Hello you lovely lot!
If you follow me on Instagram then you will have seen over the recent weeks a new addition appear in my stories. Well it’s 2 weeks until she joins us and I am so excited! For anyone thinking of getting a dog or is waiting to bring their new pooch home then this post is for you.
When we got Maximus we went over the top. I mean seriously. We had toys, treats, blankets galore. In all honesty it was far too much and he really wasn’t bothered about whether he had one or ten toys. So I’ve put together what I think the “basics” are when getting your first furry companion.
1. A super comfy bed …. preferably washable.
There’s so much choice out there and sometimes it’s a minefield to be honest. We have tried numerous of beds oval, scallop, square but for Maximus nothing beats a basket with tonnes of blankets he can burrow in.
There’s one dog bed on my wishlist though which I think I’ll get for them both once the new addition has settled in ….
Charley Chau – How comfy does it look!! They offer a wide range of high quality dog beds and blankets. Take a look here: www.charleychau.com
2. A crate
While this may not be an essential (and it’s not for every pup!) However it’s great for training and helping the pup to settle in their new home. It can be overwhelming for a pup so having a crate is them having their own designated personal space… not that maximus has any boundaries with personal space now!
Here’s some cuteness for you… you’re welcome
3. Collar/Harness with an ID tag and a lead
This is given. It’s also now a legal requirement to have your dog not only chipped but to be wearing a physical tag. (Boring bit over) I’m really excited to get the new addition a gorgeous collar when she has grown a little. Maximus has a lovely tweed collar from Earthbound and a matching lead which we use on special occasions…. yep we are those people! I recently discovered The January Rose and she makes the most delightful collars, bows, hilarious ID tags and, wait for it…. matching bracelets! YES! 🙌🏻
All the toys! Particularly useful when they are teething. There so much on offer now for pooches but I do really like the puzzle toys, it provides a lot of stimulus for the dog which is useful when trying to prevent bad habits and behaviour.
5. Puppy Pads / Enzyme Cleaners
Don’t kid yourself into believing you will have the perfect pup. You won’t. They will have accidents and do ninja poops in places they shouldn’t. Pet pads aren’t for everyone but can be useful to encourage your dog to get to the door before doing their business.
While pet pads aren’t for everyone an enzyme based cleaner is! When accidents do occur it helps to break down the substance to prevent the pooch recognising their scent and repeating their unwanted behaviour. Try this one from Pets At Home.
6. Good quality food
I’m going to make this brief as it is completely your choice what you feed your pooch. I feed maximus a raw diet (or BARF as it’s sometimes known) and that’s completely my choice after doing a lot of research. There are lots of high quality wet and dried foods out there so do shop around. Always read the ingredients and try to avoid grains as it’s just not that great for dogs in general. If you’re not sure of what to feed try all about dog food which rates a whole variety of food and treats.
My gorgeous boy with the shiny coat 😍
7. Socialisation time / classes
Nobody wants a nervous pup so it’s so important to try and introduce them to as many sights, sounds, dogs and humans. Always talk to your veterinary surgery as they often offer puppy socialisation classes which are free!
You can always try puppy classes too – so much cuteness in one room! Maximus loved it because of all the treats 😂 It did also strengthen our trust and made me feel much more confident.
8. Patience … HEAPS of it
Puppies and dogs are genuinely the greatest gift. They love whole heartedly, don’t judge and forgive all mistakes. But they do not come without some hard work and perseverance! There was times I wanted to shout or cry because I felt I wasn’t doing anything right or that we would never have “a good dog”. But you know what? We cracked it! I love my little maximus and wouldn’t change his little flaws for the world because they make him the hilarious sausage he is.
I hope that this post was helpful for those of you who are thinking of buying or adopting a puppy or dog in the future! Oh and here she is…. our new addition… MABEL ❤️ the 2 week countdown is on!
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Until next time,