Queenie and Theo's Puppies

Show Type English Springer Spaniels

New Puppy Coming home

Congrats on deciding to get a new puppy!

Do you have everything you need?

This new puppy checklist will help you on your way to getting ready.

There are some things you’ll need to have for your puppy to take care of them and keep them fed. We’ll first cover those essentials you’ll want right away. Then we’ll go through some things that will make life easier for you and your puppy. We may even cover some things that you haven’t thought of!

Food – You’ll need to feed your new pup 3-4 times per day (you’ll cut back to two feedings when they are 6-12 months old). The first thing you’ll want to do is figure out what food they are currently eating - Royal Canin Medium Puppy. Get that to start if you can (it’ll be easier on their stomachs). Then you can decide if you want to switch their food and blend it with their old food for an easy introduction.

Collar – First things first, your new canine needs a collar. How do you know if a collar fits your dog? Vets say you should be able to slip two fingers comfortably underneath of the collar. It may seem tight but will keep them from slipping out. If your dog isn’t full grown just yet, keep in mind that the collar will likely need to be replaced in the near future.

And how do you pick the right one when there are so many different styles and colors? It’s up to you! See what looks good with your dog’s colouring and reflects your style

Poop Bags – The unfortunate part of dog ownership is having to clean up after them. But it’s your dog parent duty (pun intended) to make sure to keep the paths or park tidy.

Cage – If you’re getting a small pup, . You can get a cage, which is relatively cheap and well suited for all dogs. It may seem weird to put your dog in a cage, but keep in mind they feel very safe in an enclosed space. They may even choose to be in there at times.

What size do you get?

One thing you can do is get a cage you know will fit your dog at full size, you can make it cosy

Bedding – You’ll want to make their cage/bed comfortable, we use 'Vet Bedding' it is easy to wash and dry, especially as your new puppy will have accidents!

Paper Towels – Always a good idea to have on hand. Pups can be messy! You may also want some old towels or beach towels for when your dog gets muddy or wet.

Food Container – It’s a good idea to get a container for dog food. You’re pup will try to get into it if it’s not protected and if you keep it outside, you could risk pests getting into it.

Food Bowls – Get some containers that are the appropriate size for your dog. These don’t matter too much as long as they are the right size.You can’t go wrong with stainless steel or ceramic. If you puppy is a bit sloppy with his drinking so I also got a mat to put his bowls on.

Gates – If you want to control where you’re puppy can go baby gates are handy.

Toys – There are tons of toy options. The best toy for any dog is a Kong.

Then consider your pup & how much they like to destroy things. Stuffed animals are fun but our dog will destroy them in 2 minutes (or less)! With a chewer try and get more durable toys like ropes & Nylabbones.

There are also fun puzzle toys you can get to occupy your pup & engage their mind

Grooming kit - For your puppy or dog, grooming isn’t just about untangling their coat and making them look smart, it’s a bonding experience that reminds them of being back with their mother. Visit your pet shop to pick up a comb or a brush and plan daily grooming sessions. Different coats will need different brushes -- ask the pet shop staff, your puppy or dog’s breeder or other owners with dogs like yours for advice.

You’ll also need to clip your dog’s nails and give them a bath from time to time – so it’s worth picking up a pair of nail clippers and some dog-friendly shampoo too.