The Essential Puppy Survival Kit: Must-Have Products for New Pet Parents

September 5, 2023
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September 5, 2023 Bryan Striegler

The Essential Puppy Survival Kit: Must-Have Products for New Pet Parents

furry bernese puppy

Welcoming a New Puppy into Your Home

Welcoming a new puppy into your home is an exciting and joyous occasion. While it’s such a happy thing, it’s also important that you make sure you are fully prepared. Puppies will need things that most people don’t have, so you’ll need the essential puppy survival kit.

The good news is you are reading this right now. Hopefully it is before you pick up your new pup. It’s best if you can gather all of these things before then, so you aren’t trying to fix a problem after it has already started.

Section 1: Preparing the Living Space

Preparing the living space for a new puppy is essential to ensure a smooth and comfortable transition for both the pet parent and the furry addition to the family. One of the first steps is to designate a specific area in the house where the puppy can feel safe and secure. Think about it like bringing home a new baby. You would set up an area just for the baby, maybe even a whole room.

For puppies, you are trying to create something similar to a den. They just left their home with all of their brothers and sisters, so they are used to being surrounded. This means it’s better to have a smaller space vs. a huge space. This can be achieved by setting up a cozy crate or playpen that will serve as their own little sanctuary. By providing this space, you are giving them a sense of stability and security while also helping with potty training.

furry bernese puppy

In addition to creating a designated space, it’s important to puppy-proof your home. Puppies are naturally curious creatures, so it’s crucial to remove any potential hazards that could pose risks to their safety. They are going to chew and scratch at anything they can reach. Make sure electrical cords are neatly tucked away or covered, get down on all fours to see any objects that may be within reach, and use baby gates to block off areas such as staircases or rooms that you do not want your puppy exploring. Remember, prevention is key when it comes to keeping your new pup out of trouble.

Another aspect of preparing the living space includes providing appropriate bedding options for your furry friend. Invest in soft and durable dog beds or blankets that they can call their own – this will provide them with comfort during nap times as well as encourage positive associations with their designated rest area. If you can get something with the mom’s scent on it, that’s e even better for the transition. It’s also worth considering easily washable options since accidents are bound to happen during those early stages of adjustment.

Section 2: Feeding Essentials for Puppies

Feeding your new puppy is an essential part of their development and overall health. While it may seem straightforward, there are a few key feeding essentials that every new pet parent should have in their puppy survival kit. First and foremost, invest in a high-quality stainless steel or ceramic food bowl. Not only are these options more durable and easier to clean than plastic bowls, but they also help prevent bacteria buildup which can cause digestive issues for your furry friend.

Another must-have item for feeding your puppy is a measuring cup. It’s important to feed your pup the correct portion sizes based on their age, size, and breed. Using a measuring cup ensures that you’re providing them with the right amount of food each time and helps prevent overfeeding, which can lead to obesity later in life. I know in the past I’ve thought I was pouring the right amount to find out I was giving way too much.

Bernese puppy laying on back

In addition to a proper feeding bowl and measuring cup, consider purchasing a slow feeder bowl for your puppy. These cleverly designed bowls have obstacles or ridges that make it more challenging for your pup to devour their food quickly. By slowing down mealtime, slow feeder bowls can help prevent indigestion or bloating for dogs prone to eating too fast.

Most people will go with a dry dog food. If you decide to do that, make sure you are getting one made for puppies and look at the ingredients. We tend to try to give our dogs a raw diet. This involves making our own food from things like cottage cheese, ground turkey, and eggs.

Section 3: Grooming Tools and Supplies

Keeping your new puppy clean and looking their best is an important part of responsible pet ownership. In this section, we will explore the essential grooming tools and supplies every new pet parent should include in their puppy survival kit.

Firstly, a high-quality dog brush is a must-have for keeping your pup’s coat healthy and free from tangles. Look for a brush that suits your dog’s specific needs – long-haired breeds may require a slicker brush, while short-haired breeds may benefit from a bristle brush. Regular brushing not only helps to remove loose fur and reduce shedding but also stimulates blood flow to the skin, promoting overall well-being.

Another crucial item on the grooming checklist is nail clippers or grinders. Trimming your puppy’s nails regularly can help prevent painful situations such as ingrown nails or broken claws while also protecting furniture and family members from scratches. If you’re unsure about how to safely trim your pup’s nails, consult with your veterinarian or consider seeking professional grooming assistance.

young bernese mountain dog

Lastly, don’t forget about dental care! A toothbrush specifically designed for dogs, paired with canine-friendly toothpaste, is an excellent addition to any puppy survival kit. Starting good dental hygiene habits early can keep teeth clean and healthy throughout your furry friend’s life, preventing gum disease and other oral health issues.

With all of these things, it’s better to start out at a younger age with your puppy. By doing that, you are creating a habit, and they are less likely to fight you that over the years.

Section 4: Training Aids for a Well-Behaved Puppy

Training a new puppy can be a challenging task, but with the right training aids, it can become easier and more enjoyable for both you and your furry friend. One essential training aid is a crate or playpen. This provides a safe and confined space for your puppy when you can’t supervise them closely. It’s important to make sure the crate or playpen is properly sized for your puppy, allowing enough room to stand up, turn around, and lie down comfortably.

Another useful tool is a clicker. A clicker is a small device that makes a distinct clicking sound when pressed. It serves as an effective way to mark desired behaviors and communicate with your pup during training sessions. By associating the sound of the clicker with rewards like treats or praise, you can effectively reinforce positive behavior in your puppy.

Also, consider using interactive toys as training aids. These toys provide mental stimulation and help keep puppies engaged during training sessions while also teaching them problem-solving skills. Look out for puzzle toys that require your pup to figure out how to get treats out of hidden compartments or toys that dispense treats when manipulated correctly. Kongs are one of my favorites because they are hard to destroy and you can fill it with peanut butter.

owner with puppy

Just like grooming, training needs to be started at an early age. The sooner you start with your new puppy, the sooner you will see results.

Section 5: Health and Safety Products for Puppies

I know it’s not something you want to think about, but things can happen that affect the health of your new puppy. Many problems can be prevented or solved quickly if you are prepared.

First on the list is a pet first aid kit. Accidents can happen anytime, so having a well-equipped first aid kit specifically designed for puppies is essential. Make sure it contains basic supplies such as bandages, antiseptic wipes, gloves, and tweezers. Additionally, consider adding some pet-specific items like styptic powder to stop bleeding from minor cuts or scratches. Throughout the years, I have cut a toe nail too short and needed the powder.

Bernese on leash

Another super simple thing is a leash and collar. Hopefully everyone already knows this. The collar should fit where it won’t pull off but not too tight. Then, add a tag with all of your contact information. While puppies are slower than adult dogs, they can still get away pretty easily. That’s why it’s important to use a leash when you are in an open area.

Providing everything your new bundle of joy needs.

In conclusion, providing everything your new bundle of joy needs is paramount in ensuring a smooth transition into pet parenthood. From food and water bowls to bedding and toys, every item serves a purpose in the well-being and happiness of your furry friend. However, it’s important to remember that meeting their physical needs is only part of the equation.

Creating a loving and nurturing environment for your puppy involves spending quality time together, building trust through consistent training and boundaries, and offering lots of love and affection. It’s about understanding their unique personalities, preferences, and needs. By investing time and effort into fostering a strong bond with your pup, you will not only provide them with a comfortable life but also create a deep companionship that will last a lifetime.