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The Best Products to get before bringing home your Pug Puppy
It is important to have some items before you bring your puppy home. I have a Free Checklist for Puppy Supplies on my home page. When you bring a puppy home you want to be ready because leaving them alone while you shop for supplies is hard because they are so cute and because they may chew up all your shoes while you are gone.
List of Puppy Supplies
- Food and Treats – It is important to find out what food the puppy was eating before you got them and keep in mind it can take a few days to transition from one food to another. Here is an article from the American Kennel Club which offers information about transitioning. Chip was eating Science Diet food for Puppies and we were lucky because that is the food that our Vet recommends. We have been happy with Science Diet because they offer a food line that: spans the life of the dog (Puppy, 1-6 years, Adult), has a light choice since managing a pug’s weight can be an issue, and has a small bite choice because pugs sometimes have issues chewing the larger kibble. For treats, we used Cheerios when Chip was very small because they were small and didn’t spoil his appetite or add too many empty calories. He eventually graduated to the Milk Bones we use now.
- Food and Water Bowls – Choose a bowl that will be big enough for your puppy to grow into and small enough that as a puppy they can reach inside. Purchase one bowl for water and one bowl for food. These are ones that are similar to what we have for Chip however, getting these might help with the mess.
- A Crate – Choosing a crate that is fold-able is helpful for travel and for storage. Having a crate is helpful house training and for having a “safe space” for the puppy as it is learning the household routines. Here is an article for the American Kennel Club that talks about using a crate for house training.
- Collar and Tag – Getting your puppy accustomed to a collar with a tag early is helpful especially when it comes to walking them outside. Keep in mind that your puppy is continuing to grow and the collar will need to be adjusted regularly and even eventually replaced with a larger collar. Here is a nice nylon collar with a durable buckle. I like the nylon collar because I can just throw it in the wash. An identification tag with your puppy’s name and your contact information is needed to help you if your puppy runs off.
- Harness and Leash – A sturdy harness and a leash are necessary for walks. It will help keep your puppy and others safe while on walks. Harnesses are necessary for pug puppies because pugs have short noses and often have trouble breathing. A leash attached to a harness prevents pressure on the pug’s neck and could prevent injury. Harnesses can also prevent the puppy from pulling while learning to walk on a leash.
- Puppy pads and Poop bags – Puppy pads are helpful while house training. They make cleaning up messes a lot easier. Poop bags are necessary for cleaning up after your pet on walks and in the yard.
- Toys – It is also good to pick out a few small toys so that you can distract your puppy form chewing on your slipper or furniture. But only get a few at first because friends and family will be bringing them by as gifts to welcome your new addition to the family. I would purchase small Kong tennis balls, these are one of Chip’s favorites still to this day.
That is the short list for when you first bring home your puppy. Product purchases beyond the first few weeks will depend on your new pet’s personality.