Are you getting ready to welcome a new puppy or dog to your home? With so many products available – it can be overwhelming for new pet owners to know the must-haves of adopting a pup.
At Kibou, we are all about minimizing your life, when it comes to babies – AND fur babies.
We’ve compiled a list of the essentials for a new pet registry, containing only the items we think you shouldn’t skip before you bring your pup home.
A bed provides your pup with a sense of security, and (s)he will appreciate a small place to claim as her own. The bed you choose should be appropriate for your dog’s size, and provide ample cushioning and insulation against a hard, sometimes cold floor.
Crate and Crate Bed
A crate should be a happy, safe place for your dog that can also serve as a helpful training tool. The most important factor when choosing a crate for your pup is that it is an appropriate size. (S)he should be able to walk into the crate – without crouching – and turn around while the door is shut.
If you want to keep your puppy in a contained area while you’re working during the day, or you’ve got too many things going on and don’t want to keep him/her cooped up in their crate for too long, a playgen is a great option. Your puppy will get extra exercise time between outside trips, and learn to become more independent.
The main purpose of a collar is to carry ID Tags, even if your dog is microchipped. You’ll need to find a collar that is durable, comfortable, and makes walks enjoyable. Take into consideration your dog’s size and build, and choose a material that makes sense for you and your pup.
Some dog owners prefer a harness to a collar. If you have a puppy, it can help prevent pulling. Also, sometimes collars can slip off of your pup’s neck if not fit properly. This is also possible with an ill-fitting harness, but less likely.
There are many different types of leashes to choose from, and it’s an important piece of equipment for any dog owner as you’ll be using it multiple times a day. The length of your leash will depend on the behavior of your dog – the greater the length, the more independence (s)he has. If (s)he tends to pull, you’ll need a shorter leash for greater control. If your dog is well behaved, you can opt for a longer leash. The style and material may come down to your personal preference.
Out and About
If you're out for more than a quick potty break (don't forget those poop bags!) there are a few things you're going to want to have on hand. And if you're like us, your pockets typically aren't big enough. Our recommendation? A compact bag with easy access to all your essentials:
- Keys and phone
- Collapsible water bowl
- Poop bags and dispenser
- Wipes for their paws on messy days
If you're looking for a bag and all the necessities in one, Kibou's got you! Our Fur Baby Bundle comes with a Kibou of your color choice, a Stasher bag and treats (or put your treats right inside the waterproof pocket!), a collapsible bowl, Wild Ones poop bags and dispenser, wipes for their paws and hand sanitizer for yours.
Built in bonus: Our fold-out padded mat gives you a dry spot to sit for those damp mornings or messy puppy play dates at the park!
Potty Training + Cleanings
When you welcome your new puppy into your home, you’re going to have to be prepared for potty training. Every new puppy owner should have plenty of pee-pads, a pad holder, and an effective odor eliminator.
The best brush for your dog really depends on their coat. Refer to this Petco post about which brush is best for your dog. The breeder or shelter where you get your dog can also provide a recommendation. Along with a brush, you’ll also need a spray that is good for their coat.
It’s also handy to have grooming wipes handy to wipe off paws before entering the house from outside.
Dog Food + Treats
When it comes to food, it’s best to consult with your vet about the best type for your pup. Some dogs may have special nutritional needs. Dog food comes in many varieties in its contents, and its price. What works for you and your pup may be different from other puppy parents.
As it comes to treats, there’s a lot to choose from but make sure you have at least one dental doggy treat. Also, be careful when it comes to rawhide as some kinds can be harmful for dogs.
Lastly, don’t forget a durable food and water bowl!
Whether you’re taking a weekend trip or just heading off to the vet, a quality pet carrier will keep your pet safe. What’s more, it’s required to bring him/her with you on a plane.
Health + Wellness
When you visit your vet, ask your vet when you need to start heartworm medication, or recommend a suitable flea and tick medication. Some dogs also may require further medication for allergies, or even probiotics.
To handle the unexpected, many pet owners now have insurance. This post provides a deeper review on what type of insurance to choose.
Plus, if you haven't caught on yet, owning a dog can be EXPENSIVE. If you're considering the costs and want more detailed info, we found this article to be a helpful resource.
Last but not least, don’t forget toys for your new pup! Toys keep your dog mentally and physically fit. They fight boredom when you’re not there, and provide comfort when they are feeling anxious. Toys are not just a luxury for a pet dog, they are a necessity.
Think you have everything covered? Consider adding a Kibou bag or Fur Baby Bundle to your list! Many puppy parents have found the Kibou to be a must-have for walks – with a waterproof pocket for wipes, pockets large enough for treats, retractable water dish, small toy, a leash, plus your essentials (phone, wallet, keys, credit cards, hand sanitizer).