However, they’re easy to clean so bacteria and debris don’t typically stick around.
  • Plastic bowls are easy to clean by hand or dishwasher. These bowls are easily made into chew toys, especially by puppies in their chewing phase. Make sure that your puppy doesn’t use their plastic bowl as a chew toy.
  • Stainless steel bowls are universally seen as the best choice. It’s hard for puppies to carry or chew on these types of bowls. If kept clean regularly, it will not attract bacteria or debris. And most importantly, these bowls last a very long time. 

5. Food and treats

Puppies are small but they have big appetites! All puppies need a well-balanced, high-calorie diet for their growing bodies. Therefore, the food you choose to give your puppy must be nutritional so that it meets your puppy’s demanding energy. There are several food brands you can choose to meet your puppy’s specific nutritional needs. Many of these foods contain protein, carbohydrates, fats, and vitamins that your furry friend needs to grow healthy and strong as an adult dog. 

When choosing a food brand, check the ingredients in your puppy’s food labels. If you’re not sure what your puppy needs for sustenance, talk to your vet or one of our Pet counselors for the best advice!

Be sure to purchase these products as soon as you can. That way you’ll have more time to spend with your puppy by cuddling and playing with them. We’re sure that with these items in your home, your puppy will have a happy and healthy first day in their fur-ever home! 

It’s also important to keep proper identification on your puppy at all times. However, when you lose them, it can cause a ton of heartbreak. Check out our blog, How To Find Your Lost Dog, to learn more about keeping your fur-baby safe.