It is important to have all the necessary equipment to guide your new puppy, for the first few days to be a great experience for everyone.
Here is what you should have on hand before your puppy arrives:
- Adjustable collar
- Leash (a harness is ideal for brachycephalic breeds)
- ID tag or medal
- Food & water bowl (made of ceramic or stainless steel)
- Training pad
- Bed and/or crate
- Brush and nail clippers
- Toothbrush and dog toothpaste
- Safe toys (to be chosen according to your dog’s size)
- Poop bags
- Balanced puppy food
Sometimes we miss a few details, so here's a quick checklist to help you!
- Puppy-proof your home by getting on your hands and knees to see any potential hazards. Any objects or plants that might attract your pet should be removed. Don't forget to hide electrical cords and store all household products out of reach.
- Choose a short name that doesn’t sound like a command.
- Alternate toys and find different games to play. Keeping your puppy active greatly helps in preventing behaviour issues.
- One week after his adoption, make an appointment with your veterinarian for a health exam, vaccination and deworming. It is also possible to get your puppy microchipped.
- Make sure your puppy cannot access the stairs, balcony or patio unattended.
- Do not leave any table scraps or garbage bags within his reach.
- Have a first aid kit ready (available here) – you can also make an emergency evacuation plan.
- Get information about pet insurance plans.
- Socialization, positive reinforcement, frequent outings, and regular handling of your puppy’s ears, mouth, and paws (including nails) are key to making your new companion as happy as he can be!