How exciting, your new puppy is ready to come home…now you are super excited and head to the nearest pet store or online shopping and start buying everything you think your new baby is going to love, or look adorable in!! I did, it is alot of fun!! BUT, honestly she really only wanted one or two things and basically ignored everything else. I have found that less is more when the new puppy first arrives. There are some necessary items that you cannot go without but overwhelming her with toys just means she will ignore most of them and pick her favorite one or two and all your hard earned money goes out the window and your are disappointed she does not love everything you spent time and where so excited to give her.
Stainless Steel Food and Water Bowls
Stainless steel food and water bowls are durable and do not rust, break or chip. Your puppy, while she is teething, will chew anything is sight…which can be a problem when using plastic bowls. Stainless steel is also easier to clean and more sanitary.
Brush and Comb
Brushing your puppy every day teaches her to like being handled by people. The best time to do this is when she is sleepy, as she will enjoy the gentle touch of your hand and the brush.
I have found rubber toys to be a great first toy, they can be almost indestructible and may last years. A good Kong toy is always a must have. Choose a smaller size for younger puppies (this will be helpful during teething) and a larger size for larger puppies. As always do not ever leave a puppy unsupervised with toys. Squeaky toys and balls can be used when you are teaching the new puppy obedience commands but can easily cause cause choking so always be vigilant and careful what toys you are introducing to your puppy.