Whether you are a first-time dog owner, or a seasoned expert, it never hurts to have a list of things you need, things to do, and things you may want when you first get a new dog from a rescue. This quick checklist is designed to go with Lu’s Labs and some of our philosophies of dog ownership.
Quality Food – You may want to change the food from the rescue, this all depends on preference.
Treats – Think about having training treats, dental treats, Kongs for stuffing, and rewards on hand.
Bowls – Having their own dedicated bowls or feeders for food and water.
Dog Bed(s) – This may help with training so that a dog knows where their “spot” is.
Toys – Tug toys, throw toys, plush toys, puzzle toys! The list of toys is endless.
Crate – This can be a safe space for your dog since dogs are den creatures. It’s not meant as a place of punishment.
Crate pad – Something soft in your dog’s crate if they are going to spend any time there.
Gate – This may be an alternative to crating, or just a way to keep your dog out of the cat box.
Personalized Tags – Tag’s with your name, number, and information if your dog gets lost
Collar – Collars should not be prong, shock collars – the Martingale collar is recommended
Harness – Easy walk harnesses can help keep your dog from pulling while walking
Leash – One to two 4-6 foot leashes. In the beginning, you may want to double leash your dog, until you know them better to prevent slipping a collar and running away. No retractable leashes – they are not good for training, discipline, and can cause injuries to people and pets.
Poop Bags – These don’t have to be the expensive kind, but remember you will be picking up after your new dog. Poop bags will come in handy especially on walks.
Pet Car Restraints – Everything from car harnesses to tethers can be helpful for your new dog. These are safety devices that help keep your pup safe when stopping short, and keep them from running from the car when you open the door or hatch.
Vet – Have your vet set up ahead of time before you adopt.
First Visit – Take your dog to see the vet for a complete check-up within 7-10 days of your adoption.
Microchip – Make sure to get the microchip changed into your name.
Pet Insurance – With dogs, there is no telling what kinds of things you may encounter with their health as they age. Deciding on pet insurance can save costly bills in the future.
Spay/Neuter – If your adopting a puppy, the spay and neuter will be part of your responsibility. Adult dogs will come to you with this already done.
Monthly Preventative – We can’t stress enough, year around heart worm preventative and flea and tick preventative. Talk with your vet.
Training – For puppies and dogs under 3 from Lu’s Labs training is a must, but training is a good idea for any new dog so that everyone can get to know each other and work on reinforcing good behavior. We only allow positive methods of dog training with Lu’s Labs.
Grooming Kits – Brushes, combs, nail clippers, canine tooth brush, canine tooth paste (Make sure there is no Xylitol in tooth paste) doggie shampoo.
Non-toxic Cleaners – Find enzymatic odor neutralizers, and non-toxic cleaners to use on accidents.
Patience – Above all else, remember what you can bring to the table with your new dog is patience and understanding. There is always an adjustment period with a new rescue.
We hope this list has been helpful!