9. PUPPY FOOD
A puppy’s diet differs from an adult dog’s and therefore it is recommended to select a food dedicated to this life stage. Because a puppy's muscles and bones are forming and strengthening, they have sensitive digestive and immune systems. Eukanuba’s puppy food range offers a balanced and nutritional diet to help support “muscle and bone development” as well as high levels of DHA – a long-chain omega-3 fatty acid supporting healthy brain development.
Important note: It is important to remember if you are changing your puppies' food, do this over a gradual process. We suggest a 7 day transition, starting off with integrating 25% of the new food and 75% of the current food and over the 7 days work towards a 100% transition.
Treats can be helpful in the training process, as they promote positive reinforcement and ensure that training is a fun and enriching experience for both of you.
: Excessive treats can cause excessive weight gain, and they often are not complete and balanced, and so do not replace meals. As such, most nutritionists recommend that treats do not exceed 10% of a puppy's daily caloric intake. Another option is to give a puppy's normal dry kibbles as a treat during training.
11. POOP BAGS, ODOR & STAIN NEUTRALIZER
A puppy's bladder is not fully developed, so it takes time for them to develop full control of urination. This is why it is essential to offer your puppy as many opportunities to eliminate as possible, and to understand that despite your best efforts, accidents are likely to happen, and are part of the training process.
The approach is to take your puppy directly outside to eliminate. It is important that you never punish your puppy for inappropriate elimination, as this can lead to anxiety and increased difficulties in potty training. Instead, take your puppy outside frequently and train them to potty outside by associating the cue with an action since a dog cannot just be encouraged to eliminate outside.
You’ll have to clean up after your pup when you’re out on a walk, so attach some poop bags to the leash before leaving the house. Odour and stain neutralizers help keep your home smelling fresh and remove scents that encourage bad indoor habits (such as creating regular ‘toilet spots’ around the house).
12. SHAMPOO, CONDITIONER, BRUSHES, COMBS & NAIL CLIPPERS
Regardless of the length of their coat, all puppies need brushing. Choosing the right brush type for your puppy supplies list depends on their coat, with the most common options including:
- Rubber brush: Suitable for most dogs, but particularly used for short-haired or shedding breeds. The rubber makes it easy to remove loose fur.
- Slicker brush: Made of rows of angled wire pins, the slicker brush suits dogs with long, thick, curly hair. These brushes remove tangles and knots but should be used carefully to avoid scratching your puppy’s skin.
- Bristle brush: Bristle length should be chosen based on your dog's breed (short for short-hair, long for long-hair). These brushes create a smooth, shiny coat in all dogs.
- Undercoat rake: Dogs with thick, heavy, or double coats (Huskies, Pomeranians etc.) will benefit from these widely set teeth, which pass through the topcoat to remove dead undercoat hair.
Your puppy also needs dog shampoo for bathtime (human shampoos can irritate their skin), as well as nail clippers. Take your dog to a vet or groomer if you’re not comfortable trimming their nails (particularly if they’re a colour that makes it hard to see which parts should be trimmed). Accidentally trimming nails too short can cause pain or even bleeding!