If you’ve recently welcomed a new puppy into your house, you may be wondering if you’ve missed a step. Have you completed your go-to new dog checklist?
New puppies come with a lot of baggage. They need lots of love and understanding as well as time. They also require us to have a written (mental or physical) list of steps that we need to complete to ensure that the puppy grows up being the best dog possible.
Here is a puppy checklist of what you should do before you assume responsibility for your newest family member. Keep reading!
Choosing the Right Dog for You
Consider what size of dog you are looking for. There are small, medium, and large breed dogs, and each size has its own set of pros and cons.
Take into account what energy level you are looking for in a dog. Some dogs require a lot of exercise, while others are content with a few short walks each day. Some dogs have short, easy-to-care-for coats, while others have long, luxurious coats that require daily brushing.
Consider your lifestyle when choosing a new dog. If you have a busy lifestyle, you may want to consider a dog that is low-maintenance and doesn’t require a lot of attention.
Naming Your New Dog
Once you have found the perfect pup, it’s time to give them a name. Do you want a name that is silly, sweet, or tough? Something that is a common name or unique?
Consider all of these options when brainstorming the perfect name for your new dog.
Puppy-Proofing Your Home
Dogs bring so much love and joy to our lives. But before you bring your new pup home, there are a few things you’ll need to puppy-proof your home. Puppies are curious little creatures, so you’ll need to make sure your home is safe for them.
Puppy-proofing includes things like covering up electrical cords, removing anything that could be harmful if swallowed, blocking off any stairs or other areas that could be dangerous, and adding pet relief grass patches.
Getting the Right Supplies
There’s a lot to consider when adopting a new dog and making sure you have the right supplies is key to a smooth transition. Here’s a quick new pet checklist of must-haves for your new canine friend:
- Collar and ID tag
- A leash
- A comfortable dog bed
- Food and water bowls
- High-quality dog food
- Chew toys
- Poop bags
With these essentials in hand, you’ll be ready to take on the world (or at least go for a nice walk!) with your new furry friend.
Bringing Your New Dog Home
Now that you’ve brought your new dog home, it’s time to get them settled in! You’ll need a dog bed and some blankets for them to snuggle up in. They’ll also need lots of toys to keep them entertained.
If you’re potty training, you’ll also need puppy pads or a dog litter box.
Follow This New Dog Checklist Today
If you’re looking to add a furry friend to your family, be sure to check out our new dog checklist! From picking the right breed to supplies you’ll need, we’ve got you covered.
So, what are you waiting for? Go get your new best friend today!
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