Just as humans prepare for the arrival of their newborns, the same way you need to prepare yourself if you are you are planning on buying or adopting a German shepherd puppy. Though puppies bring a lot of joy to the family, they also require a lot of attention and work.
You must be prepared with all the supplies required by your puppy before he arrives home. Some are basic while others will depend on your lifestyle.
These essentials include; leash, food, beddings, toys, insurance, collar, microchip, id tag, food, crates, treats, poop bags, grooming tools among others.
Essentials You Need for Your German Shepherd Puppy
The ID tag should have the contact details of the puppy owner. It helps to locate you if your puppy goes missing.
Find a secure and long-lasting collar. It should be adjustable to accommodate growth. Do not tighten the collar so much, there should be a space where two fingers can fit in well but no more than that.
A recommendable leash for a puppy should be stretchable and six to ten feet in length. Always buy a leash made of dog-friendly materials.
A crate is needed mostly in potty training. When a puppy arrives in your home, he does not know what is expected of him. He will poo or pee anywhere that he wants, and this means a lot of cleaning work for you. A crate will spare you all that stress, you will just lock him up in a crate and let him out only when he needs potty breaks. Never force him to enter a crate.
Buy a big crate which will still be useful as he gets old. If you like traveling a lot, buy a crate that can easily be folded for easy transport.
A crate without a bed is very uncomfortable. Buy washable and comfy bedding materials that will fit in the crate. Bedding that does not allow leakage has an added advantage as your puppy will pee on it once in a while.
On many occasions, the breeder or rescue center or the owner will give you the leftovers or tell you the food type that the puppy was feeding on. It is important to continue feeding the same food for some time before introducing a new diet. Consult your vet for advice.
Treats are important when potty training your puppy, convincing him to enter the crate or when training basic commandments. They should not exceed 10% of the total amount of food consumed by your puppy daily. Refer to your vet for advice on the ideal treats for your puppy depending on his health.
Food and Water Bowls
Buy food and water bowls that are easy to clean and heavy to prevent being dragged everywhere by your dog. Make sure that you clean them daily to avoid feeding and drinking contaminated food and water. Always have them in pairs in case you want to travel.
Poop bags are needed when you go out with your puppy either in the park, swimming, hiking, or long walks. You will need a lot of poop bags so it’s better to buy them in bulk to save money.
A microchipped puppy will be easily traced whenever he goes missing. It takes less time to reunite the owner and the puppy compared to the Id tag method.
Food Containers and Scoops
Food containers ensure that the puppy’s food and treats are fresh and from pests like cockroaches. Buy the one with clear sides to see the remaining food. You should also buy Food scoops to help you to measure the right amount of food to feed your puppy to avoid overfeeding.
A Dog House
A good dog house should be well sheltered to offer protection for your puppy. It should be big enough to allow him to stand and stretch comfortably. You should not keep your valuable carpet inside as he will shred it as he plays. Do not keep your puppy in the dog house in the first days of arrival, keep him inside a crate, and keep it near your bedroom. This will make him feel your presence hence reducing the night cries.
Buy all types of toys like; tug toys, chew toys, toy balls, puzzle toys, and plush toys. They will help in entertaining, distracting, and mental stimulation for your puppy.
To ensure that your puppy is neat and attractive, buy nail cutters, shampoo, canine toothbrush and toothpaste, towels, dog wipe, dog mouth wash, and combs.
Have contact details for a reliable vet for emergency cases and normal checkups.
Contact Details for First Owner, Rescue Center, or Breeder
This is important in case of a health issue so that they can provide the puppy’s health history.
A Groomer and Trainer
A groomer is necessary to assist you in keeping your puppy looking nice. A professional trainer will assist in training and giving remedies for some bad puppy behaviors.
Pet sitter/walker and boarding facilities
A pet walker will help in walking your puppy as part of routine exercise. If you need to travel or go to work, a pet sitter and boarding facility will take care of your puppy in your absence. Always keep their contact details.
Pet insurance reduces the cost of medical bills in case your puppy gets ill. There are also insurance companies that cover any damage that your puppy can cause by destroying other people’s property.