10 Essential Items for Your New Puppy
We are often asked what is needed when you are bringing a new puppy home. Below is a list of our 10 essential items you need to have for your new puppy straight away. The list consists of medicinal items and other items we find highly useful.
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1) Food Bowl
We use stainless steel food bowls for all our dogs and puppies. They are very durable (some of ours are almost 30 years old!) and easy to clean. If you get one that is around 2.75 litre capacity there will be no need to upgrade to a bigger bowl once puppy is an adult.
Some bowls have a vinyl covering over the base to prevent sliding. We have found the vinyl base disintegrates over time (helped by nibbling puppy teeth) but nevertheless you can still use the bowl and we don’t experience any issues with the bowls sliding
2) Water bowl
It is very important that your puppy has continuous access to clean, fresh water. We use a number of different water bowls including
3) Flea/tick prevention
Number 3 on our list of 10 essential items you need to have for your new puppy is flea and tick prevention. Paralysis tick is a big concern in Australia. You will need to check with your local vet whether paraylisis tick is in your area. If so, puppy will need a tick preventative strategy as soon as they go to their new home. We like to use Frontline Plus. This is a topical liquid that you put on the puppy’s skin between the shoulder blades. It will kill fleas for one month but ticks for only two weeks. We know of one puppy we bred that was bitten by a tick at 10 weeks of age, luckily the puppy recovered but it was a very stressful time for the new owners.
4) All Wormer tablets
For the safety of your dog and your family it is important that your dog is regularly wormed. All puppies from us have been wormed at 8 weeks of age. They will need to be wormed again at 10 weeks, 12 weeks, 4 months, 5 months and 6 months. Following the 6 months dosage they then fall onto the same schedule as adult dogs (every three months).
Not all worm tablets are equal. Some cheaper brand are not as effective. We use Milbemax (5-25kg tablets) or Drontal All Wormer Tablets. The tablets are easy to break into halves as required to ensure the correct dosage. You would need 4x 5-25kg (Milbemax) tablets to last puppy from 8 weeks to 6 months of age or approximately 8 x 10kg Drontal tablets.
The best advice here is for you to follow the diet plan as recommended by your breeder. Buy the same brand and feed the quantities as recommended. This will minimise the chances of puppy suffering from an upset stomach.
We use the steel frame dogs beds for all our dogs – including our puppies. I love the look of the big soft fluffy pillow beds you can get for dogs but unfortunately, at our house they would only last half an hour before the dogs had started enjoying chewing holes and destroying their new beds! With your puppy, I would start with the hession covering, once you are happy that puppy is not chewing its bed you can buy plastic type covers that don’t need to be changed as frequently.
There are so many great toys for dogs and puppies! Soft fluffy toys are good for young puppies, squeaky balls and many others. When you are looking for dog toys make sure that the toy isn’t small enough that puppy could swallow it and that it doesn’t have any small parts puppy could choke on.
Some of our favourites are:
You don’t have to buy all your toys either. Our puppies (and adult dogs) love to chew on empty plastic milk bottles and ice cream containers. We give them one in the morning then throw it in the bin when we get home when it is squashed flat.
If you plan on sleeping puppy in the laundry or somewhere similar for the first few nights it will be a good idea to cover the floor with newspaper. Most puppies can’t last the full night without needing to go to the toilet
We recommend the use of a crate if your puppy is going to come inside at times (we recommend Labrador puppies get to spend at least some time inside each day). The crate will allow puppy to be inside experiencing all the noises and sounds associated with the household but doesn’t have to be underfoot all the time or getting up to mischief chewing things he/she shouldn’t be chewing.
You can choose between either a soft crate or metal crate. If you decide on a soft crate, ensure you choose one with big windows to allow for plenty of ventilation as they can get hot inside Metal crates are better for ventilation but are much heavier to move around.
We recommend you buy the size crate an adult dog of your breed would use. For a Labrador we recommend at least 60cm wide, 90cm long and 75 cm high
It is a good idea to have treats ready for you to reward your puppy when they are doing the right thing. For a puppy it is important to use a soft treat that they don’t have to chew too long.
And those are our 10 essential items you need to have for your new puppy!