To all of the new dog-moms and dog-dads...we were there once. We know it can be overwhelming bringing home the new pup and have everything you need for your new fur-ever friend.
With these tips and tricks, we’re paw-sitive you will be more confident in introducing your new puppy into your home!
Puppy-Proof Your Home
Puppies can get into anything if you’re not watching! Make sure to puppy-proof around the house ahead of time and supervise as they run around. Here are a few tips for puppy-proofing your home:
- Keep your trash where they can’t get to it
- Wrap cords and other electrical wiring
- Put all of your cleaning products under the sink, where they can’t get to them
- Make sure your plants aren’t poisonous for puppies
When your new puppy arrives, there are a few necessary things you will need to purchase. You need to decide if you are going to crate them while you’re away. If so, you will need a crate, blanket or bed inside of the crate, and a plan to crate train them. Some other shopping essentials you will need to cross off your list include:
- Collar and ID tag
- Chew toys
- Food and water bowls
Choosing a Food Brand
Choosing the right food can be overwhelming! There are so many different dog foods to choose from. Do your research and choose a food that is nutritious and made with high-quality ingredients. A lot of brands have a special formula for puppies that will include higher levels of healthy essential fats. Here are some more tips when choosing the best food:
- Read the ingredients
- Monitor your puppy’s response to food, discussing any abnormalities or potential allergies with your vet
- Give your puppy the recommended serving size listed on the package
Every puppy deserves delicious treats! Treats are our way of rewarding puppies for their good behavior. So, keeping the ingredients healthy is important to keep our puppies healthy and happy too! Be sure to choose treats that are:
- Made with all-natural ingredients
- Transparent with their ingredients and where they get them
- Vet recommended
- Contain no artificial colors or preservatives
Try our Bonne Et Filou French-inspired gourmet macarons. Not only are they stylish, but the ultra-luxury treats are delicious and very healthy too! Plus they’re recommended and endorsed by vets.
Your Trip to the Vet
Your new puppy will need a trip to the vet to get all of their puppy shots that will keep them healthy. We know a trip to the vet can be ruff for both of you. When you bring your dog to the vet, stay calm. Your dog can sense when you’re upset, so keeping calm yourself will help keep them calm as well. Additionally, here are some tips to ensure that your puppy loves trips to the vet!
- Do research to find the right local vet
- Get your dog to socialize with the staff
- Take a walk before your appointment
- Bring lots of treats and reward them
Going to the Groomer
It’s good to start bringing your puppy to their spa day while they’re young. The more your puppy goes to the groomer, the more comfortable they will become with the process and the better behaved they will be in time. Here are some things you can do at home to help them through the process:
- Play with their feet
- Brush their hair at home
- Clean their ears between grooms
- Socialize and hold your puppy
If you are going to do the baths yourself, make sure to get a shampoo specifically for puppies. The shampoo will be gentle on your puppy’s face and skin.
Lots of Love
Although overwhelming, don’t forget to stop and enjoy the puppy years! Take lots of pictures and enjoy the bonding time you get with your new puppy, whether you’re training them, playing, or cuddling on the couch. They grow up so fast, so be sure to enjoy every moment!