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Basic needs for puppies: The essentials you will need

10.02.2023 - Reading time: 6 minutes

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Eating, drinking, sleeping, playing - this is all your puppy will want to do at first. There is a huge range of products available for dogs, but you don’t need to have everything from day one. Read on to find out the essentials you will need to have in ready for your dog.

Food & water

Buy both a food bowl and water bowl. You can buy a size of bowl that your dog will need later when he is fully grown. Just bear in mind: Your puppy must be able to drink and eat comfortable from the bowl. Choose a material that is easy to clean and sturdy, e.g. stainless steel. A non-slip mat will prevent bowls being knocked around and protects the floor from water and bits of food.

Buy in a small supply of suitable puppy food. If you start off feeding your puppy the same food as they were getting from the breeder, then it will make the transition to its new home easier.

Take the lead

A standard piece of equipment for puppies is a collar or harness. For walks in the fresh air with your new friend you should choose a well-sitting harness instead of a collar. Harnesses distribute pressure more evenly and can help your puppy learn to walk on the lead.

Bear in mind: The harness must grow with your puppy or you must change to a larger size as your puppy grows to ensure it does not become too tight.

The next thing you always need is a lead. Reflectors and/or illuminated collars for walks in the dark are helpful, as is a jacket in winter for short-haired breeds.

You might also consider getting a treat bag for taking on walks. This can make the process of learning commands outdoors easier.

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Rest & sleep

Like all babies, puppies need plenty of sleep. After going wild playing with new toys, your puppy may suddenly switch off and lie down. When this happens, he will prefer a nice soft dog bed in a quiet location. Take a look at what we have to offer. You are sure to find a nice basket or cosy dog cushion! You should always ensure that the material is hard-wearing and is e.g. easy to wash.

Fun & games

Toys excite your puppy’s senses and serve as cuddly fun as well as something to chew on. Toys should, of course, be suitable for puppies. Small dogs are boisterous and should never be left alone with toys and bones. From intelligence training toys to chew bones to balls – there are various options for keeping puppies occupied.

Health & wellbeing

Puppies require physical contact and enjoy being stroked and having their fur kept clean with a soft brush. This contact is important for bonding with your puppy. If brushing isn’t enough, then gentle dog shampoos are available for washing your new best friend.

Regular treatment throughout the year to protect against external and internal parasites is essential. This protects your dog from ticks, fleas and worms – which protects you at the same time. Not all parasites are overly picky when it comes to picking a host. Insects such as ticks can also carry diseases such as Lyme disease and babesiosis. Protection against parasites also protects against these diseases.

Put together a small first aid box at home in case of emergencies. Your vet can advise you. The main thing: Find a vet that you trust from the very start. This ensures you know who to turn to in an emergency and where you can get regular vaccinations.

Home & garden

If you do not want your dog to freely roam in all areas of your home, then things such as a stair gate might be part of your basic needs when your dog arrives. You can usually remove such things after a while as your dog learns where he is not allowed to go. Check your garden for any poisonous plants and ensure that there are no holes in the fence if your new dog will be allowed to roam freely in the garden.

Legal considerations

As a new dog owner, there are a few things you need to do: Local authorities require you to acquire a dog tag that shows you have paid the dog tax. They also appreciate clean pavements and can levy hefty fines where this is not the case. Poop bags are therefore also an essential item to have ready for the first walk.

Safety & insurance

The safety of your puppy should be top priority from their very first trip! A dog box that can be fixed into the car provides a safe space. Safety belts and pet barriers that prevent your curious travelling companion from climbing into the front seat can be found in our shops and online.

Do you often use public transport? If so, you may need a muzzle, depending on where you live. If instead you wish to take your dog with you cycling, then you will need a suitably sturdy basket that is big enough for your dog.

In traffic, dogs can represent a hazard if you have to brake sharply, causing your dog to be flung forwards. Dogs might also run uncontrolled across the street and cause an accident. It could even be enough if you are at a friend’s house and your dog dirties their expensive oriental rug – the smallest mishap could get expensive. You should take out good dog liability insurance to cover you against any damages caused by your dog. Depending on the part of Germany you live in, this liability insurance may even be mandatory.

Checklist of basic needs for puppies:

    • Food bowl
    • Water bowl
    • Puppy food, chew bones for puppies, treats, treat container, treat bag for walks
    • Car transport box/ barriers/ safety belt bicycle basket, muzzle
    • Dog bed /box /dog cushions
    • Lead, collar, harness
    • Poop bags
    • Toys
    • Brush
    • Flea and tick control for puppies
    • Extremely gentle dog shampoo
    • Attend dog training classes
    • Dog liability insurance with sufficient cover
    • Dog health insurance
    • Dog tag from the local authorities

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