5 essentials to buy before adopting a puppy

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You have joined the dog lovers’ association and are considering adopting a puppy. Congratulations! However, it’s no secret that puppies come with a lot of responsibility, so it’s important to really think about the ins and outs of raising them. Before you welcome the latest furry addition to your family, check out these tips – and we’ve put together information on some of the products we recommend getting yourself out of before adoption.

1. Kong teething

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  • Available in four sizes
  • Soft rubber is ideal for puppy teeth

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You have probably heard of these toys by now. Kong is a dog enrichment brand that is particularly suitable for puppies. The heavy-duty rubber encourages proper chewing behavior and keeps your pup busy. There are several Kong products to choose from, but a great starter toy for your new pup is this natural bite toy that is perfect for both chewing and playing.

2. MidWest Homes for Pets dog crate

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It is best to crate your puppy as soon as possible – this can prevent recklessness and separation anxiety in your new fur baby. MidWest dog crates, also known as iCrates, are relatively inexpensive and are made from thick powder-coated steel wire. These are some of the hottest products for new dog owners.

3. Earth-rated dog poop bags

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  • Packaging made from recycled materials
  • Lavender scented or unscented

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Earth Rated makes lavender-scented poop bags when you’re out with your new pup. The last thing anyone wants is to step into a pile of dog poop – so it’s best to always have the rubbish bags with you. These bags from Earth Rated make dog walks less odor, risk and stress free. And there is also an environmental advantage: the packaging and roll centers are made from recycled materials.

4. Glad for Pets Jumbo-Size Charcoal Puppy Pads

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These pads are perfect for potty training your new pup. Some puppies pee practically everywhere, so it is important that they know early about places to do their business. Glad has long been a trustworthy brand for people and animals. You can use these puppy pads to protect your flooring and other furniture from pet stains. And they are available in different sizes to suit your needs.

5. Voyager Step-in Air dog harness

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  • Reflective tapes for safety
  • Made from lightweight nylon and mesh

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Last but not least: Voyager harnesses. Voyager is popular with people with small and medium-sized dogs. If you’re starting out with a puppy, Voyager is ideal when you need a harness – the Step-In Air dog harness is versatile and flexible enough to allow your pup to move around while taking a walk, and it comes in many color options.

Quick tips for caring for new puppies

Now, a few quick pieces of advice for living with a new puppy. Some of this may sound like common sense, but a memory never hurts:

  1. Go to the vet.

    Take Precautions: Make sure your puppy gets his vaccinations and look out for booster vaccinations once he has completed his first vaccinations. And get it repaired! Remember, it is castration for women and castration for men. Just in case you forgot which was which.

  2. Explore the back yard or the city block.

    It’s a big world out there for a puppy. Dogs are naturally curious creatures, so let your pup out to explore their surroundings (even if that means walking around your home). In this way they get to know their surroundings and get to know their new home. Once they’re familiar with the area, don’t forget to stimulate your puppy with enriching toys.

  3. Introduce your family.

    Have your puppy meet each family member one at a time for more human exposure and social interaction. This can determine how your puppy will react to others outside of your household and can also reduce the likelihood of separation anxiety for your pup over time.

  4. Create a safe space.

    Always make room in your home before adopting a new animal. Since your puppy will be part of the family, you’ll want to provide them with a safe and cozy environment – they deserve to be comfortable in their new home. Pro tip: use baby-proof gates or barriers, pillows, blankets, or a dog bed to create a cave-like area for them.

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