New Dog Owner Checklist: Must Haves

Congratulations on becoming a new dog owner!

You have many fun-filled loving years ahead of you. However, first things first, the must-have checklist that every new dog owner needs, it’s almost like having a baby (except furry). There is a list of things that are essential to have in your home to keep your new fur baby loved, safe, and healthy. So, let’s get to it!newflands-new-dog-owner-checklist

  • Food

    (Of course!), be sure to check with your vet, pet nutritionist or breeder the best food to give your fur baby, e.g. dry, wet food etc. And the quantity of food that needs to be given.

  • Food and water bowls

    So, your fur baby knows what’s theirs and where to eat and drink from.

  • Toys!

    Get a range of toys for your fur baby to play with around the house. Indoor and outdoor toys are key, even a special ‘teddy’ to bring comfort. Being in a new place for the first time isn’t easy for your furry friend. Top tip: sleep with the ‘special teddy’ for a few nights before your new fur baby arrives, and if possible give to your new fur baby before it comes home, that way your scent will become a source of comfort for them.

  • Dog Bed

    We all need somewhere to sleep! And if you don’t appreciate your fur baby sleeping on your bed then it’ll need its own.

  • Crate

    Crate training is a great way to restrict your new fur baby’s access to the house until it learns the rules. As well as this, crates can provide your puppy with a familiar space that is theirs in the event they become overwhelmed and need a bit of a break and as an added bonus crate training also helps with toilet training.

  • Collar and leash

    There are many cute collars and leashes out there, and these days they are essential to have! Not only to help keep your dog safe, but if your fur baby does happen to run away then the collar allows them to be easily identified (be sure to attach the ID tag with name and contact details to the collar).

  • Treats

    These are essential! You want to get training and teaching your dog new tricks asap! And having yummy healthy treats like our Hoki Bites is that perfect bit of bribery to get them doing what you want!

  • Care Essentials

    Such as shampoo, conditioner, nail clippers, hair brushes, and dog toothbrush and paste etc. are key to have around the home for those pamper days when your fur baby looks like it needs a little TLC.

  • Odour neutralizer

    For when those accidents happen…and they will happen.

  • Poop bags

    Very important for when you want to take your dog for a walk. Don’t be that person that just leaves it on the ground waiting for someone to stand on. If you’re environmentally conscious and worried about the people of the future thinking we’re a little crazy for lovingly gift-wrapping our dog poop for all time in plastic bags – check out our Composting Poo Kits, which are a great way of doing your bit for the environment.

  • House training pee pads

    These are essential for apartment living or for example if your dog doesn’t always have easy access outside. They’re also a great way to protect your carpets in the very early days of toilet training.

  • Vet check

    Make sure your fur baby has had a full health check by your vet and that they are up to date on their vaccinations. If you feel like something is wrong with your dog then do not hesitate to call your local vet.

 So, there you have it – some of the ‘must haves’ for every new dog owner. I am sure there are some more but the essentials are covered. If you are ever unsure, run down to your local pet store and the team there will be happy to help you with the things you need. Happy fur baby parenting!

Check out our great range of pet supplements and treats to stock up before your new fur baby arrives.