Bringing a new puppy home is exciting and a little stressful all at the same time! Where will they sleep? What do they eat? How do I even begin the potty training process? Many thoughts can race through your mind as a new dog owner. If this is your first time getting a puppy, or if it’s been a while since you had one, we’ve taken some time to outline a few of the questions you might have and what you will need based on our experience. These brands/items are just some of our personal favorites; we are not paid to promote any of these.
1. Where should my puppy sleep?
Many people (including us) choose not to sleep with our pets and instead get them a crate where they can cozy up and have their very own nest. However, bringing your puppy to bed with you might be the easiest way to help them adjust to being away from home those first couple of nights. There is no right answer, just what works for your family. We have found a playpen to be a useful tool for potty training and sleeping. Especially early on, you don’t want to leave your puppy free to roam the house while you’re gone. We also recommend crate training after 4 months old. The crate should be of sufficient size to allow them space to move around a bit but not so large that it encourages accidents. This crate has been our favorite, the size is 24″ x 18″ x 19″. A smaller crate might be useful for the first 6-9 months, however. This one fits in the back of a small 4-door car for road trips too. It also comes apart and folds flat for easy storage, and has a removable plastic bottom for easy cleaning (see pictures below). You can get all fancy with their crate bedding or choose to keep it simple, like a couple blankets or a simple crate bed. It’s important to note that a dog shouldn’t be kept cooped up in a crate for hours on end. Doggies need a regular restroom break and most of all lots of love and attention!
2. What should my puppy eat?
We have had a great experience with Orijen Six Fish for adults and Orijen Puppy for puppies. It’s great for even our pickiest eaters. Acana also has some great options, it is made by the same company (Champion Pet Foods). Our dogs absolutely love this food (seriously we don’t even need to use treats, they will do every trick in the book for a taste of this food!) and its very healthy. It’s free of those filler ingredients (grains, potatoes) and is GMO free. Unless we let you know otherwise your new puppy will be eating Acana puppy food.