Adopting—and fostering—a new puppy is such an exciting event. It’s the start of a fresh, totally different chapter in your life. Puppies are work, yes, but the rewards are 100 percent worth the effort. One way to make life easier is to invest in great gear. We’re talking high-quality, puppy- and planet-friendly, cute-as-heck supplies. Here, your new puppy checklist to make sure you have everything you need for your four-legged family member.
New Puppy Checklist: Everything You Need for Your New Family Member
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Depending on your new pup’s breed, dogs will need ample brushing to prevent coats from matting and to remove dirt and dust. At the very least, a good brushing once per week is necessary. This FURminator deShedding brush comes in two variations—for long hair and short hair—and promises to reduce loose hair from shedding up to 90 percent with regular use.
12. chew Toys
Puppies chew. Everything. They do it to explore the world around them and ease discomfort during teething. Instead of getting mad they’ve chosen your sneakers, give them ample toys made to be chewed. Start with a Kong and go from there. (Kongs are also great for training and easing separation anxiety!)
As soon as you’re able, have your name and contact information printed on dog tags for your puppy’s collar. Once she’s been vaccinated, add those tags too. Stainless steel is an ideal material, especially when it comes with a silencer that glows in the dark like GoTags’ Personalized ID Tags do.
19. flea And Tick Prevention
Definitely discuss with your vet what the ideal flea and tick prevention is for your puppy. There are collars, spot treatments and oral supplements. Most require pups to be a certain age or weight. K9 Advantix II is a spot treatment that offers protection for a full month and comes in a variety of size classifications.
20. toothbrush And Paste
Brushing pet teeth prevents lots of dental and health problems. The earlier you start brushing your dog’s teeth, the easier the habit will be later on. A kit like Virbac C.E.T. Oral Hygiene Dog Kit comes with everything you need to get started. Plus, it's poultry flavored—take that, cool mint.