So, if you’re reading this post then that means that you either just added a new angel into your life, or you already have a little angel and are just here for my tips! Either way, I’m glad you’re here!
Adding a new puppy to your life is something that is super exciting, but also work!
Everyone sees cute little puppies all over the internet, but no one truly understands how difficult is is to own a little one until they are blessed with one! So please make sure that you are 100% certain that this is the route that you are wanting to take!
One of the first things that you want to make sure is on your checklist when you first get your baby is going to be FOOD!
Your angel needs to eat, and you need to make sure that you are only feeding them the food that you feel comfortable feeding them! I personally only feel comfortable feeding Savannah, my puppy, Authority Dog Food because if you look at the ingredients (just like you should for your food too humans!!) it is all natural ingredients, and real food!
You don’t want to feed your dog something that gives them no nutrients or are full of fillers if that is the only food they are eating throughout the day! (Ok, maybe some scraps from my plate too)
Next is TOYS!
I do know some people who don’t get their dog toys, shocking I know, but I think that they are so important!
Wouldn’t you want something to do while your human is out of the house?
I try to steer clear of toys that have a little squeaky inside of them, because I’ve been told that it brings out the natural aggression in dogs, so Savannah isn’t allowed to have anything that squeaks! Otherwise, babygirl has ALL the bones and Kong toys she can get her little paws on.
You will need some TREATS for training!
Potty training is one of the most tiring parts about having a new little angel, especially if they don’t seem to get it at first. Savannah was luckily potty trained by the time we got her, but with Liberty, I would take her outside every two hours at MINIMUM, sometimes more so that she would start to understand that she has to go outside to use the potty.
One thing that has worked in the past for us is putting a bell on the back door and ringing it when they had to go outside. Soon, our dog learned to ring the bell to let us know that he had to go outside! It was a great tip for us.
Set boundaries ASAP, and stick to them!
Dogs need an alpha, or else they will think it is them! If you do not want your dog on the couch/bed, but your partner allows it when you’re not around, you’re only going to confuse the poor pup.
Set your rules and stick to them!
Clean your puppy’s bowls at lease once a week!
I feel like this is something that can go overlooked, but you wouldn’t want to eat out of the same bowl everyday either, right?
Find a GREAT vet in your area that makes both YOU and your pup feel comfortable!
It’s always nice to have a calm, nice place to go to when you do have to take your puppy to the vet, because that is not always a fun time. You then can also trust that they won’t mislead you, or even worse misdiagnose your angel! Read reviews, talk to neighbors, and eventually you’ll find a favorite.
Socialize your puppy!
Take them with you anywhere you can! The more socialization that a dog can get the better! With both people, and other animals. Make them feel comfortable in the car, around others, and playing with other dogs! I can promise you it will make your future life a million times easier having a friendly pup!
I personally think that training is something so important when it comes to your relationship with your new baby because if you really put in the time to work with your puppy to be on a better understanding of each other, it will really make your life so much easier! The respect that you will get from your puppy will be tremendous and will help you out immensely when you are in real life situations, dealing with other people or dogs around, and you will look like the star dog owner when your pup is listening to you, and nice and trained.
And finally, I am just going to make a list of things that are needed to ensure you and your pup get going on a great start together!
- Flea/Tick medicine
- A collar with a tag
- A crate
- Stain remover
- A brush
- A big fluffy bed
- Nail clippers (if you plan to do it yourself!)
- A brush
- Shampoo (Dog certified shampoo!!)
I’m sure the list could go on, and you will definitely learn as you go, but I hope you enjoyed this quick little basic post on the basics of what you need to start your new life with your perfect angel!