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What do you actually need for the first few weeks of a puppy?(17 Posts)
I’m thinking collar, lead, bed and food and water bowl. Kong.
We have had our pup for a week and have the above plus a harness for the car - it plugs into the seat belt so she's safe when driving. Old towels for drying paws. Snuggly blanket for her bed because I'm a big softy ~and she looks adorable on it~ and today we're picking up a second hand crate as I need to be able to leave her for an hour or so this week and I think she'll feel safer in it. Oh and lots of toys -bouncy balls, soft toys, rope chew etc. So she doesn't get bored. And treats for training. She gets a reward every time she does something good!
Did you use the harness in the car when you brought her home?
Crate/playpen/baby gate, head torch for toileting outside, lots of kitchen towels for mopping up accidents and if you have a carpet special enzyme cleaner, name tag for collar, insurance.
- Old T-shirt’s with your smell on to go in bed or crate.
- Harness for the car. We used one taking the puppy home. Put her harness on, put her in a blanket from the breeder and clipped her to my seatbelt so she was sat on my knee while DH drove. Have spare towels nearby in case they get car sick or go toilet.
- Toys, including puppy teething toys.
- I’d recommend a crate for puppy
- Training treats. Small or can be broken up. Check for puppy treats and check they are suitable for the age of your puppy. If you pup is on dry food, use some of their meal for training purposes then they don’t become overweight
- Poo bags
- Depending on the dog, you might need a coat in this weather
- Puppy training pads if you’re using them or your breeder is using them
- You can also get a puppy pen for the garden which gives them a smaller area to be in the garden, useful if you haven’t puppy-proofed your garden or have a large garden. Also useful it’s cold and dark and you don’t fancy following puppy around the garden while they potty train. We still use our puppy pen, as informal fence between the top and bottom parts of the garden.
- Depending on breed again, puppy brushes to get them used to be groomed
You also need wine. Lots and lots of lovely wine.
I would also say a crate, being able to contain them if you need to pop out and at night was vital for us! We've just gotten rid of it now and pups 7 months (he decided after sleeping in it beautifully from 8 weeks that it was suddenly the cage of doom 🙄)
Depending on the size of the puppy a sling or similar to take them out and socialise them (when you can't put them down until they've had their injections.)
Crocs. Preferably the sort without holes so when you are standing in the rain at 2am you don't get water in them.
A warm/waterproof coat you can fling on as you hurl yourself towards the door. Pref with hood.
Lots and lots of good quality kitchen roll.
Lots of pet accident cleaner
Microfibre mop and lots of spare heads if you'll be going in and out of a room with hard floors, plus spray bottle of cleaner.
Plenty of fleece blankets for their crate.
Biological washing powder and zoflora for washing said blankets
Many, many, teething/chewing toys so you always have one to hand to substitute for whatever they shouldn't be chewing.
Dibbler is bang on. I’d add friends who have had puppies to wail at. The puppy thread here will serve.
More chew toys, ours didn’t know what to do with a kong for a bit
Also something to bring pup home in unless you just want on your lap, ours was sick though so would recommend towels and blankets
Crate if you’re crate training
Treats - you’ll need loads
Enzyme cleaner for cleaning any accidents
Some easy slip on shoes and an old coat, you’ll be rushing outside a lot
Oh yeah puppy pen or some sorts of gates
A puppy proofed room and a torch or Good outside light and a way of cleaning up poos from the garden!
What we found useful:
Travel crate for coming home in and til she outgrew it for the car
Collar and tag (legal requirement)
Blankie from the breeder for familiar smells for the first few nights
Loads of annoying chewy squeaky toys, tug toys and balls.
Harness.. I much prefer mine in a harness so there is no pressure on her neck. Perfect Fit are brilliant.
Tons of training treats. Mine will do anything for cheese!
Not really needed:
Crate.. used initially but despite following all the guidelines she never liked it and we gave up at 4 months.
Ditto dog bed... she likes to sleep on a cool floor with her belly against the patio doors!
Puppy classes... went because she's our first dog but in all honesty the 'Easy peasy puppy Squeezy' book was all we needed .
Our puppy classes not quite good for getting her used to other dogs? I know a well behaved dog she can meet. But I thought it would be useful for her to meet other puppies?
Also....she'll be going to doggy day care twice a week...so I'll be interested to see how that goes!
We’re in regular classes - they’re rubbish but I take him to practice listening to me with distractions
And playing with other dogs
We also do a kc puppy class and hope to move up to the bronze after this, they’re pretty good
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