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New Puppy Checklist

 

PUPPY FOOD

At PawsAbout, we want the best for your pets, we stock a full range of premium pet foods, including Hills Science Diet, Eukanuba, Iams, Canidae and ZiwiPeak we offer a 100% money back guarantee on these foods.  Come in chat to us about the best food for your pup.

 

WARM SECURE BEDDING

We suggest providing your puppy with a bed of his own from day one, making sure it's easy to keep clean.  We stock an extensive range of bedding, please come in and see the bedding ranges we carry.

 

PUPPY SHAMPOO

Make sure you purchase a puppy specific shampoo as human shampoos can cause skin irritations and adult dog shampoos maybe too strong for a young pup.  At PawsAbout we feature a variety of shampoos and conditioners that will help you manage and neutralize any unpleasant odours.

 

FLEA, TICK & WORM CONTROL

Make an appointment with your vet as soon as you get your pup home, your vet will be able to guide you in the right direction for flea control and heart and intestinal worming. At PawsAbout, we focus on pets being happy and healthy and stock a full range of preventatives including Comfortis, Advantage, Advocate, Advantix and Revolution.

 

ADJUSTABLE COLLAR, LEAD AND PET TAG

Place a lightweight collar on your pup as soon as possible.  Some puppies aren't too keen on collars at first but be persistent with praise and treats.   Also have a pet tag with the pet's name, your contact number and address of where the puppy will reside.   Get your puppy used to a light weight lead and again, use treats and plenty of praise.

 

PUPPY CHEWS

There is a wide selection of puppy chews available and you might want a rope bone which acts like floss for a young chewing puppy or you may like pigs ears and rawhide - whatever your choice make sure you stock up and prevent your belongings from becoming tasty chewing delights!

 

PUPPY TREATS 

Training a puppy can never start too early - be sure to have some small quantities of liver, chicken or beef treats on hand.  It is important not to go overboard with treats as it may upset their tummy. Also consider using a portion of their daily dry food as treats.

 

PUPPY TOYS

Letting your puppy play is an important part of development.   Have a wide selection of toys that you rotate and don't have too many out all at once. Puppy Kongs and activity treat balls are great for growing puppies.  They are filled with food treats and can keep puppies minds occupied on getting every last treat out.

 

FEEDING AND DRINKING

A huge variety of bowls are available from PawsAbout -plastic, stainless steel, ceramic and stoneware, from plain to funky designs.  You may want to add a placemat to your list - puppies are not known for their table manners!

 

GROOMING EQUIPMENT

You will need a soft brush to get your puppy used to brushing.  Small brushes are great for smooth coats - you may also want puppy fragrance and some special doggy wipes.  Get your puppy used to being groomed frequently at a young age as it will make life easier when your puppy becomes an adult. It is a good habit to frequently feel your puppy's paws while watching TV to get them used to the sensation of being handled.

 

TRAVELLING EQUIPMENT

You should use a harness or a carrier when traveling with your puppy.  Feel free to bring in your pet so that our experienced staff can fit your puppy to the right carrier or harness. You might also want to think about a car seat cover so no damage happens to your car's interior.

 

PUPPY TRAINING PADS

House training your pup can be frustrating but at PawsAbout we have some items sure to make the experience a little easier.  Absorbent training mats that come with an attractant are sure to guide your pup in the right direction.  These wee mats are super absorbent and larger than a lot of other mats capturing all the urine, so your floors will stay dry. You may want to invest in a quality stain and odour remover.  Our favorites are Urine Free (very pleasant smell!) that is sure to neutralize any ammonia. 

 

POOP CONTROL

Don't forget to be a responsible pet owner and clean up after your dog. At PawsAbout we stock a wonderful range of poop bag carriers which attach to your dog lead.

 

BOOKS

When you first get your puppy everyone who owns a pet will have a different tip for you.  Make sure you read up before you pick up your puppy so you know what you are prepared as possible.  We love Victoria Stillwell's book "It's me or the Dog". In this book Victoria tackles behavioral problems in dogs by teaching their owners responsible dog ownership.

 

FINALLY, GIVE YOUR PUPPY LOTS OF LOVE AND PATIENCE AND HAVE FUN AND YOU WILL HAVE A FRIEND FOR LIFE!