When the time has come and you have decided to buy your first puppy, there is a lot to consider, for instance, what type of dog will you get? Will it be a large breed or a small breed? Once you decide on what type of dog you will get, you will want to be prepared before you purchase your new puppy.
Being prepared ahead of time is always wise, and more so with a new puppy coming into the home, so what kind of things will you need to buy before going to pick up your new best friend? Let us look at the different things to consider buying before he comes home.
A good, comfortable bed for him to sleep on is a must, because he will need a spot in the home he can call his own. Moreover, buying puppy food in bulk can be a good idea and often cheaper buying a large bag than smaller bags, although this depends on the size of the breed, larger bags usually work better as the dog gets older. For puppies, always buy a good puppy food, but remember to switch to adult food once he has grown.
One also needs to get a good leash and collar, with a name tag so he can be identified if he wanders off. Food and water bowls are important too, but stay away from plastic bowls because many have harmful chemicals in them. Ceramic or metal food and water bowls are safest.
Toys are always an important part of a dogs life, because they need something to play with, and to chew on because you don’t want them chewing up your furniture, and they will chew, especially during teething. Dental sticks can be a great way to keep their teeth in tip top shape, and have plenty of treats on hand for training.
Finally, be prepared to research the breed you’re looking for, because a large breed will need plenty of room. Moreover, be prepared if you are getting a breed that sheds a lot, or if you are going for a breed that sheds much less due to allergies. My two German Shepherd Dogs shed constantly, even though they say twice a year, they really do constantly shed, so we had to buy a good vacuum, lol.
If you are going to crate train be sure to purchase a cage that is not too big or too small, because this can be counter productive if the cage isn’t the right size for the dog. Your dog should be able to stand up, turn around, and lay down in the cage, but having a cage too large can often result in him sleeping at one end and going to the bathroom at the other.