New Puppy Checklist
This is probably the most important decision you will make for your new puppy! Whether you choose raw, kibble, canned, or a variety of them all, ensure that you find a good puppy food that has meat as the first ingredient and does not contain inferior ingredients such as by-products, corn, wheat & soy.
Essential Fatty Acid Oil
When accompanied with a healthy diet, a daily multi-vitamin can be beneficial to help prevent disease and increase life span. Essential Fatty Acids are great for maintaining skin and coat health too! Salmon, pollock, hemp, primrose, or coconut oil would be a great choice.
Brush & Nail Clippers
Be sure to introduce brushing and nail clipping into your puppy’s routine as soon as possible. This way, puppy will accept that grooming is a part of life!
Collar, Harness & Leash
A nylon or cotton buckle collar that adjusts to “grow” with your pup is usually a good choice for your pups first collar. Make sure to get your pup a name tag too! A 6' leash (nylon or cotton) will work.
Be sure to find a brand that is hypoallergenic and will not affect the puppy’s natural PH balance.
Stuffed toys are great to squeak and play with during the day but they are also great to cuddle with during the night.
Ear Cleanser or Wipes
An ear cleaner with natural antibacterial properties is ideal for ear health.
Dental Hygiene Products
It is important to take the time and brush puppy’s teeth with a toothbrush and “doggie” toothpaste, however, there are several natural alternatives such as gels and foams that will help combat plaque and tartar buildup. Start proper dental hygiene early! This will be a blessing later on in life when doggie has to get teeth removed at the expensive vet due to poor teeth and gums.
Treat Dispensing Toys
Try stuffing a treat dispensing treat with cottage cheese or puppy-safe peanut butter and freezing it for a treat that will keep your pup busy and happy. These make great crate toys!
Bones & Chews
Puppies love to chew! So providing raw bones to your puppy a couple times a week will help prevent tartar, soothes his gums while teething, and helps your puppy exhaust their need to chew. Bully sticks and tendons work great too! Chews should always be enjoyed under your direct supervision and be sure to take the chew/bone away once it gets small enough to swallow whole.
Natural Stain Remover
Make sure to have a good cleaner on hand when your pup has an “accident”. Natural stain removers will help to remove all the smell so the puppy is less likely to return to that spot to “go”.
Chew deterrent spray tastes bad and can be used on many inappropriate chewing surfaces such as furniture, shoes, etc.
Be environmentally conscious and try a biodegradable or compostable bag. Be sure to clean up your pup’s poop wherever you go!
Puppy pads will be very helpful in potty training your puppy. They are very absorbent and are infused with a scent that will attract your puppy to them.
Soft and meaty treats like liver work best for training.
Help keep your pockets clean with a handy, clip-on treat bag!
Puppies sleep a lot so a warm place to curl up is very important! Don’t forget one for the crate too!
Food & Water Bowls
Stainless steel bowls are easiest to keep clean as they do not harbour the bacteria that many plastic bowls can.
Crates are a very helpful tool to house train your puppy. They also keep him out of harms way while you are away from home.
A professional, qualified groomer is an important part of your pup living a healthy lifestyle. Regardless of the breed of puppy, all dogs require regular grooming to assist in the reduction of shedding and/or matting.