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So you’re a first time puppy owner? Congratulations! Puppies are sweet, cuddly, and of course, FULL of energy! Puppies need lots of love, but they need a few other things too. Make sure you’re prepared with a new puppy “Welcome Home” Kit.
Here are some ideas to put in your kit that will keep your house clean and your new puppy entertained:
- Bounty paper towels
- Collar and leash
- Dog toys
- Food and water bowls
Bounty Paper Towels
There’s one downside to your new furry friend. The unfortunate dog pee may find it’s way on to your carpet. Check out these tips on how to house train your puppy.
House training a puppy can take a few weeks, so until your dog understands the new system, your best friend for cleaning up is a good supply of Bounty paper towels – the best paper towel for dog mess cleanup on the market.
For dog urine on your carpet be sure to lay a layer of paper towels first over the area of dog pee. Cover it with some newspaper too and let the dog pee be absorbed into the paper towels. Repeat with more paper towels and newspaper until the area is now only a little damp. Rinse around the affected area with cold water and allow to dry. A few quick shakes of pet odor neutralizer and you’re done.
For dog poop, use a good clump of Bounty paper towels to remove the mess and clean, rinse and odor-neutralize as before.
Bounty is 2X more absorbent so you can tackle more pet messes per roll. This includes those memorable first dog messes.
Collar and leash
A dog training collar leash is essential for training your new puppy and it’s important to select the right one. It might be better to start with a light, thinner collar and leash that will introduce her more gently to behavior training. Give her some time to feel comfortable when this unexpected training aid is suddenly buckled around her neck. If she requires something stronger later, there are plenty of leash/collar options on the market. Stronger, heavier dogs may require heavier, wider collars.
Whichever you choose, make sure the collar isn’t buckled too tightly. Allow two to three fingers width of space between the neck and collar, to keep your new puppy dog secure yet safe.
Of course, puppy life isn’t all about behavior training. There’s has to be time for some doggy fun too!
Puppies love toys, just like kids do. They like toys that make funny sounds, or bounce or roll around, even toys that give ‘em a little yummy dog treat after a short play. Toys stop your puppy from getting bored (after that initial excitement of exploring his new home and family). They also make excellent exercise aids, helping to keep your puppy’s physical health at a premium.
There are many excellent tough, non-toxic plastic toys they can chew, which squeak or bounce erratically when let go. These toys are excellent for maintaining dental hygiene, massaging the gums and strengthening the jaws.
Of course the oldest doggy game in the world is Fetch. Balls and frisbee flyers are available, made from durable, non-toxic plastics and in the brightest of colors. Some balls even have lights so you can play fetch in the dark! Granted, if your a wanna be minimalist like I am, a good stick or old, chewed-up baseball works just as well!
Your puppy’s first night at your home is important, and so a warm, comfy bed is essential.
Though, until your puppy is house trained you will probably want to place the bed inside a crate to avoid little night time accidents. If she turns out to be one of those puppies that chew her bedding, replace the bed with a blanket or towel until you’re sure she’s stopped her chewing.
Food and Water Bowls
Useful implements to eat and drink from, bowls are another essential item with which to welcome your pet. Stainless steel bowls are preferred as they are safer. Plastic bowls risk being used as toys and can get worn easily. They can also harbor dangerous bacteria.
The “welcome home” kit is filled with necessities and funtivities for your new puppy. But we all know that more than anything, your new puppy mostly needs lots of love and attention. Have fun and enjoy your new furry friend!