Are you getting ready to bring home a new puppy? Adding a cute and cuddly new addition to your household is always exciting. Though puppies take a lot of work, patience and require a good bit of responsibility, raising a new puppy is one of the most rewarding endeavors a person can accomplish.

Puppy WellnessDogs are known as “man’s best friend” for good reasons. They truly become one of your closest companions. The puppy stage is a lot of fun, but it can also be quite stressful if you are ill-prepared. Puppies can easily get into trouble, become sick and require a lot of immediate training. Here is a short list of basic must-dos to complete before and after you bring home your new puppy.

1. Know Your Essentials

There are a few basic supplies that every dog owner must have in order to have a thriving canine family member. These will help you to keep your puppy nourished, safe and preoccupied. Some supplies will also help with training. It is a great idea to make a list of these necessary supplies and gather them before bringing your puppy home.

2. Purchase the Same Food

The most obvious supply is food and water. You will also need to invest in durable dishes that your new puppy cannot chew apart. If you know the brand of food that you puppy is eating before they come to your home, keep the puppy on that same food and slowly transition if you wish. If you do not know what kind of food that your puppy has been eating, get a good quality puppy food, wet or dry, and give your puppy a small amount. If they do well, continue feeding that brand.

3. Invest in a Crate

A crate is also a great thing to have for a new puppy. You can go ahead and invest in one that will be the perfect size as your puppy grows, but be sure to get a separation panel so that you can custom fit the crate space to your animal. Be sure to purchase comfortable bedding to fit your puppy’s crate as well. This essential provides a safe place for you dog to go and sleep and also makes potty training much easier.

4. Toys are Important

In addition to the previous items, you will also need a quality leash and harness with an identification tag, poop cleanup bags, grooming supplies and plenty of toys. Toys can be great training tools and will also save some of your valuable items when your puppy is teething. Most dogs naturally have a competitive and active personality, especially when they are young, and toys allow you to nurture that.

5. Get Down on Their Level

Before you bring your puppy into your house, get down on all fours and go through each space in your home, removing items that might be harmful to your puppy—or vice versa. You may also want to invest in some baby gates if you would like to keep your puppy confined to a specific area.

6. Visit Your Local Vet

After you get your puppy, make an appointment with your local Dawsonville veterinary clinic. Your puppy will receive a general wellness check and any necessary shots that he or she might need. For more information, visit our services page or contact a representative at All Animals Veterinary Hospital today.